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New Villas for Wharekaka

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This drawing is from one of our Villa residents who drew Board member Andy Sutherland wielding his (large) digger to start off the new villa sites!

Martinborough residents will have been following with interest the new buildings going up on Suez St behind the Wharekaka Residential Home. These are two new villas which will be available to occupy later this year. They have been specially designed by Vicky Read of Aspect Architecture in Martinborough to suit older people and are being built by A1 Homes.

The villas form part of the Wharekaka Village which includes the existing 10 villas on Sackville and Suez St and the rest home itself. The villas are very comfortable – some of the residents are original owners. 

Wharekaka belongs to the whole Martinborough Community through its Trust. The rest home was set up in the early 1970s by the then Mayor of Martinborough, Sid Ussher, his wife Joyce who inaugurated the Wharekaka Auxiliary, and Dr Graham Milne, then local doctor. Recently with the help of the Auxiliary and strong local support, Wharekaka moved into hospital level and end of life care. It is a very special part of the Martinborough community.

If anyone is interested in one of the villas, please contact the Home who will send out a pack.

Resident News 

A warm welcome to Margaret Priest and Betty Westerhuis.  

The residents have kept warm and busy over the winter with school visits, usually ending in a game of skittles. Martinborough School are currently winning the contest! Residents have been very active knitting; we are on the lookout for an easy slipper pattern to crochet – please drop one into the Home if you have one.

We are looking forward to the weather warming so as to get out a little more.

The back shed has been moved and a large water tank has been put in its place. This is to provide water supplies to the Home in the event of an emergency. It comes to Wharekaka courtesy of the Sutherland Self Help Trust.

Last week the Auxiliary put on a lovely Mid-winter luncheon. This is really appreciated by the residents who all thoroughly enjoyed it. Do look at our Facebook page for pictures of the luncheon.

Great Fun, Great Community Support

Do you play Bridge or Mah Jong? If so, your support is welcomed for the annual Bridge and Mah Jong Fundraiser for the Wharekaka Rest Home. This event will take place at Brackenridge, White Rock Rd, Martinborough, on Monday 2nd September.  It’s a fun annual event, organised by the Wharekaka Auxiliary, starting at 10am. The fee per person of $40 includes morning tea, gorgeous lunch with Martinborough wine, prizes and raffles.

If you can put together a Bridge or Mah Jong four, contact Esther Read with your details at emread1946@gmail.com, and send your payment to Esther either online, to Wharekaka Auxiliary Account 020680 0007010 00, or post  to her at PO Box 123 Martinborough 5741. The closing date for entries is 28 August.

If you would like to attend but can’t make up a four, contact Esther who may be able to add you into a group.

The Wharekaka Rest Home is reliant on community support, through gifts in kind, bequests, donations as well as the work of the Wharekaka Auxiliary. By supporting this event you are helping to ensure  that Wharekaka can continue to care for our community’s elderly for many years to come.’

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