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Wharekaka Trust Board AGM

September 23, 2019 Regular Features, September 2019 No Comments

The picture shows pupils from Martinborough School who regularly visit Wharekaka receiving their specially knitted slippers which have been produced by our residents, superbly organised by Gail Jacobson. We love having the children visit – thanks to Martinborough School for coming.

The annual general meeting of the Wharekaka Trust will be held at 6.00 pm. on 19th September 2019 in the Dining Room of the Home. All members of the community are invited. 

The Home is governed by the Wharekaka Trust Board which is in turn appointed by members of the Wharekaka Trust. The Wharekaka Trust is a charitable community trust which works with, and for, the Martinborough community. 

Forty six years ago, the inaugural Trust Board meeting was held on 2 July 1973 to establish a day care centre for elderly people in the Martinborough Maternity Hospital premises in Oxford Street. This first meeting set up, elected and developed the rules and regulations providing the constitution for the Board of Trustees which, with a few amendments, governs Wharekaka today.

The major changes over the years have been the move from a day facility to a residential home, the development of the villas around the perimeter of the home and most recently the move into hospital level care. In the words of the old song, “we’ve come a long way, baby!”

Wharekaka has always received exceptional support from the community, from many businesses, organisations and individuals who cheerfully contribute their time, money and skills to Wharekaka, plus enormous input from our hardworking Auxiliary.  This strong practical support and community linkage make it possible for us provide high quality care in a small facility with a family atmosphere. 

However, the challenges continue to grow. Each year the Trust Board has to find a significant amount of money to bridge the gap between what the Government funds and what it costs to provide the very best level of service for our elderly residents.  The AGM is the place for the Martinborough community to say what it wants from the Trust Board and to give its support for the continuation of ‘caring, country living’ for its elderly residents. The Board will welcome your feedback.

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