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Te Whare Kaumātua

Te Ahurutanga is an 11-bedroomed whare designed especially for kaumātua who are still independent but would benefit from the support of shared living in a homely family atmosphere.

The whare, opened and blessed during a dawn ceremony in July 2013, is a social housing project undertaken jointly by Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga and Housing NZ.

Modelled on the internationally successful Abbeyfield homes, Te Ahurutanga has been built with a style of its own to ensure kaumātua are able to enjoy companionship, comfort and security while maintaining their independence and interests. Whānau gain peace of mind knowing their kaumātua are well cared-for.

Each resident, or couple, has a spacious 4-metre by 4-metre bedroom, en suite bathroom and storage areas. It is their responsibility to care for their own rooms or arrange for someone else to  do it for them.

The lounge and living areas provide shared recreation space. There is a communal kitchen, laundry and garage for mobility scooters.

The whare provides a communal phone for local calls, but residents may also arrange to have their own private phone lines and information technology services installed.

Te Ahurutanga has a live-in housekeeper who provides residents with two meals a day, five days a week. Residents are free to prepare their own breakfasts and weekend meals from the well-stocked pantry.


Te Ahurutanga is well-located on the edge of beautiful Flaxmere Park, which provides ever-changing vistas, walking tracks, and a splash pad and playground for mokopuna. Across the road is Flaxmere Village for shopping, a public library and heated swimming pool. There is a bus stop nearby.

Age Concern Flaxmere is right next-door, offering a wide and varied programme of activities and events five days a week.


Living at Te Ahurutanga is easily affordable for kaumātua living on National Superannuation. Single residents qualify for the Living Alone rate.

With all its extra benefits, Te Ahurutanga compares very favourably with other rented accommodation and rest homes. There are no hidden, extra fees or levies, and no up-front capital costs.

The weekly residential charge includes.-

Insurance of normal household chattels
Free transport to medical appointments
Free in-home health checks by a Registered Nurse

Other Benefits

Support in daily living
Peace of mind for whānau


Te Ahurutanga was built to meet the needs of kaumātua who are not ready to enter a rest home, but would benefit from supported living.

Priority for places is given to those who identify strongly with Heretaunga.


Talk to us today about how you or your kaumātua could be enjoying the benefits of life at Te Ahurutanga.


P: Ryan Watene, 06 871 5350, ext 764.

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