“Abbeyfield is a volunteer effort of goodwill.”

New Zealand beginnings

Abbeyfield was introduced to New Zealand in 1991 by Wakefield GP Dr Ted Bassett, who had visited the United Kingdom to look for housing solutions for the growing older population in the Nelson district.

Captivated by the Abbeyfield concept, Dr Bassett returned home where he served on the Nelson Regional Coordinating Committee for accommodation of the aged. Through his enthusiastic promotion of Abbeyfield, he recruited a small and energetic group of supporters and Abbeyfield New Zealand was born.
Abbeyfield New Zealand Inc was first established as a charitable organisation in 1992. 

New Zealand today

Currently 15 Abbeyfield Societies are affiliated to the national body, operating 14 Abbeyfield houses, providing a home to up to 162 residents.

New Zealand joined Abbeyfield International in 1992 and remains committed to the Abbeyfield ideals first articulated by the founder of Abbeyfield, Richard Carr-Gomm OBE.
Houses have been established in Nelson (Stoke, 1994), Masterton (1996), Whangarei (2001), Motueka (2002), Hamilton (2005), Auckland and Golden Bay (2006), Dunedin and Queenstown (2007) Palmerston North (2008), a second house in Nelson (Tahunanui 2010), Hornby, Christchurch (2015), Leeston (2017). Rhodes Abbeyfield House, built in partnership with a charitable trust opened in Wigram, Christchurch in 2019. Local societies are actively working to establish houses in Greymouth and Blenheim. A steering group has formed in Katikati. 

Abbeyfield New Zealand is registered as a Community Housing Provider (CHP) with the Community Housing Regulatory Authority. We are proud to be a member of Community Housing Aotearoa.

We are a registered New Zealand charity CC23346. Our national patron is Dame Rosie Horton DNZM  QSO  QSM.

Abbeyfield New Zealand Board

 Abbeyfield New Zealand Incorporated is the parent organisation of Abbeyfield in New Zealand. It is governed by a volunteer Board elected by Abbeyfield members and affiliates, made up as follows:  

1. A  Chairperson elected annually by the members 
2. Four members elected for two-year terms
3. The Executive Officer (non voting) 

Meet the Board 
Chairman: Simon Hayes - Wakatipu
Simon was born and grew up in the outback of Australia and has lived in New Zealand since 1974. His career was in the hospitality industry until 1993, and since then he has had a successful real estate career. Simon’s commitment to the community is reflected in his long involvement with the Lions Club, two terms as a Queenstown Lakes District Councillor, and involvement with several community groups.
He has been an Abbeyfielder since first hearing of the concept in 1989, and was a member of the Abbeyfield Wakatipu establishment committee and chair of that group from 2005. The Abbeyfield House in Frankton opened in 2007. Simon has been an Abbeyfield NZ board member from 2014, and became Chairman in July 2016.

Katrine Imrie - Palmerston North
Katrine is House Manager for Abbeyfield Palmerston North. By profession she is a Registered General and Maternity Nurse (retired), and is currently a Director of Baywide Credit Union, a Director of her own gift and event planning business, and building manager of an apartment block.  
She holds several community and volunteer positions in Palmerston North, including Chair of Neighbourhood Support, Secretary of The Stewarts Centre for Head Injury and Stroke Patients, and a Rotary Club member. Katrine joined the board of Abbeyfield NZ in 2017. 

Fenn Shaw - Christchurch
Chairperson - Abbeyfield Christchurch
Fenn Shaw’s professional background is in nursing, with a focus on gerontology care. Now retired, she has been actively involved in numerous community and service organisations including Rotary, and Zonta International. She founded the Abbeyfield Christchurch steering committee, and has been chair of Abbeyfield Christchurch Inc since its inception in 2008. She joined the Abbeyfield New Zealand board in 2017. 

Lyndon Carpenter -  Waikato
Chairperson - Abbeyfield Waikato
Lyndon has an extensive business background and is also a qualified civil engineer with significant building and construction experience. He is currently branch manager for timber manufacturer Timpack Industries and has held management positions previously with Placemakers, Atlas Concrete and Amcor Kiwi Packaging. Lyndon is very involved in his local community and has been a school board of trustees member and volunteer maths teacher. He joined the Abbeyfield New Zealand board in 2018.

Venus Sood - Nelson
Secretary - Abbeyfield Nelson
Venus owns a supermarket business in Nelson with her husband and has a masters degree in law and graduate diploma in business management. She has previously lectured in law and is particularly interested in governance issues. Venus has held governance positions with a number of community organisations, including the Nelson Tasman Business Trust, Citizens Advice Bureau, and the Nelson branches of Institute of Directors and National Council of Women. She joined the Abbeyfield New Zealand board in 2018.

Susan Jenkins - Nelson 
Executive Officer (non voting) Abbeyfield New Zealand Inc 
Company Secretary - Abbeyfield Properties Ltd
Secretary - Abbeyfield Foundation Charitable Trust (non voting) 
Susan joined Abbeyfield New Zealand as Executive Officer in February 2016.  She has a comprehensive professional background in a wide range of sectors including the primary health, social and ethical investment, education and special education.   

Susan has served on Not for Profit and private sector boards in New Zealand and the UK. She was born and brought up in Gore, and educated at Otago and Auckland universities.             

Abbeyfield Properties Ltd

Abbeyfield Properties Ltd (APL) is the entity for owning and developing Abbeyfield houses and providing strong asset management support for local Societies. APL began as Abbeyfield Partnerships Ltd, incorporated in 2003, and renamed Abbeyfield Properties Ltd in September 2014.

The Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Abbeyfield NZ Inc. and shares its mission, policies and strategic direction and is a charity registered under the Charities Act 2005.

Meet the Directors
Terry Foster  BA   MTP   Chairman

Terry has over 45 years of experience in social housing with government and privately. He has a town planning background and experience in urban renewal, residential housing design and development and related project management. Now retired, he currently works part time for the NZ Housing Foundation as a Project Manager.
He is secretary of Abbeyfield Auckland Inc, and was formerly Chair. 

 Tom Clisby 

Tom is the Director of the Southern Response Project for Arrow International. He is overseeing reconstruction or repair of thousands of earthquake damaged Christchurch homes.
Until recently, Tom was a long-serving member of the Abbeyfield Christchurch committee and guided the committee through the development of the Hornby project. His expertise was crucial as the project has negotiated earthquake caused delays, council regulatory and compliance issues and funding hurdles. 

Barry Mills

Barry was manager of the Air Force Retirement Village in Perth until his own retirement. The village houses over 400 residents in 241 units, included a 40 bed nursing home, 60 bed hostel and 4 motel units. The facilities included clubroom/restaurant, bowling green and tennis courts.
Barry is currently Chair of Abbeyfield Nelson which manages two Abbeyfield houses in Nelson. He has acted as house manager and property manager for each property at different times.

David Burt BA (Hons); Dip TP; Dip Bus Admin

David is an independent director of Abbeyfield Properties Ltd. He is a focused senior manager with extensive experience in creating and delivering innovative policy initiatives and high profile events in the tourism and community sectors both within New Zealand and internationally.
David is currently Manager Events for Auckland City Council. He has been responsible, in this and in his former role with Tourism New Zealand, for contributing to significant growth in New Zealand tourism.

Graeme Roberts MA (Hons), Dip TP, MNZPI
Graeme is an independent director of Abbeyfield Properties Ltd. He is a widely experienced land use planner and project manager with over 30 years working experience. 
Graeme is currently serving as Technical Director, Planning for Beca Ltd. He leads teams of planners and other professionals on a range of domestic and international planning and other projects. He has a specific mandate to assist with the development of the Beca Group’s project portfolio in the Pacific Islands and projects for the major multi and bi-lateral lending and development agencies. 

Kevin Peterson   CA
Kevin is an independent director of Abbeyfield Properties Ltd. He is a Chartered Accountant with over 40 years’ experience both locally and internationally with major accounting firms and other local businesses .He has previously owned and operated one of the largest retail franchise operations in New Zealand with over 160 outlets. 
Kevin is currently working as an Independent Business Consultant from his base in Queenstown and specialises in providing financial advice and business planning principally with small to medium sized enterprises. He is very active in the local community and is a long serving committee member of Millbrook Country Club.

Abbeyfield International

Abbeyfield International was incorporated in November 1988 as a registered charity to respond to the increasing number of enquiries about Abbeyfield housing from outside the United Kingdom. In October 2010 Abbeyfield International merged with The Abbeyfield Society (TAS - the UK parent body). The objective of the merger was to enable the UK Society's greater resources to be utilised to accelerate the establishment of Abbeyfield style supported housing across the world.

Helping the world in housing and caring for older people.
Abbeyfield International promotes the Abbeyfield concept globally using its network of member national societies and, through them, an extended network of local societies.
Currently there are Abbeyfield operations in five territories outside the UK spread over five continents. These are currently Australia, Belgium, Canada, South Africa, New Zealand.


Abbeyfield New Zealand
Level One,
40 Halifax Street

PO Box 482
Nelson 7040
New Zealand
P: +64 3 546 6459
E: office@abbeyfield.org.nz
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