“Abbeyfield is a volunteer effort of goodwill.”

New Zealand beginnings

The concept of Abbeyfield was introduced to New Zealand in 1991 by Wakefield GP Dr Ted Bassett who had travelled to the United Kingdom to look for housing solutions for the increasing ageing population in the Nelson district.

Captivated by the Abbeyfield way, Dr Bassett returned home where he served on the Nelson Regional Coordinating Committee for accommodation of the aged. His enthusiastic promotion recruited a small and energetic group of supporters and Abbeyfield in New Zealand was born.

Abbeyfield New Zealand Inc was first established as a charitable organisation in 1992. 

New Zealand today

Currently fifteen Abbeyfield Societies are affiliated to the national body, operating twelve Abbeyfield houses supporting 133 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 (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 (2010), and Christchurch (2015). Further projects are in development in Leeston, where construction has begun on a 14 studio house. A second Christchurch house is i n the planning stage, and local societies are actively working to establish houses in Greymouth, Blenheim and Kapiti.

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 CC 23346.
Our national patron is Dame Rosie Horton DNZM  QSO  QSM.

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 of the United Kingdom. In October 2010 Abbeyfield International merged with The Abbeyfield Society (the UK parent body). The object of the merger is 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.

We are affiliated to Abbeyfield International, the Federation of affiliated Abbeyfield Societies
Currently there are Abbeyfield operations in seven territories outside the UK spread over five continents. These are currently Australia, Belgium, Canada, Jersey, Mexico, South Africa, New Zealand.

Abbeyfield New Zealand governance

Abbeyfield New Zealand Incorporated is governed by a Board as set out in the registered constitution.
The Board is made up as follows:
1. A volunteer Chairperson elected annually by the members
2. Four volunteer members elected for two-year terms by the members
3. The Executive Officer (non voting)

Meet the Board

Simon Hayes

Simon Hayes - Wakatipu
Chairman - Abbeyfield New Zealand Incorporated
Committee member - Abbeyfield Wakatipu Inc
Chairman - Governance Committee
Director - Abbeyfield Trust Properties Ltd

Peter Ladd - Masterton
Board Member Abbeyfield New Zealand Inc Committee member Abbeyfield Masterton
Jenny Baldwin - Auckland 
Board Member - Abbeyfield New Zealand Inc
Chairperson - Abbeyfield Auckland
Chairperson of Abbeyfield Risk Committee
Susan Jenkins - Nelson 
Executive Officer (non voting) Abbeyfield New Zealand Inc

Company Secretary - Abbeyfield Properties Ltd; Abbeyfield Trust Properties Ltd
Secretary - Abbeyfield Foundation Charitable Trust (non voting)


Martin Stephenson - Auckland
Board Member: Abbeyfield NZ
Treasurer: Abbeyfield Auckland Inc


Simon Hayes - Wakatipu
Chairman - Abbeyfield New Zealand Incorporated
Committee member - Abbeyfield Wakatipu Inc
Chairman - Governance Committee
Director - Abbeyfield Trust Properties Ltd  


Simon Hayes - Wakatipu
Chairman - Abbeyfield New Zealand Incorporated
Committee member - Abbeyfield Wakatipu Inc
Chairman - Governance Committee
Director - Abbeyfield Trust Properties Ltd  

Abbeyfield Properties Ltd

Abbeyfield Properties Ltd (APL) is the entity for owning 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.
Terry is Chairman of the Building Standards and Design Guidance sub-committee of the Board of Abbeyfield NZ, of which he has been a Board member since 2007. He was formerly Chair of Abbeyfield Auckland. 

     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.
Tom is a long-serving member of the Abbeyfield Christchurch committee and has guided the committee through the development of the Hornby project. His expertise has been 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. 

    Barry Davis

Barry Davis is a Director of Abbeyfield Trust Properties Ltd and Treasurer for Abbeyfield Whangarei. 
Now retired, Barry was a founding member of the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC). He was Corporate Secretary and a member of the Senior Management Team for much of his time with ACC. Barry is involved in a wide range of voluntary activities in his retirement.  

    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 specialising 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 New Zealand
Level One,
200 Hardy Street

PO Box 482
Nelson 7040
New Zealand
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