Abbeyfield New Zealand was founded in 1992 and is part of an international Abbeyfield network which started in the UK, founded by Richard Carr-Gomm in the 1950s.
Abbeyfield houses in New Zealand
Today there are 14 Abbeyfield houses in New Zealand providing a home to 161 residents. They are in Whangarei, Auckland, Hamilton, Masterton, Palmerston North, Takaka, Motueka, Nelson (Stoke and Tahunanui), Christchurch (Hornby and Wigram), Leeston, Queenstown and Dunedin. Local societies are actively working to establish houses in Manukau, Greymouth, Blenheim and Western Bay of Plenty. Find out more about our houses.
Abbeyfield New Zealand is a registered charity (CC23346) and a registered Community Housing Provider (CHP) with the Community Housing Regulatory Authority. We are a member of Community Housing Aotearoa. Our national patron is Dame Rosie Horton DNZM QSO QSM.
The guiding principles established by Richard Carr-Gomm remain at the heart of Abbeyfield New Zealand:
“Abbeyfield is a voluntary effort by people of goodwill to assist older people to achieve a fulfilling way of life. We believe:
- that many older people suffer from loneliness and insecurity, finding it difficult to maintain a large house, and failing to cook themselves nutritious meals
- that older people have an important role to play in the lives of their families, friends and communities
- within each community, individuals can work together to help older people have a secure, comfortable life with the companionship of a small household.”
Click on the image above to watch a video by the Abbeyfield Society in the UK on Abbeyfield’s roots.