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Heretaunga Seniors
Community Groups
St Martins Hall
1120 Willowpark Road North
Hastings 4122
Postal Address
Same as above
Hawke's Bay
(06) 870 7025
(06) 870 7026
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Kirsteen Keene - (06) 870 7025
Anglican Care Waiapu
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We are a community centre for older people. Our mission is to support older people to remain living independently in their own homes, and to provide programmes that meet the social needs of this age group, particularly those who (for whatever reason), can no longer drive. Our day programmes also provide respite and support for family members and carers who are supporting an older person who is living with them in the community
Community Group Types
Community Group Types
Community Group Types Status Details
Health and Disability Support Groups and Contacts Yes We can assist you with making contact with relevant services. We provide a resource service to older persons or their families who require information.
Community Organisations Yes We are a community centre providing Keep Fit classes, computer classes, speakers, entertainment, luncheons, card games, housie, bowls & monthly van outings. We offer transport to all our activities as needed and operate from Mondays to Thursdays.
Relationship and Counselling Services Yes We have a Pastoral Care Co-ordinator who provides support and a 'listening ear'. She will also refer on and assist you with making contact with relevant services.
Fitness and Recreation Yes Exercise programme Our Fitness programme operates on Monday mornings followed by morning tea. If you can sit in a chair you will be able to take part! Thursday mornings is for games ie:scrabble, rummikub, cards, indoor bowls & housie.
Church/Religious Group Yes Heretaunga Seniors operates under the auspices of Anglican Care Waiapu which is a Christian organisation committed to the values of love and justice for all people. Heretaunga Seniors is open to all.
Updated: 5 Jan 2015
Heretaunga Seniors is open to the community four days a week. We invite you to come along and join us for some fun, good food and friendship in a place that is both warm and welcoming. This is a community centre “where everyone knows your name”. Most of our members are 75yrs plus but there is no age limit and we have a modest annual membership fee of $15 .

We know that it is difficult whatever your age, to join a new group so we try to make this process much easier. You can contact our service yourself or someone else such as your Doctor another health professional or family member may make a referral. In the first instance we will get your contact details and arrange for our friendly ‘Pastoral Care Co-ordinator’ to pop around and meet you. She will talk to you about what you would like to happen, tell you about our service, give you some written information as well as arranging transport for you if you would like to attend the Centre and will even ring to remind you before you are picked up on the day.

To make sure that you feel comfortable coming along to the Centre on your first couple of weeks we ‘buddy’ you up with one of our volunteers who will help you familiarise yourself with us and the surroundings.

Each day at the Centre is different and there should be something happening each day that will appeal to you.

Monday: 'Therapeutic Exercises' - with a focus on strength and balance - If you can sit in a chair you can take part. Each session is followed by morning tea.
Craft Group - Mondays 12.30- 2.00pm. 500 Card Club Mondays - 1.00 - 3.00pm
Frozen meals may be purchased from the centre any day, but a free delivery service operates on Monday mornings.

Tues: Digital Seniors - Computer support for older people - involves small groups of 5-6 participants with one to one tuition. In the afternoons each Tuesday we have a Drop-in Internet cafe/hub where seniors can get technical assistance and support with their digital devices be they IPads, Tablets laptops etc.
We also have a Van outing to a place of regional interest on 3rd Tuesday of every month (includes a meal out)

Wednesday is our Community Day. This runs from 9.30am to 1:00pm and attracts a group of about 40-50. The day begins with morning tea after which there is a social hour. This often involves people just enjoying the companionship of others. as well as some puzzles and the occasional quiz for those so inclined. Then the formal entertainment begins, and includes visiting entertainers such as musicians, dancers, kapa haka groups or a visiting school group visit etc, or educational speakers on health, travel, or matters of local interest. We complete the morning with a two course hot meal cooked on site and then transport folk home.

Once a month, on a Wednesday, we have a FOOT CLINIC, with very reasonable charges.We also have a library of both books and DVD's for members to use

Thursday: Games Morning. Indoor bowls, cards - (500, crib, skipbo), scrabble, rummikub etc followed by morning tea and housie. A nutritious 2 course meal, cooked on site, is available at 12 noon for those who wish to stay.
Occasionally we also have a big screen movie.

“Wednesday is the best day of the week.”
“I live for each Wednesday.”
“Coming to Seniors once a week adds structure to my week and I really look forward to it"
"I come for the company.”
“I don’t know where I’d be without you.”

Heretaunga Seniors has been offering a service to the elderly of Hastings, Flaxmere and Havelock North for over 20 years.
A real sense of teamwork by both paid staff and our team of highly valued volunteers is the basis for the success of the service. Three part-time staff members and a great team of approx. 30 volunteers assist the Centre Co-ordinator. Volunteers are matched to their areas of interest eg, kitchen staff, drivers and hostesses. New volunteers are warmly welcomed.

Volunteer Training is held 4 - 5 times per year.

Please contact us for further information about our service. We welcome your call. Phone 870-7025
Updated: 3 Apr 2017
Special Features
Special Features
Provide a'sense of belonging' for all 'older' people who still live independently in their own homes.
Provide a van outing for approx 20 people each month
Provide the sale and free delivery of frozen meals to members
Provide a monthly Foot Clinic at very competitive rates
Provide several bus trips throughout the year
Provide transport to all activities
Provide a follow-up and home/hospital visiting service to members who are unwell.
Updated: 7 Nov 2016
Languages Spoken
Languages Spoken
Language Status Details
English Yes
Updated: 26 Aug 2014
Companionship Self Funded Subsidised After Hours
Day Programme (Dementia Care) Yes No No We receive many referrals for those with mild dementia
Day Programme (Non Dementia) Yes No No We provide social activities from Keep Fit to Computer Training to Games mornings. Most programmes cost $8.00
Lunch Yes No No Two course hot meal cooked on site every Wednesday and Thursday. Cost $15.00 This charge includes morning tea and formal entertainment.
Club/Drop in Centre Yes No No The focus of the Centre is to create a place of belonging for all who attend.
Visiting Service Yes Yes No Free. Please talk to us about your need.
Activities/Exercise Programme Yes No No Our keep fit programme helps you retain your independence.
Other Social Support Yes No No Please feel free to talk to the manager or pastoral care co-ordinator about your needs. If we can not help we will refer you to an appropriate service.
Updated: 3 Apr 2017