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Wharekaka Rest Home
Rest Home Care
20 Oxford Street
Martinborough 5711
Postal Address
P O Box 127
Martinborough 5711
06 3069701
(06) 306 9755
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Jenny Prentice - 063069701
Wharekaka Trust Board Inc
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To be the best first choice provider of quality aged care services in the lower North Island.
To maintain the highest quality of care for residents consistent with wise and prudent management.

Wharekaka aims to provide professional and dedicated care for elderly people while promoting their independence in a warm and friendly home like environment.

We encourage respect, independence and involvement in decisions affecting quality of life.
We provide tender loving care and assistance in activities of daily living, without discrimination as to race, sex or religion.
We actively promote honesty, integrity and trustworthiness.
We offer services in a consistent fair manner in an empathic supportive environment.

Service/Facility Details
Service/Facility Details
Contract with DHBYes
ORA Applies No
Updated: 13 Sep 2018
Bed and Vacancy Details
Bed and Vacancy Details
Approximate number of beds at this level of care 14
Premium Room Charges Some Rooms
MOH Certification and Audit Report View MOH certification and audit report (opens in a new tab)
Updated: 23 Dec 2019
"Very happy - I enjoy the staff and other residents".
"Very happy with care provided and the staff are amazing!!""
"Thankyou so much for all you do".
"Thankyou for taking great care of Dad during the past three years."
Updated: 26 Sep 2018
TypeHours Per WeekStatusDetails
Registered Nurse Yes Registered Nursing staff are available 24 hours per day. A Clinical Nurse Manager is available 29 hours per week in addition to the Registered Nurses.
Nurse Practitioner Negotiable We have access through the Martinborough Medical Centre.
Enrolled Nurse 32 Yes
Healthcare Assistants/Caregivers Yes All caregivering staff are highly trained and fully orientated. Staff have either received or working toward National Qualifications.
Physiotherapist Negotiable We have access to private and Wairarapa DHB Physiotherapists.
Occupational Therapist Negotiable We have access via Wairarapa DHB and private O.T.'s by negotiation.
Social Worker (on site) Negotiable We have access to private Social Workers by negotiation. Also available through the Wairarapa DHB.
Diversional Therapist Yes Our varied and active programme caters for all residents. Music, exercise, outings in our vans, bowls, visits by the local Primary school and early childcare centre are amongst some of the stimulating and much anticipated activities provided.
Activities Co-ordinator Yes
Hairdresser Yes A hairdresser visits the facility on a regular basis to provide a range of services for both men and women.
Podiatrist Yes Monthly visits are received from a highly trained professional Podaitrist.
Dietitian Negotiable We have access via Wairarapa DHB. We also employ an independent auditor to review our meal services, including Meals on Wheels.
Accredited Visitors Yes Access is via Age Concern, or WOOPS.
Kaumatua Yes A Kaumatua is available as needed.
Chaplain/Spiritual Advisor Yes Monthly Church services and specific services by request.
Other Personnel Yes Wharekaka Auxiliary are a wonderful group of people who meet monthly and carries out many fundraising activities. They are also involved in providing outings for the residents.
Updated: 13 Sep 2018
Specialities or Areas of Expertise
Specialities or Areas of Expertise
Specialities or Areas of ExpertiseStatusDetails
Oxygen Management Yes As required.
Gastronomy/Nasogastric Management Yes As required in consultation with the appropriate GP or Medical Specialist.
Bariatric (Care of the very overweight) Yes
Palliative Care (Contracted) Yes
End of Life/Palliative Care Yes Wharekaka has a contract with the Wairarapa DHB to provide End of Life care. Care staff are trained to provide this level of support. Kahakura Palliative Care provide support and guidance to the facility as required.
Dialysis Yes As required with the appropriate GP or Medical Specialist support and follow up.
Wound Care Yes Wairarapa DHB wound care specialist offers support to the Clinical Nurse Manager and Registered Nurses.
Diabetic Care Yes Resident's GP with access to the Wairarapa DHB
Continence Advice Yes Also via Wairarapa DHB
Stomal Therapy Yes Also via Wairarapa DHB.
Stroke Rehabilitation Yes As required in consultation with the appropriate GP or Medical Specialist support and follow up.
Tracheotomy Care Yes As required with the appropriate GP or Medical Specialist support and follow up.
Infection Control Yes Also via Wairarapa DHB
Surgical Followup Yes Resident's GP with follow up via Wairarapa DHB. Wharekaka offers Health Recovery Care.
Psychiatric Care Yes Access via Wairarapa DHB
Primary Rural Health Care Yes A Nurse Practitioner is available via the Martinborough Medical Clinic.
Community Health Yes Access via Wairarapa DHB District Nursing.
Clinical Management Yes Wharekaka employs a Clinical Nurse Manager for 29 hours per week.
Other Specialties Yes We have wonderful support from a variety of agencies within the Wairarapa.
Updated: 13 Sep 2018
Respite, Carer Support or other Short Stay
Respite, Carer Support or other Short Stay
Respite, Carer Support or other Short StayStatusDetails
Respite Yes arrangements can be made by contacting the Clinical Nurse Manager. Private or arrangements funded through Focus can be accessed.
Carer Support Yes Daycare is available Monday-Friday. Included is a hot midday meal.
Subsidised Yes This service is available.
Private Paying Yes This service is available.
Booking can be made in advance Yes Respite and Daycare can be booked a month in advance.
Updated: 25 Jun 2014
May Bring Own Furniture Yes OS&H standards apply. However, residents are encouraged to bring some personal furniture and belongings when they move into Wharekaka.
Single Rooms Yes All single rooms, some rooms have ensuites and some have hand washing facilities.
Rooms suitable for a couple Yes Please discuss with the General Manager.
Ensuite Yes Partial or full ensuites are available in some rooms.
Alcohol Permitted Yes Alcohol is permitted however this is monitored by the Clincal Nurse Manager.
Pets In Residence Yes Wharekaka has an Avairy in the garden which is home to many colourful birds. The aviary is very close to the dining room where residents enjoy watching the birds while they dine.
Negotiate To Bring Own Pet Yes At the discretion of the General Manager.
Phone Access In Own Room Yes Portable phone or own land line. An extra line for the use of a computer is available upon request or own land line is at the cost of the resident.
Resident can adjust heating in own room No Heating is through a radiator system. There is a heat pump in the dining room. Radiators are in all bedrooms providing warmth. We do not encourage residents to adjustment the radiators.
Cater for under 65 yrs with Disability Yes Please discuss with the Clinical Nurse Manager and General Manager.
Lounges/seating areas Yes We have a lovely sunny day room and a small sitting area inside the main entrance.
Day Programme for day stay clients Yes Daycare is provided. An exciting and extensive activities programme is run by the Activities Coordinator Monday-Friday, this includes cards, housie, movies and happy hour to name a few.
Outings Yes Daily/ weekly for groups and individuals: movies, meals, shopping, tea in the local cafe's; and visits to places of interest in the district are just a few of the activities. Some residents drive their own scooters.
Whanau Room Yes We will set up an area in the Rest Home as required. Family is welcome to stay with an unwell resident at Wharekaka.
Maori Kaupapa Yes Wharekaka has a close relationship with the local marae and kaumatua.
Residents Committee Yes Facilitated by an independent facilitator. Monthly meetings are held in the day room. Pat Hill is the current resident's advocate. She is also available if required.
Newsletter Yes Monthly.
Policy for management of challenging behaviour Yes Pleae discuss with the Clinical Nurse Manager.
Confused Residents Yes Please discuss with the Clinical Nurse Manager. All residents are assessed daily and have Care Plans where their personal and social safety is the primary goal.
Rural Setting Yes Semi-rural: Martinborough. Large park like grounds and surroundings. within walking distance to the main shopping centre of Martinborough.
Smokers Room No Wharekaka have a smoke free policy with a designated smoking area outside the rest home.
Smoking Permitted Yes Wharekaka operates as a smoke free facility - there is a designated area outside the home for residents to use.
Updated: 13 Oct 2014
Special Features
Special Features
Wharekaka Rest Home is owned and operated by the Wharekaka Trust Board. This 'not for profit' ownership structure ensures that the services are operated on behalf of and for the benefit of the residents in this 19 bed home. Wharekaka also provide eight independent, two bed room villa's and are in the process of building two more villa's. These villas are on land adjacent to the rest home. All Villa's are available as they become vacant on a 'Occupation Rights Agreement' basis and may be purchased in the name of an individual trust. Enquiries are being taken from interested parties for the two villas being built. Please call the Business Manager for further details.

The home is managed by a full time Business Manager with the support of a Nurse Leader for 20 hours per week. We also have a resident care coordinator who is an Enrolled Nurse and works 32hrs per week. The RN is on call outside normal hours.

We have wonderful community involvement in the home and our residents are able to keep up with all the coming and goings of our area. Volunteers from the Ladies Auxiliary visit the home. Besides the social aspects of their visit they also help residents with their everyday purchases from local shops.

Residents tell us that they love Gail’s cooking! Good quality food with a variety of menus is an important part of our care. We enjoy lovely home cooking and baking. Our dining room is conducive to the enjoyment of meal times; it looks attractive. There are expansive views across the garden and the seatings are arranged for four place settings at each round table. Dining tables and chairs are solid wood and the chairs are attractively upholstered and easy to get in and out of. This is a nice setting in which to really enjoy Gail’s cooking.

Visitors are always offered either morning or afternoon tea or even a meal if they are visiting during these times.

Wharekaka is of course located in the wonderful wine growing region of Wairarapa. We are close to The Square and central shopping area, so those who visit from out of town can easily spend a whole day (or more) here, visiting, shopping and sampling the specialties of our region. Visitors are welcome to take a resident out eg for a walk in our own parklike grounds, The Square, shopping or to any of our quality eateries and cafes in town.

We have wonderful support from the wider community, with people donating all manner of things, like fruit and vegetables. We have a group of people who come to the home and bottle or prepare for freezing, any extras.
Updated: 24 Feb 2011
Interests & Activities
Interests & Activities
A comprehensive daily activities and entertainment plan is developed and run by our Activities Coordinator.

We try to focus on meeting all residents’ need whether in group format or for individual requirements, providing stimulating and imaginative opportunities to enjoy according to interests and ability. Where possible we ensure there are a number of excursions to events and interesting destinations within the local area., Activity programme, Advocate, Age Concern, Art, BBQ, Big print books, Housie, Blind Foundation, Bowls, Breakfast in bed, Children, Church, Classical Music, Concerts, Craft, Dancing, Digital camera, Email, Entertainers, Entertainment, Flower arranging, Games, Garden, Happy Hour, Holidays, Indoor Games, Interdenominational, Internet, Library, Meal choices, Movies, Music, Newspaper reading, Parties, Pianist, Picnic facilities, Quizzes, Reading, Religious services, Rotary, RSA, Senior Citizens, Shopping, Sing-a-longs, Singing, Sky TV, Travel, Videos, Visitors, are all areas which we cater to.Please enquire., Canine friends, Digital camera, Email
Updated: 2 Aug 2010
Additional Information
Additional Information
Details about Meals Breakfast is delivered to residents room on their personal tray at about 8:00 am. We encourage residents to attend the dining room for lunch at 12.00 noon (main meal) and dinner at 5pm. Morning and afternoon teas is delivered to residents room or the day room at 10am and 3pm accompanied by some home baking. Supper is available if required. Should a resident require something to eat in between these times we are happy to make something from the kitchen. Residents are surveyed frequently on the meals and the service so that we can continually improve.
Staffing Qualifications and Details Wharekaka staff are: A Registered and Enrolled Nurse with qualified Care Givers supported by administration, domestic, mainenance and gardening staff.
Associated Complexes We have regular outings to/ visits by other facilities in the region
What's included in your fees and what's not Please enquire. Some charges are related to the availability of a partial or complete en-suite in resident rooms
Updated: 2 Aug 2010
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations
Religious/Spiritual AffiliationsStatusDetails
Anglican Yes
Baptist Yes
Christian Yes
Denominations/Faiths represented Yes
Inter denominational Yes
Non denominational Yes
Presbyterian Yes
Roman Catholic Yes
Salvation Army Yes
(Other comments) Yes Wharekaka will assist every resident in having access to their religion or spiritual following of choice
Updated: 2 Sep 2007
Public Transport 0.00 km Public transport is difficult, however there are bus services to Featherston so that people can get the train to Wellington.
Shops 0.50 km There is a lovely little town centre, which is an easy walk from Wharekaka
Mall 0.00 km
Parks 0.00 km Martinborough itself is nestled in parklike surroundings. "The Square" in the centre of town is an easy wlk from Wharekaka. On the first Saturday of February and March this little square becomes the focus of the famous "Martinborough Fair "
Library   There is a library in the township, we also access talking books for our residents as required. We have our own library with donated books.
Updated: Unknown
Credentials & Membership
Credentials & Membership
Credentials & Membership RCStatusDetails
CareerForce Yes
National Certificate in Community Support Services (Core Competencies) Yes
National Certificate in Diversional Therapy Yes
National Certificate in Support of the Older Person (not available after Dec 2010) Yes
New Zealand Aged Care Association (NZACA) Yes Wharekaka is a member of the NZACA.
Registered Retirement Village? Yes Wharekaka is registered under the Retirement Villages Act.
Rest Home MOH Audit Report Available. Yes Please contact the Business Manager if you require a copy.
Retirement Villages Association of New Zealand [Inc] (RVA) Yes
CareerForce New Zealand Aged Care Association (NZACA) Registered Retirement Village? Rest Home MOH Audit Report Available. Retirement Villages Association of New Zealand [Inc] (RVA)
Updated: 2 Aug 2010

The Ministry of Health conducts regular audits of Residential Care Facilities. They can be found HERE.