With our 25th birthday just around the corner, we’ve moved to a new home in the heart of New Brighton, Christchurch – less than 1km away from where the company began in 1997.
“It’s been a tough time for businesses over the past few years – especially for those of us in Christchurch – so I’m incredibly proud that we’ve continued growing the company despite all the challenges. We’re already looking ahead to the next 25 years,” says Director Esther Perriam.
“We have deep roots in New Brighton – it’s a community we are proud to have been part of for almost 25 years. The move into central New Brighton shows our commitment to the area and we hope it will encourage more businesses to migrate here too.”
The relocation will provide an opportunity for us to continue expanding our business while providing a platform for the future. We already have plans to further increase our staff numbers over the coming months, with a new team member starting in January. The move coincides with the launch of our new service ‘Making Life Easier’, an online directory that allows people and their loved ones to find local care and support options, community and advocacy groups, and service providers all in one place.
The new offering is all about empowering older people to live their best lives, something we see as especially important given the challenges posed by Covid-19 restrictions.“We know many older people are happy living at home and just need a bit of extra support now and again – whether they require a little assistance around the house, need some professional advice or simply want to connect with like-minded people. Yet these services can be difficult to find if you don’t know where to look or if you’re not sure yet what you are looking for. That’s why we believe Making Life Easier will be a real lifeline for thousands of kiwis,” Esther says.
Co-founded in 1997 by Brighton local Eleanor Bodger (who remains a director of the company), Eldernet was established in response to seeing a need for a comprehensive information service that focused on issues concerning older kiwis. Starting off as one of the original websites in the country, the company originally ran out of a bedroom in Eleanor’s family home. We now employ 20 staff and have become recognised as one of New Zealand’s most trusted providers of information for older people, their whānau and professionals working in the sector.