Tairawhiti Museum, Positive Ageing and Proactive Engagement

Services for older people in Tairāwhiti

There are a wide variety of organisations that offer services for older people living in Tairāwhiti, both within Gisborne and in the smaller towns and rural areas. The following table presents a summary of some of the main services.
Organisations providing services for older people in Tairāwhiti

Age Concern Tairawhiti
Promotes and advances welfare and interests of the elderly. Provides information of services and assistance available and organises seminars. Initiates projects to enhance the lives of the elderly socially, emotionally and physically and ensures adequate standards in both community and residential care and elder abuse
and neglect education, awareness response service. Also operates a Horticultural Project for 55+ years age group.
61 Lowe Street, Gisborne 06 867 6533 Frances Toroa
Alzheimer’s Gisborne
Provides support, information, education programmes and services appropriate to the local community, including Sherwood Club Help for those at home.
Morris Adair Building, Gisborne Hospital. 06 867 0752.
Arohaina Resource Centre for Seniors (Anglican Care)
A not for profit community organisation which aims to give full support for quality of life and independent living for older people in the Gisborne District. Services include physical exercise sessions, social activity programmes, including speakers and a weekly lunch and a drop-in centre.
396 Aberdeen Road, Gisborne 06 867 7675 Miriam Swarbrick
Bowling Clubs
Gisborne Bowling Club, 28 Wainui Rd, 06 867 3050
Kahutia Bowling Club, Cobden Street, 06 867 6556
Poverty Bay Bowling Club, 111 Ormond Rd, 06 867 2398
Riverside Women’s Bowling Club, 111 Disraeli St, 06 867 5966
Ruatoria Bowling Club, Bowling Green Rd, 06 864 8348
Te Karaka Bowling Club, 62 Station Rd, 06 862 3830
Tokomaru Bay Bowling Club, West End Banks St, 06 862 6518
Care & Craft Centres Inc. (Gisborne)
Caters for lonely housebound people and disabled adults who are encouraged to participate in a wide variety of handcrafts and social activities. 
06 867 6199 Dot McCulloch
Church Groups
Individual churches, such as House of Breakthrough Cnr Ormond and Lytton Roads 06 868 8282 organise services and activities for the older members of their congregations.
CCS Disability Action
Provides services and support for all people with disabilities. Works in partnership with disabled people, their whānau and families, the wider community and government and other NGOs.
Gisborne Service Centre, 7 Ormond Road. 06 867 1249
Citizens Advice Bureau
Provides a free, impartial and confidential service of information, guidance and support to all individuals.
State Insurance Building, 124A Bright Street
06 867 2606 Chairperson Ian McIldowie
Enliven Presbyterian Support East Coast’s Positive AgeingServices
Aims to ensure that the physical, spiritual, emotional, cultural and social
needs are met, for older people who require assistance to achieve quality of life. Services include:
·       Twice-weekly Enliven “active” Day programme for over 65s
·       Caring for Carers: Support group for unpaid carers
·       Befriending service: Visiting elderly who are isolated or living alone.
 06 868 1399 Sandra Glassland
50’s Forward
Weekly aerobics classes and other activities
06 868 9943 ext 701
Gisborne Palliative Care Service
C/- Gisborne Hospital 06 869 0552
Gisborne Senior Citizens Association Inc
Dedicated to enhancing quality of life for over 50s by supporting physical, social and emotional needs through educational, recreational and task assistance programmes, transportation, volunteer opportunities and aid to family and other supporters.
30 Grey Street. 06 867 2333
Grey Power Gisborne                               
Voice for older citizens nationally and locally on all issues of relevance, especially provision of quality health care regardless of income and location.
President Mary Lynch 06 863 0531
Hearing Therapy Services (Life Unlimited) Gisborne Region
326 Kahutia Road 06 863 2836
Māori Women’s Welfare League
06 867 9030
359 Gladstone Rd 
NASC (Needs Assessment and Service Coordination) Tairawhiti District Health (Gisborne)
Morris Adair Building, Gisborne Hospital, 06 869 0570
Ngati Porou Hauora Community Support Services
Gina Haig 06 8646 803 Ext 860
Poverty Bay Federation of Women’s Institute
Encourages the growth of skills among members including handcraft, literary,
acting, photography, cooking and aims to enable women to take an effective part in the life of their community and its development. Encompasses 5 institutes which provide instruction and encourage participation in drama, art music, public speaking, cooking and floral art. Provides women with opportunities to exchange information, contacts or experiences, and through personal connections and building relationships improve conditions, especially for women living in rural and remote areas.
06 868 6316 Jean Mills
Probus Club of Gisborne
  Probus is an association of active retirees who join together in clubs, the basic purpose of which is to provide regular opportunities for them to keep their minds active, expand their interests and to enjoy the fellowship of new friends. Activities include monthly talks, physical activity, travel.
 Claire 06 868 6273
Salvation Army Gisborne
389 Gladstone Road
06 868 9468 Graeme Medland
Senior Net Gisborne Inc.
Offers computer courses for over 55s.
06 868 5622 Brendon Gill
Sunshine Service
  Pre booked door to door transport service fordisabled and older persons living in Gisborne.
389 Gladstone Road 06 867 2905
Tairawhiti District Health Board
Older people’s health and wellbeing is one of seven service development strategic priorities.
Te Aitanga a Hauiti Charitable Trust Inc.
8-12 Main Road, Tolaga Bay
Te Waiora o Nukutaimeha
Māori caucus of the Tairāwhiti District Health Board has an interest in the health and well being of all Māori including kuia, kaumatua and kaiawhina (carers) and an interest in groups that have the good of the region’s seniors at heart and seek active ways to improve their lives.
Turanga Health
Provides help for those at home. Has a Kaumātua marae-based programme delivered on a Tuesday fortnightly basis.
145 Derby Street 06 869 0763 or 06 869 0457
Turanganui Primary Health Organisation (TPHO)
Services to improve access local health programmes contracted by TPHO in helping people with high health needs to get to the doctor or Turanga Health.
Peel Street, Gisborne. 06 863 2661
U3A Gisborne
An international group for those who join together to enjoy learning experiences.
06 867 6147
Rest Homes (Gisborne)
- Albert Park Residential Care, 17 Albert Street.
- Dunblane Rest Home, Hospital and Dementia Care, 178 Rutene Road,
06 867 4759.
- Kiri Te Kanawa Dementia Care, Hospital Care, Rest Home Care, Gwyneth Place, Riverdale.
- Leighton House Rest Home Care, 2 Cheeseman Road, Inner Kaiti, 06 867 7697.
- Riverview Rest Home 505 Aberdeen Road, Te Hapara, 06 867 0470.
- Sunrise Residential Care, 17 Albert Street, 06 867 4476.
- Te Wiremu House Rest Home, Dementia and Hospital Care, 06 867 5817.
Retirement Housing
- Arohaina Retirement Housing, 396 Aberdeen Road
- Attlee Place Retirement Housing, Carnavon Street
- Āwhina Court Retirement Housing, 1 Ayton Street, Mangapapa
- Barwick Place Retirement Housing, 130 Wainui Road, Kaiti
- Beetham Lifestyle Village Retirement Housing, Beetham Avenue, 06 868 3902
- Bruere Retirement Housing, 621 Aberdeen Road
- Craig Court Retirement Housing, 15 Craig Road, Kaiti
- Dunblane Retirement Housing, 178 Rutene Road
- Elgin Court Retirement Housing, Elgin Court, 184 Lytton Road, Elgin
- Frances Gregory Court Retirement Housing, 20 Jackson Street, Kaiti
- Kiri Te Kanawa Retirement Housing
- Lytton Court Retirement Housing, 169 Lytton Road, Elgin
- Rangimarie Court Retirement Housing, 2 Hospital Road, Mangapapa
- Salvation Army Edward Murphy Village, 481 Aberdeen Road, 06 868 9468
- Sycamore Park Retirement Housing, 690 Gladstone Road, 06 868 1000
- Te Karaka Court Retirement Housing, Balfour Road
- Wildish Court Retirement Housing, Wildish Street, Kaiti

 Note: This information has been kindly taken from the full research document "Tairawhiti Museum, Positive Ageing and Proactive Engagement', Fay Butts, 2011. If you would like to access the full document or to discuss the Tairawhiti Museum Positive Ageing Pilot Project please contact Dr David Butts, Director of Tairawhiti Museum on 06 867 3832




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