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Tainui Day Centre launched in Opunake

Another 'first' for Taranaki and BAF

With a sprinkling of gentle exercise, a quiz, laughter and a delicious morning tea the official opening of the Tainui Day Centre at St Barnabas, Opunake occurred on Monday 17 July. 

Left to right Andrew Brock, Bishop’s Action Foundation (BAF); Martin Hook, CEO, Tainui Home Trust; Jenny Cavaney, Tainui Day Centre Coordinator; Karen Christian, Regional Administrator Central and Reverend Ian Sargent St Barnabas.

The Tainui Day Centre is focused on making a real difference combating the challenge of loneliness and social isolation facing many elderly people in our communities.  The Tainui Day Centre provides an opportunity for guests to connect and enjoy the company of others while participating in social activities, games and gentle exercise and a morning tea.  The programme already has 20 guests. 

Martin Hook, The Tainui Home Trust Board CEO said: “The Tainui Day Centre is an exciting new initiative of the Tainui Home Trust’s outreach, and fills a real need in local areas in terms of providing invaluable social interaction and companionship to those who may be lonely or isolated. We are delighted to be working with The Bishop’s Action Foundation and the Diocese to bring the programme to the Taranaki region.”  


The wonderful St Barnabas volunteers and coordinator who bring this mission to life.

The programme is for those of any religious or cultural background who may live alone or may be in need of companionship, help and support.  The programme is funded by the Tainui Home Trust Board with operational support from The Bishop’s Action Foundation.

Archbishop Philip Richardson said: “It is wonderful to see the Tainui Day Centre providing support and fellowship to the elderly in the Opunake and coastal community.  The companionship, activities and laughter provided by the Centre reinforce that it is often the smaller things that we can provide that can leave the biggest impression on a person’s life.”

The Bishop’s Action Foundation is having further discussions with the Tainui Home Trust Board about the implementation of more Tainui Day Centres around Taranaki.  This is an exciting development as we know there is a growing need for the programme, especially with our ageing population.

For more information about the Tainui Day Centre contact Andrew at the Bishop’s Action Foundation 06 759 1178 extension 12.


Story Published: 19th of July - 2017

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