Dedicated locals still set the agenda for Kerikeri Retirement Village

Have you ever wondered how the Kerikeri Retirement Village works? Who owns it, how it’s run and how decisions are made? The answer surprises many people who aren’t aware of the close ties that have existed for decades between the Village and the Kerikeri community. 

Kerikeri Retirement Village was established in 1986 as a community venture to provide independent, assisted living and total care needs for the town’s elderly.

It was decided back then that the Village would be governed by a Board of Trustees comprising Kerikeri residents. This arrangement still stands; current Trustees are Mike Simm, Suzanne Brocx, John Baird, Kevin Hall, Brent Hewitt and Vicki Douglas - all highly-skilled locals with intimate knowledge of our town, its people and their needs.

They have oversight of the Village’s operations and provide direction to the chief executive and management.

Appointment to the Board is for a three-year term, re-electable for two further terms. Trustees meet bi-monthly at the Village and, remarkably, they’re all unpaid volunteers.

This is astonishing when you consider that these are particularly challenging times for the aged care sector. Demand for our services is increasing like never before, regulation is the tightest it has ever been and unprecedented pressure is being placed on resources. So imaginative and solutions-led governance is needed.

Happily we’re able to find it right here at home.