Here at the Village we rely hugely on the input and goodwill of some Very Important People – our Volunteers. They are hugely important to the day-to-day operation of the Village and get involved in a wide range of activities here.
Each year we hold a Mid-Winter Christmas Party for these lovely folk to thank them for their efforts.
Everybody took to the theme of India for this year’s Xmas BBQ, amazing how many people own saris!
Our very own cook Donna embraced the challenge and we had a fantastic meal with the tastes of India and yes, it was still a BBQ.
Thanks to those wonderful volunteers and staff who gave up their own time to decorate the community centre.
One of Northland's last surviving World War II veterans has been awarded France's highest honour for his part in liberating the country from Nazi occupation. Ray Tait, 94, was made a Chevalier (Knight) in the Legion d'honneur (Legion of Honour) in a ceremony at Auckland's Motat Museum.Read more
Best wishes to Nell Graveson who celebrated her 100th birthday on January 14. Nell, who is one of our original cottage residents and remains in the same cottage some 30 years on, didn't want a huge party. She opted for a number of intimate celebrations instead, the highlight of which was a Thai Banquet with her children and grandchildren.Read more
Back on May 1st 2002, when we officially opened the Administration Block, our offices were full of the latest equipment. But after 15 years and significant growth, our phone system is no longer up to the task. This week Royce Clark from Roycom decommissioned our old PABX and replaced it with a new VOIP PABX.Read more
Many thanks to Andrew Fergus of Bay of Islands Computers who ran a short seminar on online security. Andrew gave lots of tips on how to prevent scammers accessing your computer or bank accounts and how to protect your identity. There was a short Q & A session and we were all given some handy notes to take home.Read more
We have five staff members who have recently achieved significant milestones in their service with Kerikeri Retirement Village. Frank Lewis and Logan Strong have clocked up 10 years of employment while Mary Elliott, Robyn Rihari and Lillian Urrutia have all passed the 15 year mark.Read more
Our residents enjoyed a pleasant afternoon sampling the local wines at Byrne and Ake Ake vineyards. Special thanks to Vintners John and Tereza who advised that it had been a bumper grape season and explained more about the growing process and the qualities of the resultant wines.Read more
On Jan 14, Nell Graveson, one of our very first cottage residents turned 100. Nell, who still lives in the same cottage some 30 years on, decided she didn't want a big party and instead opted for a number of small events over a few days starting with shouting a few drinks for her many village friends in the Social Centre on the eve of her birthday.Read more
We are lucky to have the support of our community and especially all the wonderful volunteers who give of their time helping with reading mail, arranging flowers, helping to run entertainment and a myriad of other tasks that make a huge difference to the lives of our residents.Read more
Every Monday from 10-11am Jill Freeman from 'Simply Wonderful' runs Seated Tai Chi in the H.Murray room at the Village. The class is designed to help those with arthritis and mobility issues retain their strength and range of movement and according to participants is "also very relaxing".Read more
We love a good party and what better excuse than the fact that we have been operating for 30 years? Amongst the guests at our Founder's Day Function were village residents, past and current board members, the Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Kerikeri and lots of volunteers and staff.Read more
Today Kerikeri threw a parade for Olympic Gold Medallists Blair Tuke & Peter Burling. The parade started just across the road at Woodlands and event organisers Lynda Hurley and Dave Keen kindly organised a visit to our residents who were thrilled to meet the team in person and get a close look at the medals.Read more
For over 20 years the Bay of Islands Day and Social Club has run monthly Community Dinners which are open to both residents and seniors from the wider community. The Bay of Islands Day and Social Club consisted of around 20 core volunteers who did everything from the meal prep, to cooking and serving dinner, running raffles and doing the dishes (apparently this was the domain of the men).Read more
Anzac Day is a time of special celebrations as our residents recall life during war time and remember those who lost their lives. This year Countdown Kerikeri wanted to acknowledge the sacrifices that all our seniors made during those times and decided to treat our residents to a fabulous morning tea.Read more
General Manager Betty Petrie leaves us after 25 years of service to the Village. Many of the local Health Practitioners, together with suppliers and the Board of the Kerikeri Village Trust, gathered at a high tea to celebrate Betty's achievements over her time at the village and to wish her well for the future.Read more
We invited the public to buy a pillowcase and decorate it and then we auctioned off the results to raise funds for new alternating mattresses for the Care Facility. The alternating mattresses have small pockets of air which inflate and deflate intermittently to alter the person's body position which prevents bedsores.Read more