Atawhai Care


Our Care offering

Situated in park-like grounds, our dwellings come with their own outdoor areas, providing a great sense of tranquility and space. Conveniently located only minutes ride away in the minibus, which stops at our front gate, Atawhai offers peace and quiet plus a connection to the village.


Our residents say Atawhai has a lovely homely feeling. The staff are friendly and helpful, and love what they do.


Each resident benefits from a personal care plan and is expertly monitored to provide them with the exact level of care they need. Atawhai also offers Care Suites, which means that there is no need to move any time your needs change.


Activities Programme

We run an award winning activities programme designed to meet the needs of all our residents. It includes a diverse range of daily group and one to one activities as well as regular events and entertainment.
Monthly themed lunches, a la carte restaurant evenings and happy hours always prove popular with residents and their families alike. 
Regular activities including cooking and exercise classes, arts and craft, Men’s club, Housie, crosswords, knitting, gardening, games, quizzes, indoor bowls and church services are just some of the group activities residents can enjoy in one of our two lounges, in the dining room or outdoors.

In addition, we have visits from local schools and kindy children, artists and other community groups as well as bi weekly entertainment by local singers and musicians. Our Chesterhope lounge is also set up with Sky TV so residents don’t miss special events such as the Rugby World Cup.

For those who like to venture out, we offer something for everyone, including fishing trips, gallery visits, shopping, outings to parks, cafés and the RSA, or simply sit back and enjoy one of our weekly sightseeing tours around the beautiful Hawkes Bay. 
Because everyone loves a bit of friendly competition, we take on some of the other homes in the area in bowling matches, quizzes and our version of the Commonwealth Games.

Of course, families are a special part of our residents life’s and are always welcome and encouraged to join in. Whether it’s one of our special BBQ lunch outings by the beach, an outing to events such as Horse of the Year or any of our daily or weekly activities or events.

One on one walks, hand massage, pampering, reminiscing, talking books, music, chats, pet therapy are some of the one to one activities we also offer.
There is never a dull moment and something for everyone at Atawhai!


What’s Near By

Taradale Shopping Centre is only 10 minutes walk away, offering  a post office, bookstore, cafes, restaurants, hairdressers, Caroline Eve and other ladies fashion shops, menswear shops, computer shop, lotto, banks, and gift shops.


Taradale Library, Bridge and Bowling Clubs, Taradale Park and Rose Garden, Pettigrew Green Arena and gym are also very close by.


To view available Atawhai Care Suite listings click here



  • Rest Home

  • Hospital

  • Care Suites

  • Respite

  • Retirement Village VIEW
  • “I can’t speak highly enough of Atawhai, the excellent care brought me back to where I should have been health wise. There are plenty of activities to choose from, good meals and all staff are wonderful.” - Elva Burns, Resident

  • “I would recommend Atawhai to anyone. My wife receives great care and the way staff talk to residents make them feel at home. The amount of activities that go on is good therapy as well.” - David Kellett, Husband of Atawhai Resident

  • “I think Atawhai is wonderful. We are very well looked after and if you ever need anything, all you have to do is ask. If I were anywhere else, I wouldn't be able to do all the things I want to do.” - Merrie Leipst, Resident

  • I would like to congratulate the chef and kitchen staff, you all give us a great variety and wonderful service. You are all unsurpassed and incomparable to none. I am grateful for your services. - Barry, Atawhai Resident

  • “Atawhai has a homely feel to it and staff really care for the residents. The activities team always encourages residents to go on outings and join in activities. I enjoy coming along to outings with my husband and helping out when I can.” - Dot McLeod, Wife of Atawhai Resident

Staff Profile

  • Debbie Dillon

    Debbie Dillon

    Business and Care Manager

    021 850480

    Debbie was born and bred in the Hawke’s Bay and is passionate about working with the elderly. She loves being able to build relationships with residents and their families and help make a difference in their lives. Debbie has plenty of experience in Management having been involved with her Family Businesses . A trained Chef, and former Regional Food Service Manager, she has won awards (and the hearts of the residents) with the fantastic food at Atawhai. Outside of work she has two young children who keep her busy with sports and outdoor pursuits.

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  • Philippa Keehan

    Philippa Keehan

    Clinical Manager

    Pip is a registered nurse with over 25 years experience. Pip joined our team in 2001 moving from another aged care provider. She loves being able to make a difference in people's lives, in particular helping residents and their families through palliative care situations by making sure they are as supported and comfortable as possible. At home Pip is kept busy by her twin girls, playing taxi for their cheer leading and other after school activities

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  • Beverly Shepherd

    Beverly Shepherd


    Beverly has an administration background going back many years, she has previously worked for local authorities and trade organisations, before moving into Aged Care Administration in 2007. Although Beverly is originally from Taranaki, she loves calling Napier home because of the local wines and fabulous climate.

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  • Déborah Watts

    Déborah Watts

    Care Suite Services Coordinator

    Déborah is our Care Suite Services Coordinator. She has been working for Oceania since 2012, mainly as a qualified Diversional Therapist. She loves being able to make a positive difference in her residents’ lives in any way she can as well as help family members. Deborah is originally from France and loves to travel back to Europe or anywhere in NZ or around the world with her family.

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  • Helen Williams

    Helen Williams

    Diversional Therapist

    Helen first worked at Atawhai in 2013 as a Healthcare Assistant, since then she has completed her studies to become a qualified Diversional Therapist. Helen had a background in sales which provided a good basis to build on people skills. She enjoys the warm and friendly relationships she has with all of our residents and she loves to organize numerous activities to keep our residents busy and entertained

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  •  Jo Wright

    Jo Wright


    Jo is the facility pocket rocket, if you need to know anything about the facility or local area just ask Jo. Having lived in Napier all of her life she has a wealth of knowledge about the area and the local history. With her friendly nature she brings a strong sense of family and belonging to Atawhai residents and their families.

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  • Dean Bernstone

    Dean Bernstone

    Kitchen Manager

    Dean has vast experience in the Hospitality and Seafood Industries. He has managerial and teaching experience in the food industry and has been an executive chef in numerous international establishments. Dean has returned to Hawkes Bay for the quieter lifestyle and to be closer to his family. He is enjoying bringing tasty and innovative meals to our residents in “Dean’s Restaurant”.

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Features and Services

  • Vans / minibus

  • En Suites

  • Outdoor seating

  • Happy Hour

  • GP/Nurse Practitioner Visits

  • Podiatrist

  • Hot Drink Facilities for Families

  • Hairdresser

  • Emergency call buttons

  • Pharmac Approved

  • I Love Music

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