Otumarama Care


Our Care Offering

Our beautiful tree-lined driveway opens out to reveal a facility that is not quite what you’re expecting. What you see is one home that houses a very large family. It has been said the front of the building is reminiscent of an English country cottage, possibly due to the vines carpeting the walls of much of the building. Our family is not unlike most others - we have young and old family members and people pop in at regular intervals to care for those who are unable to care for themselves.


Our focus of care is independence. We encourage our residents to do for themselves what they can, while they can. Due to the large number of younger adults at this facility, we provide a service suitable for their age and stage in life. A fun environment is encouraged and we are one of the few facilities that has incorporated a resident buddy system for our younger residents. This means every new resident is teamed up with a resident who is familiar with the routines and the environment. It makes settling in so much easier.


Activities Programme

There’s plenty to do for those who are in the mood for recreation. In the Otumarama common room, residents are encouraged to be as independent as possible. There is a computer workstation, TV lounge and dining room. The activities programme includes crafts, games and quizzes, exercise groups, live music, church services, guest speakers and scenic excursions, just to mention a few. Community pets include two cats, canaries and a tropical fish tank.


There’s a weekly happy hour and special get-togethers are organized for annual celebrations, such as Easter, Mid-Winter and Christmas.


What’s Near By

Otumarama has a primary school on one side, an intermediate on the other and is opposite a high school. This means many of our residents have grandchildren and great grandchildren close by, making visiting easy. The suburb of Stoke is a very close knit community and friends and families are often within walking distance. There is a small shopping centre within very easy walking distance and a larger one just a little further away. It’s not uncommon for the administrator to take a wheelchair resident shopping and to the local library. Nelson Central is approximately a 7 minute drive away.


Room & Facility Features

  • Resident rooms are all spacious, many opening out to a courtyard or patio area
  • Double rooms for couples
  • Nutritious meals are served in residents’ rooms or in the dining area of the common room, where there’s a buffet that allows people to make their own choices. Emphasis is on a tasty menu of family favourites.



  • Rest Home

  • Hospital

  • Respite

  • Palliative | End of life care

  • To everyone at Otumarama, thank you all so very much for the kind and respectful way you always dealt with Mum and I. The staffs informal and very normal way of dealing with the residents and visitors, Bev's wandering through the lounge to have a chat here and there, is great. These things made my visits very comfortable. - Daughter of an Otumarama Resident

  • "Please pass on our thanks to you and your team who have done a marvellous job in caring and settling him in. The professionalism and level of care has been excellent." - Daughter of Oceania resident

  • "You are all very special people, I saw the dignity and respect you show all the residents including my mum, I head back overseas in the knowledge she is very well cared for." - Daughter of Oceania resident

  • "I love to be here. The staff are absolutely incredible. I feel so safe and that's the main thing." - Dorothy Girven, Oceania Resident

  • "Rettie, thank you, all of your staff have done more than we could have ever achieved alone. 2 years and 5 months after our mum fell down and broke her hip – she has melted with your persistent loving care and got up from her chair. Mum’s psychogeriatricist said she may never get up. You have proved this wrong." - Family member of Oceania resident

  • "It occurs to me that 'the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.' To me this means the endless patience, encouragement, support and tireless care your staff give my family cannot be understated." - Family member of Oceania resident

  • "The staff I had most contact with were Diane, Lorraine and Mia. They have been just fantastic, but I realise that everyone has contributed to Mum’s overall care. There were mornings when I had to wait for the staff to finish hugging Mum and telling her to have a lovely time when I came to take her out." - Family members of Oceania resident

  • "Just want to let you know how happy and grateful our family is, not only for the superb care you’re providing for our Mum but also for the wonderful respect and kindness everyone shows to residents and family members." - Family of Oceania resident

  • "On more than one occasion, the nurses came in to talk to Alan and say goodbye to him for the day, before they left at the end of their shift. They all loved him and cared for him in a most special way, even though Alan was unable to speak very much due to a stroke." - Niece of Oceania resident

Staff Profile

  • Sharon Blackbeard

    Sharon Blackbeard

    Facility Manager

    027 323 2526

    Sharon is a Registered Nurse with 21yrs Aged Care experience. She has worked in a number of Management roles in the Nelson/Motueka area and has strong ties with the local Community. She is committed to providing an excellent service to the people of Motueka. Her main areas of interest include Dementia and Palliative care.

    Email: Sharon.blackbeard@

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  • Nicola Tilley

    Clinical Leader

    Nicki has been nursing for many years in a variety specialties - most recently coronary care. She has enjoyed branching out into Aged Care, taking on new challenges, and getting to know the residents who are a lot of fun to work with. In her free time Nicki enjoys relaxing with family.

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  • Thushari Nanayakkara

    Thushari Nanayakkara


    Thushari has been working in Aged Care since 2016 in different capacities including Admin roles, after previously working in an overseas Bank. She is passionate about helping the residents day to day and maintaining their dignity. She plays an integral part in managing accounts and helping residents and families with paperwork. In her own time Thushari enjoys singing and watching movies.

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Features and Services

  • Vans / minibus

  • BBQ Area

  • Physio-therapist

  • Hairdresser

  • Outdoor seating

  • Doctors Visits

  • 24/7 nurse onsite

  • Chaplain

  • Internet

  • Podiatrist

  • Pharmac Approved

  • Emergency call buttons

  • Hot Drink Facilities for Families

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