News & Views

Enjoying the fruits of their labour

It's easy to be a morning person when there is fresh marmalade for breakfast! Atawhai residents have come together to make a great big batch out of oranges and tangelos harvested from their very own garden.

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Gracelands celebrates weddings

Love was in the air at Gracelands Rest Home after a week long celebration spent reminiscing on one of the most important days of their lives.

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Making exercise fun

Exercise strengthens both the mind and body, and even more so when it's enjoyable! Atawhai rest home have travelled back to their younger days of Saturday night dances with their popular new exercise routine- disco classes.

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Food is the Way to their Hearts

Chef Dean Bernstone has a deep respect for the elderly and is using his culinary skills to express that respect and appreciation, much to the delight of residents at Atawhai Rest Home.

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Long-lasting marriage celebrated

They met 62 years ago at a ballroom dancing class in Sri Lanka and now this loved up couple are celebrating their 55th wedding anniversary at Atawhai rest home where Kingsley has been recovering from cancer treatment.

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94-year-old remembers his fallen crewmates

In 1939, 16 year old Norman Streeter enlisted in the Royal Air Force. This ANZAC Day, Norman reflected on his time in the service on land and in the air, but most significantly, the crash that ended his war experience.

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Everyday items evoke memories

Volunteers from the Central Hawke's Bay Settlers Museum arrived at Atawhai rest home with a very special suitcase. From shearing gear to spark plugs, these everyday items evoked all sorts of memories for our residents.

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Millie a purr-fect mate for Atawhai residents

Since Millie was rescued from the SPCA three years ago, she's brought happiness to Atawhai residents' lives - so much so, she even scored herself a spot on TV as the inspiration for Oceania's popular 'Magic Moments' ad.

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Music brings memories

It's amazing what memories, and even feelings, can be triggered simply by the lyrics and tune of a song. Our award winning I Love Music programme allows residents, and their families, to enjoy their old time favourites on one single device.

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