Abbey­field meet­ing

Porirua is ‘per­fect’

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A pub­lic meet­ing will be held this Thurs­day evening to gauge in­ter­est in a hous­ing project sig­nalled for Porirua – a 10-bed­room Abbey­field house shared by older peo­plelook­ing to give each other sup­port and com­pan­ion­ship.

Abbey­field is a vol­un­teer-based or­gan­i­sa­tion that pro­vides fam­ilystyle hous­ing for healthy, in­de­pen­dent se­niors, its Porirua spokesper­son Stephen Cross says.

The con­cept was cre­ated in Eng- land in the 1950s by a ma­jor in the Cold­stream Guards. Abbey­field now has 16 ‘‘mem­ber’’ coun­tries, with 6000 res­i­dents in 850 houses.

Op­er­at­ing in New Zealand since the early 1990s, there are 12 homes from Whangarei to Dunedin, of­fer­ing a com­mu­nal, se­cure al­ter­na­tive for el­derly res­i­dents.

‘‘It’s not a rest home,’’ Mr Cross in­sists.

‘‘It’s a lot like flat­ting for older peo­ple. There’s sup­port and the house has a com­mit­tee which makes sure ev­ery­thing runs smoothly, get­ting the right meals for ex­am­ple. If you want to move in, you ac­tu­ally have to stay in the guest room for a few days to make sure you’re com­fort­able, then the com­mit­tee de­cides if that per­son should move in. It’s an­other way of mak­ing sure peo­ple are be­ing looked af­ter in the com­mu­nity.’’

Mr Cross says Porirua is per­fect for an Abbey­field house, with its strong Hous­ing New Zealand and church pres­ence, whom they might seek part­ner­ships with. The ‘‘when’’ and the ‘‘where’’ have not been ad­dressed yet, the com­pany first want­ing to mea­sure the pub­lic’s in­ter­est.

A pub­lic meet­ing will be held in the meet­ing room on the ground floor of Pem­ber House, Oc­to­ber 21, from 7pm. For more in­for­ma­tion: abbey­ New way of liv­ing: An ex­am­ple of an Abbey­field home, near Nel­son. Its pop­u­lar­ity is such that a sec­ond is be­ing built.

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