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Challenges for Arbor House

Arbor House

Residential or Home Care?

Greytown’s Arbor House is asking how to respond to nation-wide challenges, says it’s Chairman, Dr. Tuckett.

Arbor House is an age-related care provider, established in 1986 by a local group. This group included Ed Cooke, solicitor with WCM Legal, and Dr. Doug Banks, who had been the Greytown GP until 1974. Dr. Rob Tuckett was the local GP in Greytown from 1974 until 1997. He has been Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Board of Arbor House since 2007.

This original group saw a need to provide a place within the community for “our frail elderly people and to establish a residence to be known as Arbor House” as its Trust Deed states. The existing, but then disused, building that had started as the Greytown Maternity Home, later Children’s Social Welfare Home, clearly fitted the bill, says Dr. Tuckett.

The Trust Deed set up a Board of 5-7 Trustees of whom one is appointed by the local council, one appointed by the local churches, and one by the local Service Clubs.

What developed was initially a Rest Home with capacity for 19 Residents. This was the shape of Arbor House until 2009. At that point, it became clear to the Board of Trustees that to provide for the increasing need in our community to care for more highly dependent residents they would have to change 10 of their beds to “Hospital Care Level”. At the time it was evident that there was a gradual decreasing need to provide care at rest home level. With the change to provide Hospital Level Care comes a Ministry of Health requirement for full cover 24/7 in the home with trained registered nurses. Inevitably this increased costs but maintained our service to the community to which we are committed.

However, as a not-for- profit community based trust, we have the real advantage that funds generated by residents are all applied to the running of Arbor House, says Dr. Tuckett.

Next Developments.

In 2012/13 it became clear to the Trustees that an establishment of only 19 beds was too small to be safely viable financially. As a result, a new wing of 6 fully equipped rooms at hospital level was added. This was the maximum that could be fitted in to the ground space of the original site on Main Street next to the Fire Station.

Now, with 26 rooms for residents and a potential for up to 16 of them at Hospital level, we have seen that Arbor House is fully able to meet the original vision of the Trust Deed as well as the needs of our community, with the reservation, of course, that the occupancy rate remains high.

However, the Chairman says it has become increasingly clear in recent months that again there are changing trends in the way age-related care is being provided. It is being noted nationally that occupancy has in fact been falling across the sector. We certainly see a definite decrease in the demand for rest home level care which is now obvious. At the same time the need for hospital level care is increasing. The new factor in the equation appears to be that the policy of District Health Boards favours “aging in place” (i.e. at home). This is resulting in a reduction in demand for facility based Aged Residential Care, says Dr. Tuckett.

This “contrived” reduction in demand must now start to threaten the future viability of many of the smaller providers of residential care around New Zealand if it continues. These homes, like Arbor House, are all greatly valued by their local communities. They are well run and homely. There are reasons to believe that already there are a number of the most highly dependent people now receiving home care who would be better served by having 24 hour care provided in a fully equipped residential home.

There is a need now that this developing situation must be properly recognised and addressed if we are to honour our commitment to the elderly in our community, says Dr. Tuckett.


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Short Term Accommodation in Greytown

white swan

Is there enough accommodation?

Should you want to visit quaint Greytown and you are impressed…where will you stay?

A local take by a realtor is Greytown is “A country village with Metropolitan style”.

You may wish to lay your head within the village confines, close to the action or on a farm?

After you choose from almost 50 possibilities that we found, how difficult is it to practically access a place?

How to find out where you can stay?

Computer literacy is an optimum method, as that allows booking ahead. Some places will require full payment to guarantee your stay however.

We began online, who doesn’t these days? Wairarapa

Information for Greytown:

Under Backpackers only the 150 year old Greytown Hotel came up at $80.00 a night with $10 extra for a breakfast it allows ‘walk ins’ or online booking similar to a YHA reservation.

A good series of photographs are to be seen on this website.

Bed n Breakfast accommodation: of five places listed – most user-friendly and economical (starting at $80.00 for the Rustic cabin ) comfort costs more e.g. $140.00 Under the Totara Trees,Waiohine Gorge, which offers wheelchair access, also outdoor BBQ and option of having pets there, so long as they remain outside.

An interesting venue right in Greytown is the historic listed villa The Saddlery built 1868 that starts at $179.00 up to $240.00 and includes a full German breakfast. Online booking is prompt and easy for all venues listed on Destination Wairarapa..

Holiday Houses are five, one on a farm, one requires booking through Masterton I-Site.

Our google search came up with:

Greytown holiday homes, accommodation rentals, baches …

Results 1 – 32 of 32 – Greytown NZ holiday homes.Greytown accommodation – self catering holiday homes, houses, baches, beach houses, vacation rentals.

A visit to Greytown Information Centre uncovered, Jason’s Travel booklet, 2016 which suggests Greytown is a unique Victorian village well worth a visit, also telling us Papawai Marae was the first Maori Parliament. However no easy listing of current accommodation, which is ironic!

Not very useful, but Greytown Information Centre has been proactive and simply printed [as of March 2016], a list of accommodation. The format:

Name of place, address, contact telephone number and capacity as well as current charges and web addresses. There are no fewer than 47 possibilities including newly-opened main street motels.

So if you are traveling by and on impulse, decide to stay, the Greytown Information Centre has a good hard copy resource.

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Aviation potential for Greytown and its region

piper cub

Piper Cub – potential!


Destination Wairarapa seeks to develop tourism in the region.

Local aviation specialists believe they can support Destination Wairarapa by enhancing local aviation activities.

The region’s other attractions include Pukaha Mt Bruce wild life sanctuary, wine trail Masterton through to Martinborough, artisan food and crafts, Rotary Martinborough Fair, the Tui Brewery, boutique accommodation, Aratoi art gallery, Gate to Plate, Toast Martinborough, Kokomai creative arts festival, Chocol’Art festival, International drag car meets, Golden Shears, Wings over Wairarapa and WWI aircraft collection.

Discussions, plans and actions.

Masterton’s Hood aerodrome Sky Sports’ Tandem Parachuting, Wairarapa Helicopters, RNZAF Strikemasters and the incorporated society NZ Sport and Vintage Aviation have been in discussion to commence unique flying activities. The plan is for a visitor to be able to take a Tandem Parachute sky dive, ride in a helicopter, a Tiger Moth or Strikemaster jet, and visit the local internationally renowned vintage aircraft collection.

John Bushell anticipates implementation of this plan by spring 2016.

The April 2016 unveiling of the Greytown Soaring Centre (GSC) at the gliding airfield at Papawai, supported by South Wairarapa District Council, the Papawai marae, Wellington Gliding and Gliding Wairarapa designed to attract gliding enthusiasts from around the world to experience some of the unique gliding conditions in Greytown and its surrounding region. Another of the GSC volunteer team’s visions is to encourage youth gliding camps and Maori cultural experiences for local and visiting students.

Potential of Masterton airport is largely underutilised

The potential of Masterton airport is largely underutilised, says John Bushell, Greytown aviation specialist and a member of the Soaring Centre. Initiatives are underway to unleash the potential of the airport, and combined with the Greytown Soaring Centre at Papawai to build aviation tourism in the Wairarapa.


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pastoral paddock


Strategy for land-based economy

The Masterton (Wairarapa) Economic Development Programme has an aim of having a vibrant, happy community with a strong and sustainable economy.

Implicit in this is the concept of population growth based on the premise that a greater population will generate more economic activity and enable more investment in community infrastructure.

The 3 strands of activity in the economic development programme are:

  • Industry Growth – initial focus is primary sector and in particular cropping
  • Education – as an industry in its own right and as an attractor of economic activity
  • Business and Investment Attraction – including a “business friendly” Local Government sector

The proactive efforts in recent time have revolved around the “My Masterton” campaign. This has been domestic and aimed at the “lifestyle” benefits and lower costs as opposed to economic opportunities.

At present there is no explicit activity targeted at the skills and talent required to make the outcomes possible. This includes any activity around migrants both domestically or from outside NZ.

There are migrant worker populations in the region at present including seasonal workers from the Pacific under the RSE programme.


To get the Masterton (Wairarapa) leaders to endorse/support/action the development of an explicit Skills and Talent component to the programme for Wairarapa that complements the regional and national activity already in place. This includes being engaged with activity elsewhere in the Wellington region (WREDA).


There is the opportunity for Wairarapa to develop a local flavour to any such programme that does not preclude any migrants but does a have a focus on meeting the specific labour market needs of the region.

It is logical that any such focus relates to the labour needs of our land-based economy and supporting activity.

In comparison to the rest of the Wellington region, Wairarapa has a clear differentiation. This makes the total regional picture more diverse as to what it has to offer any migrants.

In addition to the current labour needs of the land-based industries, when the Water Wairarapa project is developed, there will be an increased demand for skilled land-based workers that the region will struggle to fill. This increase in migrants meeting labour needs when large scale water projects are developed is a well-documented outcome.

It is also well documented that regions who plan ahead for such an increase in migrants are better able to minimise the risk of community dislocation.

This raises the two issues related to the migrant programme:

  1. The attraction of migrants to meet regional labour needs
  2. The support structures that are in place to ensure that migrants are welcomed and integrated successfully into the community and are able to be productive.

Clearly, No. 2 can be put into action immediately to improve the services available to the existing migrants including seasonal workers.


Possible Action Plan:

  1. Masterton (Wairarapa) Economic Development Programme leaders adopt the subject of Skills and Talent attraction as a subset of the Business and Investment Attraction work stream and support as a focus for their activity.
  2. That any activity is coordinated with any wider Wellington Regional activity including the proposed relationship with Immigration NZ.
  3. That some analysis/evaluation is undertaken of the existing support structures in place for new Skills and Talent to Wairarapa.
  4. That some analysis is undertaken of the immediate, short-term and medium term employment shortages in Wairarapa with a focus on land-based industries.
  5. The outcomes of points 1-4 are used to inform the development a pro-active programme of work to attract suitable skills and talent should the data indicate that workforce shortages exist now or will occur in the future.

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Building on local achievements

Greig photo

Internationally renowned potter lived in Greytown. Photo from Wairarapa Times. Their article can be found here Potter’s work heading to Te Papa.

An exhibition of pottery by the late James Greig opened in early December 2016 and ran for three months in the Dowse Art Museum in Lower Hutt. Rhondda Greig, his widow and an artist has cared for James’ work since he died in Japan 30 years ago. The couple and their two children had lived first in Maungakaramea, Northland, before they moved in 1968 to Greytown where he set up his first Wairarapa studio and kiln. In 1970 they moved to neighbouring Carterton rural land where Rhondda still lives.

Collectors’ items

Much of James Greig’s pottery is in public and private collections, including a substantial portion in Te Papa, Museum of New Zealand. They are also held in the UN Headquarters in New York, the Imperial Palace in Tokyo and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. His work has been widely exhibited in Japan. James, like many other New Zealand potters, was influenced by notable Japanese potters, such as Kanjiro Kawai and Yu Fujiwara. I became aware of the respect Japan had for James Greig, and how his work put New Zealand on the Japanese map.

I was a member of the Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan, and moved quickly to report for the Japanese and New Zealand governments and business leaders on the work and death of this man influential Japanese regarded as a distinguished potter. It was on one of my returns home to Pahiatua that then Masterton Mayor Bob Francis said that, as a local boy, I should help the economic development of the Wairarapa by fostering linkages to Japan. It was at that time that Mayor Francis negotiated successfully to attract forestry major Juken Nissho Ltd to the Wairarapa.

Potter Grieg book being written in Greytown

Rhondda Greig has also made arrangements with a Greytown researcher/writer, Dr Polly Cantlon to write a book on James Greig. Greytown photographer John Casey has been commissioned to do photography for the book.

The community and its leaders could build on the foundations the Greig family have established for the profile of Greytown and its neighbours. James Greig’s pottery is an asset on which linkages could be built, profiling the place where international-standard artworks have been created.