Community · 2 Apr 2021

Care Village Project Receives Significant Funding Boost

News Desk

News Desk


The Hawthorndale Care Village project has received a $125,000 funding boost from the Arrowtown-based Hugo Charitable Trust further cementing plans to target the commencement of construction in the first half of 2022.

The Hawthorndale Care Village, to be built on the site of the former Hawthorndale School on Tay Street in Invercargill, is an aged care facility inspired by the world leading Dutch dementia village, De Hogeweyk. The design of the village and the delivery of care removes the institutional/hospital feel and replaces it with residents living in small groups in houses where the rhythm of everyday living is tailored to each individual resident.

Hugo Charitable Trust was established in May 2017 by Maryanne Green, the eldest daughter of Irish philanthropist and businessman the late Hugh Green, known in Ireland as Hugo.

Maryanne set up the Trust to continue Hugh’s philanthropic legacy and to give back to the people of New Zealand. Maryanne and her husband and Trust Chair Mark Owens, live in Arrowtown.

Owens said the Trust’s charitable purposes span widely; poverty, disabilities, health, education, including funding medical care to improve health outcomes.

The Hawthorndale model of a village where people in need of aged care, including those living with dementia, will thrive, was much needed, he said.

“We are amazed at the drive and passion of the Hawthorndale working group, and are delighted that Hugo Charitable Trust can make a contribution towards the vision being realised.”

Hawthorndale working group member Paddy O’Brien said they were delighted to receive Hugo’s generous donation and in recognition would be naming the village theatre, the Hugo Theatre.

The relationship between the two organisations was further strengthened when two Calvary Hospital residents and three staff spent time recently at the Trust’s Hugo House at Lake Hayes. The Hugo House is available to people facing life challenges to have a holiday when they would find it difficult to do so otherwise.

Calvary Hospital Manager Margaret Brown said the residents loved their time at the Hugo House and the experience was hugely beneficial to their wellbeing.

The Hawthorndale Care Village will replace the existing Calvary Hospital operation, with existing Calvary residents being offered the option to move to the new village at the time of completion.

O’Brien said the village will be an outstanding asset for the community, and the support to date from the community has been extremely generous. With more than 90% of project funding in place, plans to begin construction in the first half of 2022 were firming up, he said.

The project has just $2.7 million left to raise via donations, having secured $3.8 million of donated funds over the past 18 months. This brings the overall funding to $30.3 million compared to the required $33m development sum.

The project represented an opportunity to redefine aged care in New Zealand, starting in Southland, O’Brien said.

“By donating now, you can be part of the legacy to give elderly people in need of care, and those living with dementia, freedom, a sense of purpose and better health and wellbeing outcomes,” he said.

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