New Chaplain for Tamahere Eventide - as from 1/2/2021

Rev. Dr Susan Thompson

Born in Christchurch, Susan trained as a Methodist minister in Auckland, was ordained in 1994 and has lived in Hamilton since 2002. She completed doctoral studies at the University of Auckland in 2002 and has a continuing interest in New Zealand history.

Susan has served in parish ministry and as Superintendent of the Waikato-Waiariki Methodist Synod. She is active in the Waikato Interfaith Council, is Chairperson of Community Law Waikato and is an advocate for the acceptance and equality of LGBTQ people in church and society. She enjoys reading, tramping in the New Zealand bush, learning Te Reo Māori, singing in an interfaith choir and spending time with friends and family. Susan is excited to be joining the Tamahere team and community.

VISITORS FROM 12/10/2020

Tamahere Eventide and Atawhai Assisi

We will allow visitors during the hours of  10.30 to 16.00, no appointment required.

Visiting conditions:

  • Health screening and assessment of all visitors to be completed before entering the facility,
  • Visitors must follow our infection prevention and control measures being hand hygiene, physical distancing and appropriate use of PPE.
  • Visitors must stay at home if they are unwell, under investigation of COVID-19 or a close contact of someone who is a probable or confirmed COVID-19 case.
  • Visitors must record visits using QR codes, do sign in and complete questions in register.
  • At visiting point temperature will be taken
  • Visiting to take place on lounge areas
  • Palliative care and End of Life assessed residents will have visitors in their rooms.


The opening took place on 30 July 2020 with Naomi Jack (on behalf of Neville Jack) opening the Hospital (Nikau Wing) of 24 premium hospital beds and George Diprose opening the Harakeke Apartments. The ceremony was guided by Kaumatua Te Atutahi Riki, Fred Haimona and local representatives. The project was financed by Christian Savings.

Website for Christian Savings:

Mission Statement:

To provide a quality caring service for older people,
in a Christian environment.

Professional Caring Service

We love providing a community that cares for the total needs of our aged care residents, in a warm-hearted and high-quality environment. With residential care facilities ranging from rest home care to independent living, all our practices seek to value our elderly clients and their families. Situated in the heartland of New Zealand, at Tamahere, Waikato, we welcome you to Tamahere Eventide.

Christian Values

All that we do at Tamahere Eventide is grounded on our Christian beliefs. At our core is the belief that we all possess an intrinsic dignity, as humans created and valued by an all-loving God. We aim to practice this care, value and love in all of our practices with our residents, affirming the meaning, dignity and beauty of old age.

Our Philosophy of Aged Care

  • We believe that the whole of life, from birth to death, has meaning and purpose. Old age is an intrinsic part of all the previous years that a person has lived.

  • We believe that every person, including the very old and frail, is created in the image of God, possesses an innate dignity, loved by God and that there is nothing in life or death that can separate us from that love.

  • We provide for elderly people regardless of race, culture and creed.

  • We seek within the limitations of our resources, to provide assistance to those in need regardless of their capacity to pay.

  • We believe that the physically and mentally frail are to be provided with special care and consideration and treated with dignity and respect.

  • We aim to provide maximum independence.

  • Where possible, we encourage residents to make decisions and choices, which affect their life.

  • We express a concern for the wholeness of the person by providing an environment that meets the needs of the whole person – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.

  • We respect individual needs and preferences, encouraging participation in programmes and activities whilst allowing residents freedom of choice.

  • We ensure that adequate resources are provided so that every resident in ourHome has access to the health care they require.

  • As staff our aim is to create in this Home, a family atmosphere in which we value, care about and support one another.

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