Wairaraa MP Kieran McAnulty was treated to a tour of the region’s newest senior housing units earlier this month – complete with “good banter” and “fantastic pikelets”.
In February, Abbeyfield House opened its newly-completed Buxton Wing, home to four new resident studios and 14 individual units to house people aged 65 and over.
Abbeyfield, administered by the charity Abbeyfield Masterton, provides accommodation for seniors who may struggle to afford retirement villas or rental housing at market rates.
Community housing for seniors has been an ongoing issue for Wairarapa: in December last year, there were 60 people in Masterton on the senior housing waiting list. Half were on the list for more than a year.
McAnulty paid a visit to the Buxton Wing on March 2, where he got to explore the new facilities and, later, join the residents for morning tea.
The MP said he received a warm welcome and was impressed with the “fantastic new units”.
“Our seniors deserve warm, comfortable homes and that’s exactly what they are getting,” McAnulty said.
“Abbeyfield is entirely run by volunteers, who are absolutely committed to their residents’ wellbeing – and it shows.
“I met with the residents over a cuppa and some fantastic pikelets. They were happy and comfortable, sharing stories and having a laugh.”
Residents at the Buxton Wing each have their own studio room with an ensuite, and have access to a shared lounge, dining room and kitchen facilities.
Abbeyfield house manager Jude Clark said McAnulty’s visit was “relaxed and well-received” by the residents.