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The Napier District Masonic Trust was set up under the Charitable Trusts Act 1967 to assist in charitable, educational and scientific purposes, to supply the needs of the sick, aged and the infirm and to help the needy, as well as to assist organisations of similar mind. The immediate objective of the Trust, which was incorporated on 1st December 1961, was to build twelve Flats on approximately two acres of land, with a further twelve flats to be built later, when finance became available.

Grand Lodge approved the Trust project and made a grant of $4,000 towards the cost. The tender for the first twelve flats was let in July 1962, with the Housing Division of the Ministry of Works taking on the role of Clerk of Works.

Since the establishment of the Trust over fifty years ago, the organisation has grown enormously with the hub centered at Devonshire Place Taradale.

Devonshire Place includes a rest home and a hospital continuing care wing, looking after seventy patients, with a staff of eighty care givers, enrolled nurses and registered nurses.

Trust Direction

The Trust Vision:

“Providing charitable community benefit through elder care and education”

The Trust Mission

To provide quality elder care designed to ensure maximum independence, whilst ensuring the sustainability of the Trust.To provide support for education training, focussing on young people.

All undertakings are to be guided by Masonic Principles

Governance & Management
The governance trust board includes representatives from the four constituent lodges, a divisional grand master representative, and six elected or appointed members. The trust is most fortunate in having a board made of up of members with skills from a range of occupations, e.g. accountancy, building, insurance and a highly experienced and practising registered nurse.

The Management team led by General Manager Graeme Taylor, includes Finance, Administration, Facilities and Clinical Managers with a supporting team of building and grounds personnel.

Within the rest home and hospital, the trust employees a physiotherapist, hairdresser, diversional therapist, and a chaplain. These people keep our residents very active and well cared for.

This year we have completed the construction of a very effective laundry, which handles all the laundry needs, and has the capacity to handle outside work into the future.

The Trust has ten village sites including one at Wairoa. While there are a number of rental units, most are occupational right agreement villas. All these units cater for about five hundred residents. With this number of villas there is the need to keep all maintenance to a high standard, so two years ago the trust moved to a sophisticated computer based planned maintenance programme, which works very well.

Charitable Activities
The Trust is guided by its Vision, and mission statements, when it comes to deciding on the best way to serve our community.

Within the organisation itself, the trust provides financial assistance to staff, their children or grandchildren for the purposes of education.

Outside the organisation the trust each year sponsors four secondary students, to assist with their university education, under the “Dobson Trust Fund”

In addition, other organisations are assisted financially. During the last financial year the trust assisted the Police “Big brother Big sister” programme for young people, the Birthright organisation, the “Teen mothers unit” at Colenso School and “Outward Bound” programmes.

The Future

Recently the trust set out a five year plan, and some items planned are:

Napier District Masonic Trust - Eldercare with Heart
The major change in the patients welfare, prior to being admitted to our facilities, has  meant we now have to cater for patients whose health requires more hospital care. This has meant we have to provide more hospital beds rather than rest home beds. Rooms are being changed to meet this demand.
There will be a need to build a new kitchen/ dining room.
More palliative care rooms with family accommodation.
Provision of more villas around the Devonshire area.
Upgrading of emergency equipment.