Methven Care Trust - News


2019 Methven & Foothills House & Garden Tour Event

Hen Royston - Sunday, November 10, 2019

Thank you to everyone that supported our 2019 Methven & Foothills House and Garden Tour.

Another great day, with a range of properties, deserving of the positive feedback from many, thank you.

This event can't happen without obviously the dedication of the property owners, and our large volunteer team, so an extra big thank you to all of them.

Methven Care trust would like to acknowledge the support of the following:

Methven I-Site Visitors Centre, Ray White Mid Caterbury, Spirit Magazine, Provessionals Methven Real Estate, Stnewood Homes, Primo-E-Secundo Café, The Annexe, Lushingtons Garden and Gifts, Barkers of Geralding and Methven House.

Few pics from the day........



MCT Administrator - Situation Vacant

Hen Royston - Wednesday, October 09, 2019

We are requiring a part time administrator, available to start February 2020.

Role involves the following:

  • Banking and administration duties
  • Reporting to the trustees on a regular basis
  • Liasing with the community on fundraising opportunities
  • Updating the trust's website and Facebook page
  • Engaging with local media on trust activities
  • Likely to be 10-15 hours per week

Good remuneration for the right person.

Closing date 1st November 2019.

Please email applications (including a cover letter and a CV) to Methven Care Trust chairperson, Joanna Suyker,


The Perfect Package

Hen Royston - Monday, August 12, 2019

This is a classic home which has been thoughtfully designed to maximise space and comfortable living.

With four double bedrooms, a family bathroom and an ensuite, the home is well appointed and suited to a range of lifestyles.  Features include a separate lounge, open plan living, kitchen with butlers pantry and a master suite (walk in wardrobe and ensuite).  Along with double garage, separate laundry, built in wardrobes in all bedrooms, double-door fridge space and so much more. 

Currently being build by Stonewood Homes, interior design assisted by Country by Design.

Stop into Professionals Real Estate, Methven office to check out the colour palette and floor plan.

Buy now to be able to have input into the finer details or a great opportunity to have a brand-new home with all the details taken care of.  This is a fundraising project for Methven Care Trust.

Price guide: $600,000's

Deadline sale, closes 21 February 2020 at 3.00pm, unless sold prior.

New House Build Fundraiser - Go Big AND Go Home!

Hen Royston - Saturday, August 03, 2019

A 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom, double garage house at Camrose Estates!

Although the idea was floated a couple years ago by the Trustees;  it was reignited with the assistance of Maree Firth at Methven Real Estate.  Jo Suyker, Chairperson of the MCT, commented, "this is a Trustees project, and with the generous support of Camrose Estates and Stonewood Homes, it has become a reality".

The house is not an off the shelf design, Stonewood Homes have spent time to create a home that best fits that particular section.  There are many people to thank for getting us this far, including Andrew Monson of Camrose Estates and Vivian Cameron from Stonewood Homes.

Colin Lill, Trustee, added, "There have been and will be, lots of big and little jobs to be completed along the way.  The costs can add up significantly, however, our local businesses have offered their skills, equipment and time to get them done.  Every contribution by our community members is gratefully received".

The weather has been kind so the build is well underway and on time.  Snowfed will be providing progress reports over the next few months.

This is a truly exciting community project that many of us will have contributed towards and will culminate in a very special key handover ceremony to the new owners!

Story thanks to SnowFed - Methven's Community Newspaper

Firewood Raffle WINNERS

Hen Royston - Friday, June 07, 2019

Congratulations to HIROMI IKEHATA and JASON PACE, winners of our Firewood raffle.

Thank you to everyone that purchased tickets, and to Methven Hammer Hardware, Primo E Secundo Café and Methven Motor Services for selling all the tickets, which raised a total of $650.

Huge thanks to Sid Stewart and John Totty for donating the wood.


Hen Royston - Wednesday, May 22, 2019

What started off as just a spark of an idea, over a cup of tea, evolved over the next eighteen months into an event attracting over 200 people and raising $21,000 for the Methven Care Trust (MCT).

There were a few hurdles along the way, Roger Henderson, Trustee for MCT commented, "it wasn't the walk in the park we thought it would be".  However, the main organisers Nicola Lee, Melissa Gooseman and Graeme Jones managed them well with the awesome support of Sue van den Heuvel, MCT Fundraising Co-ordinator.

Finding sponsors was not one of the hurdles, as Mark Hanrahan, Mid Canterbury Account Manager for PGG Wrightson explained, "being a NZ wide company, we were able to approach our national clients for sponsorship.  They were happy to get on board for this great community cause.  Although we originally approached chemical suppliers for the auction, we ended up with a huge range of fantastic prizes".

Mark went on to say, "I was a bit hesitate at first about the quiz part of the evening, but it turned out to be a real draw card for the night and a great success:.  This was backed up by Jo Suyker, Chairperson of MCT, who said, "We were really impressed by the support from our young community members.  The evening attracted a whole different group of people who would at their age, not normally be thinking about an old peoples home".  I asked Melissa how long it took to get all the quiz questions together and where she got them from, she responded, "Everywhere!  It took about three and a half weeks to research and complete".

The PGG Wrightson staff thought it would be a 'farmers night out' however, the interest from outside that circle helped swell the numbers to over 200.  Mark observed, "The Mt Hutt Memorial Hall isn't small and it was an impressive sight to see so many enjoying themselves.  This made it all the more worthwhile".

There are many thank you's that PGG Wrightson and the MCT wish to mention:  Sue van den Heuvel, Jude Henderson, Alice McKerchar, Anne Wells, Sam Brown the Auctioneer, and all our very generous sponsors and other supporters on the night.

$21,000 means another two bricks in the wall on the progess chart in The Mall and another step closer to achieving the goal of building a new care home fo Methven's residents.

Pictured below (left to right):  Nicola Lee (Arable Rep), Graeme Jones (Arable Manager), Melissa Gooseman (Arable Rep), Roger Henderson (MCT Trustee), Mark Hanrahan (Mid Canterbury Manager PGG Wrightson), Jo Suyker (Chairperson MCT).

Trust wants new resthome open by 2029

Hen Royston - Monday, April 22, 2019

Methven Care Trust (MCT) members have commited to a ten-year timeline to get a new resthome for Methven and its surrounding community open and running.

The service needs to be operating by 2029 as the current facility ‘Methven House’ will not last beyond this timeframe, says MCT chairwoman Joanna Suyker.

New earthquake building standards and the age of Methven House mean it is no longer feasible to maintain the building for much longer. With no ensuite bedrooms and a cramped kitchen and dining room, a new purpose-built facility for caring for the elderly is overdue, she says.

Methven Care Trust members have fundraised $1.05 million over four years towards the estimated cost, along with the donated land onto which we intend to build. The trust needs to raise more funds locally to give better credibility before applying for grants.

Widespread support for the project was evident in 2012 when a public meeting at the Mt Hutt Memorial Hall attracted around 200 people expressing their support for a new community-run, not for profit resthome in the town.  The meeting voted to proceed and deliver on this vision.

Since then the Methven Aged Persons Welfare Association (MAPWAI), and its funding arm the Methven Care Trust (MCT), have worked together to explore ideas and generate funds for the project.

 It is a joint mission of MAPWAI and Methven Care Trust that we work together to achieve a new resthome for Methven. We are committed to protecting the future of our elderly by ensuring they have a place to live in as they become more vulnerable,” says Joanna Suyker.

 One of the biggest issues for the project is the reality of rising building and consenting costs, and Methven Care Trust is tackling this by undertaking feasibility studies at the moment to revisit options, including how costs can be reduced.

  “We are very aware that as we fundraise, the projected cost of the project may rise, so we need to be adaptive. We are open to feedback and welcome suggestions from the community as to how we can stage the development.” 

Methven Care Trust will build the new aged care facility on gifted land in the town’s Camrose Estate. More details are available via the fundraising co-ordinator Sue Van den Heuvel on, the trust’s Givealittle page or via the website

Methven High Country Fete Donation 2018

Hen Royston - Friday, December 14, 2018

Organisers of the Methven High Country Fete, Denise Dixey and Julie Sergeant ,were really pleased to be able to donate a further $1,000 to the Methven Care Trust following the Methven High Country Fete in November.

Denise said, “We are grateful to the MCT committee/volunteer members who work hard to raise the funds for the new aged care facility; working the gate all day for our event. This year, despite the weather putting many people off coming, we had great support from o...ur community and hard core fans from our previous years fetes.”

Pictured below handing over the cheque to Jo Suyker, Chairperson of the Trust, Julie commented "we were relieved to be able to go ahead with the event and continue to give back to the community".

Picture left to right - Julie Sergeant, Joanna Suyker, Denise Dixey.

Sun Shines on House & Garden Tour fundraiser

Hen Royston - Friday, November 16, 2018

There were a few sighs of relief as the sun came out on Saturday 10th November for the Methven Care Trusts 4th annual House & Garden Tour fundraiser.

This year included a total of seven stunning properties, plus plant stall, raffle, and a display of vintage and classic cars.  One of the properties was also hosting the BBQ lunch for visitors.

The day went really well, with lots of great feedback including:

"What a fantastic day out.  Enjoyed it all and thanks to all the participants who let their homes and gardens be open to us.  Fabulous.  Can't wait for next year!"

"Perfect day out.  Thank you so much to all the home and garden owners (sho I'm sure were pulling their hair out on Friday with the snow) and to the volunteers who manned the lovely homes."

"Amazing day, great house and thanks to all involved for the amazing food for lunch".

Methven Care Trust would like to say a big THANK YOU to Methven House for assisting with all the baking of slices for the BBQ, also a massive thank you to Sandy Redmond and her trusty helper Di Callaghan for all their efforts in co-ordinating the plant stall, which raised almost $1,500 of the overall figure of $10,500 raised.


Chairperson & Treasurers Report - AGM 1st August 2018

Hen Royston - Sunday, August 05, 2018


Methven Care Trust has had another active year.  MCT joined the 40 years celebration of Methven House in April 2017 and took the opportunity to showcase the trusts purpose and achievements to residents, their families and invited guests.

The local farm lease for the benefit of the trust continues to be a welcome constant in our fundraising efforts.  MCT has taken the opportunity to purchase lambs and is running these on the leased land whilst a local farmer gives his time and expertise to oversee them for us.

The Methven & Foothills House and Garden Tour has become our trademark annual local event, allowing us to embrace the goodwill of our community in offering their homes and gardens to be viewed by the public.  We are forever grateful for the communities generosity in allowing us to run this day, $10,000 was raised last November.  MCT is proud to be able to sustain this fundraiser as we enter our 4th consecutive year of the event.  Please mark your calendars for Novembers 10th for this year’s event.

MCT continues to humbly accept annual donations from Methven A&P Assoc, Methven Lions Club, Methven Rodeo Committee, High Country Fete, and Czech Christmas Cookie fundraiser.  On a monthly basis from the local businesses, retired couples, the families, the widowers and the widows.  On a weekly basis from the local mum that works three cleaning jobs to feed her family and deposits $10 without fail in the trusts account – thank you!

We have been the benefactors of inaugural events such as the Methven combined Churches Christmas Carols gold coin donation, Childcare @ Sue’s Lilly fundraiser, the gate takings from the 70th year Landrover Celebrations held at the showgrounds, and the proceeds from the Methven Young Farmers Club “Bark up at The Blue’.  Methven Pottery Club, BNZ Closed for Good cake stall.  Ian Totty Memorial Variety Concert, Mid Canterbury 4 wheel drive club Mud plug takings.

Methven Care Trust joined with Methven House and profiled the two organisations at the Ashburton Aged Concern Expo in Ashburton.

 The trust ran a hugely successful Hyundai win a car raffle.  We were delighted to have a national corporate support us and it was great to be able to offer a high end prize, and a local winning the car was such an appropriate outcome.

We were sad to have to accept the resignation of fellow trustee Ron Smith from the trust due to ill health.  Ron’s enthusiasm and passion for the cause has been well cemented in our foundations as we move forward on the project.  We were delighted to welcome Sir Graeme Harrison on board to fill this vacancy.

Two very significant events took place for MCT over the last year.  The first being we took ownership of the .6ha site in the Camrose subdivision late 2017, donated by the Lochhead Trust.  A milestone in itself as the trust seeks to raise the funds for the new build, and a momentous day for Mrs Lochhead onsite as the wishes of she and her late husband Allan came to fruition.

The second significant event for MCT reached on the last day of our financial year this March was hitting the $1million dollar mark on funds raised.  This was able to be achieved not only by all mentioned, but by the huge generosity of three donations, two of $100,000 and one of $200,000.  When I was summoned by the latter donator, who wishes to remain anonymous, I had no idea of the size of the donation I would be coming away with.  They said two things to me; 1) “nobody needs to know about this, and 2) this was in my will, but what’s the point of that when maybe I can see some progress on this project while I’m still around.”

These words sum up this project for me, no accolades or bright lights needed for these generous beings, just an absolute urge to commit to this cause they see as worthy for our community.  Portraying their trust and faith in MCT to get the job done instils credibility to the cause and hopefully they will still be around to experience that.



It is with pleasure that I present the financial report for the Methven Care Trust for the year ended 31 March 2018.

The 2018 income from donations, fundraising activities and interest, totalled $1,073,475 compared to $233,693 the previous year.  This is a reflection on how the community is getting in so strongly behind the trust and want to see this wonderful project succeed.

Operating payments are higher than the previous year – this is due mainly to the purchase of $15,252 worth of lambs that will be sold this year or next.  Overall the trusts expenses are minimal.

$570,000 has been paid to purchase land, with the balance of $340,000 due by 30 January 2020 – this is the exciting part – the dream is actually physically underway.  This has all been made possible by the wonderful efforts of the trust and in particular the donations made by this great community.  This year 4 very generous donations were received – we are so grateful.

We have now raised $1.5 million towards the $5 million target – fantastic, but we must not lose this momentum.

Here I would like to suggest that if you have ever thought of leaving a legacy in your will – why not consider giving while you are alive.  This way you can see what your money has done and as an accountant I have to add that for every dollar you give to a registered charity (which Methven Care Trust is), you will receive 33 cents back in donation rebates from the government (not a bad return on your money).

Finally, as awkward as it is to ask for money – this is not for us, but to build a fabulous facility for our locals.

If you are interested, or know of anyone interested in knowing more, please contact one of our Trustees, our fundraising co-ordinator, or myself.  Please be assured that by showing interest, you will not be expected to donate, but we would love to share our vision more with anyone on an individual basis.







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