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Time to get serious about rebuilding Methven House

Hen Royston - Thursday, April 20, 2017

Two years after the fundraising campaign for a new Methven House commenced, organisers say it’s time to get serious about putting money into the project – before the building becomes too expensive to maintain or earthquake concerns deem it unusable. 

“I took my first breath in this current building. I will not take my last in it. The building will beat me to it,” said Methven Care Trust chairperson Jo Suyker at the home’s recent 40th birthday celebrations.

In a speech to 50 invited guests, Mrs Suyker said it was a tribute to the Methven community that the town had cared for its elderly for four decades in the former maternity hospital building on Morgan Street.

“Forty years of care, 40 years of commitment, 40 years of empathy and 40 years of devotion that has been given to the people that have walked through the doors and made Methven House their home. That, quite frankly, is a mighty effort for a community of this size.”

However, another four decades won’t be possible if Methven people don’t realise what they have to lose if sufficient funds can’t be raised.

 “Methven Care Trust, along with support from the community has set a target of five years to raise $5million for the building. To put it quite bluntly, Methven Care Trust, in these initial stages has been a glorified fundraising mechanism. We are nearly two and a half years in on this project and to date have $503,000 in the bank. A little frightening you may say with half our target years gone and only 10% raised. But I am quietly confident this community will rise to the challenge, and for the sake of taking the responsibility of caring for our elderly seriously, see us over the line.”

With more than 200 people – including preschoolers and school children visiting Methven House on its 40th birthday – Mrs Suyker said it was hoped greater exposure to the home would open people’s eyes to the asset on their doorstep.

“Whilst we enjoy this day of fond memories, celebration and gratitude to those that fought and rallied against the odds to establish Methven House, we must now look forward and into the future as to how we want the next 40 plus years to evolve. Like many here today and those that have gone before us, we must now too fight and rally to create a new space to ensure the continuation of Methven House’s great legacy.”

Methven Care Trust was established in October 2014 to raise funds for and oversee the building of a new aged care facility for Methven on gifted land in Camrose Estate. The trust recently developed a pledge form that allows residents to commit to supporting the project over an agreed period of time or via a one-off donation. More details are available via the fundraising co-ordinator Sue Van den Heuvel on



Methven Care Trust holds AGM and looks forward to House & Garden Tour

Hen Royston - Monday, November 09, 2015

Two new faces have joined Methven Care Trust.  Teacher Jan Anderson and farmer Roger Henderson were announced as trustees at the recent AGM.  Chairperson Jo Suyker thanked both for committing their time and energy to Methven Care Trust.  The AGM began with an acknowledgement of the contribution of former trustee Ian Totty.

"Ian's passion and commitment as a trustee and also chair of the fundraising committee was worn for all to see.  A true gentleman to work with we were most fortunate to have had his input in our first year.  Any motivation needed, on our part, to see this project through will come from our thinking of Ian and wanting to honour his memory," said Mrs Suyker.

The trust now turns its attention to the forthcoming Methven and Foothills House and Garden Tour on Saturday 28th November.  Tickets are on sale at both the Methven and Ashburton iSites for just $20 with all proceeds supporting the project to build a new aged care facility for Methven.  Thirteen properties will be opened up in our district; eleven houses and two gardens.  Some spectacular homes and gardens are promised and interest in tickets is already strong so make sure you don't miss out.

Another exciting innovation is a rock fundraiser.  Methven Care Trust has been offered a paddock-full of weathered rocks perfect for landscaping and garden placement.  Examples of the foothills-sourced rocks will be made available within Methven township shortly with orders being taken for delivery before Christmas in the Methven area.  More details on this fundraiser can be requested by emailing


Methven Care Trust Update

Hen Royston - Thursday, October 01, 2015

First of all, Methven Care Trust would like to acknowledge and pay our respects to our former trustee Ian Totty. Ian’s passing was a huge shock and upset, not only for the trust and the fundraising committee he led, but for all the other groups and causes Ian was involved with, and not least his family and friends. Ian was certainly pivotal to getting Methven Care Trust up and running and showed great leadership in enthusing our group of volunteers and developing the vision for the replacement for Methven House. We will miss him deeply.

Last month, Methven Care Trust held our launch public meeting to unveil the concept plans for a new Methven aged care facility. In freezing conditions, we were delighted with a turnout of more than 150 people at the Mt Hutt Memorial Hall. The response and interest on the night confirmed that we are on the right track. Questions were asked and answered about the design of the complex, how it would be staffed, where the funds would come from and how long it would take us to build it. The current plan is for a new facility offering rest home level care with 20 bedrooms (all with ensuite bathrooms. The facility will be sited on land gifted by the Lochhead Charitable Trust on Grace Ireland Drive. It will be designed so future stages can be added as funds allow and demand dictates. The big question on the night was how much will it cost? Currently estimates have brought the build in at around $5.5million. A base level amount will be fundraised locally and then regional and national grants will be applied for. In the next few months, Methven Care Trust will work with local groups and volunteers to run a series of fundraising events. The first confirmed event is a ‘Foothills House and Garden tour’ on Saturday Nov ember 28. Further volunteers are still needed to be hosts at the 12 properties which will be open during the tour. You need to be available between 9am and 3.30pm and two hosts will be stationed at each house. Please contact Methven Care Trust fundraising co-ordinator Sue van den Heuvel on or 021 274 6657 if you can help. Other ideas under development include a trial bike ride, a four wheel drive tour, a vintage car rally and vintage machinery open day and coin trail. All of these ideas have been contributed by the community but require manpower and support to happen. And we are not stopping there. Further suggestions are welcome as we have an ambitious target and our strategy is to involve as wide a cross section of the community as possible.

In the meantime, have a look at our new website and check out our GiveaLittle page. Methven Care Trust signs and posters are now displayed around town and brochures freely available at the supermarkets and local shops. Finally, for those of you who came to the public launch meeting, took away the BNZ fundraising cups and have since handed them into BNZ Methven with donations, thanks for your support! We have more cups available if anyone would like; particularly to involve children in the fundraising campaign. Again contact Sue on the above email and mobile number.


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