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Wednesday January 24, 2018

February start on $50m development By Glenise Dreaver

The Masonic Villages Trust will be wasting no time in getting works under way on a the new retirement village, with site preparation starting in February says Trust chief executive Warwick Dunn He says the facility will eventually house around 200 people in retirement villas, rest home and hospital beds, care suites and serviced apartments. In the retirement community, there will be 80 single-story villas available in single, two- and three-bedroomed options. The rest home and hospital will provide beds for up to 60 residents and become one of the largest local employers. “It is only because The Masonic Villages Trust is a charity and has been given significant support by the Hutt City Council that we will be able to turn the community’s vision into reality, he says. “I am particularly grateful to

Masonic Villages Trust Chief Executive Warwick Dunn

mayor Ray Wallace, who has personally championed the village ever since we first became involved.” Warwick Dunn says the development will be built in stages over several years. The aim is to have the first villas ready to occupy by spring 2019, followed by the community facilities and finally by the rest home and hospital. He says the Trust will seek donations and grants to help fund rest home and hospital equipment and facilities that are not supported by government aged care funding. “These extras make a huge difference to the lives of patients and those who care for them. He add that their villages tended to be smaller than would be economic for commercial operators. “This enables us to support residents of suburbs and provincial towns who wish to retire in a village where they are close to friends and family.”

OBITUARIES

Harry (Henry James) Martin QSM December 8, 1924 - 19 November, 2017 Wainiomata’s first – and only – mayor, Harry Martin, passed away on November 19 2017. The position of Mayor was dissolved when the Government ruled that Wainuiomata should be subsumed into the Hutt City Council. Harry was born and raised in Newtown Wellington, a member of a large extended family and always said he was fortunate that had protected him from the worst of those depression years. Harry had vast experience in his chosen fields of bookbinder and printer. During all the community service he undertook, he continued to work full time as manager of a printing company, then as a partner. On retiring, Harry locum managed printing organisations as a locum.

He trained for the RNZAF in Canada, but the war ended before he saw active service. Back in New Zealand, he returned to bookbinding and met his wife-to-be Irene Stevens. The couple married in 1947 and left for South Africa where he worked as a printer, returning in 1953 to settle in Wainuiomata, where they celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary in 2017. Harry was always passionate about Wainuiomata. He soon became involved in community activities and civic service. This included involvement with Jaycees and with writing and editing the Valley News, the-then local paper. An inaugural committee member of Wainuiomata College, he led a team raising funds for the college hall. He also fundraised for the swimming pool complex.

Harry was a board member of the Wainuiomata Licensing Trust, and with the National Roads Board and the Wellington Free Ambulance. He was a JP for 41 years and was awarded the Queen’s Service Medal in 1984 for his service to the community. His family says Harry combined all his achievements with being a loving husband, father, father-in-law, Pop and Great-Pop to all his family. He and Irene also travelled to many different countries. Enjoying life, travel, having fun, and serving the community he loved were always essential Harry is survived by his wife, three daughters, seven grandchildren, and seven greatgrandchildren.

ABOVE: Pallbearers, from left to right: Jeremy Riddell, Torin Kells, Emma Riddell, Damian Kells, Kerri Jenden, and Jasmin Goss. LEFT: Harry Martin. PHOTOs: SUPPLIED

James Richard Manu (Jim) February 14, 1939-December 6, 2017 With the recent death of James (Jim) Manu, Wainiomata has lost a passionate community advocate. Jim, who was born in New Plymouth, spent much of his career in hotel management, with the latter years of that work in Wellington where he met his wife Patsy. Patsy, who did not usually go to hotels, says she went to a retirement function at the Lion Tavern in Molesworth Street and he was on duty that day in 1979. They took things quietly but four years later were mar-

ried in St Paul’s Cathedral in Wellington and the couple would have celebrated their 38th wedding anniversary on January 27. After his last hotel changed hands Jim moved into bus driving, ultimately owning his own tour bus. But heart surgery in 2005 meant he had to give up that career and he put his huge energies into the community and to his garden which was his passion. As president of Greypower, along with then-councillor (now Lower Hutt mayor) Ray

Wallace, he worked for a retirement village for Wainuiomata. The two travelled many miles around the lower North Island looking at possible models. Jim also established a Chat and Chill group for older people, with two-hour meetings on Monday for tea and biscuits. ”He wanted to get people out of their homes and I’m still doing that for him,” says Patsy. He joined the Lions and the Stroke Club as well as being a keen member of the Friendship Club at Holy Trinity Church, where he enjoyed greeting parishioners at the door whenever

he could. He was a real people person says Patsy, adding that it could take them an hour to walk from the bus stop to the mall as he greeted so many people on he way. His many friends filled Holy Trinity Church to capacity for his funeral. Jim is to be interred in the Remembrance Garden on his birthday February 14. He is survived by his wife Patsy and their many children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and some great-great grandchildren.

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