Creating Connections Champion

The finalists in this category include people and organisations who  willingly and consistently do something or provide something that supports older people being able to stay connected with their community.



The finalist were:

Fitzgerald Construction Ltd   – For the second year running Fitzgerald Construction have willingly given free use of their community van to groups taking older people on outings.

SeniorNet –   This amazing group have been helping seniors come to grips with the internet and digital technology for quarter of a century. SeniorNet understand how important these ever advancing technologies will be in our lives and what they can do to help us be better connected.

Gateway Housing Trust’s “The Shed”  –  “The Shed” in Motueka is a mental health support facility which includes support for older people. The Shed has taken the step to provide a free regular weekly morning Tea &Talk event for the older members of the Motueka community. It has been wholeheartedly embraced by the team at the Shed and by those who come to enjoy it.

Nelson West Rotary Club – many of Nelson West Rotary members  are volunteer drivers. Russell Egan has been the driving force behind the Nelson hospital carpark buggy. The Nelson West Rotary drivers also drive for Red Cross and AgeConnect van trips.  They also help run the Age Concern Carfit programme to make sure the set up in a car changes to the changing needs of it’s older driver.


The Winner of this Category was:

Bowater Toyota  – Bowater Toyota are the perfect example of a business whose ethics are so strongly bound in helping the very communities that have helped them succeed, they offer a community van for groups to use.  AgeConnect use it often. The number of crinkly faces that have come back from a trip in that van, beaming…full of hope and excitement, restored with reasons to get up in the morning …well, they are in the thousands now. AgeConnect are not the only ones who have been able to use those wheels to help our older community members. Short trips and long, with Bowater Toyota covering all of the running costs of housing the van, insurances, registration, maintenance, administration (which Tony Bowater does most of himself) a user just needs to leave the petrol tank full.  They help many groups who cannot afford to have their own vehicle to get out.

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