Members of the Maungaturoto Community Charitable Trust. From left: Graham Slatter, Craig Fergus and Jamie Ewing

Dementia unit build underway

by Paul Campbell

Maungaturoto’s Riverview Rest Home dementia unit is now officially under construction with framing of the 14-bed facility unit being pre-nailed off-site ready to be delivered around Christmas for installation to get underway in the New Year.

“We have received the go-ahead for construction,” said chair of the Maungaturoto Community Charitable Trust, Craig Fergus.

The dementia unit will cost $3.6 million, and of that amount, local funding of a remaining $300,000 is still underway and includes pledges that organisers are confident will square the books.

“Of course, further fundraising can only enhance the project, and we have events planned through to a Kaipara garden tour dubbed “dahlias for dementia’ in February, as well as a number of other functions,” said Craig.

The first of these is a bonfire night spectacular hosted by Otamatea Marae next Saturday, November 23.

“It will be a great night out at the Otamatea Marae,” says organiser Cindy Hempsall. “Te Uri O Hau has come on board and has sponsored a fireworks display, and it will all be family focussed with the Maungaturoto fire party in attendance to keep everything safe.

“There will be merry-go-rounds and bouncy castles for the kids, 25 stalls with plenty of food available as well as kapa haka entertainment groups, a ukelele band and more with the highlight being the bonfire.

“Everyone is allowed to bring their own fireworks. The marae sits on the harbour beachfront The evening starts at 5pm, and we plan to wind up at 10pm. Entry is adults $5, child from 5 years to 13, $2, and under-fives are free and is a cash-only event. All entry proceeds will be donated to the Maungaturoto dementia unit.”