The Archer Trust

About the ownership of Archer

Archer is the family name used to describe the Trust and Companies

There is a Charitable Trust, referred to as the ‘Archer Trust’ and legally entitled the Archer Memorial Baptist Home Trust, that owns everything, and reports annually to the Canterbury/Westland Baptist Association.
All the trading businesses are established as separate Companies and are owned 100% by the Archer Trust. This minimises the risk and allows each Company to focus on providing the best service it can to its residents.

Our Charitable Status benefits you

The Archer Trust Companies are 100% locally-owned.

All our Companies have Charitable status. This means as surpluses are generated, they are returned to the benefit of everyone involved at Archer. There are no external shareholders where dividends have to be paid.
The ‘Archer family’ reap the rewards of these surpluses through improved and expanded services, and the range of facilities provided.


Archer History

A Brief History


The Baptist community of Canterbury had a desire originally to provide an affordable, safe, caring, Christian Home for elderly ladies.

During this time, the Rev. Archer was a Baptist Minister on Colombo St, a Mayor of Christchurch (1925-1931) and was appointed a member of the Legislative Council (NZ’s Upper House of Government) in 1937.

17 September 1955

Saw the fulfillment of this dream.

The gift of the Rev. and Mrs J.K. Archer’s home then allowed it to be developed as a home for aged women.

The Archer home opened with six women in residence at 166 Colombo St, Beckenham, Christchurch.

The home initially was ably administered through the Canterbury/ Westland Baptist Association for many years.


Archer established its own Charitable Trust, which now reports annually to the Canterbury-Westland Baptist Association.

This Archer Trust, officially titled the ‘Archer Memorial Baptist Home Trust’, also has charitable status.

The advantage of being a ‘not-for-profit’ organisation, with Charitable status, is that as profits are generated they are returned to the organisation and people for their benefit. There is no personal gain or dividend paid to any Shareholders, or any overseas investor. In other words, we are proud to be locally owned, serving and reinvesting in our local community!


Archer purchase Linrose Village in Linwood. Linrose is an independent-living retirement village. Residents from Linrose are often join other residents from our Villages for social events and going out on the Archer Tours trips.


The Archer Trust has set up Archer Companies to run the different ‘businesses’. These Companies are all owned 100% by the Archer Trust.

These Companies, like The Trust, also have 100% Charitable status, so as profits are made they go back to Archer for the overall benefits of our residents and staff, professional development, improvements to our facilities and property, and new developments.


Archer opened its new Archer Leisure Centre with indoor heated pool and spa, auditorium, meeting room, gym and café-styled lounge. This is for the enjoyment of all residents, staff and their families. The Centre can be booked for special occasions, anniversaries, or events if it doesn’t disrupt other Archer-run activities previously scheduled.


Archer acquired ‘Thorrington Village’ from the well-known and highly respected Ward family. Built in the 1990’s it was previously known as Santa Maria. Thorrington Village comprises of a Village and Care Home.


The Archer Home opened its new ‘Swing-Care’ service offering both rest home and hospital level care services for its residents and people from the community.

Archer ‘The First 50-years’ Book

Archer has recently printed a book on the first 50-years of Archer.

2021 Aged Advisor Awards

2021 Winner

Archer Village has won Aged Advisor's 2021 Award for Best Small Retirement / Lifestyle Village [South Island]. Thank you to all the people who voted!

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