Battling the Isolation Blues

Wellbeing Team and Chaplain support

Being in lockdown and isolation isn’t fun.

While our caregivers are doing an amazing job looking after our residents, our Wellbeing Team and Chaplains are busy looking after mental health. Jo was busy today delivering fun packs while Bernadette and Bronwyn delivered some sweet treats for afternoon tea.

Thank you for your patience as we ride this storm – we appreciate the lovely comments and encouragement we have received and hope we will be back to normal soon.

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Nola the Therapy Dog Visits

Thorrington has a pet therapy dog called Nola who came to visit recently. Nola was a delight, enjoyed the attention and was very well received after the lockdown.

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Rest Home Living during Covid

Archer's Rest Home living during Covid in New Zealand

Here’s a wee snapshot of what life in Covid looks like in a rest home – mask wearing, social distancing, reading and discovering new games. We hope you are all keeping well. We are pleased to be able to open up to visitors once again and return to some form of normality.

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Armchair trip to Australia

Archer Village - Armchair trip to Australia

Bernadette took some of our residents on an armchair ‘trip to Australia’ recently. Everyone had a boarding pass and passport and ‘inflight’ refreshments were offered. Once at the ‘destination’ there were some hand-on activities relating to the indigenous culture. Wonder where they will head off to next?

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BBQ at Waikuku

Waikuku Beach bach visit and bbq

Last week some of our village residents went on a drive out to Waikuku to visit our Sales Manager Sue and her husband Charlie’s nearly 100 year old Bach. Charlie shared the history of the Bach and told stories of the shenanigans he used to get up to as a child. Some residents took a walk to the beach and then a good old kiwi BBQ was enjoyed.

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Nativity scenes galore!

Kathleen, who has served for many years as a Missionary throughout the world, offered to come and show our residents some of her 40 plus nativity sets. Her collection included a set made from felt from Kyrgystan, an ebony wood set from Kenya, a scene made from horse-shoe nails from North Dakota, a Canadian scene made from olive wood and sets from India and Pakistan. Our residents just loved her display and really enjoyed touching the different fabrics.

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O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree

Archer's Christmas trees

Christmas at Archer. One of our staff members Jessmine made a wonderful job of decorating the trees.

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Maryville Courts Purchase

Archer announces the conditional purchase of Maryville Courts, owned by the Catholic Diocese of Christchurch.

Maryville Courts is a stunning independent Retirement Village in the City Centre. It comprises of lovely landscaped and spacious grounds, has 65 villas and apartments and a comprehensive community centre for residents to enjoy.

It was established in 1983 and run by the Maryville Courts Trust Board. The Catholic Diocese has been undergoing a major re-organization with the proposed construction of a new Cathedral and surrounding precinct. The Archbishop states “Maryville has a very good name as a place which provides quality facilities and housing for people in a caring environment. The decision to consider selling Maryville is a decision not taken lightly…”

Archer feels honoured and humbled to have this acquisition opportunity. We acknowledge the anxiousness that Maryville residents may feel with the possibility of a new owner, however, we see that many of our values are similar. Both are charitable organisations, have the Christian faith as part of our special character; while Archer’s ‘loving life’ programmes offer a diverse range of events including Archer Tours, and being able to provide a continuum of care services as and when needed by residents.

Archer will strive to offer Maryville residents confidence for their future and provide these additional services for residents to enjoy as being part of the wider Archer family.

Graeme Mitchell
General Manager
Archer Group
1 September 2021

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Archie the Cat

Archie - Archer's cat

Meet Archie – the resident Archer cat.

Archie likes to have lunch with staff in the outdoors area and enjoys any snacks that may go his way.

He is very friendly, loves attention and residents are very fond of him.

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Resident Interviews

Archer resident interviews

We have recently enlisted Michael Kircher at to make a video of our three villages, along with interviews of residents from each site.

Here are Barbara and Warren from Linrose preparing for their interviews. Watch this space!

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Covid Vaccinations for Residents

Covid vaccinations at Archer

Our Archer Rest Home residents had their Covid vaccination today. It’s reassuring to know they are being protected.

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Aquacise at the Archer Leisure Centre

Archer Leisure Centre aquacise class

Once a week on a Monday afternoon, Jo takes aquacise in the Archer Leisure Centre Swimming Pool.

It’s nice and warm in there and a great way to get some exercise and have some fun.

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A visit from Aspire Canterbury

Aspire Canterbury mobile service

Aspire Canterbury has been an integral part of the Christchurch disabled and elderly community since 1989, offering support, advice and resources.

They recently paid us an informative visit and showed various products with the aim to inspire individuals to live the life they aspire to.

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Lockdown Short Story Competition

Archer Covid-19 lockdown short story competition

During our Covid-19 Lockdown season, a short story competition ran for residents from Archer’s three Lifestyle Villages and two Care Homes. The theme was “All’s Well that Ends Well” and the winners were decided by our expert Judge Anne Wignall.

One of our stories even made it to the Prime Minister’s Office and Lynne was very surprised to receive a lovely letter of reply from Jacinda which now has pride of place in her villa.

We had a lovely time presenting certificates and the printed book has been very well received with several residents purchasing copies for family and friends. If you would like a copy they are available from the Archer office for $10.00.

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Respite Care


Respite is taking a break from your caring responsibilities. Taking time out can help you feel rested and re-energised.

A respite option is any support or service that helps you to have a break from caring for a person with a disability.

In order to take a break, you may consider,

  • Asking other family members or friends to take over your duties
  • Hiring a support worker
  • Paying for the person to do an activity or programme that they enjoy
  • Temporarily send the person to an organisation that has the skills for caring with people with disabilities

If some of these options are not feasible, then you may be eligible to get funding from the Needs Assessment and Service Coordination Services (NASC). NASCs is an organisation that falls under the Ministry of Health, who is responsible to assist disabled people, their families and their carers. They will be able to assist with your support needs so you can get the break you deserve.

Archer Group is an organisation that is proud to offer respite and emergency support. We truly understand how difficult it can be to be a full-time and part-time carer, which is why we offer this service. You can be sure Archer’s staff will take care of your loved ones and can guarantee a piece of mind whilst you take a time-out from your daily duties.

If you’re in need of assistance, then get in touch with Archer today to discuss dates, type of care and payment options.


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