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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