About Assisi


Welcome to Atawhai Assisi Home and Hospital, where we strive to provide individualised care in a resident centred manner.


Quality Environment

Atawhai Assisi is proud to have specific areas for resident’s activities and for family support. The lounges, dining room and activity room are bright, cheerful and appropriate to the needs of the frail elderly.

A Whanau Room, furnished to allow for overnight stays, is available for the family of any resident in times of crisis or terminal illness.

The beautiful chapel has internal and external access for residents and family members.

Quality of Life

Regular monthly meetings are held between the Management and residents to keep them informed with a forum to share concerns, either in a group situation or on a one to one basis.

The rights of residents to individualised care in an environment that is conductive to their wellbeing is of prime importance to all at Assisi.

Assisi Courtyard
Atawhai Assisi Home and Hospital

Admission Policy

Atawhai Assisi welcomes people over the age of 65 from all religious denominations and beliefs. We welcome people at all levels of mobility – independent, assisted or totally dependent.

All people admitted to long term care must be assessed for the relevant level of care by the local NASC agency.

Quality Care

Atawhai Assisi prides itself in the provision of quality care at all levels of all services. Registered Nurses are on duty at all times.

Caregivers at Atawhai Assisi undergo a comprehensive orientation programme, Careerforce level 2,3 & 4 programmes and participate in compulsory staff development programmes.

Atawhai Assisi is equipped with specialist hoists, bathing and mobility aids. Doctors and a physiotherapist are contracted to provide a comprehensive service to all residents.

The spiritual needs of residents from any denomination are an important aspect of care. The Pastoral Support team, have an active pastoral role with our residents, providing friendship and support.

Mass or Communion Service is celebrated in our chapel most days. Anointing of the sick is celebrated regularly. An ecumenical service is held weekly.

Quality of life for our residents is a core concept of how we operate at Atawhai Assisi. Meals are freshly prepared on the premises, based on a rotating menu cycle.

A programme of in-house activities are offered.

Wheelchairs and other mobility aids are available for resident’s use.

We also provide the following in-house services:

  • Hairdresser
  • Podiatrist
  • Small goods shop
  • Advisory Dietician


Atawhai Assisi continues its successful accreditation from the DAA Group. We have voluntarily chosen to seek Accreditation. This gives us an external independent authority which measures our performance. Accreditation is focused on demonstrating best practice, enhancing our mandatory certification process.


Our History


The story of Atawhai Assisi

In 1969, two Franciscan Missionaries of the Devine Motherhood Sisters arrived from England at the invitation of Bishop Liston of Auckland, to plan for the building of a Catholic home and hospital for the elderly. The home was opened in 1971 and the hospital in 1973. The Sisters were supported in these projects by generous benefactors and fundraising by the local community.

From 1 April 2018 Atawhai Assisi Home & Hospital is owned & operated by Tamahere Eventide Home Trust, an outreach of the Methodist Church of New Zealand.

Atawhai Assisi has 40 single rest home rooms and 46 single hospital rooms (most with a shared ensuite). Rooms have views across our extensive ground and surrounding countryside.

Residents may personalize their rooms with favourite pictures and a limited amount of furniture. All rooms are cabled for telephones and televisions.


Mission Statement


Atawhai Assisi Home and Hospital Mission Statement

"To provide a quality caring service to older people in a Christian environment".


That we will be a leader in the provision of high quality residential care for the elderly.
That we honour staff for their contribution to the mission.

We open our hearts in friendship and in service.

Our values not only embrace our commitment to our residents, families and community, but also the individuals that make it happen.

Human dignity: Te Tapu o te Tangata
We respect each person and culture as unique

Compassion: Te Aroha
We act with understanding and sensitivity

Service: Te Awhinatanga
We meet individual needs through quality care

Justice: Te Tika
We respect the rights of each individual as we work in partnership for the common good of all.

Concern for the vulnerable: Te Aroha ki te Rawakore
We offer practical help to needs in our community.

Where quality of care means quality of life