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How do we support one another?

We invite all members to consider ways they can use their skills and interests, while spending time with and/or supporting others.

When we hear of seniors/kaumātua who may need some support, companionship or advocacy we connect them with members who can provide what they need.

Wherever possible we support everyone to consider their gifts and
skills so, when they are ready, they can also support others.

We know that the ability to support others gives our lives purpose and meaning

What we do

We focus on ensuring no one has to travel alone as they age. The core of our work is connecting people to one another, people with shared interests and skills, who will enjoy spending time together.

Isolation can lead to vulnerability and loneliness, and as we age we often lose friends and family.


Seniors/kaumātua may need support to continue to share their skills and knowledge in communities as they age. This is what gives us all a sense of purpose and belonging and emotional well-being.

We work alongside paid services, such as home and personal care providers, to fill in gaps beyond their essential services.

Virtual Eastern Bay Villages /
Te Kokoru Manaakitanga

Virtual Eastern Bay Villages / Te Kokoru Manaakitanga knows that our strength lies not only in the words we stand by, but most importantly through the actions of our initiatives.

Back in 2000, our Non-Profit Organization realized that by working together we could overcome our challenges much more efficiently, and that is why we ultimately decided to launch Virtual Eastern Bay Villages / Te Kokoru Manaakitanga.

In this TED Talk, Cormac Russell shows how other communities have enabled older people to use their gifts to benefit everyone.

Other ways we keep our members connected

Keeping members digitally connected

We offer opportunities and loan devices to team up with a digital buddy and learn new  skills to keep you digitally connected to others 

Connecting members with opportunities to participate in local activities

We can connect members with opportunities to get active and involved  by participating in local activities and events with people who have similar interests.

Sharing skills

Ensuring members have the opportunity to share their skills and learn new ones

We use our database to match and introduce members those who have similar interests

Regular coffee mornings and shared meals

By creating a safe and welcoming environment our members are able to come together and enjoy the company of others, whether this be at one of our regular coffee mornings or by sharing a meal at a local restaurant or cafe.


“Ko koe, ko au, ko mātau ko tātou, ngātahi he hāpori tātau”
“You, me, we, us; together we make a community”

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