About Freeman Court

Freeman Court was established by the community, for the community, so the older people of the Te Awamutu area would have an affordable place to live, that would support them to continue living independently.

Freeman Court is not a rest home or retirement village, but a place that provides services to support independent living. Our aim is to keep rates affordable for everyone.

As part of Habitat for Humanity Central Region, we are a not-for-profit and rely on the support of funders, sponsors and the generosity of donors to continue delivering accommodation services at an affordable cost.

Habitat for Humanity Central manages Freeman Court, with the support of a Board of Directors.

Rooms at Freeman Court
Committed to the residents
Years in the community


Our people

Freeman Court staff are there to keep an eye out for you and help you feel at home. We take care of laundry, cleaning and cooking, and are all trained in first aid and sector requirements.

Staff are appropriately qualified, and where extra support is required, we can also facilitate a needs assessment by a qualified agency.

“Settling in so well bears testimony to all the staff, you all carried out your work with love, dignity and respect, you all did more than your call of duty.”

Freeman Court resident

Freeman Court’s History

In 1970 Te Awamutu Mayor Alf (Ned) Freeman opened the Te Awamutu Eventide Home for the town and district’s older people, following a massive fundraising effort by the Te Awamutu Lions Club.

The project was so big that it became an international project for Lions clubs around the world, and along with additional funding from local service and voluntary groups and the backing of many local businesses, the 25-bed home rapidly became a haven of comfort and enjoyment for elderly people from throughout the area.

Within five years the 15-bed Bryant Wing had been added, and in 1983 the facility was renamed Freeman Home in recognition of Mayor Freeman’s 15 years of service to the Te Awamutu community. Further expansion saw accommodation lifted to a total of 44, and over the past years Freeman Court, as it became known in 1997, has had full occupancy.

Freeman Court became part of Habitat for Humanity Central Region in 2015.

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