Habitat for Humanity Central North Island (Habitat CNI) celebrated the completed renovation of Freeman Court’s Bryant Wing this month.

The event was attended by mayor Jim Mylchreest, Habitat CNI chairman Dr John Gallagher, Freeman Court residents, staff, suppliers and supporters.

Dr Gallagher said Habitat for Humanity was proud to have moved into the field of age care, as it fitted with their philosophy.

He said that was also the reason behind the bid to purchase the Palmer St flats and create a precinct in Te Awamutu.

Habitat CNI general manager Nic Greene said thank you to residents for their patience through the renovation process, which has modernised and ensured full safety compliance of one wing and reception area of the 1950s-built facility.

Mr Greene said the $400,000 investment in what the charity was calling “phase one” of an upgrade process was possible because the organisation was able to leverage its resource across the group. Habitat CNI was also grateful for the support of sponsors and suppliers and local building company Gibson Construction, which carried out the renovation.

The Bryant Wing has 16 of the facility’s 42 rooms, four bathrooms, a lounge, store room and laundry.

The renovation means the hair salon has now been relocated to the front of the building in the reception area.

One bedroom had been made larger to accommodate a couple who wished to live at Freeman Court and also share a room.

The reception area had been modernised from what was a dark and small space to a “light and bright, welcoming” space with automatic doors to allow resident and visitors easier access.


There are currently vacancies at Freeman Court, where board includes accommodation, all meals, cleaning, laundry and a staff member on site 24 hours a day.

Call 871-5260 for information.