History

From a dream to establish an eventide community where the elderly would be able to live and receive the support they needed, Wesleyhaven Village has grown from strength to strength, and since 1952 has been a home to over 7,000 residents.

Wesley Village is the result of the generous donation in 1949 of 150 acres of land by Mr WT Strand (a former Mayor of Lower Hutt.) At that time the then Minister of Finance, the Hon Walter Nash noted, “the scheme of providing eventide homes in the Hutt Valley….is among the finer social works that have been planned in the interests of older people in our community.” Early concept plans show clusters of cottages set around large communal vegetable gardens, and these remain popular today with the Village residents. Until August 2017 Wesleyhaven Village offered a continuum of aged care, catering for all needs, ranging from independent living in rental villas to supported care in our rest homes of Deckston and Strand and continuing care in Wesleyhaven’s hospital. Wesley Village is part of Wesley Community Action, a social services mission of the Methodist Church. As a not for profit charitable organisation,  Wesley Community Action has a strong commitment and proud reputation for working in the Wesley Way. In essence we are about people – not profit. ‘Reflections  – The Wesleyhaven Way’, was published in 2011 to record Wesleyhaven’s  proud history and tell some of the stories about the characters that lived and worked there during its heyday as a pioneering aged care provider..

“It’s like living in a little bit of heaven.”