Nomination for Eldercare Innovation Awards is a tribute to the community.

Aparangi Village's nomination for an international award has become a tribute to the Te Kauwhata community.


The retirement village is up for Facility of the Year - Independent Seniors Living in the Eldercare Innovation Awards.


Aparangi general manager Jackie Long said it's the first time the village had been an award finalist in its 43 years. 


There are 104 final entries amongst 20 categories from facilities across the Asia Pacific region and winners will be announced on April 26 in Singapore.


"It's an honour to represent this place and the residents," Long said. 


Long will attend the evening and make their final presentation to a panel of international judges before a decision is made. 


"It's going to be quite a whirlwind experience."


Thanks to the Aparangi Trust Board and fundraising, she was able to make the trip.


Long said their entry came about after being approached by the organisers when Aparangi nominated Community Trusts in Care.


The submission involved community members, staff, board members and residents of the facility.


Two Te Kauwhata College students put together their entry video featuring the lives of residents.


"[It was] just highlighting the beauty of this village, the animals, the staff.


"Our big thing is getting the residents talking...it's very much a community effort right from the young to the old," she said.


With 57 in the residential care unit and 158 in the village on 32 acres of land, the village employs 60 full time staff as well part timers.


The news of the awards had become talk of the village. 


"They're so excited, even down to what I'm going to be wearing, I had to bring [outfits] in for approval."


To win this award for the "quiet achievers" would help cement Aparangi's future in the community, Long said. 


"It's not for us the  staff members but for the vision of those who built this place...we have to sustain ourselves so we are a long term entity in this community.


"At the end of the day it's about bringing in a large forum about how a rural community and not-for-profit can make a difference."


And it's those in the town that help keep the place going with the House of Treasures selling donations on their behalf and all the volunteers who play their part including the 10 on the trust board, Long said. 

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