Not your usual retirement village

Cambridge Resthaven is a Community Trust, and that’s something quite different from most retirement villages. Established by the community over 45 years ago, the Trust has developed and grown with the community, always retaining our Community Trust status and community ethos.  

While most retirement villages are owned by listed companies, Cambridge Resthaven is not. We are not part of a chain; we are a stand-alone village, where every dollar goes back into providing services for Cambridge seniors. 

Our History

Cambridge Resthaven is a familiar part of the town's landscape and history, with the iconic water tower sitting right alongside us. The Cambridge Resthaven Trust Board was set up in 1966 by community groups - Lions, Rotary, Federated Farmers, RSA, Country Women's Institute and Cambridge Borough Council.


These groups committed to raise funds for a resthome in Cambridge. After an outstanding fundraising effort from the Cambridge community, Friends of Resthaven and with considerable individual donations, the first stage of the resthome was built and opened in November 1972. Truly a community project! Further fundraising from all these groups and the community resulted in the hospital wing built in 1979, with further developments in 2009 and 2012 from individual donations.

Our Team

We currently have over 90 staff who provide care and services to all the ladies and gentlemen who have chosen Resthaven as their home.

At Reception...
Our friendly receptionist Emma mans the front desk during office hours, 9.00am - 4.30pm. 

In the background we have a well-oiled team of Lillian looking after HR & payroll, Fiona in Accounts, and Celia is our Executive Support; and support for the clinical team to ensure a high quality and friendly service for our residents, their families and all visitors.

The team at Resthaven includes...

  • Receptionist and Admin Team including HR & Payroll and Accounts.
  • Clinical and care staff: Clinical Nurse Leader, Registered Nurses, Enrolled Nurses, Health Care Assistants (HCAs), Housekeepers and a Staff Educator.
  • Management: CEO David, General Manager Rachel, Project & Sales Manager Sandy, and Village Manager Joanne.
  • Maintenance: Maintenance personnel and Driver.
  • Therapy: 3 Diversional Therapists and 2 Activities Assistants.
  • Support Services: Laundry team and Apartment support.
  • General Cleaning, Laundry and Catering are contracted services.

Our Management Team

In our management team we have the Chief Executive Officer David Hall, General Manager Rachel Jones, Village Manager Joanne Sutherland, and Project & Sales Manager Sandra Bennett.

Our Board

Cambridge Resthaven is a Community Charitable Trust. The Trust Board is made up of community leaders who bring a range of commercial and governance experience, a thorough understanding of the local aged care sector, and a forward-thinking outlook to meet the changing needs of the community. 


David Hall
Chief Executive Officer

Sandra Bennett 
Project & Sales Manager

Rachel Jones
General Manager

Some of our friendly staff:

Staff Education

Having our own Staff Educator (Registered Nurse) enables Resthaven to provide continuous development for our team. All staff attend a variety of compulsory education sessions through the year ranging from residents' rights and basic care through to infection control and manual handling. All Health Care Assistants have completed, or are completing, appropriate qualifications from CareerForce (or equivalent).


All our Registered Nurses and Health Care Assistants who work in our Dementia Unit have completed, or are completing, appropriate dementia modules. Our Registered Nurses engage in a variety of education sessions internally, in the community and at Waikato DHB to ensure best practice, and our Therapy team attend external support groups and conferences.

New to Cambridge?

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