How to contribute


Wharekaka is a Charitable Trust established under the Charitable Trust Act 1957 and a registered charity under the charities Act 2005 – registration number CC 30989. Any donation given to Wharekaka could attract a tax rebate of 33%. Wharekaka is funded partially by the Government but always requires additional funding from our wonderful community to continue to provide our services. We welcome ‘one-off’ donations – please contact Sally, if you would like donate or come in and see us, we’d love to meet you and show you Wharekaka – the best little aged care community in the Wairarapa.


Oak Tree Community

The Oak Tree Community is a community of people who support Wharekaka by making regular donations of a set amount each month or, in some cases, annually. 

Membership of the Oak Tree Community is open to all, and includes many of those from Martinborough and the surrounding district who have had some family connection with Wharekaka, as well as newer arrivals in Martinborough who wish to support this important, and much loved, part of our community, and find pleasure in increasing their connection with Martinborough in this way.

Members of the Oak Tree Community enjoy several benefits:

  • The knowledge that they are contributing to the ongoing viability of an excellent and important community service
  • Regular newsletters
  • An invitation to an annual social event
  • Membership of the Wharekaka Trust with voting rights at the AGM

In addition, most members’ donations qualify for tax credits of 33.3% of the value of their donations.

If you would like to join our Oak Tree Community, please contact Sally at Wharekaka by emailing [email protected] or by ringing her on 06-3069701;  or call Helen Meehan on 0272403660. 


Wharekaka Endowment Fund

The Wharekaka Trust Board have set up an Endowment Fund in partnership with Nikau Foundation to support the future sustainability of the home. 

The Nikau Foundation’s giving model allows a donation to have benefits that last forever because it is invested by experts who ensure that it grows.

Currently, the interest generated is put back into the Fund to grow the asset but in the future, once the Endowment Fund is of a significant size, the interest could also help fund the Home’s annual shortfall.

Having an endowment fund offers Wharekaka and its generous donors’ great security. Our Chair, Joy Cooper - “Aged care is changing over time, there’s much more in-home care than there used to be and I can see in 20 years’ time, instead of being a residential facility, we may be a hub for providing outreach services into people’s homes. So, having our Nikau endowment fund means Wharekaka can survive and adapt in changing times to whatever pattern of service delivery best suits the community.” 

Any donation to the Endowment Fund, whether large or small, is gratefully received.



A gift in your will is a very special last act of kindness. A gift in your will to Wharekaka will ensure that your support for the community of Martinborough, and its older residents, will continue for generations to come

Bequests and other gifts and donations will provide the ongoing lifeblood to ensure that Wharekaka can continue to provide for our community’s elderly for many years to come.

For a variety of reasons, we’re often not able to give as generously during our lives as we might like. Leaving a gift in your will is a great way to support the work of charities.

  • You can gift what is leftover from your estate after all expenses, debts, and other specific bequests have been settled
  • You can specify an amount of money in your will
  • You can specify an item of property, stocks, or your possessions

We advise that you seek legal advice to ensure that your intentions are clearly laid out in your will. However, you can write it yourself using an online resource such as Justly, or use the pre-printed forms available at stationers.

Leaving a gift in your will is a big decision and you will want to take your time to think it through and to discuss it with your family. Everyone’s circumstances are different so it’s important the gift you leave is right for you.

If you’d like to include Wharekaka in your will, please quote our full name and registered charity number.

If you’ve arranged to make a gift to us, then we would love to hear about it. That way we can thank you personally and may be able to indicate how we will invest your future gift. It is also useful for us to know how many people are planning bequests, to assist us in future planning, and to ensure the correct wording is included in your will. However, if you wish to remain anonymous, you’re under no obligation to let us know.