Catch up on our latest news as we continue to work towards our goal of extending and upgrading the Diamond Harbour Medical Centre!

View documents related to our June 2023 AGM

Nothing but good news!  (1st November 2023)

Gratitude, thanks and happiness have been the committee’s exclusive experience this past month. The HUGO Charitable Trust based in Arrowtown and with no connection to our district, have generously donated $80,000 to our building project. We will be pleased to name the new Nurses Room after the HUGO Charitable Trust, our biggest donor.

The project goal became that much nearer with several other recent large donations from local charities and we thank the Maurice Carter Trust for $50,000 ($20,000 of which we receive in one year) and the Mauger Charitable Trust for $25,000. The high level of the community’s volunteer contributions plus the quality of our project information drew the attention of these donor charities.

The Wedding Dress Exhibition was our most recent example of massive, skillful, voluntary work that raised $3096 with the support of the Diamond Harbour Community Church. There are barely enough words to describe how grateful the committee is for this support.

You will have seen our thermometer raised to 80% and with the council having approved $10,000 towards sustainable improvements to the 1991 building plus very recent donations we are raising it to 83%.

A further grant this year exists but is not certain. Both a 50 cent donation left at the Medical Centre and $15,000 from Philippa Drayton-Nieman both show how valued the centre is. That we have reached this position of near to starting the build is an achievement the community can be proud of and a more definitive position should be available to you in a month’s time.

Those intending to contribute – and by doing so soon – will take us from we can do the build to we are underway. You are crucial to our cause.

We ended our fundraising events for the year with a BBQ at Orton Bradley Spring Fair with support from Ben Dutton of Baileys raising just over $944. On behalf of our hard-working and highly motivated committee I want to thank all those who have contributed their time, money and ideas to our fundraising events this year. You have made a difference.

Are you a wordsmith? Can you volunteer several hours a month to supporting the committee with managing communication as the building gets underway early next year? Please contact us.

Terrific support to our health project has come in!  (8th October 2023)

Hello everyone!

Terrific support to our health project has come in!

Your support to the Diamond Harbour Health Support Group and building upgrade is making a difference. We have in the last two weeks been buoyed by impressive support from the Maurice Carter Foundation, $50,000 and the HUGO Foundation $80,000. That brings us to 80% plus on the thermometer and our goal of $600,000 GST exclusive. More information will come to you later this month.

Particularly we have been so well supported by grants because funding bodies have been impressed by the local commitment to the project and the soundness of our project information.

Should you know anyone holding off but intending to donate please tell them now is an excellent time to take action.

Westpac 03-0866-0339064-001

Diamond Harbour & Districts Health Support Group Inc.

The Wedding Dresses & Memorabilia Exhibition is impressive and  boosting our project this weekend.  This is the last day to attend, running from 12 - 4 pm today (Sunday). Very well worth a visit and a great further funding opportunity towards the Diamond Harbour Medical Centre upgrade & extension. View images from the event below.

With thanks for all your support.


On behalf of the DH&DHSG 

Health Support Group Update (1st October 2023)

September has been a busier month than originally anticipated with some good news on various fronts!

We have had the success of the first Brekkie & Brews Rugby World Cup Fundraiser in early September that raised just over $1,375! 

While this event came about at relatively short notice, it was well attended and it would not have been possible without the generous sponsor support of Benjamin Dutton from Bayleys who generously donated all the food for everyone to enjoy, Paul and Lou Dennis and the Diamond Harbour Rugby Club for the superb venue, and Sandy Galland from Simply Nourished along with Carol, Jann, the fundraising sub committee and helpers for bringing all the food service together. 

Early this month (6th, 7th and 8th October) is the Wedding Dresses & Memorabilia event. This is another great event that has come about by the generous offer to use this amazing wedding dress collection as another fundraising opportunity towards our fundraising objective. Thank you so much Robyn, Ruth and Elena for providing the opportunity for people to experience this one of a kind collection!

Towards the end of September we welcomed a very positive outcome from one of the different grant applications we have applied for. We are very proud to announce a $50,000 grant extended recently to us by the Maurice Carter Trust - with $30,000 to be paid now and $20,000 to be paid in the coming year. This will go a very long way to making the project that much closer to becoming a reality. We cannot thank them enough or explain just how delighted we are to graciously accept this. 

We also want to acknowledge those that have made recent donations. From those that have requested a donation to be made when selling an item within the community, to those that have generously requested a donation to be made in their loved one’s bereavement / wishes. This is such a great way to honour a loved one's contribution and legacy to the community.

Every step, offer of help or contribution being made is propelling the whole project so much closer to becoming a reality. Momentum is building and we are making good progress towards the project goal that has been set. 

We still have further to go. With this in mind we welcome the opportunity to those that may be able to offer assistance with their trade skills and time towards the project as this part of the project draws near. If you have a particular trade background that you could put towards supporting the project we would be most grateful. The medical centre upgrade and development is being prepared with no government health funding available and relies heavily on grant applications, donations and pledges to make this all become a reality. Something our awesome and supportive community is showing us is entirely possible!

Ash Murphy - Committee Member

A Successful Rugby World Cup & Breakfast Fundraising Event (12th September 2023)

While the result of the game had a lot left to be desired, we are immensely thankful for the community's support for the recent Rugby World Cup opening fundraiser event. We hope you enjoyed the beautifully cooked meal and ability to connect at the Diamond Harbour Rugby Club for a great social event and a worthy fundraising cause!

While there were many people involved, which we are immensely grateful to each and every one of you, we wanted to mention some key people that helped pull this event together at such short notice. Without their support it simply woudn't have happened!

Benjamin Dutton - Bayleys Canterbury for the very generous sponsorship and contribution of the food for everyone to enjoy.

Paul and Lou Dennis and the Diamond Harbour Rugby Club for providing an amazing venue and facility. We are grateful for your continued help and support!

Sandy, Jann and the fundraising sub committee (and helpers) for helping bring it all together at such very short notice to create a very successful outcome.

With the success of this event (we hope) to offer a further follow up event of a similar nature depending of course on timings & availability.

First initial site work for new medical centre wing! (5th August 2023)

This Saturday we had a small working bee at the health centre, shifting some plants to a safe position during this dormant period and safe from future site works.

We now need just under $77,000 to complete site works and build the new wing that we will all enjoy. Stage 2 then follows. We hope for successful results from our grant applications and if you are planning to donate we will be grateful for your support.

Health Group Update (1st August 2023)

As we head into August, we are feeling very encouraged by the continued progress towards the development of your community’s new health centre!

At the time of writing we have now passed the 60% milestone of the total project funds required. As a group, we are absolutely thrilled with this result off the back of a busy & very successful event schedule that has been supported by some very generous sponsors & supporters. From the start of this month you will start to see the very first signs of progress on the site, with the shifting of plants to another nearby location for the ‘soon to be developed’ new wing and associated ramp. This will then be followed by the removal of two gum trees, along with further site preparation in due course.

With less than $80,000 remaining to go for phase one (for the new wing and ramp) and no shortage of grant applications actively being pursued, our group is also looking toward future fundraising events on the horizon. Keep informed via our newly developed website at Our website is the perfect place to view the latest news updates, upcoming events, along with plenty of information about the project and

its history.

We also are very proud to share a 3D video animation / tour of your new medical centre which can be viewed on our new website & will be placed in the waiting area of the medical centre soon. This has been prepared with a great level of detail and care from our committee member & minute secretary Andrew. Thank you so much Andrew for all the time you have put into this, it has been very well received so far. It is at this point in time that the vision is really starting to become reality, and while we can feel immensely encouraged by this progress, we are under no illusion that there is still some way to go!

Our group is also on the lookout for a new secretary as we enter this exciting next phase. Would you be keen to offer your support for this key function of our group? If so, please do not hesitate to get in touch to learn more about how you can get involved.

We are always open to offers, suggestions and ideas along the way. If you would like to get in touch with us you can email or contact Gay Pavelka on 027 221 11128.

Every single donation or offer of generous assistance, no matter the size or scale, has all positively contributed towards your new health centre. This facility will be something that we as a wider community can be immensely proud of.

Ash Murphy - Committee Member

Can you help shift some plants on @ 10am on the 5th August?

Hello members

We need several people to help shift some plants to another area on the health site. This is preparation for when the ramp and new wing are built as expected later this year. We expect up to one hour of your time is needed at most. If you can help, bring a spade and be part of our first practical action to prepare for the future health centre.

With thanks


027 2211128

A special thanks to our sponsors (15th July 2023)

You are part of a supportive, generous group that has helped our building fund success so far in several ways, including providing raffles. Please know that you have made a difference and your contribution is much appreciated.

Summarised below are the results of your support and our fundraising events so far this year.

At the time of writing we are at 60% of the total needed for the project of $669,720 GST inclusive

 Stage 1 - $80,000 off our target for the ground work and new build of $409,559

 Stage 2 - our target then becomes $160,161 to complete the old building upgrade

A busy period of grant applications to charitable fund sources is underway. We are hopeful of promising action this year and wish to recognise how much you have helped. Our thanks to you.

Gay Pavelka 

on behalf of the Diamond Harbour & Districts Health Support Group

Health Support Group Update (1st July 2023)

Our Chair, Gay Pavelka, and Committee were confirmed at our AGM on the June 17. Our fundraising subcommittee continues in full swing, putting in applications to funding organisations.

We now look forward to taking the first steps on site in the construction process with the removal of two gum trees impinging on the building footprint. We have several steps to work through with the council before site works happen, including neighbours receiving fair notice of the planned activity.

Our local landscape architects have prepared a draft landscaping and planting plan for the site that will ensure the health centre property is attractive and inviting, and we have engaged an arborist to prepare a tree protection report to ensure that an existing mature gum tree at the entrance to the medical centre is appropriately protected during construction. We continue to receive a steady stream of pledges and donations from our local community which help immensely towards our funding goals, and once we start work on site I am sure that we will have many offers of help from the community.

In the near future we will be seeking multiple quotations for most aspects of the building process, such as excavation, retaining walls, metal windows and doors, framing, linings, insulation, floor pile installation, roofing, electrical work, and carpentry work.

Local trades people interested in being involved in this very important community project can contact Bruce Glennie, committee and development project manager, to register their interest at or 027 272 4941.

We held a very enjoyable music event on Saturday June 17, supported by the Rugby Club, featuring Thomas Loefke Harpist plus our local choir, which was brilliantly backed by the community and raised $2278.

Your support is making a difference with $80,000 (at time of writing) needed to complete Stage 1, which is the major part of the development. The committee will use July to undertake some planning and grant applications.

Garage Sale Lyttelton Opshop Fundraiser - 1st July

This Saturday 1st July the The Garage Sale in Lyttelton will again be donating the day's profits to the Diamond Harbour & Districts Health Centre project.

How about seeing what this well stocked op shop can offer you as a great way to support the health centre upgrade and extension.

Open from 10am at 54 Oxford Street

Health Support Group Update (1st June 2023)

This is AGM month for the DH Health Support Group committee so a good time to reflect on the past year and what lies ahead. If you can spare an hour of your time on Saturday, June 17 at 2 pm and come to the Green Room, we would appreciate the support.

Hear about the building project successes so far, the frustrating bits, the surprises and the build steps ahead. View the design. A start to the site works and the new wing is within sight. Can you participate as a valued secretary for the year ahead?

Transparency and extra due diligence have been at the front of our minds as your donations, pledges, and now grants come in and the project’s financial management becomes more complex. To this end we have extended financial management to three layers.

Our treasurer, Kevin MacKay, is managing the bookkeeping and working with local retired chartered accountant Glen Saunders, who provides financial advice.

We have become a client of Community Capacity Accounting, also a charity, who are supportive of not-for-profit groups and who use accounting systems designed to meet the Charities Commission requirements. We are pleased with the results of their ‘6-point account’ check they have completed for our end of year accounts that we can submit to the Charities Commission.

Hear more about this at the AGM or view it (soon) on our new website created by Harbour Creative. We sit at 54.3% of the $600,000 goal and by late June will certainly be over 60%. We had fun. 52 supporters and a great volunteer team enjoyed the ‘Long Lunch’ at Orton Bradley barn.
Lunch, the auction and sales table gave the project came to just over $7700 – a big boost. Some of us can now make safe dog toys after Els Desart donated her time and knowledge to an enjoyable dog toy making fundraiser.

A glass of wine, beautiful music and slides, a perfect winter evening and the chance of winning a raffle or two lies ahead. The evening of June 17 at the Rugby Club (thanks to the support of the Rugby Club), a fundraising evening with harpist and photographer Thomas Loefke will take us to north Atlantic islands, with our local choir contributing. Please join us. Sites to visit: , and Facebook (Diamond Harbour & Districts Health Support Group).

Enquiries Andrew or Gay 027 221 1128.

Dog enrichment fundraiser a great success! (15th May 2023)

​Sunday in Diamond Harbour saw a group of keen dog owners making dog toys and enjoying themselves. 

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Many thanks to Els Desart for teaching us how to make safe dog toys with items we might throw out..

Thank you Els for this fun fundraiser for the health centre project. ❤️ 

It's a puzzle and a coffee sort of day! (11th May 2023)

Brrrr - ​It's a puzzle and coffee sort of a day! We can help you piece it together with the jigsaw and coffee combo! 7 available right now - delivered to your door (in DH, CB or Charteris) TODAY! Thanks to Benjamin Dutton - Bayleys Canterbury

$20 (delivered) with 100% going to the Medical Centre upgrade. Want one? Drop your name below and a Yes please and then we will get your info via direct message. You can be drinking coffee and puzzling by morning tea time!

Create your own dog enrichment activities workshop this May (10th May 2023)

Do you have guests joining you for Sail GP this coming weekend?

We invite you to ask them to CARE and make a small donation to help upgrade the Medical Centre. Download this poster, place it out with a collection box and then pledge the money to the cause.

Make a donation here. 

Health Group Update (1st May 2023)

The professionals at the heart of our community healthcare. The building that is the home to the Diamond Harbour Medical Centre has people at its heart. While you may be familiar with the medical centre as the place where people see healthcare and support staff in-person, for these professionals it is their place of work.

It is where they send, receive and communicate information, conduct telephone consults, store medical supplies and connect with colleagues. The Diamond Harbour and Districts Health Support Group’s project to upgrade the medical centre will improve the space,storage and ease of use that will enable the staff to do their work in an environment that better supports them.

It is common knowledge that there are healthcare professional shortages across all areas of healthcare, particularly in primary care general practice. A good working environment will help to keep and attract professionals to keep healthcare services close to home.

Beyond providing a range of primary care services, the staff at the medical centre are also the District Nursing team for the area which is based out of the medical centre. This is a crucial connection between hospital-based health services and community-based services for people who require nursing care at home and includes post-operative care, wound care, and care of the terminally ill.

This service is available to people in the area regardless of who their general practitioner is. This means that even if you are not an enrolled patient at the Diamond Harbour Medical centre there may be a time that you will benefitfrom their services. Upgrading the medical centre building will improve its function as a hub for district nursing and telehealth services into the future.

With some impressive support from the community so far, we are close to 55% of our fundraising target and optimistic about reaching our goals. We would love to have more local businesses show their support for our healthcare workers, please consider pledging or donating and look out for the fundraising events being held in the next few months.

We are aware of the responsibility that comes with such a large project and have recently commissioned a full financial audit and have support of professional accountants. Our group’s AGM will be on Saturday, June 17 at 2pm in the Green Room and all community members are invited to show their support.

Health Group Update (1st April 2023)

Make March Matter - Yes you did! To the tune of $19,000.

Last month we kicked off the CARE campaign asking you to consider making a donation to support the upgrade of the Diamond Harbour Medical Centre to make it fit for purpose. Many of you did and the total (and donations are still coming in) currently stands at $19,000.


These kind donations and pledges have lifted our fundraising total to near 55% of the total goal. The focus now for the Diamond Harbour and Districts Health Support Group is the application of grants and funds from a variety of foundations and other funders. This is a time-consuming exercise and we hope that in the coming months we can report back some positive wins.

The upgrade of the health facility; to provide the space and functionality required to support modern health services for our community; will be done in two stages. The first stage will start this year, once we reach the first financial target of $160,000.

The consent for this work is granted and involves building the new wing and includes the work that will form the second stage of the project. Stage 2 will see a refurbishment and rejig of the interior of the current building to tie the two together seamlessly.

CARE to Lunch?

To help boost the bottom line, there are a few great initiatives planned: On Sunday April 30 (mark the date now!) there will be a Long Lunch at Orton Bradley Café. All time is donated and 100% of the profits go direct to the fund. The three course lunch will include an auction and if you can help with the donation of any quality items (or know someone who can) please contact us on the mobile number below.

In addition to the auction at the lunch – we will take a number of desirable items and have them available to everyone via an online auction that will finish on the day of the lunch.

Whisper has it that this already includes a trailer load of firewood valued at $400. If you can assist with the auction – text “auction” to 027 479 3205 and we will be in touch. If you CARE to come to the three course long lunch – text ‘Long Lunch’ and email address to 027 479 3205 and we will send you an invitation when they become available.

In May, our local dog expert, Els Desart will be running a dog toy making session which is all about enriching the lives of your canine family members. This will be a fun, family focused event – more to come.

Our district is rich in history and you can own your own collection of digital books celebrating and sharing the stories that make our slice of paradise what it is today.

Information on these books is available at the Diamond Harbour Library and on our Facebook page.

Do you use Facebook? Yes, then please go follow our group as this is the very best place to get updates on events, progress and ways in which you can help.

Guests joining you for Sale GP this weekend? (15th March 2023)

Do you have guests joining you for Sail GP this coming weekend?

We invite you to ask them to CARE and make a small donation to help upgrade the Medical Centre. Download this poster, place it out with a collection box and then pledge the money to the cause.

Make a donation here. 

Major Milestone Reached! (15th March 2023)

Thanks for all the CARE - look what we have achieved so far!

We have passed the 50% mark in our fundraising efforts. Not too much more to go until we can start Phase 1 of the upgrade which is so exciting for us - this is the addition part the building.

Can you help us get there?

Every donation helps us secure a fit-for-purpose medical centre for now and into the coming years.

Make a donation here.

AGM 2023

2023 AGM Minutes.docx

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