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Creating a haven: Kenneth F. Weaver Trust

For 45 years, the Kenneth F. Weaver Trust has been providing secure, comfortable accommodation for Christchurch pensioners.


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In 1973, Kenneth Weaver saw a need and set about filling it. The need was for quality living facilities for those elderly singles and couples who genuinely could not afford it. Plans were developed and 14 units were built in Abberley Crescent, St Albans. At that time, the rent for a single pensioner was $11.75 per week!

Now the trust owns 29 units in four locations in St Albans and Edgeware. Each of the units – 25 single-bedroom, and four two-bedroom – are secure, cosy and comfortable. They are exclusively for the elderly, 60+ only and provide the peace of mind that tenants have a home for life. Other criteria to qualify are a genuine housing need and having limited assets.

Another requirement of tenants is that they maintain their area of garden. Each of the units has gardens and grassed areas to rival any public garden space. Some of it is maintained by the trust. “Some of the tenants take an active interest in the gardens,” Kenneth says with a smile. “Some not so active.”

One very active, avid gardener is Maggie Copp. A tenant of the trust for the last eight years, Maggie has transformed her little corner of the property. Now, she has a very productive vegetable patch, dozens of swan plants and as many or more cocoons, and a beautifully manicured, colourful garden outside her window.


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“I do a lot of cuttings,” she says. “Quite a few of the roses are cuttings. I’ve always been a keen gardener.” Her efforts were acknowledged with a 2017 Community Pride Garden Award from the Fendalton-Waimairi- Harewood Community Board. The award was for her “personal contribution towards maintaining Christchurch as the Garden City”.

More than a garden, however, Maggie has, in the trust, found a haven. She emphasises that. “The trust is wonderful. The rent is amazing, the situation is fabulous. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. I’ve found a haven.” The Kenneth F. Weaver Trust has created a haven for many elderly Cantabrians over the last five decades. Kenneth wants to promote the trust even more. “The public in general doesn’t know this service is available,” he says.

The next generation of Weavers are at the helm of the trust now. Kenneth’s daughter Karen and son Craig, are ensuring the trust is well placed to continue serving their tenants long into the future.


For more information, see the trust website, which you will fiind at


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Kenneth F Weaver Trust: Low Cost Accommodation Support

When avid volunteer and Christchurch resident June MacIntosh was in a bit of a bind and couldn’t keep up with payments for her accommodation, she wasn’t sure where she could afford to live.


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Founder, Kenneth F Weaver with June MacIntosh celebrating her 26 years of residency.


At the time, she was lending a hand frequently at a local kitchen where she and a friend fed the homeless. June’s volunteer work meant the world to her. So when a friend told her about Kenneth Weaver Trust’s affordable flats, she knew it would be the right fit for her because it would enable her to continue volunteering.

The Kenneth F. Weaver Trust Incorporated proudly owns and operates 29 quality rental units that house tenants for a reasonable rate and June is happily one of the residents living there.
“Mr. Weaver made me most welcome,” she says. After 26 years of living in the property, June says she couldn’t be happier about her time there. She receives just the right amount of privacy and has still been able to make her flat feel like her own home.

Now that June is 85 years old, the flat in Kenneth F. Weaver Trust’s building is even more important to her than ever, because it allows her to receive help with maintenance and house tasks like changing light bulbs that can be a challenge for her. Plus she has the benefit of being a part of a small community. June says her neighbors don’t intrude on her, but they are happy to lend her a hand whenever she may need it.

“I don’t think [any future tenants] could do better,” she adds.
Not just anyone can live in one of these units. Applicants must be 60 years old or older, possess less than $25,000 in cash and truly be in need of quality accommodation. When tenants are approved, they’re set for life, unless they must vacate due to needing resthome care or something similar.
Established in the mid-‘70s, Kenneth Weaver and his trust have been able to help many happy residents just like the very grateful June.

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