Metlifecare’s villages are an integral part of their communities and we therefore consider its important to support initiatives that are local and of interest to each village. Every Metlifecare village creates its own identity that closely reflects the unique characteristics of its wider area, so it is natural for residents to support with their local groups, clubs and associations, including resident fundraising, volunteering and mentoring programmes.
Metlifecare also values the contributions not-for-profit organisations and clubs are making to New Zealand’s communities, so we are proud to be associated with a number of causes including being a gold sponsor of Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. We also recognise youth achievement through Metlifecare’s Leadership and Innovations Programme at Glenfield College, and have supported the wider community through our sponsorship of the Wellington Free Ambulance service and the highly valued Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust since 2010.
Unwrap The Music
Metlifecare partners with Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra
Metlifecare is proud to partner with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra (APO) Auckland’s only full-time professional orchestra.
Metlifecare is the naming sponsor of the musical series ‘Unwrap the Music’ – three concerts for both music lovers familiar with the orchestral classics, and for those who want to know more. Each performance features an interactive talk that takes the audience through the composition to help deepen their understanding and enjoyment of great orchestral works.
Whilst the ‘Unwrap the Music’ concerts take place in March, June and September at the Auckland Town Hall, the full season of APO concerts are available for residents to enjoy with discounted tickets to all APO concerts.
A few lucky Auckland-based Metlifecare Retirement Villages are also treated to special talks and performances by APO chamber music ensembles, either at their village or through exclusive rehearsals at Auckland Town Hall.
Glen Sowry, Chief Executive Officer of Metlifecare, says “the partnership is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate music, something the residents of Metlifecare villages already enjoy doing.”
“Our residents create and enjoy many musical moments in our villages, from forming their own choirs and bands, to organising entertainers to bring the music to them.”
“This partnership with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra’s ‘Unwrap the Music’ series opens a pathway to bring more music to our villages and exclusive access to the orchestra in the concert hall. We look enjoy seeing their performances at the Auckland townhall and hosting their special performances within our very own villages,” says Sowry.
Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra Chief Executive Barbara Glaser says “We are to partner with Metlifecare. As Auckland’s orchestra we value the opportunity to share the joy of orchestral music with everyone in our community. We welcome Metlifecare and the residents of their villages to the APO whānau.”
Tickets for the ‘Metlifecare Unwrap the Music’ series are available for purchase here: www.apo.co.nz/unwrap
*Subject to availability
Metlifecare Leadership and Innovation Award
Metlifecare’s Leadership and Innovation Award is scholarship programme which awards a scholarship to a Glenfield College student who has demonstrated leadership and an innovative approach within the school or in the wider community.
2018 Winner – Filip Ograbek
In 2018 Filip was Head Boy of Glenfield College.
He is a talented academic and achieved all three levels of NCEA with Excellence. In Level 3 he achieved subject excellence endorsements for History, English and Sociology. He won numerous subject awards at school prizegivings throughout his years at the College.
Filip was involved in the organisation of the school’s Relay for Life team, he performed in the annual Dance showcase and was involved in the school’s sustainability group.
2017 Winner – Leeah Chou-Lee-Ryder
Leeah demonstrated excellent leadership skills throughout her 5 years at the College. She was the female leader of the school’s Kapahaka group for the last 3 years at school.
Leeah was a prefect in Year 13 and a member and captain of the school’s basketball, netball, girls rugby, touch and tag teams.
She represented New Zealand in age group tag teams and North Harbour in both touch and tag.
Leeah was a member of the Services Academy and in 2016 was awarded the Glenfield College Services Academy Top Student trophy.
2016 Winner – Christian Joshua Herrera
Christian was a school Headboy and actively involved in a number of groups, often in a leadership role. These groups ranged from Student Executive, badminton. basketball, volleyball, Hip Hop dance crew, even Bollywood dance troupe and YouDance Festival.
2015 Winner – Lorna Selby
Lorna was as a competitive runner, footballer, hockey player and netballer. Lorna’s leadership ability was recognised in her appointment as Head Girl in 2015. Throughout her time at Glenfield College Lorna was awarded trophies and certificates not only for her sporting efforts but also for her academic pursuits. Lorna achieved NCEA Level 1, 2 and 3 with Merit endorsements in each. She was also awarded MVP in all three of her winter sports disciplines, netball, hockey and football, in 2014.
2014 Winner – Hinekura Foley
In spite of only being with the school for a year, Hinekura was the overwhelming choice for Head Girl. A duty she has carried out with energy and enthusiasm. As a bilingual speaker and an innovative presenter, she knows how to engage with an audience. Upon assuming the role of lead tutor for the school’s Kapa Haka group, the Kapa Haka group got their best placing in years as a result of Hinekura’s hard work and ability to bring the best out in her students. Again, innovation and leadership qualities way beyond her years. Hinekura is a high achiever. Her Metlifecare $6,000 scholarship was put towards a conjoint degree at AUT in Law, Criminology and Maori Development.
2013 Winner – Gabrielle Message
A creative mindset and a focus on innovation resulted in 2013’s Head Girl at Glenfield College, Gabrielle Message. Being the first recipient of the Metlifecare Leadership and Innovation Award which was launched in 2013.
“As I have always done, I am planning to make the most of every opportunity that presents itself, as I’ve found that outside your comfort zone really is where the magic happens!”
Gabrielle used her Metlifecare scholarship to further develop her filming, journalistic and general media skills at AUT, and started a Bachelor of Communications in 2014.
Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust
This charitable trust that owns and operates the Auckland based Westpac Rescue Helicopters on behalf of the community it serves, watches over 1.5 million residents and visitors. The support of the families, community organisations and businesses help the Helicopter continue its on-going mission: saving lives. This support enables the rescue helicopter to be there, free of charge and available to all when things go wrong.
We have been proud to be part of the on-going support since 2010.
Wellington Free Ambulance
Wellington Free Ambulance is a charitable organisation, locally owned and governed.
They provide free paramedic care to the people of greater Wellington and Wairarapa and we are proud to support that.
Supporting Local Communities
All Metlifecare villages are closely involved with our local communities, proudly supporting local community groups, clubs and associations, such as bowling, tennis and golf clubs, RSA groups, Age Concern and more.