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Health Trust

WEST OTAGO HEALTH TRUST (WOHT) main objective is to maintain/look after the land & buildings owned by WOHT, well into the future on behalf of the West Otago Community.


Key Assets: Ribbonwood Aged Care Facility & Medical Centre Building located at 50 Tapanui-Raes Junction Highway 90, Tapanui and a doctors residence also located in Tapanui.


Ribbonwood is owned by the people of West Otago via the West Otago Health Trust. The construction of the present premises was concluded in August 2014 and was only made possible by the generosity of our supporters and West Otago’s 2,300 residents. The facility is a combined purpose facility which has the local Medical Centre and the Ribbonwood Rest Home which provides rest home, hospital and respite level care and self contained cottages. There is also an emergency helipad on site. All residents have prompt access to a Doctor and services provided in the Medical Centre.



Ribbonwood currently has a capacity of 14 rest home and hospital level beds across the facility but we are in the process of expanding this facility to accomodate a total of 19 beds. This will allow Ribbonwood to meet future extra demands for aged care, respite level care and strengthen long term sustainability of the business.


The Trust is close to meeting budgeted build costs for this extension however we are mindful that the construction industry is under significant inflationary pressure and we wish to minimise this risk. Therefore we contiune to seek grants, donations (monetary & livestock) and fundraise, to enable this extension to be completed. 


WAYS TO GET INVOLVED (See our sponsorship document for more details)

If you are interested in helping us to complete this exciting extension there are many ways to contribute:

  • Room/facitlity sponsorship: Various levels of sponsorship are available for naming rights of different areas of the building.

  • Stock Scheme: The Trust is running a stock scheme so if you are interested in helping by donating animals or grazing animals please contact us.

  • Donations: Any donations would be greatly appreciated.

  • Fundraising group: Join our fundraising committee to help support upcoming fundraising events. Volunteers for project work would also be gratefully received


If you would like to donate to this project, can assist with fundraising activities or project work or have any queries please contact any one of the Trustees.



Will Byars (Chairperson 0274852012), Nicole Cronin (Secretary 0276005342), Lloyd McCall (0272489090), Annalie Downie (0272745003), Danielle Millar (02102423757).


Appointment of trustees replacing those that, may retire annually are made by the West Otago Community Board, who advertise locally for expressions of interest.   Tenure is 3 years.  At this point the Trustee may step down or be appointed for a further three years.

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