and loving it

Vaccinated visitors welcome inside from Friday December 3

Every day is an opportunity for continued growth, wellbeing and meaningful experience


Each crease on your face tells a story of rich experience that goes with a life well lived. Knox Home gives you the opportunity for that story to well and truly continue – because aging is less about decline and more about continuing to grow.

At our place there’s a little more understanding and care. There’s more companionship and joy. There are more new opportunities and worthwhile experiences to enjoy. Knox allows you to share in our busy community and simply relish more living.

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We are a little alternative

Knox is a care home and hospital in Epsom, Auckland for elders and younger adults who live with physical disability.

As a Charitable Trust with over 100 years of service to the Auckland community, Knox has never forgotten that our service to the community is about people.

In 2009 we adopted the Eden Alternative, a philosophy of care dedicated to placing elders at the centre of all we do. Eden Alternative principles uniquely guide us to transform the lives of our residents and team.

Every day is a gift. Our mission is to make sure we add more to the fulfillment and enjoyment of every single one.


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"My everyday care requires a huge amount of trust."

So does jumping out of a plane.

Claire has a wheelchair to get around, but that hasn’t stopped her ticking one more thing off her to-do list. Back in the 1980s Claire enjoyed solo skydiving and she had been reminiscing about it with residents and staff. A challenge from a counselling service to participate in their ‘Jump for Courage’ fundraiser saw Claire jump at the opportunity. She raised $1200 in pledges for the charity and thoroughly enjoyed the day with family, friends, residents and staff supporting and cheering her on.




Normal visiting resumes for vaccinated family and friends from Friday


1 December, 2021


Dear Families


As you will be aware, Auckland moves into the Traffic Light COVID-19 Protection Framework from 11:59pm December 2.

The following precautions are intended to ensure residents, team and wider community are kept free of ALL infections.


While we remain focussed on remaining free of COVID-19 the introduction of ANY respiratory infection at Knox will have negative effects on our community.


An outbreak of even a simple respiratory bug among residents may result in whole homes at Knox being “locked-down”; team members who are symptomatic will be sent home to be tested and self-isolate. At this time of year and after such a long “lock-down” that would be catastrophic for resident wellbeing and staffing.


Therefore we welcome family back to Knox but you must not visit if you or a household member are at all unwell – even with a sniffle.


We ask also that unvaccinated family, friends and children only visit outdoors at “Distance Visiting” spots only.


From Friday 3 December Elizabeth Knox Home and Hospital will return to the normal visiting hours:
10am – 11:30am
2pm - 8pm


Vaccinated family and friends are welcome to visit at these times each day.


• Everyone entering Knox is required to scan the QR code at the time of every visit. If you do not then you are required to sign-in.


• Visitors are required to wear a mask at all times


• Your temperature is to be checked at the thermal imaging terminal.


• As this time includes a meal-time we ask you do not visit residents in dining rooms during the evening meal (5-6pm). This expectation has been a resident-driven change as residents have asked that they have quiet when dining together. The presence of visitors in dining rooms during meals is very unsettling for many and does disrupt resident’s enjoyment of their meals.


• Please visit in the residents’ room or outdoors not in the indoors communal spaces


• Visitors must stay at home if they are unwell, under investigation of COVID-19 or a close contact of someone who is a probable or confirmed COVID-19 case.


We ask that you continue with all general infection control measures to avoid the spread of infection such as mask wearing and handwashing.


Warm regards
Jill Woodward



The importance of real people when writing fiction




I feel so lucky to know Tonka Marinovich and her family. If you don’t know it already, Tonka is infectious; she can light up the room with her smile and she always has a great story to tell. For me, as a novelist, her stories were like gold.

I felt honoured to join Elizabeth Knox’s newly-formed book group to read from the opening chapter of my debut novel, The Telling Time. Published in August last year, the story has at its heart a young Croatian woman, Gabrijela, who is exiled to New Zealand in the late 1950’s holding close a secret. I told the group that when crafting the story, some of Tonka’s tales were inspirational.


Tonka was born in Sucuraj, a small town on the Dalmatian coastline. At the tender age of 19, she travelled to New Zealand to work in her uncle’s restaurant in Warkworth. It was 1959, and it surprised me that Tonka had travelled by plane to New Zealand – departing from Belgrade. She described touching down in Athens, Cairo, Bombay, and Sydney, before finally flying into Whenuapai, Auckland. I decided that Gabrijela would also come out to New Zealand in 1959, via that same route. When writing about Gabrijela’s arrival, I thought about Tonka and what it would have been like for her arriving in this strange country. I imagined her reactions, her emotions. How frightened she might have been. Somehow knowing that Tonka had made this trip, made it easier for me to step into Gabrijela’s shoes.

Gabrijela is not Tonka. Their stories are very different. But as a novelist, being able to draw on settings that provide context for an era was enriching. For me, inspiration often comes from stories like Tonka’s, especially ones from the heart. And I can’t help smiling at the latest exciting development for The Telling Time, in some ways the perfect ending for this story. Late in June the translation rights were sold to the Croatian publisher, Znanje. How exciting that some of Tonka’s stories will now make their way back to her homeland.

Read the full story on page 10 of  KnoxLife 40

This little red hen has an eye for our greens

One of our chooks found her way to the resident's vegetable garden despite the signage. And if you were a city chicken – why wouldn't you?

New Puka Home nearly ready


We’ve been planning the new Totara Home building for the past several years. The new 64-bed Totara Home will replace the current Totara and Puka Homes and part of Rimu Home on the same site as part of our continuing improvement of resident homes.

But before we can get underway, we need to provide resident accommodation to enable demolition of these existing homes. Most residents from the affected rooms will be moved to a brand new 37-bed Puka Home being constructed on our new land that borders the existing main carpark extending to Griffin Avenue.

Construction on the single-level Puka building is nearly complete.

It has taken some months to complete the complex fitouts, so we are anticipating moving residents in December.

We’re really looking forward to these new developments and the improvements they will bring to the lives of residents and our team. We know there will be some level of disruption but highly appreciate the support and cooperation of residents and families.

To read and see more about the new Puka and Totara Homes, click here.