New Huntleigh Retirement Apartments village coordinator embraces opportunity

Huntleigh Retirement Apartments village coordinator Desrae Martin has blossomed into her new role.


Desrae Martin got to know Enliven’s Huntleigh Home during her time working there as a health care assistant.

Unfortunately, a wrist injury meant she could no longer do that job, however, when she had fully recovered, Desrae was offered the position as the village coordinator of the neighbouring Huntleigh Retirement Apartments.

Huntleigh Home and Apartments manager Anna Roberts says she knew Desrae would put her heart and soul into the role.

“When Desrae was working here as a health care assistant, I observed her genuine care and compassion towards the residents. She is a quiet, humble worker who can get things done in the most professional and respectful manner. When she expressed her interest in the village coordinator role, I had no doubt that she would be the perfect person for this position.”

“It’s important for me to have variety,” says Desrae. “And I love making people feel good.”

The role gives her the chance to do that and more. She is responsible for coordinating the day-to-day activities, from meals for residents wanting to eat in the dining room, to managing maintenance of the apartments inside and out and helping people move into their new homes and get set up.

“I’m pretty practical. Dad was an engineer and he taught me a few things, so I understand how a switchboard works for instance,” Desrae says.

Desrae also brings her experience as an executive assistant which began a journey to learn more about Te Ao Māori. She says she tries to live by empathising with others following the notion of aroha atu aroha mai – the circle of giving and receiving.

Enliven is always on the lookout for great people to join the team. If you, or someone you know is looking for a role in aged care, visit our careers page or email: .


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