The guiding principles established by Richard Carr-Gomm remain at the heart of Abbeyfield New Zealand: “Abbeyfield is a voluntary effort by people of goodwill to assist older people to achieve a fulfilling way of life.

We believe:
• that many older people suffer from loneliness and insecurity, finding it difficult to maintain a large house, and failing to cook themselves nutritious meals
• that older people have an important role to play in the lives of their families, friends and communities
• within each community, individuals can work together to help older people have a secure, comfortable life with the companionship of a small household.”