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Karakia to welcome workers to new Ryman Hobsonville village

Written by Ryman Healthcare
on August 20, 2019

Work on Ryman Healthcare’s new Hobsonville retirement village is set to begin following a blessing from local iwi, Te Kawerau ā Maki.

Te Kawerau ā Maki kaumātua George Taua today performed a karakia to acknowledge the people who had gone before and to bless the workers who would be constructing the village, as well as those who would eventually live and work there.

Mr Taua said he was pleased to see the 4-hectare site would be used to support Waitemata’s tupuna.

The blessing was a way of ensuring the cultural safety of the people who work and reside at the village and to guarantee the mauri of the land was preserved.

The site will be developed into a retirement village which will include 250 independent homes as well as a care centre with 120 resthome, hospital and dementia care beds, and 80 serviced apartments.

The village will also include an indoor swimming pool, movie theatre, hair and beauty salons and a café.

Ryman’s villages offer residents the chance to live independently in purpose-built retirement homes, with the peace of mind of knowing there is full care available if their health needs change over time.

Hobsonville is one of Auckland’s fastest growing areas and has a strong sense of community.

“Wherever we build we find a lot of people come to us because they love the area and don’t want to leave. We think it is a great site and will be popular because it is handy to a whole lot of amenities,’’ Corporate Affairs Manager David King said.

“Our next job is to find a name for the village. Ryman villages are named after respected local people, so we’d love to hear from anyone with any suggestions.’’

The village is Ryman’s eleventh in the Auckland region. Ryman has existing villages at Remuera, St Heliers, Howick, Pukekohe, Birkenhead, Orewa and Greenlane and is building new villages at Devonport, Lynfield and Lincoln Rd in West Auckland.

As well as providing construction work the village will create long-term jobs for the area. There will be roles for registered nurses, caregivers, housekeepers, activities co-ordinators and gardeners once the village is built.

About Ryman Healthcare:

Ryman was founded in 1984 and has become one of New Zealand’s largest listed companies. The company owns and operates 45 retirement villages in New Zealand and Australia which are home to more than 13,900 residents and the company employs 6,800 team members.

Media advisory: For further information, photos, interviews or comment please contact Group Corporate Affairs Manager Silke Marsh on +64 27 294 3609 or Communications Advisor Maryvonne Gray on 027 552 0767.

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