Prayers, singing and sharing of kai have got Ryman’s newest village in Takapuna off to the best possible start.
Matua Matt Maihi, Connie Maihi and Wyllis Maihi from Ngāti Whātua o Ōrākei performed a karakia at the site on April 29, acknowledging those who had gone before as well as calling for protection for those who would build and live at the village near Lake Pupuke.
Matt Maihi said the karakia was a way of safeguarding the wellbeing of the workers, the wellbeing of the kaumatua who would make the village home, and also a way of showing support to the whenua and the community.
“We feel that spiritually, we are all connected, and we wish you all the best with what you do. It doesn’t matter what your beliefs are, this is just all about a good spiritual feeling and outcome for everyone.’’
Ryman Healthcare Corporate Affairs Manager David King said the karakia meant a lot to the team.
“We have a long relationship with the tangata whenua of this area and there is no better way to get a project under way than to get together with you for a karakia and share this time.
“Your well wishes are important for our builders – who actually do all the work around here – and the people who will eventually live here.
“The village will be a great place to live, and a source of great comfort to people needing care.
“Now all we have to do is get on and build it.’’
Wyllis Maihi, Connie Maihi and Matt Maihi from Ngāti Whātua o Ōrākei lead the karakia at Ryman Healthcare’s new Takapuna development on Killarney Street.
The new village is being built on the site of the old Takapuna fire station.
Following some initial groundworks, the next phase includes upgrading of the public stormwater drainage and preparations for the basement development.
The completed village will offer a full range of retirement living options with care tailored to each resident’s needs.
The integrated village will include apartments for residents living independently as well as care beds and assisted living apartments for residents. Resthome, hospital and dementia-level care options will be provided.
The village will include a movie theatre, hair and beauty salons, a bar and café.
The almost 7,000sq m site is in the heart of Takapuna, next to Killarney Park, close to shops and local amenities.