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Wednesday, 15 November 2017

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Veteran actor wins Lifetime Achievement award

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Ken Blackburn at his awards night.


Actor Ken Blackburn has been recognised for 60 years of hard work entertaining New Zealanders across stage, screen and radio.

Ken won the Equity Lifetime Achievement Award for his roles in hundreds of theatre productions and in New Zealand TV classics including Gilding On, Hunter’s Gold and, more recently, The Brokenwood Mysteries.

Ken featured in Peter Jackson’s The Frighteners and King Kong but is perhaps best remembered as the dastardly Sir Bruce Warner in Shortland St and the hapless boss in Gliding On.

Ken said the award was a huge honour but it was in no way a sign that his acting career was over – he was still open for business.

“Actors don’t retire of course, they just lose the plot. But I can say I will happily go and live in a Ryman village one day because they care and they are supporters of the arts!’’

Ken grew up in war-torn Britain and was evacuated during the Blitz. After moving to New Zealand, he worked briefly as a school teacher before taking up acting fulltime.

One of New Zealand’s first professional actors, he has performed in more than 500 productions, and had a varied career.

“I’ve served seven monarchs – I’ve been poisoned, tortured, and forgiven by them. I’ve even been seduced by the Queen of the Nile. Not many careers give you that sort of variety.’’

The Equity Lifetime Achievement Award, which is sponsored by Ryman Healthcare, was set up three years ago to acknowledge the contribution of New Zealand’s long-serving actors to the industry and to mentoring generations of younger actors.

Previous winners include Dame Kate Harcourt and Elizabeth McRae.

Ryman Corporate Affairs Manager David King said the award was also intended as a big thank you from the New Zealand public for all the hours of entertainment Ken had brought to so many people.

A contingent of Ryman Healthcare residents from Edmund Hillary and Bert Sutcliffe villages attended the awards to cheer Ken on.

The awards ceremony featured a star-studded line-up of tributes, speeches and performances from the likes of Roger Hall, Tony Barry, Emma Sloman, Danny Mulheron, Michael Hurst, Elizabeth McRae, Ian Mune, Rebekah Head, Jennifer Ward-Lealand and Zak Enayat.

Associate Minister of Arts, Culture and Heritage Carmel Sepuloni said Ken had made a huge contribution to New Zealand entertainment over his long career and she thanked him for his work.

Equity president Jennifer Ward-Lealand said Ken had also made a huge contribution to his fellow actors.

“Ken Blackburn has inspired so many artists and audiences with his performances on screen and stage. He is also an incredibly talented director and writer. It was a real treat to look back on all he has achieved - and still is - since he began his acting career in 1963. A huge thank you to the many musicians, performers, family, friends and Ryman Healthcare for making night possible”.


About Ryman Healthcare: Ryman was founded in 1984 and has become one of New Zealand’s largest listed companies. The company owns 31 villages which are home to more than 10,500 residents in New Zealand and Australia. Each village offers a combination of retirement living and aged care.

Media advisory: For further information, photos, interviews or comment please contact Corporate Affairs Manager David King on 03 366 4069 or 021 499 602.

 

Thursday, 02 November 2017

MEDIA RELEASE

Ryman Healthcare signs with the Coburg Lions

Ryman Healthcare has signed up as a key partner of the Coburg Football Club – one of Melbourne’s oldest and most respected Australian Rules football clubs.

Sebastian Spagnuolo, General Manager of the Coburg Lions, approached Ryman Group Sales and Community Relations Manager Debbie McClure about a possible partnership earlier this year.

Debbie, a footie fan, could immediately see the attraction in partnering with a local team.

The Coburg football ground borders Ryman Healthcare’s new site on Bell St in the suburb which is just 8km from Melbourne’s CBD.

The site was formerly occupied by a school, and Ryman Healthcare plans to build a retirement village on the vacant land with independent living, serviced apartments and a care centre on site.

The village will include independent apartments for retirees as well as providing low and high-level aged care, and dementia care.

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Coburg Lions General Manager Sebastian Spagnuolo (left) Ryman Healthcare Group Sales and Community Relations Manager Debbie McClure, Lions Club President Kevin Breen and Ryman Healthcare Group Development Manager Andrew Mitchell at Piranha Park in Melbourne.


Sebastian said the club was pleased to see the site used for a significant community asset.

“It will be fantastic to see the space next to us utilised. We’re excited to be partnering with a company that values community as we do.’’

“We’re not a flashy club – we’re a hard-working club in a hard-working suburb that values its community. We’re going through a rebuilding phase and we look forward to having Ryman as a neighbour and a partner.’’

Debbie thought the affiliation with the Coburg Lions it would be a great match for residents who could choose to get a view of Piranha Park from their apartments.

“We’re building the village so that retirees who love the area can stay in Coburg no matter how their health needs change over time. I’m sure being so close to their beloved footie ground will be the icing on the cake for many of them.’’

The Coburg Football Club was founded in 1891 and competes in the Victorian Football League. The Lions have plans to redevelop their grandstand and refurbish the ground.

Ryman Healthcare’s management team visited Piranha Park to celebrate the deal with the Lions in Coburg.


About Ryman Healthcare:
Ryman was founded in 1984 and has become one of New Zealand’s largest listed companies. The company owns 31 villages which are home to more than 10,500 residents in New Zealand and Australia. Each village offers a combination of retirement living and aged care.

Media advisory:
For further information, photos, interviews or comment please contact Corporate Affairs Manager David King on +64 3 366 4069 or +64 21 499 602.

 

Thursday, 02 November 2017

MEDIA RELEASE

Lady Hillary unveils tribute to Sir Edmund

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The specially-commissioned Craig Primrose portrait marks the village’s 10th anniversary


Lady June Hillary has unveiled a beautiful new painting of her late husband at a stunning ceremony at Edmund Hillary Retirement Village in Remuera.

Lady Hillary and portrait artist Craig Primrose were welcomed along with Ryman Healthcare’s chief executive Gordon MacLeod by students from Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate who performed a stirring powhiri and haka.

It was a double celebration for the village which was celebrating its 10th birthday since opening in 2007.

About 300 residents and visitors packed out the village atrium for the special occasion, with many looking down from the balconies on the two levels above.

Mr MacLeod said what an honour it had been to name the village after the iconic Sir Ed and thanked Lady Hillary for her support of Ryman over the years.

“Sir Ed is arguably the best-known New Zealander ever to have lived, and that is why it was an absolute honour for us to be associated with him in the naming of this village.”

The village was the 15th Ryman retirement village, and building it turned out to be a mountain to climb of a different kind for Ryman’s co-founder Kevin Hickman.

“It is still by far the largest and most ambitious,” said Mr MacLeod.

Mr MacLeod said the village was more than a just collection of buildings however, and thanked the people who live there for making it the wonderful community it is today.

“From the start there has been a fantastic community spirit about this place – it is great to see it alive and well today."

Mr MacLeod also gave special mention to the 45 residents who have lived at the village since it opened 10 years ago and several staff members who’ve been there since the beginning too.

“Each time I come here I always get a warm welcome and I always leave knowing that’s because you (the residents) are in great hands.”

Ryman decided to celebrate the village’s 10thbirthday with the unveiling of Sir Ed’s portrait, which is the second in a series of paintings the company has commissioned Craig Primrose to produce of all its village namesakes.

The first, of motor racing legend Bruce McLaren, was unveiled at Ryman’s Howick village by Bruce’s sister Jan McLaren in August.

Craig, who was Sir Ed’s preferred artist and friend for 14 years, has had a long connection with the village since his parents moved in a few years ago and his mother Fay was at the celebration today.

Mr MacLeod praised Craig’s ability to capture all the incredible qualities that made Sir Ed so beloved by his fellow New Zealanders and around the world.

“I am thrilled that the village now has its own portrait of Sir Ed to put on show, and that Lady Hillary is here to witness it,” he said.


About Ryman Healthcare:
Ryman was founded in 1984 and has become one of New Zealand’s largest listed companies. The company owns 31 villages which are home to more than 10,000 residents in New Zealand and Australia. Each village offers a combination of retirement living and aged care.

Media advisory:
For further information, photos, interviews or comment please contact Corporate Affairs Manager David King on 03 366 4069 or 021 499 602.

 

Saturday, 21 October 2017

MEDIA RELEASE

Duder family delight in Devonport site finds

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Members of the Duder family joined Senior Archaeologist Charlotte Judge (orange vest) and Trish Deans from the Devonport Heritage Society for a tour of Ryman's site at Ngataringa Road. The group is standing next to remnants of some of the old bricks found so far.​

​Descendants of Devonport pioneers Richard and Robert Duder were thrilled to take a tour of the former R & R Brickworks site this week, which is now destined to be Ryman Healthcare's 35th retirement village.

Parts of the site at Ngataringa Road in Narrow Neck are being carefully excavated by archaeologists in accordance with Heritage New Zealand requirements.

This work will enable the recovery of any remnants of the brickworks, which operated between 1875-1936.

Robert and Richard Duder's great-nephews John Duder and his brother Ross were joined by their cousin Nelson Webster, his wife Fran and daughter Susan for a tour of the site which has seen various reincarnations in the past century or so.

Before the brickworks were built, the land was used to graze stock. The twin Duder brothers originally leased it to another manufacturer before taking over the enterprise and building new facilities in 1890.

John said there had been a great fire in 1888 which had destroyed many of the wooden buildings in Devonport's Victoria Road. As a result, the council decreed that buildings in the main shopping area were to be built using brick only and demand subsequently rocketed.

The brothers were involved in various local enterprises which ranged from running the general store in King Edward Parade; they were also coal and firewood merchants and had interests in real estate, land sales and fire insurance.

"Much of the inner North Shore was built off this site," John said. "It was key to the way the area developed at that time.

"We want to celebrate that," Ross added.

The brickworks ran on and off until 1936 after which they became derelict and were then demolished some time in the 1950s.

According to reports, part of the 30-metre chimney fell over in a storm between 1934-1936 before being later demolished.

Patriarch of the family Nelson Webster said he remembered the kiln being there before he went to sea in 1956 and when he came back the Navy had built naval accommodation there. The Naval accommodation buildings were then demolished in 2003.

Also in attendance was Trish Deans from the Devonport Heritage Society who said laws to protect historical sites weren't in place when the Navy built their accommodation.

Trish said the Duder family had been pivotal in Devonport's history, with one of them even becoming the subject of a book and later a play called A Tangled Web.

The book detailed how the first member of the family to settle in New Zealand, Thomas Duder, who was father to Richard and Robert, was falsely implicated in the brutal murder of the Devonport signalman and his wife and child.

Fortunately, the common-law wife of the actual murderer Joseph Burns, revealed his crime and he became the first pakeha to be hanged in New Zealand.

The current excavation is taking place before the major earthworks for the first two blocks of the village begins.

Charlotte Judge is a Senior Archaeologist from Clough & Associates, which has been commissioned by Ryman to carry out the excavations. Fellow Senior Archaeologist Adina Brown is the Field Supervisor running the project.

She said so far a foundation section of a structural wall had been revealed, indicated by the compacted charcoal stained soil. The late 19th century roadway leading from Lake Road to the brickworks had also been uncovered, revealing a surface made of broken brick, glazed terracotta pipe and by-products of the brick-making process.

The team is now in the process of uncovering what appears to be the remnant base of a kiln used for firing bricks, Charlotte said.

"Unfortunately, when the Navy built their accommodation buildings the work destroyed a lot of what was here," she said.

"All the drainage pipes we've found here were from the Navy buildings and they just cut straight through the remnant foundations (of the brickworks)."

The brickworks site has been described as being a sizeable operation and was one of eight brickworks around the coastline.

"As well as bricks, the Duders made pipework, garden urns and decorative plant holders. Many of these products were shipped out of the area."

While the archaeological team agree that only a very small percentage of the site remains intact, they said valuable information relating to the history of the site and brick manufacture in the 19th and early 20th century could still be recovered.​

One exciting find was a near-complete brick with the distinctive R & R Duder stamp marked on it.

John said: "It's been wonderful to come and see the site today and to hear all the information from Charlotte has been fascinating."

Ryman Healthcare's Group Sales and Community Relations Manager Debbie McClure told attendees at a recent public information meeting on the village plans that special measures would be taken to preserve any historical finds.

"We want to ensure that nothing of historic value is lost and we will be installing interpretation panels explaining the history of the site in the village," she said.

An open day is being held on 29 October at the site for members of the public to view the findings. The Duder family has also offered to lend their mementoes from the brickworks to display on the day too.​

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Nelson and Fran Webster hold a Duder brick that they keep at their house along with original garden pots that were made at the brickworks.

Ryman developments:

New villages under construction:

  • Greenlane, Auckland: Construction continuing.
  • Brandon Park, Melbourne: Earthworks under way.
  • Rangiora, North Canterbury: Village complete, expansion planned.
  • Pukekohe: Construction continuing.
  • Petone, Lower Hutt: Construction continuing.

New villages consented:

  • Devonport, Auckland: Site works due to begin.
  • Lynfield, Auckland: Site works due to begin.

New villages in design/consenting phase:

  • Burwood East, Melbourne.
  • Coburg, Melbourne.
  • River Rd, Hamilton.
  • Mt Eliza, Victoria.
  • Highton, Geelong.
  • Hobsonville, Auckland.
  • Newtown, Wellington.
  • Lincoln Rd, Auckland.
  • Site A, New Zealand.

About Ryman Healthcare:
Ryman was founded in 1984 and has become one of New Zealand’s largest listed companies. The company owns 31 villages which are home to more than 10,000 residents in New Zealand and Australia. Each village offers a combination of retirement living and aged care.

Media advisory:
For further information, photos, interviews or comment please contact Corporate Affairs Manager David King on 03 366 4069 or 021 499 602.

 

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