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Monday, 24 September 2018

Media release


Anthony Leighs, newly appointed director of Ryman Healthcare.

Anthony Leighs joins Ryman Healthcare’s board

Ryman Healthcare has announced the appointment of Anthony Leighs to the company’s board.

Anthony founded Leighs Construction in 1995 and has built the privately-owned company into one of New Zealand’s leading commercial construction contractors.

Ryman Healthcare Chairman Dr David Kerr said Anthony was a welcome addition to the board.

“Anthony brings a deep knowledge of the construction industry to the board table. He’s built his own successful construction company from the ground up, so he understands exactly what it takes to build complicated construction projects safely, on time and within budget. We look forward to his contribution over the coming years.’’

Christchurch-based Anthony, 47, will join the board from October 1.

“I am very excited about joining Ryman Healthcare’s board of directors,’’ Anthony said.

“I have enormous admiration for the business, for the services the business provides to older people, the company’s grounded and caring values and the success that has been generated to date.

“Building is an important part of Ryman’s activities and I look forward to contributing to what I am sure will be further success over the coming years.”

Ryman Healthcare has a busy construction division, with four new villages under construction and another 12 villages in its development pipeline.

Ryman Healthcare Chief Executive Gordon MacLeod said it was good to have Anthony on board as Ryman looked to double its build rate over the next few years.

“We’re already one of the largest residential and healthcare infrastructure builders in New Zealand, and our growth plans require a further lift in our building capacity while maintaining safety and quality.

“We’ve got some really challenging goals to meet so we are delighted to welcome Anthony to the board. He brings a specific set of governance skills which will support our ever-expanding development and construction operations.’’

Anthony Leighs’ appointment brings the number of directors on Ryman’s board from six to seven.

The board now consists of:

  • Dr David Kerr, independent director, chairman.
  • Warren Bell, independent director, deputy chairman.
  • Jo Appleyard, independent director.
  • George Savvides, independent director.
  • Claire Higgins, independent director.
  • Geoff Cumming, director.
  • Anthony Leighs, independent director.

About Ryman:

Ryman was founded in 1984 and has become one of New Zealand’s largest listed companies. The company owns and operates 33 villages and serves over 10,800 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.


Friday, 07 September 2018

Media release


Ryman Chief Executive Gordon MacLeod and Mayor Phil Goff unveil the official village plaque.

Mayor Phil Goff opens Logan Campbell Retirement Village

It’s official – Ryman’s newest village is open

Ryman Healthcare’s Logan Campbell Retirement Village has been officially opened by Auckland Mayor Phil Goff in a special celebration held yesterday.

The Mayor was joined by other political figures Josephine Bartley, chair of the Maungakiekie Tamaki Local Board, and ACT Party leader and MP for Epsom, David Seymour and also singer Rebecca Nelson who performed a short set for the assembled guests.

Describing the $120 million development as a ‘fantastic place to live’, Mayor Goff praised the decision to name the village after Logan Campbell.

“John Logan Campbell was widely regarded as the ‘Father of Auckland’ post the Treaty of Waitangi. He was a remarkable man and a fantastic benefactor to our city.

Mayor Goff said the opening of the Greenlane village would take the number of people living in Ryman’s Auckland villages to 2,500 and with the city’s rapidly increasing older population it met a huge need and at the same time freed up houses for a new generation of families.

“We’ve got 140,000 Aucklanders over the age of 65 and 20,000 of those are over 85 so we’re living longer, and as we live longer our needs change and it’s not so attractive to paint the house and cut the lawns and do the garden.

“Here you’re living in an environment where you have plenty of green open space but it’s all done for you, and the maintenance is looked after for you and you have the knowledge that if you become ill you don’t need to move out of the village because there is healthcare including dementia care.

“You’re living in a safe and secure community where you support each other, and with your new villages planned in Devonport, Lynfield, Henderson and Hobsonville it’s no wonder more and more people are choosing this lifestyle. And I welcome that.”

Mayor Goff congratulated Ryman Healthcare on their ‘fantastic achievement’ of creating a ‘beautiful village’ and praised the high quality and care given by the staff.

“That’s what makes this place a really great place to live.”

The Mayor’s words followed a special blessing performed by Ngati Whatua o Orakei kaumatua Matt Maihi and Bob Hawke, and an address given by Ryman Chief Executive Gordon MacLeod.

Gordon said it was easy decision to name the village after Logan Campbell, given that he was the overwhelmingly favourite choice of the residents.

“It’s a name that will forever be associated with this area. The village is located on Campbell Road and looks out towards Cornwall Park and John Logan Campbell’s final resting place on top of One Tree Hill,” he said.

Gordon praised members of the Ryman team for securing the site in the first place, then for designing the village and getting it approved by Auckland Council and then he acknowledged the incredible work of the construction team to remove the old Kingsgate Hotel off the site and begin the arduous task of excavation.

There was an audible gasp when he revealed that 70,000 tonnes of volcanic rock had to be removed from the site.

“Today, more than four years later, the team has created a beautiful village nestled in the heart of one of Auckland’s finest suburbs which boasts incredible views across Auckland.”

Directly addressing the residents who have already moved in, Gordon said his job was now to ‘hand over the keys to your place’.

“It is your home, your place. It is your voices, your laughter, your memories, your companionship with fellow residents and your interactions and regard for our staff that will make this a special place.

“We want it to be a home that you can be proud of.”

Gordon then invited Mayor Phil Goff to finally unveil the plaque and declare the village formally open.

Singer Rebecca Nelson then performed a set of her much-loved nostalgic songs to end the formalities, following which the guests mingled and celebrated together afterwards.

About Ryman:

Ryman Healthcare was founded in Christchurch in 1984 and has become one of New Zealand’s largest listed companies, employing 5,000 staff. Ryman owns and operates 32 retirement villages in New Zealand and Australia. Ryman villages offer a combination of retirement living and aged care and are home to 10,800 residents.

Media advisory:

For further information, photos, interviews or comment, please contact Communications Advisor Maryvonne Gray on 027 552 0767.


Tuesday, 28 August 2018

Media release


James Clarijs (left) and Rory Tai (right) were thrilled to be chosen for Ryman Healthcare’s in-house apprenticeship scheme.

Apprentice numbers ramped up

Ryman's bid to 'grow its own' tradies gets a push

Ryman Healthcare is doing its bit to solve the shortage of skilled construction workers by ramping up the number of apprentices in its construction arm.

The retirement village builder and operator has partnered up with a national training provider to boost the number of skilled workers it has on board in anticipation of the significant growth ahead as demand for retirement living grows.

Ryman Healthcare is working on a multi-billion dollar build programme, with 16 new retirement villages in the pipeline, including nine in New Zealand and another seven in Australia.

Recruitment manager Matt Wright said the rapid rate of Ryman’s growth had underlined the need to get quality tradies on the books now so that there would be good leaders to call upon in the future.

“While we’ve had apprentices for years, we’ve been talking a lot recently about a ‘grow our own’ philosophy,” he said.

“And as the demand for good people is only going to increase we thought it was time to ramp it up a bit and make it a bit more structured.

“Ultimately, the goal is to get more people through the programme and into a management role.”

Ryman has formed a partnership with Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO).

Ryman has recruited 12 apprentices into its scheme and is looking for more.

Matt said the benefits included BCITO’s national network of reps who can be on site on a weekly basis.

“Partnering with them will also help us raise the profile and let people know we are an organisation that works closely with BCITO,” he said.

There were three main sources for candidates: Ryman’s own pool of labourers; labour hire companies, and other BCITO students.

“Basically, if a project manager or senior manager on site sees a bit of potential, someone who does a good job, works hard and shows a bit of ambition, then we’re keen to put them through a proper programme and give them a chance to progress.”

Matt said apprenticeships typically last about four years, but could take more time or less.

“The success of the scheme comes down to the attitude and drive of the apprentice and the guys supporting their development, the qualified tradies, leading hand and foreman on site who take responsibility for their training.”

Where there might be gaps in the tasklist then it’s down to Ryman to help the apprentice fill that gap.

“If that’s happening we will help bridge the gap,” he said.

Rory Tai and James Clarijs are both apprentices at the Bert Sutcliffe Retirement Village in Auckland having come to the site through an agency.

They both said they felt ‘stoked’ to be approached about joining the apprentice programme.

“I was rapt,” says Rory, 23, who has now worked at the site for three years, honing his carpentry skills under Constantine Ciobanu.

“I have done all the rangehoods, the parapets, the decks and pergolas, basically all the special parts that need to be built and can’t be pre-ordered.”

When Constantine shifted to Ryman’s Devonport site, Rory took over the special projects role.

“They have been trying to push me to more management roles to be leading hand by the end of this job. It’s good, it gives me that bit of responsibility.”

James, 20, said he felt good about doing the apprenticeship.

“I’m glad I’ve got the opportunity. Having somebody to help you understand what you’re doing and why is really important,” he said.

About Ryman:

Ryman Healthcare was founded in Christchurch in 1984 and has become one of New Zealand’s largest listed companies, employing 5,000 staff. Ryman owns and operates 33 retirement villages in New Zealand and Australia. Ryman villages offer a combination of retirement living and aged care and are home to 10,800 residents.

Media advisory:

For further information, photos, interviews or comment please contact Corporate Affairs Manager David King on 021 499 602 or david.king@rymanhealthcare.com.


Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Media release


Paul (left) and Steve (centre) took second and first places respectively in the senior lifestyle section

Ryman chefs take top prize

Ryman chefs Steve Iraia and Paul Korunic have blitzed the New Zealand hospitality awards, taking the top two prizes for their skills in the kitchen.

Steve, who has been the chef at Princess Alexandra Retirement Village in Napier for 10 years, was named the winner in the senior lifestyle section of the New Zealand Hospitality Championships in Auckland at the weekend.

Steve came second in last year's competition and was delighted to go one better.

"I'm absolutely ecstatic, it was a bit like taking care of some unfinished business.

"It wasn't easy – a couple of things went wrong and I had 10 minutes of 'fudge' time allowed for in case of problems, so I plated up with only 20 seconds to spare.''

Steve had put in a lot of work perfecting his classic recipes which have been on the Ryman Delicious menu.

He'd had a huge response from his workmates back in Napier since news of his success spread.

"Everyone's been texting and they're still coming in. I did it for my workmates and I did it for Ryman, I'm ecstatic really.''

Paul Korunic was also pleased to go one better than last year, and he finished just 0.6 of a point behind Steve.

Paul, who has worked at Anthony Wilding Retirement Village in Christchurch for four years, had been planning and practising for three months.

"It's been a long haul for us, but we've got the two top positions in the country, which is a brilliant result.''

Like Steve, Paul’s event did not go without hitch, but he managed to plate up with 20 seconds to spare.

Paul is keen to come back next year to see whether he can go one higher again.

"I learned a lot and I wasn't shaking like a leaf this year. The quality of the competition seemed much higher this year and it will be harder again next year I'm sure. I'd like to give it another go.''


Steve in action

Steve and Paul had just 75 minutes to cook eight covers – meals for eight people – consisting of four Hoki loin dishes and four dishes featuring beef cheeks.

The judges marked them on a number of factors including technical skills, food safety, food and personal presentation, as well as originality, visual appeal, use of time and wastage.

Ryman Hotel Services Manager Andrew Gibson was in Auckland to support the chefs.

"I'm just stoked. I was trying to video when they announced the winners, but when they said Steve had won I couldn't keep the camera still – it is all shaky.

Andrew said he was proud of the chefs who had put in a lot of time and effort.

The dishes they prepared had to be ones that were practical and suitable for the menu at Ryman villages.

Ryman Healthcare’s team of chefs serve up more than 10,000 meals each day to residents at 32 villages in New Zealand and Australia.

Ryman’s food is prepared fresh on site, and residents get three choices of main meals each day, including a vegetarian option.


The winning dishes

About Ryman:

Ryman Healthcare was founded in Christchurch in 1984 and owns and operates 32 retirement villages in New Zealand and Victoria, Australia. Ryman villages are home to over 10,800 residents, and the company employs 5,000 staff.


Media advisory: For further information, photos, interviews or comment please contact David King, Ryman Corporate Affairs Manager david.king@rymanhealthcare.com or 021 499 602


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