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Thursday, 20 April 2017

MEDIA RELEASE April 20, 2017

Ryman residents and staff dig deep for Kaikoura

$22,000 raised for earthquake relief

Ryman residents and staff have raised $22,000 for Kaikoura – which is good news for the earthquake-devastated region’s little blue penguins.

The coastal town bore the brunt of the November 2016 earthquakes, leaving the settlement cut off by road and without essential supplies including water, sewerage and power.

Ryman’s villages have done their bit to help, raising $11,000 through a variety of fundraising events. Ryman has matched their fundraising efforts dollar-for-dollar to take the total to $22,000.

Kaikoura District Mayor Winston Gray said the plan was to use the money to help restore the little blue penguin colony habitat at South Bay and to repair the town’s Cenotaph, which was damaged in the quakes.

“A lot of the infrastructure is insured but we have plenty of other projects on the go that we don’t have funding for – this will be a big help.’’

Winston said he had been amazed by the amount raised.

“When I was told how much it was I was just blown away. I thought it would be a little bit – that was a really pleasant surprise. It will mean a lot to the people of Kaikoura.’’

The penguin colony has been struggling since the 7.8 magnitude earthquake lifted the seabed around Kaikoura, leaving them partially stranded. The money will restore their walkways down to the ocean.

Gordon MacLeod, Ryman Healthcare’s Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Financial Officer, said it was a pleasure to help.

“We’re a Christchurch company so we know all the challenges that Kaikoura faces, and it is great to see the progress that’s being made with the recovery. We’re particularly delighted to be helping with the Centotaph repairs and to rebuild the penguin colony, they’re both projects that will appeal to our residents and staff.’’

The donation was handed over to Winston Gray at a special morning tea at Charles Upham Retirement Village in Rangiora, which is the closest Ryman village to the epicentre of the quake.

The village is home to former Kaikoura residents Margaret Hislop and Julie Jack, who were delighted to see the money go to their old hometown.

Margaret moved after the earthquake, saying it was the "big nudge'' she needed to move.

"I like it here but I wish you would build a Ryman village in Kaikoura,'' she said.

Also pleased was Matt Smith, Project Manager at the village, who is a Kaikoura local.

About Ryman: Ryman Healthcare was founded in Christchurch in 1984 and owns and operates 31 retirement villages in New Zealand and Australia. Ryman villages are home to 10,000 residents, and the company employs 4500 staff.


Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Media release: Green light for new Melbourne village

The City of Monash has approved Ryman Healthcare’s plan to build a new retirement village at Brandon Park in Melbourne.

Ryman’s construction team will start preliminary work on the village after Monash councillors last night approved plans to build on a vacant 5.6-hectare site right next door to the Brandon Park Shopping Centre.

The village will include 199 aged care rooms, 94 serviced apartments and 328 independent two and three bedroomed apartments. Other amenities include an indoor swimming pool, movie theatre, café, hair and beauty salons and a bowling green. The village will eventually be home to more than 700 retirees.

Brandon Park is Ryman’s second village in Melbourne, and the village’s first residents are expected to move into their new apartments in 2018.

Ryman Managing Director Simon Challies said getting the green light for Brandon Park was great news and a major milestone for the company

“Sites this large in urban Melbourne are rare and the village is as large as anything we have built before,’’ Mr Challies said.  “It is a big commitment and it signals that we mean business in Melbourne.’’

 “We’ve already had keen interest from 350 potential residents. Our construction team has been gearing up to get started and we will begin work right away.’’

Ryman’s first village in Melbourne was opened in 2014 and sold faster than anticipated. Mr Challies said it had proven that Ryman’s model of combining independent living apartments with a care centre on the same campus was well suited to Melbourne.

“Following on from that success we committed to matching our New Zealand build rate in Australia. We set a target of building five villages by 2020 in Australia, and we are now well on the way with another three villages in the design phase right now.’’

“We learned a lot first time around and we have built a great team in Melbourne who have been keen to get going on the next project. We’ve had a great welcome to the area from the people of Monash and we are pleased the council has supported this proposal,’’ Mr Challies said.

“We can now get on and build a beautiful new village so that residents who love the area and want to stay can do so with the peace of mind of knowing there is care for them if they need it.’’

The new village is likely to appeal to residents from Wheelers Hill, Glen Waverley, Mount Waverley, and Mulgrave. There are 100,000 people in the immediate suburbs and Monash has been identified as an area of Melbourne with an ageing population that needs additional care beds.  

Mr Challies said the next step was to find an appropriate name for the village. Ryman Healthcare names all its villages after significant locals. Its first Melbourne village was named after Sir Edward Weary Dunlop, the surgeon who worked tirelessly to keep prisoners of war alive on the Burma Railway during World War 2.

“We’d love to hear naming suggestions – we’ve had a lot in already and we’d like to make to decision in the next few months.’’

Ryman Healthcare has been in business since 1984 and Brandon Park is the company’s thirty second village.

Ryman’s other sites:

Burwood East: The 2.5-hectare site on Middleborough Rd in Burwood East is part of a large $500 million Frasers Property Australia redevelopment of the wider 20.5-hectare site. Design work is well under way for the village which will be a cornerstone of one of Melbourne’s largest urban redevelopment projects.

Coburg: The 1.2 ha Coburg site is about 10km from Melbourne’s CBD, and is well connected to the city by transport links. The site, which was formerly a school, had been previously approved for a large 11-storey residential development by the City of Moreland.

Moondah Estate, Mount Eliza: The 8.9 hectare Moondah Estate site is about 45 minutes from Melbourne’s CBD and was built as a country estate in 1888 and has been most recently used as a Melbourne Business School campus. The site includes 240m of beachfront land and stunning sea views on the Mornington Peninsula.

About Ryman: Ryman Healthcare was founded in Christchurch in 1984 and owns and operates 31 retirement villages in New Zealand and Australia. Ryman villages are home to 10,000 residents, and the company employs 4,500 staff.

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Friday, 03 March 2017


Bert Sutcliffe Retirement Village opens in Birkenhead

Party marks opening of Auckland village

Ryman Healthcare’s new Birkenhead village has been officially opened and is filling fast.

More than 250 guests gathered to celebrate as Minister for Seniors Maggie Barry MP opened the Bert Sutcliffe Retirement Village on Rangatira Rd on March 2.

The village is named in honour of North Shore local Bert Sutcliffe MBE, a former New Zealand cricket captain who had a stellar career as a batsman, and went on to influence generations of cricketers.

His son Gary Sutcliffe said he was sure his dad would have been proud of the village.

“As a family we thought ‘wow’ when we were asked if the village could be named after Dad. We quickly realised that Dad, in his usual modest way, would have been honoured. And so are we.’’

The village is owned by Ryman Healthcare and offers independent and assisted living apartments as well as a care centre offering resthome, hospital and dementia-level care.

The village also includes resort facilities including a swimming pool, spa, movie theatre, library, beauty and hairdressing salons, and a bowling green.

Maggie Barry MP, Minister for Seniors, said the village was a lovely place where people would be cared for and could live meaningful lives – with a glass of sparkling wine in the afternoon.

“Ryman does it really well,’’ she said. “We are a country that looks after and respects its seniors and that will always be the same.’’

Ryman Healthcare Managing Director Simon Challies said the village was filling fast.

“We realised back in 2012 that there was a shortage of care and retirement living options on the North Shore and in Birkenhead in particular, and we’ve had a great response from the community since we opened our doors.’’

“Over the next couple of years this village will free up more than 400 homes for sale in the area as residents move in. We think the village is good news for the community struggling with a shortage of housing. It will also provide steady long term employment for 150 staff.’’

Mr Challies said the site, which was formerly Fernz Lodge, was ideal because of the way it looked out over Kauri Point.

“The end result has fantastic views across Kauri Point. We designed it to take advantage of the natural contours and maximise the views, without dominating the neighbourhood. Our team has done a great job. As a company we are incredibly proud of Bert Sutcliffe Retirement Village.’’

Dame Malvina Major performed at the opening and former New Zealand cricket captain Stephen Fleming paid tribute to Bert Sutcliffe in a video recorded for the event.

Stephen Fleming said he was 10 years old when he first met Bert and got talking to him after a match at Lancaster Park. Bert gave his time freely and over the years he played a significant role in his development as a cricketer.

“As my cricket career developed he was someone I enjoyed talking to, we had a lot of synergy around batting and as left handers we always look out for each other,’’ Stephen said.

“He was an absolute icon for New Zealand cricket and as a family – and everyone involved with him over the years – you should all be very proud to have this retirement village named after him. Congratulations.’’

About Bert Sutcliffe:

Born in Auckland, Bert went to Takapuna Grammar on the North Shore and showed huge promise as a young cricketer, captaining the school’s first XI and scoring more than 2,700 runs for the college

The talented left-handed batsman’s career blossomed after the war and he set a number of national and international batting records, becoming one of the most successful international cricketers New Zealand has produced.

He is perhaps best known for his courageous innings against South Africa in the Boxing Day Test of 1953. This was the Test in which Bert’s team-mate, Bob Blair, received a telegram in the early hours of the second day, advising of the death of his fiancé in the Tangiwai Rail Disaster. As the team left for the ground later that morning, a stricken Blair remained at the hotel mourning his loss.

On a treacherous wicket - and in the days before helmets - Bert was felled by a bouncer from fast bowler Neil Adcock; collapsed at the ground and at the hospital - but insisted on returning to Ellis Park to help his team-mates, who by this stage, had lost another of their own to hospital and were in dire straits at six down.

His head swathed in bandages, Bert launched a famous counter-attack, hitting the second ball he received for six and continuing to clear the fence as partners arrived and departed all around him. After the ninth wicket fell, and Bert was walking off thinking the innings was over, out of the tunnel came Bob Blair – who’d been listening to the game at the hotel and had rushed to the ground to help.

It was then that the Ellis Park crowd, so raucous a moment earlier, fell silent. As Bert remembered, “you could have heard a pin drop”. He went to Bob, placed an arm around his shoulders and said: “C’mon mate – let’s throw the bat at the ball and get the hell out of here.”

Together the pair did just that, adding a quickfire 33 runs for the final wicket. Bert was left unbeaten on 80 after hitting seven sixes, but in a final gesture of respect, stood back to allow his grieving team-mate to enter the tunnel first and receive the acclaim of the crowd.

After retiring from cricket Bert went on to become a coach and was awarded an MBE for his services to sport. He died in 2001.

About Ryman Healthcare: Ryman was founded in 1984 and has become one of New Zealand’s largest listed companies. The company owns 30 villages and serves 9,000 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.


Wednesday, 01 March 2017


Deliciously long lunch to feed 5,000

Food revolution under way at Ryman’s retirement villages

More than 5,000 Ryman Healthcare residents sat down to a deliciously long lunch to signal the start of a food revolution across the company’s villages.

The Long Lunch was held to coincide with Shrove Tuesday and the launch of Project Delicious – Ryman’s all-new approach to food.

Residents from Whangarei to Invercargill enjoyed their new Project Delicious menus which are packed with new choices along with old favourites.

The lunch menu entrees included Salmon cakes with aioli, blue cheese apricot and walnut filo, and salt and pepper hoki.

The mains choices were beef cheeks, apricot chicken or an Asian slaw with chickpeas and edamame beans.

There were pancakes for dessert to mark Shrove Tuesday and residents were given a choice of wines to match the food.

Ryman Healthcare Managing Director Simon Challies said Project Delicious was a recognition that food was a huge focus for residents.

“We know that mealtimes are the most important part of the day. By giving residents more choice and new options we hope that they will look forward to meal times even more.’’

Developing menus with more choice introduces more complexity for chefs, and Ryman is investing in redesigning its kitchens and putting in extra resources to make it work. As part of the change, responsibility for plating up the meals has been given back to the kitchens, so the people who create the food have the final say in how it looks.

Ryman Hotel Services Manager Andrew Gibson said Project Delicious was all about delivering the old-fashioned home cooked meals that residents love and appreciate.

“We went through every single comment in our residents’ survey to work out exactly what they wanted. They like the classics, they like fresh seasonal ingredients and they want food that is not bland in any way. I think there’s a misconception about the sort of food you like as you get older – there is no way they just want to eat bland food. Food is really important.’’

One of the surprising discoveries was that fish and chips was a polarising dish –as many people liked the menu choice as disliked it. They also wanted to see less in the way of casseroles.

Tried and tested dishes such as roast chicken rub shoulders with exotic newcomers including Thai beef salad on the new menus.

“We’ve tried to get a good mix of the old favourites – with some much more interesting meals. A good example is osso bucco – cross cut beef shank – and we have developed our own calzone (pizza).

New Scandinavian hot boxes have been introduced to make sure the food is delivered fresh and hot to residents in exactly the way the chef intended.

The test kitchen for Project Delicious is at Essie Summers Retirement Village in Christchurch.

Chef Karen Jenkins has been cooking for 35 years and loves to experiment.

“I don’t think we quite realized what we were getting into and how much work it would be,’’ she laughs.

“But I’ve loved taking part. It was never daunting and I was very pleased to be asked.’’

Rosemary Deane, Village Manager at Essie Summers, has enjoyed being part of the project.

She says you cannot overestimate how important food is to a village’s success.

“For many residents their day revolves around food. Giving them more choice about what they eat is great. They can choose their clothes, they can choose what they do each day but it is the one fixed point for them – and it is really important to them.’’

“It’s not only the residents – it’s the relatives as well. The first thing they want to know is that mum or dad are really enjoying their food. Our food must be top-notch all the time.’’

Chefs at Ryman Healthcare’s 31 villages serve up about 10,000 meals each day.


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