23 March 2016
Prime Minister John Key has returned to the Waikanae retirement village he launched back in 2012 to mark its completion.
The $100 million Charles Fleming Retirement Village is now home to 438 residents after a three-year construction programme.
The village includes 201 townhouses and apartments for independent residents as well as a care centre with 120 residents in resthome, hospital and dementia care. Another 79 residents live in serviced apartments.
In October 2012 the Prime Minister launched the village by helping nail together one of the first town houses. "I hope it's still standing,'' Mr Key quipped. Mr Key met residents who quizzed him on everything from tax rates to the new flag at a special morning tea.
Otaki MP Nathan Guy brought the Prime Minister to visit the completed village and thanked Ryman for building the $100 million village in his electorate which had created 150 jobs.
The village had attracted residents from all over his electorate and it had had a positive impact on the Waikanae economy by freeing up homes for young families.
"Thank you for making this strategic investment in Waikanae,'' Mr Guy said.
Ryman Healthcare Managing Director Simon Challies presented Mr Key with a framed portrait of the Prime Minister and his nail gun from his earlier visit, along with a copy to take home.
"It is great to have you back here – particularly in flag week,'' Mr Challies said.
Mr Challies said he hoped the Prime Minister would hang the picture of his building skills in his home for his wife Bronagh to enjoy. 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 over 9,000 residents in New Zealand and Australia.
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