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Devonport retirees showed how keen they were to hear all about Ryman Healthcare’s plans for their new village at 7 Ngataringa Road by turning up in force to two information meetings yesterday.

Nearly 150 people attended the public meetings held at the Spencer on Byron in Takapuna to hear chief executive Gordon MacLeod and Group Sales and Community Relations Manager Debbie McClure discuss the plans for Ryman’s 35th village in detail.

Gordon explained what the company was all about and in particular its considerable development scheduled for Auckland in the next few years.

“Over the next four years we will free up 2,500-3,000 homes in the Auckland area as people move into the 2,500-3,000 units and apartments in our villages,” he said.

“The Auckland build rate is currently about 8,000 per year so we’re a significant contributor in creating more housing for Auckland.”

He said Ryman’s point of difference was the fact that the company designed and built its own villages which it then went on to run.

“We’re all about providing choice for older people and offering them the very best in aged care.

“We build facilities that we will look after for a long time.”

Gordon said recent meetings with local residents had been extremely helpful for getting feedback on aspects of the development. This included preserving findings from the site which used to be the location of the Duder brickworks in the late 1800s.

Debbie explained that Ryman was keen to preserve aspects of the site’s heritage.

“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.

Debbie then went on to introduce the sales team, Regional Sales Manager Jill Gregson, and Sales Advisors Mark Cooper and Janet Coutts, and the expected move in dates for the first phases of the village.

“We hope to welcome our first residents into their new home in October 2018.”

“And we are aiming to have all of the care centre open by August 2019,” she said.

There would be 192 independent apartments in total, with 137 two-bedroom apartments, 11 one-bedroom and 44 three-bedroom.

On top of that there would be 77 serviced apartments and 112 care suites in the village centre.

After the official presentation there were more than a dozen questions from the audience which ranged in topic from keeping pets and having guests to stay, parking, transferring to different accommodations within the village, solar panels, and whether there were any noise curfews after happy hour which raised a big laugh.

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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