28 June 2011
Ryman Healthcare’s new Christchurch retirement village will be named after Lady Diana Isaac, one of Canterbury’s most respected and admired citizens.
Lady Isaac is renowned in Canterbury as a successful businesswomen, for her generosity and support for the arts, and her widely acclaimed work in conservation and the preservation of endangered species.
"Lady Isaac is a truly remarkable woman", said Ryman managing director Simon Challies. "We’re honoured and privileged to be able to name the village after her."
‘Big things from little acorns grow’ is one of Lady Isaac’s favourite quotes, and is one that aptly describes her approach to both business and conservation.
"We see the new village as a way in which we can contribute to the rebuilding of our hometown, by establishing a flourishing and caring community for the older people of North East Christchurch."
The Diana Isaac Retirement Village is designed in Ryman’s unique award-winning style, and will set a new benchmark for the quality of retirement living and resthome care in North East Christchurch.
Located off East Ellington Drive, the village is close to the established communities of St Albans, Shirley and Mairehau.
In the wake of February’s devastating earthquake, more than three hundred elderly resthome residents were displaced out of town, away from friends and family.
"The building of our new 120 room resthome, hospital and dementia care facility will allow many of those people to return home. We would like to be able to start work immediately", said Mr Challies.
"We are committed to Christchurch, and we are delighted to be making this $100 million investment in the City. We hope our display of confidence will inspire others to invest in the rebuild."
Scheduled for an opening in 2012, the village will feature resort-style retirement living at its very best including a village centre with a grand internal atriums, indoor swimming pool and spa, gym, beauty salon, bowling green, and even a movie theatre – to name just a few of the wonderful facilities to be enjoyed by residents.
On completion, the village will be home to up to 450 residents and employ more than 150 staff. The village will be Ryman’s 24th retirement village.
Ryman is a six time winner of the Australasian Aged Care Housing Awards for "Best Retirement Village in New Zealand", and provides home and care services to more than 5,400 elderly New Zealanders, employing over 2600 staff.