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MEDIA RELEASE NOVEMBER 12 2015

Pukekohe retirement village named after Possum Bourne

Ryman Healthcare’s new Pukekohe retirement village has been named in honour of one the town’s favourite sons – Possum Bourne.

The Kiwi rally ace’s family gathered in the town for the unveiling of the new name at the village on Valley Rd.

Peggy Bourne said she was sure her late husband would have been honoured by the naming.

“Possum was born and raised in the region and it was his home. It was where he based his rally team and wherever he went in the world he always wanted to return to Pukekohe.’’

“It’s a great honour for us as his family because it recognises that he always tried to put as much back into Pukekohe as he could. He loved the place and he would be really proud of this honour.’’

Possum Bourne was Australasia’s most successful rally driver, winning the Australian rally Championship seven times and the Asia Pacific Championship three times. He died in 2003 after his car was struck by another competitor while he was preparing for a race.

Peggy Bourne and children Taylor, Spencer and Jazlin were joined by other members of the Bourne family – including Possum’s mother Peggy – for a party to celebrate the naming on November 11.

Peggy said Pukekohe was growing fast and she thought Possum would be proud of how it had developed.

Ryman Healthcare Managing Director Simon Challies said it was a great name for what would be a great village.

“We always ask locals for suggested names for our villages and the name Possum Bourne was a clear winner. We were delighted that Peggy and the family agreed. We’ve had a great welcome from the Pukekohe community and huge support for the village, and we hope everyone likes the name as much as we do.’’

The Pukekohe village will include two and three-bedroom independent townhouses, apartments and an aged care centre.  The aged care centre will include resthome, specialist dementia as well as hospital-level care.

The resort-style amenities will include a gym, a bowling green, a hairdressing salon, a chapel, a movie theatre, a bar and an indoor swimming pool.

The first residents move in before Christmas.

About Ryman: Ryman Healthcare was founded in Christchurch in 1984 and owns and operates 30 retirement villages in New Zealand and Australia. Ryman villages are home to 9,000 residents, and the company employs 4,500 staff.

Media advisory: For further information, photos, interviews or comment please contact Corporate Affairs Manager David King on 03 366 4069 or 021 499 602.

Below: Chris, Spencer, Jazlin, Peggy (Possum's mum), Kristine (Possum's sister), Taylor and Peggy Bourne at the Possum Bourne Retirement Village in Pukekohe.

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