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Monday, 19 November 2018


Plain English award for Ryman Healthcare

Ryman Healthcare has won a plain English award for its 2018 annual report.

The awards are a public pat on the back for organisations who champion the art of communicating in plain English.

Ryman Healthcare Chief Executive Gordon MacLeod said the aim was to create an annual report that set out Ryman’s story clearly and concisely for long-term investors, as well as anyone new to Ryman Healthcare.

The judges for the WriteMark Plain English Awards praised Ryman for its approach.

“We have a strong example of how a company can take complex information and share the details both with clarity and with compelling storytelling. Kudos!

“The report tells an extremely engaging story that would undoubtedly appeal to a general reader.

“The report is very accessible to all audiences. And it is a good example of plain writing and information design.’’

Ryman Healthcare worked with Christine Smith at Clearspace and the team at Ocean Design to produce the report.

Mr MacLeod said Ryman has a focus on communicating clearly throughout its business and had been training people to use plain language for many years.

Ryman had also introduced plain language agreements for its residents and had earned praise from the legal community for the reader-friendly approach.

“Writing in plain English is part of being open and transparent and it sometimes takes a lot more effort to write something simply and clearly than you’d think,’’ Mr MacLeod said.

“The annual report is the latest part of what has been a big team effort for a long time.

“I’m proud of everyone who helped. The challenge is to make next year’s even better.’’

About Ryman: Ryman Healthcare was founded in Christchurch in 1984 and owns and operates 33 retirement villages in New Zealand and Australia. Ryman villages are home to 11,000 residents, and the company employs over 5,000 staff.

Media advisory: For media information or images contact David King, Corporate Affairs Manager, on 021 499 602 (+64 21 499 602) or email david.king@rymanhealthcare.com.


Monday, 05 November 2018

Media release – November 5, 2018

Martin Crowe MBE honoured


New Zealand cricket great Martin Crowe MBE has been honoured at Ryman Healthcare’s Birkenhead retirement village.

Martin’s mum Audrey, sister Deb and daughter Emma were on hand to see the final block at the village named after the Aucklander and master batsman who died in 2016 at the age of 53.

Deb Crowe said her brother would have been pleased with the recognition.

“I just want to thank Ryman Healthcare and the Sutcliffe family for inviting him into your fold and inviting us here today and for creating this wing and I can honestly say from my heart that he will be the best guardian angel over that wing. He will be right there.

“He will be very proud as we are, really proud, to be involved with this village, so thrilled to bits and thank you so much, we really appreciate it.’’

Ryman Healthcare names all of its villages in honour of significant New Zealanders.

The village was named after Bert Sutcliffe, former New Zealand captain, and each apartment building is named after a Kiwi cricketer.

The 60-apartment Crowe block is the final stage in the four-year construction project on the site formerly occupied by a motor lodge on Rangatira Rd, just by Verrans Corner.

The village is home to more than 300 residents and includes a bowling green, indoor swimming pool, gym, movie theatre, café, library and hair and beauty salons as well as a care centre with 120 care beds.

Ryman Chief Executive Gordon MacLeod thanked the Crowes for their support.

“We were absolutely delighted when the Crowe family agreed to allow us to honour him by naming our final building in the village after Martin.

“To boys like me – and to many generations of New Zealanders – he was a sporting legend. He was an extraordinary talent.

“It seems to me that he was just one of those people, blessed with extraordinary sporting genes and he made the most of them.

“Of course there was much more to Martin than what he did on the field.

“He was a family man, a great thinker, and he was tireless in his support for young players.’’

Gordon MacLeod also thanked the Ryman construction team for their hard work over four years.

Work first started on this site back in 2014 and at the height of the construction programme there were more than 500 workers on site.

More than 996,000 hours of labour went in to the village, with the team using 486 tonnes of structural steel, 35,000 cubic metres of concrete and 720,000 bricks to build it.

About Martin Crowe:

Martin Crowe MBE (22 September 1962 – 3 March 2016) Crowe is considered one of New Zealand’s greatest ever batsmen.

His long-standing New Zealand record of 17 test centuries was only surpassed in 2018, by Kane Williamson.

Crowe amassed 5444 test runs in his career at a world-class average of 45, with a top score of 299.

Crowe was just 19 when he made his debut for his country in an ODI against Australia at Eden Park in February 1982, and played his first test match later that month, also against Australia.

He quickly made his mark in the international arena and, in 1985, was named as one of five Wisden Cricketers of the Year.

He was appointed captain of New Zealand in 1990 and garnered a reputation as a clever and innovative leader.

Crowe was at the height of his powers at the 1992 world cup, which New Zealand co-hosted with Australia. Little-fancied before the tournament, Crowe led his side to the semi-finals playing attacking and attractive cricket.

He scored an unbeaten century in the opening match of the tournament, spearheading the side to a 37-run victory over arch rivals Australia.
Crowe was the leading run-scorer at the 1992 world cup and was named player of the tournament.

Beset by injuries, he relinquished the captaincy in 1993, and retired from international cricket two years later.

At the time of his retirement, he held the records for the most test and one-day international runs scored by a New Zealander.

Post-career, Crowe remained heavily involved in the game as a commentator and analyst. He was also a dedicated cricketing mentor to some of New Zealand’s best known modern stars.

About Ryman: Ryman Healthcare was founded in Christchurch in 1984 and owns and operates 32 retirement villages in New Zealand and Australia. Ryman villages are home to 10,800 residents, and the company employs 5,000 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.


Thursday, 25 October 2018

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Thursday, 25 October 2018

Media release

Ryman makes record donation to Alzheimers NZ

$390,000 raised for frontline support and research

A record $390,000 donation by Ryman Healthcare to Alzheimers NZ will significantly benefit the many thousands of Kiwis living with dementia.

Alzheimers NZ chair, Dr Ngaire Dixon, said it was the single largest charity fundraising donation they have ever received.

“It is a huge sum that will have a major impact on our ability to support New Zealanders living with dementia,” Dr Dixon said.

“We are so very grateful to Ryman Healthcare and to the many residents and staff of the Ryman villages around the country whose fundraising efforts have set an incredible record for us.”

Dr Dixon said Alzheimers NZ would use the money to fund front-line support services around New Zealand for the 60,000+ people living with dementia and their care partners. Some of the funds are also ear-marked for research.

Ryman Healthcare Chief Executive Gordon MacLeod said it was a pleasure to be able to help.

“The money’s been raised at hundreds of events around our villages and is the most we’ve ever raised for a charity partner. I think it reflects the widespread impact Alzheimers and dementia have on so many lives.’’

Ryman Healthcare is New Zealand’s largest retirement village operator, and its 32 villages include more than 700 dementia care beds.

“We’ve provided dementia care for the past 20 years and so it is an area that’s close to our hearts. We’re delighted to see the money go towards support as well as research. We know Alzheimers NZ will make good use of it.’’

Each year Ryman Healthcare chooses a single charity partner as the focus of its fundraising efforts. The company matches each dollar raised by residents and staff with its own corporate donation.

Mr MacLeod said residents and staff had knitted, baked, made toys and held sausage sizzles to raise funds.

Ryman will also be donating $25,000 from its fundraising efforts at its Melbourne village to Dementia Australia, taking the total raised this year to $415,000.

In addition Ryman Healthcare has agreed to sponsor Alzheimers NZ’s national conference this year. The Tackling Dementia conference will attract 600 delegates and overseas speakers.

Mr MacLeod said Ryman’s charity partner for the coming year would be the Stroke Foundations in New Zealand and Australia.

“Each year we consult with our residents and staff about who they would like to support. Stroke is the third biggest killer in New Zealand and affects more than 475,000 Australians, so we’re delighted to lend a hand. We’re looking forward to a great partnership with the foundations on both sides of the Tasman.’’

Ryman has donated more than $3.2 million under its charity partnership programme since 1999.

Media advisory:

For further information, photos, interviews or comment please contact Corporate Affairs Manager David King on 03 366 4069 or 021 499 602 david.king@rymanhealthcare.com.

About Ryman Healthcare:

Ryman was founded in 1984 and has become one of New Zealand’s largest listed companies. The company owns 32 villages and serves over 10,600 residents in New Zealand and Australia. Each village offers a combination of retirement living and aged care.


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