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Friday, 07 September 2018

Media release

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Ryman Chief Executive Gordon MacLeod and Mayor Phil Goff unveil the official village plaque.

Mayor Phil Goff opens Logan Campbell Retirement Village

It’s official – Ryman’s newest village is open

Ryman Healthcare’s Logan Campbell Retirement Village has been officially opened by Auckland Mayor Phil Goff in a special celebration held yesterday.

The Mayor was joined by other political figures Josephine Bartley, chair of the Maungakiekie Tamaki Local Board, and ACT Party leader and MP for Epsom, David Seymour and also singer Rebecca Nelson who performed a short set for the assembled guests.

Describing the $120 million development as a ‘fantastic place to live’, Mayor Goff praised the decision to name the village after Logan Campbell.

“John Logan Campbell was widely regarded as the ‘Father of Auckland’ post the Treaty of Waitangi. He was a remarkable man and a fantastic benefactor to our city.

Mayor Goff said the opening of the Greenlane village would take the number of people living in Ryman’s Auckland villages to 2,500 and with the city’s rapidly increasing older population it met a huge need and at the same time freed up houses for a new generation of families.

“We’ve got 140,000 Aucklanders over the age of 65 and 20,000 of those are over 85 so we’re living longer, and as we live longer our needs change and it’s not so attractive to paint the house and cut the lawns and do the garden.

“Here you’re living in an environment where you have plenty of green open space but it’s all done for you, and the maintenance is looked after for you and you have the knowledge that if you become ill you don’t need to move out of the village because there is healthcare including dementia care.

“You’re living in a safe and secure community where you support each other, and with your new villages planned in Devonport, Lynfield, Henderson and Hobsonville it’s no wonder more and more people are choosing this lifestyle. And I welcome that.”

Mayor Goff congratulated Ryman Healthcare on their ‘fantastic achievement’ of creating a ‘beautiful village’ and praised the high quality and care given by the staff.

“That’s what makes this place a really great place to live.”

The Mayor’s words followed a special blessing performed by Ngati Whatua o Orakei kaumatua Matt Maihi and Bob Hawke, and an address given by Ryman Chief Executive Gordon MacLeod.

Gordon said it was easy decision to name the village after Logan Campbell, given that he was the overwhelmingly favourite choice of the residents.

“It’s a name that will forever be associated with this area. The village is located on Campbell Road and looks out towards Cornwall Park and John Logan Campbell’s final resting place on top of One Tree Hill,” he said.

Gordon praised members of the Ryman team for securing the site in the first place, then for designing the village and getting it approved by Auckland Council and then he acknowledged the incredible work of the construction team to remove the old Kingsgate Hotel off the site and begin the arduous task of excavation.

There was an audible gasp when he revealed that 70,000 tonnes of volcanic rock had to be removed from the site.

“Today, more than four years later, the team has created a beautiful village nestled in the heart of one of Auckland’s finest suburbs which boasts incredible views across Auckland.”

Directly addressing the residents who have already moved in, Gordon said his job was now to ‘hand over the keys to your place’.

“It is your home, your place. It is your voices, your laughter, your memories, your companionship with fellow residents and your interactions and regard for our staff that will make this a special place.

“We want it to be a home that you can be proud of.”

Gordon then invited Mayor Phil Goff to finally unveil the plaque and declare the village formally open.

Singer Rebecca Nelson then performed a set of her much-loved nostalgic songs to end the formalities, following which the guests mingled and celebrated together afterwards.


About Ryman:

Ryman Healthcare was founded in Christchurch in 1984 and has become one of New Zealand’s largest listed companies, employing 5,000 staff. Ryman owns and operates 32 retirement villages in New Zealand and Australia. Ryman villages offer a combination of retirement living and aged care and are home to 10,800 residents.

Media advisory:

For further information, photos, interviews or comment, please contact Communications Advisor Maryvonne Gray on 027 552 0767.

 

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

Media release

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James Clarijs (left) and Rory Tai (right) were thrilled to be chosen for Ryman Healthcare’s in-house apprenticeship scheme.

Apprentice numbers ramped up

Ryman's bid to 'grow its own' tradies gets a push

Ryman Healthcare is doing its bit to solve the shortage of skilled construction workers by ramping up the number of apprentices in its construction arm.

The retirement village builder and operator has partnered up with a national training provider to boost the number of skilled workers it has on board in anticipation of the significant growth ahead as demand for retirement living grows.

Ryman Healthcare is working on a multi-billion dollar build programme, with 16 new retirement villages in the pipeline, including nine in New Zealand and another seven in Australia.

Recruitment manager Matt Wright said the rapid rate of Ryman’s growth had underlined the need to get quality tradies on the books now so that there would be good leaders to call upon in the future.

“While we’ve had apprentices for years, we’ve been talking a lot recently about a ‘grow our own’ philosophy,” he said.

“And as the demand for good people is only going to increase we thought it was time to ramp it up a bit and make it a bit more structured.

“Ultimately, the goal is to get more people through the programme and into a management role.”

Ryman has formed a partnership with Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO).

Ryman has recruited 12 apprentices into its scheme and is looking for more.

Matt said the benefits included BCITO’s national network of reps who can be on site on a weekly basis.

“Partnering with them will also help us raise the profile and let people know we are an organisation that works closely with BCITO,” he said.

There were three main sources for candidates: Ryman’s own pool of labourers; labour hire companies, and other BCITO students.

“Basically, if a project manager or senior manager on site sees a bit of potential, someone who does a good job, works hard and shows a bit of ambition, then we’re keen to put them through a proper programme and give them a chance to progress.”

Matt said apprenticeships typically last about four years, but could take more time or less.

“The success of the scheme comes down to the attitude and drive of the apprentice and the guys supporting their development, the qualified tradies, leading hand and foreman on site who take responsibility for their training.”

Where there might be gaps in the tasklist then it’s down to Ryman to help the apprentice fill that gap.

“If that’s happening we will help bridge the gap,” he said.

Rory Tai and James Clarijs are both apprentices at the Bert Sutcliffe Retirement Village in Auckland having come to the site through an agency.

They both said they felt ‘stoked’ to be approached about joining the apprentice programme.

“I was rapt,” says Rory, 23, who has now worked at the site for three years, honing his carpentry skills under Constantine Ciobanu.

“I have done all the rangehoods, the parapets, the decks and pergolas, basically all the special parts that need to be built and can’t be pre-ordered.”

When Constantine shifted to Ryman’s Devonport site, Rory took over the special projects role.

“They have been trying to push me to more management roles to be leading hand by the end of this job. It’s good, it gives me that bit of responsibility.”

James, 20, said he felt good about doing the apprenticeship.

“I’m glad I’ve got the opportunity. Having somebody to help you understand what you’re doing and why is really important,” he said.


About Ryman:

Ryman Healthcare was founded in Christchurch in 1984 and has become one of New Zealand’s largest listed companies, employing 5,000 staff. Ryman owns and operates 33 retirement villages in New Zealand and Australia. Ryman villages offer a combination of retirement living and aged care and are home to 10,800 residents.

Media advisory:

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

 

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Media release

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Paul (left) and Steve (centre) took second and first places respectively in the senior lifestyle section

Ryman chefs take top prize

Ryman chefs Steve Iraia and Paul Korunic have blitzed the New Zealand hospitality awards, taking the top two prizes for their skills in the kitchen.

Steve, who has been the chef at Princess Alexandra Retirement Village in Napier for 10 years, was named the winner in the senior lifestyle section of the New Zealand Hospitality Championships in Auckland at the weekend.

Steve came second in last year's competition and was delighted to go one better.

"I'm absolutely ecstatic, it was a bit like taking care of some unfinished business.

"It wasn't easy – a couple of things went wrong and I had 10 minutes of 'fudge' time allowed for in case of problems, so I plated up with only 20 seconds to spare.''

Steve had put in a lot of work perfecting his classic recipes which have been on the Ryman Delicious menu.

He'd had a huge response from his workmates back in Napier since news of his success spread.

"Everyone's been texting and they're still coming in. I did it for my workmates and I did it for Ryman, I'm ecstatic really.''

Paul Korunic was also pleased to go one better than last year, and he finished just 0.6 of a point behind Steve.

Paul, who has worked at Anthony Wilding Retirement Village in Christchurch for four years, had been planning and practising for three months.

"It's been a long haul for us, but we've got the two top positions in the country, which is a brilliant result.''

Like Steve, Paul’s event did not go without hitch, but he managed to plate up with 20 seconds to spare.

Paul is keen to come back next year to see whether he can go one higher again.

"I learned a lot and I wasn't shaking like a leaf this year. The quality of the competition seemed much higher this year and it will be harder again next year I'm sure. I'd like to give it another go.''

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Steve in action

Steve and Paul had just 75 minutes to cook eight covers – meals for eight people – consisting of four Hoki loin dishes and four dishes featuring beef cheeks.

The judges marked them on a number of factors including technical skills, food safety, food and personal presentation, as well as originality, visual appeal, use of time and wastage.

Ryman Hotel Services Manager Andrew Gibson was in Auckland to support the chefs.

"I'm just stoked. I was trying to video when they announced the winners, but when they said Steve had won I couldn't keep the camera still – it is all shaky.

Andrew said he was proud of the chefs who had put in a lot of time and effort.

The dishes they prepared had to be ones that were practical and suitable for the menu at Ryman villages.

Ryman Healthcare’s team of chefs serve up more than 10,000 meals each day to residents at 32 villages in New Zealand and Australia.

Ryman’s food is prepared fresh on site, and residents get three choices of main meals each day, including a vegetarian option.

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The winning dishes

About Ryman:

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

Contacts:

Media advisory: For further information, photos, interviews or comment please contact David King, Ryman Corporate Affairs Manager david.king@rymanhealthcare.com or 021 499 602

 

Thursday, 26 July 2018

Annual Meeting media release:

Significant investment in village staff, fourth Melbourne village gets development approval

Ryman Healthcare has unveiled a substantial pay rise for its nursing staff, and secured development approval for its fourth village in Melbourne.

Dr David Kerr, Chair of Ryman Healthcare, told shareholders at the company’s annual meeting at Possum Bourne Retirement Village today that the pay reset for nurses followed last year’s pay equity settlement which benefitted more than 2,000 Ryman caregivers.

Dr Kerr said last year’s pay rises for caregivers had been well deserved, and it had become apparent that a substantial increase for nurses and other village staff was also due.

“We talked to staff about what we could do and listened to their views. I’m delighted to say that we have increased remuneration for all our staff. They were overwhelmingly supportive.’’

“Our more than 500 experienced New Zealand nurses have had an average pay increase of more than 20% since last April and other village staff have also enjoyed significant increases.

“This reset is likely to cost an additional $5 million this financial year and is over and above the 2% increase in Government funding for aged care – this is an investment in people that we are happy to make.

“We think the increases are necessary to reward everyone fairly, and to make sure we’re competitive. The new rates of pay make us one of the highest payers in the industry.’’

Dr Kerr said full time village staff had also benefited from a doubling in their sick leave allowance, including wellness days. Weekend allowances for nurses had also been doubled.

In addition, Ryman has continued to invest in developing our staff with 288 staff, including care and nursing leaders attending the new bespoke management and leadership development programme.

Meanwhile, Chief Executive Gordon MacLeod said development approval had been received for the company’s fourth Melbourne village at Burwood East.

The village will be home to more than 400 residents, and is in a sought-after part of the city.

Residents are about to move into Ryman’s second village in Melbourne at Brandon Park. Ryman is targeting to have work underway at new villages at Coburg, Burwood East and Geelong by the end of the financial year, in line with its aspiration of having five villages open in Victoria by the end of 2020. There are also three more villages in the design phase in Victoria.

The company’s construction and sales teams have just begun work at its new village site in River Rd, Hamilton, which will be Ryman’s 34th in New Zealand.

Dr Kerr said trading was satisfactory in the first quarter. The development programme was heavily weighted towards the second half of the financial year.

Ryman’s operations and technology teams had celebrated the key milestone of completing the rollout of the company’s myRyman care system at all its villages in New Zealand.

The care system was a nurse-led project and was delivered ahead of schedule with more than 3,000 devices installed in residents’ rooms.

“It’s a rare feat for a complex healthcare technology project of this size involving this many staff to be completed ahead of schedule,’’ Dr Kerr said.

Chief Operations Officer Barbara Reynen-Rose said it was a game-changer in terms of the way care was delivered. It freed staff from paperwork, allowing them to spend more time caring for residents, and she said there were plenty more innovations to come as myRyman reached its full potential.

“Nurses don’t sign up to do paperwork – myRyman was designed to free them from their desks to do what they joined us to do – care for residents.

“We believe that the combination of increased pay rates, improved benefits, leadership development and industry-leading technology make Ryman an even more attractive company to work for.’’

Dr Kerr said the focus on staff and technology investment was crucial as Ryman geared up for the extraordinary growth ahead. The number of people aged over 75 more than doubles over the next 30 years.

“We know that our residents think the world of our staff and place a huge amount of trust in them. If our staff are happy, our residents will be happy and we will be in good shape for the years ahead.’’

Ryman developments:

New villages open with construction continuing:

  • Charles Upham, Rangiora: Final stage under construction.
  • Bob Scott, Petone: Final stage under construction.
  • Bert Sutcliffe, Auckland: Final stage under construction.
  • Logan Campbell, Greenlane, Auckland: Care centre open.

New villages under construction:

  • Nellie Melba, Brandon Park, Melbourne: First residents about to move in.
  • Devonport, Auckland: Construction underway.
  • Lynfield, Auckland: Construction underway.
  • River Rd, Hamilton: Site works underway.

New villages in the planning and design phase:

  • Burwood East, Melbourne: Approval received, work due to get underway later in the financial year.
  • Coburg, Melbourne: Approval received, work due to get underway later in the financial year.
  • Aberfeldie, Melbourne
  • Mt Eliza, Melbourne
  • Mt Martha, Melbourne
  • Geelong, Victoria
  • Hobsonville, Auckland
  • Lincoln Rd, Auckland
  • Te Aute Rd, Havelock North
  • Karori, Wellington
  • Newtown, Wellington
  • Park Terrace, Christchurch

About Ryman:

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

Contacts:

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

For investor relations information contact Michelle Perkins, Investor Relations Manager, on 027 222 9684 (+64 27 222 9684) or email michelle.perkins@rymanhealthcare.com

 

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