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Friday, 02 March 2018

What a hoot!

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Ryman’s key role in owl-themed art trail

Ryman Healthcare has become a proud sponsor of The Haier Big Hoot, a spectacular owl-themed art trail which is raising funds for the Child Cancer Foundation.

The initiative involves 47 super-sized owl sculptures decorated by New Zealand artists, and 60 owlets decorated by children, with them all coming to roost in various locations across Auckland.

The idea is to track down each owl using the trail map - available in your village or using the Big Hoot 2018 app – and collect rewards as you go.

Auckland sculptor Jeff Thomson has created the Ryman owl which landed at a secret location in Birkenhead on 3 March and will be on show until 6 May.

Nicknamed ‘The Corrugated Iron Man of Australasia’, Jeff is well-known for turning corrugated iron into artworks.

And true to form, Jeff’s ‘Tin Owl’, is made from his favourite material, making it quite different from the other painted fibreglass owls.

“I made it entirely from scratch using a manual corrugated iron roll former, or curving machine, and while it meant a lot more work for me than if I’d just painted it, it’s for a cause that I fully support and I was excited to be able to help.”

Ryman Healthcare CEO Gordon MacLeod said he was delighted Ryman is involved in The Big Hoot.

“We have always been strong supporters of the arts and this is a fantastic community-oriented event which also has a great purpose behind it, raising money to help children and their families affected by cancer.

“I’m really looking forward to seeing all our Auckland residents getting involved and supporting it too.”

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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 over 10,500 residents, and the company employs over 4,500 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.

 

Thursday, 01 March 2018

The first Logan Campbell residents have moved in!

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The very first residents of Ryman Healthcare’s Logan Campbell retirement village have moved in!

New residents Marion and Murray said it was very exciting and just a little overwhelming to be the first.

“We’re so glad to be in!” said Marion.

“We expected it to be beautiful but this is far better than we ever imagined,” added Murray, who in his delight gave Marion an impromptu kiss on the cheek!

The couple spent the night before the big move in their motorhome parked on the driveway of their home just down the road in Royal Oak and arrived bright and early at the Campbell Road village to wait for their removal truck to arrive.

While there were plenty of construction workers around in hard hats and high-vis vests finishing off the rest of the village, the new independent apartment block was a thing of beauty, decorated with wall sculptures and pictures along the hallways and of course their new name plate!

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Downsizing their belongings had been the least enjoyable part of the process, said Murray, but the pair were excited to set up their new apartment.

Their daughter Judith and granddaughter Kate had joined them at the village to help with unpacking boxes and there were a few goodies from Ryman to help them on their first day.

Regional Sales and Community Relations Manager Tammy Drinkwater said she was thrilled to welcome Marion and Murray as the first official residents of the new village.

A special gift box, a bouquet of flowers, and a welcome platter were presented to them by sales advisors Lucy Caldwell and Taryn Eagle, and of course there was a ribbon on the door to cut.

Tammy said: “We’re delighted to have Marion and Murray on board and we’re sure they’re going to enjoy their lovely new apartment for many years to come.”


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 over 10,500 residents, and the company employs over 4,500 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.

 

Monday, 26 February 2018

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Amelia Berry wins the Ryman-backed Mina Foley Scholarship


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Long-term supporter of the Dame Malvina Major Foundation, Ryman Healthcare, is helping bring young New Zealand singers back home to perform.

In partnership with the Foundation, Ryman Healthcare will sponsor the Ryman DMMF Mina Foley Scholarship to enable talented young singers to return to New Zealand to perform in a professional season with New Zealand Opera.

The scholarship was started in 2008 in memory of one of New Zealand’s most promising vocal talents of yesteryear. The soprano, Mina Foley, captivated New Zealand audiences with the quality and technique of her singing in the 1950s. Her career was an inspiration for singers like Dame Malvina Major and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa.

This year’s Ryman DMMF Mina Foley Scholar, soprano, Amelia Berry, is returning home from New York for the roles of Cunégonde in Candide and Musetta in La bohème. Born in Wellington, Amelia is a graduate of the New Zealand School of Music and has a Master’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music.

She is a 2010/2011 PwC Dame Malvina Major Emerging Artist and 2015 Dame Malvina Major Young Artist with New Zealand Opera and her wins include the New Zealand Aria in 2010 as well as the Napier, Wellington and Otago Arias.
Dame Malvina said the Foundation was thrilled to cement its long-standing relationship with Ryman Healthcare and “Share the Dream” through this worthy scholarship.

“The Dame Malvina Major Foundation has enjoyed a rewarding partnership with Ryman over many years. Through concerts at Ryman villages featuring our young artists, and broader support for our work, we share a mutual love of the arts and the enriching contribution it makes to all our lives.

“Ryman is clearly committed to supporting the future of performing arts in New Zealand and in ensuring its residents get to enjoy the talent being nurtured across the country today.

Ryman Healthcare Chief Executive Gordon MacLeod said it was a pleasure to be able to support the Mina Foley Scholarship and to help bring Amelia back home to perform.

“Ryman has been supporting the Dame Malvina Major Foundation for more than 15 years and over that time Dame Malvina and her students have entertained thousands of our residents. We can’t think of a better way to support our talented artists.’’


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 over 10,500 residents, and the company employs over 4,500 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.

 

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Search is on for NZ Grandparent of the Year


Ryman Healthcare has joined forces with New Zealand Women’s Weekly in the search for the nation’s Grandparents of the Year.

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L-R: Bert Sutfcliffe Village Manager Marika Laflamme, Ryman Group Sales Manager Debbie McClure, New Zealand Women's Weekly Editor Alice O'Connell and radio host and MC Lorna Subritzky.

To help launch this year’s search, Ryman invited magazine editor Alice O’Connell and her team to a lavish high tea at its Bert Sutcliffe Retirement Village where residents gave them a very warm welcome.

Radio presenter Lorna Subritzky, who was the MC for the event, invited Alice to explain just why grandparents deserved to be recognised.

“With more mothers working and under so much pressure it’s grandparents who end up picking up the slack either with childcare or financially - they are the unsung heroes,” she said.

“So we need to celebrate these people and say they’re doing something wonderful.”

“We’re searching New Zealand for grandparents who give unconditional love and support on a daily basis, no matter what,” she said.

Now the annual competition had been widened to include Ryman’s 31 villages Alice was ordering in extra tissues already.

“I found it incredibly moving reading what some people have to do for their families. I literally went through a whole box of tissues reading all the entries.”

Alice said the magazine recently celebrated its 85th birthday and stories about the royal family were still amongst its most popular with readers.

That proved to be true when Lorna held a quiz for residents testing them on their knowledge of the royals, Kiwi trivia and even on some key village personalities.

Quiz winners Joyce Williams and Ken and Marie Carpendale were thrilled to pick out a few commemorative prizes in what was a very competitive contest!

Alice said this year more judges had been brought on board to choose each category winner, including the Minister for Seniors, Hon Tracey Martin, NZ Women’s Weekly Columnist and soon-to-be grandfather-of-eight, Colin Hogg, and Ryman’s own Group Sales Manager Debbie McClure, who grew up living next door to her grandparents.

“I know from first-hand experience just how special the relationship between grandparents and grandchildren can be and I’m thrilled that Ryman is involved with New Zealand Women’s Weekly to celebrate that," Debbie said.

“With so many wonderful grandparents amongst our residents alone I just know choosing the winners is going to be extremely tough – I will have my tissues at the ready too!”

How to enter:

There are $5,000 in cash prizes to be won if you can describe in 500 words or less why you or your nominee deserves to be a winner. Entries may be submitted either by:

· Posting to New Zealand Women’s Weekly/Grandparent of the Year Awards, Response Bag 500274, Victoria Street West, Auckland 1142;

· Emailing to nzww@bauermedia.co.nz; or

· Heading to www.nowtolove.co.nz/grandparentsoftheyear

Information should include the nominee’s name, age, address, phone number then if nominating someone else your relationship to them and your phone number. Also you should indicate which category you are nominating the person for: Gran of the Year, Granddad of the Year, Honorary Grandparent of the Year (to recognise those who may not be blood-related but whose love is no less strong), and Grandparents of the Year.

Closing date for entries is Sunday March 4, 2018 and the winners will be revealed in Issue 16 of New Zealand Women’s Weekly on sale from April 9, 2018.

 

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