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Meet Graeme and Shirley Jenkins

Hello, we are Graeme and Shirley Jenkins and we have just moved into our apartment at the Bruce McLaren village. As soon as we heard that Ryman Healthcare was proceeding with the wonderful Bruce McLaren Retirement Village on the old Howick Country Lodge site in Chapel Road, we quickly made arrangements to contact Chrissie and view the plans. Immediately we chose an apartment that met all our requirements and Chrissie has been superb in keeping us informed of building progress since that initial meeting.

Before I met Shirley, she lived in Seatoun, Wellington, and she can still vividly remember standing on the Seatoun Wharf during that howling storm on 10 April 1968, watching the inter-island ferry Wahine sinking in the distance and develop into a major disaster.

I met Shirley when she moved to Auckland to be nearer to her sister over three decades ago. We have two wonderful daughters and two very delightful grandchildren. We both love travel and have cruised many times including coach tours around Europe. Shirley’s hobby is making brilliantly decorated greeting cards and is a damn good cook – my stomach can vouch for her talent and skills in the kitchen!

A few years back I learned to fly a Jetranger Helicopter as light relief to the responsibilities of running a printing business. I can recall several times us flying in and landing (with their permission) at the Howick Country Lodge helicopter landing site (which in those days was in the country!), having a tasty lunch with our flying guests and then continuing our sightseeing flight over Auckland.

Making the decision to move to a Ryman village was a no-brainer, we had discussed the prospect and researched the advantages of Ryman prior to learning of Bruce McLaren. That information sealed the deal and being told that the weekly fee is frozen for the duration we occupy was just the icing on the cake!

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