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Logan Campbell's grand opening

Mayor Phil Goff officially opens village

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

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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.

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"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."

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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.

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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.

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Lady Hillary and Councillor Josephine Bartley.

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