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Murray Halberg’s new village manager

Grant knows first-hand Ryman’s good enough for mum

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As the new manager for Ryman’s Murray Halberg retirement village in Lynfield, Grant Costello has followed a slightly different path to get there.

After working for many years in a corporate consultancy, the born and bred Aucklander decided it was time for a change – and a big one at that.

“I heard about the job through a friend of mine and it sat in my head for a week or two but it kept popping back into my head so I thought I should take a look at it,” he says.

“I already felt a connection because both of my parents lived at Edmund Hillary at different times so I was very familiar with Ryman and the Ryman way of care and I was very appreciative of that during what were reasonably tough times.”

Grant is also familiar with the area as his sister lives in Mt Roskill and with the full support of his wife and teenaged son and daughter he decided to take the plunge and apply for the job.

“The people I met at Ryman convinced me even more that it was a great organisation to be part of, they are all deeply passionate about doing what’s good enough for mum and I thought that gives the work a great sense of purpose.”

Within three weeks he had the job in the bag and a whole new adventure began to unfold!

“It’s quite different to what I was doing, it’s a whole different type of energy and excitement and the people I have met have been amazing.”

Grant’s not the only one embarking on an exciting new adventure – all the residents are experiencing a similar feeling as they are the very first people to live in the brand new village.

“Since I’ve been here I’ve got a real sense of the scale of change for the residents,” he says.

“Many of them have been in their homes for 30, 40 or 50 years and I appreciate how different it is for them.

But at the end of the day it’s a whole new adventure – they can carry on doing the things they were doing but they will have access to so many more things as well.”

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Grant also has more of a sense of what living in a retirement village means for residents.

“The feeling of security is a big thing and not having to do some of the more physically punishing things that managing a property entails – I wouldn’t mind not having to do that any more either!” he laughs.

Having started the job in the run-up to Christmas and experiencing the excitement of daily move-ins Grant was glad to get a break to catch his breath before starting again in the new year.

“I’m looking forward to connecting with the residents, that’s my number one thing.

And then it’s all about gearing up for the village centre opening and building up a big team of great staff who believe in Ryman’s purpose.

“I love how energising this role is, there is so much happening all the time.

I’m looking forward to more exciting times ahead!”

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