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Bob Scott's grand opening

Mayor Ray Wallace officially opened our new village with a party attended by more than 300 special guests, residents, neighbours and staff on November 24.

Ryman Healthcare Managing Director Simon Challies said he had fallen in love with the site when he first visited in 2010. “I climbed up on the riverbank and, with the river, the hills and the views I thought we could be on to a winner.’’

“Our design and construction teams have done an incredible job, it is a village we are extremely proud of.’’ The village was filling fast, Simon Challies said.

“We’d like to thank the Petone community for taking the village to its heart.’’

The Bob Scott village is the largest apartment complex in New Zealand built on base isolators to guard against earthquakes. “It came through the November 14 quakewith flying colours, we never imagined its base isolators would be put to the test so soon,’’ Simon Challies said.

Bruce Scott said the family was delighted to see the village named after his dad. Bob had been proud of his time in Petone where he pursued his loves of rugby and golf and raised the family

Bob Scott worked in partnership for many years with All Blacks captain Andy Leslie, running Scott and Leslie menswear shop on Jackson St. Petone had a special place in Bob’s heart, Bruce said.

“It would have made him exceptionally pleased and proud to have the village named after him.’’

Andy Leslie welcomed all the new residents to the village, especially those who had moved from other parts of the city to live at Bob Scott.

“I’d like to thank Ryman for building this village, you can all be exceptionally proud of it,’’ he said.

Ryman Healthcare names all its villages in honour of prominent locals. Other blocks at the village are named after Petone-born ballet star Sir Jon Trimmer, and Petone All Blacks Don McIntosh, Ken Gray, Allan
Hewson as well as Andy Leslie.

“Bob Scott’s story is inspirational. He was incredibly talented and his hard work and perseverance motivated those who knew him. He was also a great character and we are pleased to be able to honour his memory in this way.’’

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