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Pioneering is part of who we are

Dame Malvina Major

Pioneering is part of who we are. That’s why each Ryman village is named after a Kiwi or Aussie trailblazer, Dame Malvina Major, William Sanders, Charles Upham to name a few. They lived with passion and purpose, they pushed further, they went beyond the ordinary. That’s exactly what we strive to do, every day, at Ryman. To pioneer a new way of living, for a new retirement generation.

Dame Malvina Major has enjoyed a wide range of notable successes during her career, including winning the New Zealand Mobil Song Quest in 1963, the Melbourne Sun Aria in 1964 and the Kathleen Ferrier Competition in London in 1966.

Adding further to her distinguished career, Dame Malvina Major was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1985 and in 1991 was made a Dame Commander of the British Empire.