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Ryman Healthcare to build retirement village in Pukekohe

Ryman Healthcare to build retirement village in Pukekohe

Ryman Healthcare is planning to build a new $100 million retirement village in Pukekohe.

New Zealand’s largest retirement village operator has bought a 6.58 hectare site on Valley Rd and is working on plans to build a village which it hopes will be opened in 2015.

The village will include two and three-bedroom independent townhouses, apartments and an aged care centre. The aged care centre will include resthome, specialist dementia as well as hospital-level care.

The resort-style amenities will include a gym, a bowling green, a hairdressing salon, a chapel, a movie theatre, a bar and an indoor swimming pool.

Simon Challies, Managing Director of Ryman Healthcare, said the company picked Pukekohe as the site of its newest village because it believed there was an acute shortage of amenities in the Franklin region for retirees.

“Franklin is home to Auckland’s fastest growing retired population. The number of retirees has grown by 50 per cent to 9000 in the past seven years alone which puts it on a par with cities such as Rotorua.’’

“We believe the area is massively underserviced for care and independent living options. Our village would more than double the number of aged care beds in Pukekohe alone.’’

“It means that Franklin people will no longer have to look elsewhere for care – they can stay in the place they love close to their friends and families.’’

“It’s a terrific site and we’re looking forward to building a great village.’’

Franklin Local Board chairman Andy Baker said the project would be the largest development in the area he could remember.

“It will encourage people to stay here rather than having to move out of the community they’ve been part of for a long time. It will also provide an economic boost – its fantastic news – I’m really pleased.’’

Ryman Healthcare builds, owns and operates retirement villages based on an integrated care model for those aged over 70. The model means that residents who move in will be looked after no matter how their care needs change over time.

The Pukekohe village is also good news for long-term Ryman regional construction manager David Gibson, who lives locally. He’s built villages for the company all over the North Island, and is looking forward to seeing one built on his home turf.

“I’ve always thought Pukekohe would be a great place for a village. It will be great to see it built.’’

As well as providing construction work the village will create about 100 long-term full time equivalent jobs for the region. There will be roles for registered nurses, caregivers, housekeepers, activities coordinators and gardeners.

Ryman Healthcare is working through the design and planning process. The company has no firm dates for when the resource consent would be lodged but would hope to have work under way later this year.

Ryman is expanding to keep up with demand as the population ages. Statistics New Zealand estimates the number of New Zealanders aged 75 plus will almost triple to 731,000 over the next 30 years.


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