Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


More security for seniors in retirement villages

27 September 2006

More security for seniors in retirement villages

Older people living in retirement villages can rest assured that there are now checks and balances in place that will ensure better protection of their interests, says Minister for Senior Citizens, Ruth Dyson.

"I welcome the announcement today by Building Issues Minister Clayton Cosgrove of the approval of regulations that bring the Retirement Villages Act 2003 fully into force."

Ruth Dyson, who took the Act through its final legislative processes, says the aim of the Act and the regulations is to protect the financial and occupational interests of retirement village residents, through greater disclosure of information by operators, a Code of Practice and a formal disputes resolution process.

The total legislative package will:

- provide for full disclosure of terms and conditions for intending residents
- promote good relationships between residents and operators through a Code of Residents’ Rights
- ensure there are complaints and disputes resolution processes available
- require compliance through a village registration process and appropriate sanctions and penalties for breaches of the legislation
- enable statutory supervisors to oversee the financial viability of villages
- provide, in conjunction with a proposed Code of Practice, for sound practices to be applied in village management and operations, including in the on-sale of vacant units.

Ms Dyson congratulated those involved in preparing the regulations and getting them approved, as well as the many village operators and residents who supported the passage of the new provisions and assisted with advice.

The dispute resolution provisions come into force on 1 October 2006. From that date, every retirement village must have a way of dealing with complaints.

For information on the Act visit or ring 0800 836 262. For further information on operators' obligations to residents and potential residents visit


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Peters/Ardern Triumph

There are a lot of good reasons to feel joyful about this outcome. It is what so many young voters – the best hope for the country’s future – wanted.

Far more important than the implications for the Economy Gods ( is the dollar up or down? ) last night’s outcome will also mean many, many vulnerable New Zealanders will have a better life over the next three years at least.

Yet the desire for change was in the majority, across the country..>>>More


Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose | E tū ecstatic | Chamber welcomes the outcome | Greens on their joining Govt | EDS welcomes new govt | Immigrant groups worry | Feds ready to engage new coalition government | Labour Ministers of the Crown announced


Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>


Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>


Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>


Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>


Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election