A new retirement residence in Taranaki offering rental accommodation is a welcome addition to the retirement housing market, says Village Guide founder Paula Bishop.
The residence, called Adele Senior Living, has 29 rooms available to rent for independent seniors aged 65 and over.
“There is a growing demand for retirement rental accommodation like Adele Senior Living all throughout New Zealand, but very few villages offer it as an option,” says Mrs Bishop.
“As a country, we need to ensure we have retirement living options to suit all levels of wealth. I believe this will be achieved through a combination of both government and private initiatives.”
The weekly rent for a room at Adele Senior Living starts at $390, and this includes all living costs such as wifi, phone, power, and three meals a day.
Residents live in private rooms with access to a shared lounge, kitchen and dining room, and a craft room. The accommodation is designed for independent seniors, and there is a staff member on site 24/7 for security.
Labour spokesperson for housing, Phil Twyford, says pensioner housing is a “major priority” for Labour.
“There’s a real need to provide decent, affordable tenure-secure housing for older New Zealanders,” Mr Twyford told Stuff.co.nz. Mr Twyford believes councils are “perfectly positioned” to provide safe, affordable housing, and the Government intends to provide finance to ensure new projects get underway.