Village Voice

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Several new retirement villages underway around New Zealand

Plans are well underway for at least four new retirement villages around New Zealand; two in Hamilton, one in Auckland, and one near Nelson.  

“It’s excellent to see so many new retirement villages under development,” says Village Guide founder Paula Bishop.

“New villages offer more choice for retirees, create jobs in their communities, and bring money to local economies.”

Here is a brief overview of some of the new villages in the works. Is one coming to a town near you?

Riverside retirement in Hamilton

Retirees in Hamilton will soon be able to choose between two new villages, both of which are located on the river.

Ryman Healthcare has secured a site in Flagstaff and Alpine Retirement Group has secured a site in Peacocke.

The Ryman site is 8.3ha and next to Featherstone Park. It’s expected to cost at least $125m and some apartments may have views of the Waikato River.

Meanwhile the Alpine site is 15ha, is expected to accommodate up to 370 people, and will create around 120 jobs on completion.

Arvida Group starts work on new site near Nelson

Arvida Group has begun earthworks on an 8ha site on the outskirts of Richmond, near Nelson.

Arvida chief executive Bill McDonald, left, general manager of development Jonathan Ash and Ken Nell, of Donaldson Civil, on site with plans for a new village at Richmond West.

Chief executive Bill McDonald says the new residential development will be a “first” for the Group, as several of its facilities will be open to the general public. For example, the new village will include a café, gym, and pool, as well as shared cycle trails.

“Yes, we’re creating housing for older people and we’re creating care facilities but we really don’t want to restrict… our services to just people living in our [village] community,” Mr McDonald told the Nelson Mail.

With this new development, Arvida Group is seeking to create a community hub that appeals to both residents and the general public alike.

“We think, that for people to have healthy, active and engaged later years, it’s important to stay well connected with the community,” Mr McDonald said.

“We think, we should be actively seeking to engage with those who live outside our communities as well.”

The $130m development will take between four to five years to complete and will offer a mix of independent living options as well as care suites. Around 30 villas are expected to start construction this year.

An artist's impression of a proposed community care building.

Metlifecare secures site in Southeast Auckland

Metlifecare is set to build a new $180m retirement village in Beachlands. Works are expected to commence in early 2019, with the first stage completed by 2020.

The site is close to the Pine Harbour Marina (offering a regular ferry service to Auckland city) and the Formosa Golf Course. There is also a Countdown supermarket nearby.

Units in the development are expected to be priced between $600,000 and more than $1m. Around 210 independent living units and care beds will be available on completion.

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