Greenwich Gardens, our newest retirement village on the North Shore in Auckland, was officially opened by Rt Hon John Key Prime Minister of New Zealand and Hon Paula Bennett on Friday 16 September 2016.
Residents and staff celebrated over delicious food while sharing stories about their involvement on the Greenwich Gardens journey. The morning concluded with an unveiling of a bronze plaque that will be placed outside the community centre to commemorate the special occasion, a milestone for Metlifecare and the North Shore community.
Metlifecare Chief Executive Glen Sowry said Greenwich Gardens is one of only two retirement villages in New Zealand with 6 Homestar Built certification. “Our Stage 1 & 2 villas have achieved this rating and we are now waiting for certification for our recently opened apartments.”
Homestar is an independent system that assesses New Zealand homes for energy, health and comfort, water, waste and other sustainability criteria. A 6 Homestar rating or higher provides assurance that a home will be warmer, healthier and cheaper to run than a typical new home.
“Metlifecare has invested in sustainability because it makes sense” said Mr Sowry. “Features such as solar water heating, low energy LED lighting and a superior level of insulation make our homes very comfortable yet significantly cheaper to run on a fixed income. Our residents are greatly appreciating this as well as enjoying the associated health benefits.”
In addition to its greater level of sustainability, Mr Sowry said Greenwich Gardens was one of Metlifecare’s next-generation villages – designed to integrate the advantages of village living with the benefits of staying connected to the local community.
 The other village is also a Metlifecare village at The Orchards in Glenfield, also on Auckland’s North Shore
Photo: Rt Hon John Key and Metlifecare CEO Glen Sowry outside Greenwich Gardens Stage 5 and 6 currently under construction