The official opening of the village, attended by official title John Key and Paula Bennett was in September 2016
In June, the village celebrated five years since its grand opening in 2015. As part of the celebrations, the village team got together to reflect on the last five years and the major milestones achieved along the path to creating the vibrant ‘community on the rise’ that exists today.
Andrew and Joan Kaye were the first residents to move into the village in 2015. Louise Crowther, Assistant Village Manager remembers the first village Christmas party in December that year. ‘As the village amenities were still under construction, the village celebrated with a street party, with a barbeque where the villa driveway is now located.’
‘Joyce Jack was the first resident to move into the main building’ recalls Louise. It was a landmark day in 1st August 2016 as, along with welcoming our first resident, all the community facilities including the café were opened and a team of staff started with us’
‘The care home opened in July 2017 and it was so lovely as we organised for the first care resident, Jean MacNaughten, to arrive by limo’ says Louise. We also received a gold standard 4 year Ministry of Health certification at our first audit,
We were delighted when our care home won the NZ Aged Care Association’s built and grown environment award for our homestead model of care.
Thanks to a lot of work from our residents including Ross McEwan , the opening of the village workshop was another great achievement celebrated in 2019. Also, that year, a major development milestone was achieved when four luxurious new apartment buildings were opened.
When considering 2020, Derek Leifting, village manager reflects that “it has been an interesting year, to say the least, but we are celebrating the health and wellbeing of our residents who remained well during the Covid-19 crisis. We’re also celebrating all the hard work of our amazing village staff who worked tirelessly to ensure residents stayed safe and connected, so marking the village’s fifth birthday means even more to us than usual.”