Ryman has secured a 4.2ha site owned by Ngati Whatua Orakei on Ngataringa Rd, where it plans to build retirement village which will eventually be home for up to 300 residents.
Ryman managing director Simon Challies said on Friday the site had magnificent views of Auckland harbour & the city, and the village would be a great asset for Devonport’s retirement community.
“There’s no retirement village in Devonport at the moment and all our research shows there is considerable demand for care & retirement living amenities in the area. As well as providing homes for independent residents, the village will also provide resthome, hospital & dementia care.”
Mr Challies picked up the point that other retirement village developers have also seized on recently, that the development will free up hundreds of homes for resale in the area. It’s a point Statistics NZ has reduced emphasis on, by focusing in monthly building consent reports on houses excluding apartments, as if apartments were somehow a non-residential, investment-only category of dwelling.
Chief executive of Ngati Whatua Orakei commercial arm Whai Rawa, Rob Hutchison, said the iwi was excited by the opportunity: “We are really pleased to be working with a major player such as Ryman and we look forward to seeing what is planned for the site.’
“Ngati Whatua Orakei wanted to ensure there was a long-term development at Wakakura, which would provide not only for its people but also create housing opportunities for the community, and we believe this will achieve that.’’
Attribution: Company release.