Summerset inches closer towards entry into Australia

Summerset looks set to be the next Kiwi retirement village operator to expand into the Australian market, with the opening of an office in Melbourne.

What makes you tick?

Amanda Woolridge of XL Coaching says RVA conference delegates should prepare for an interesting journey of improving communication, leadership and self-discovery.

20 questions to mark 20 years of Eldernet

With Eldernet hitting the 20 year mark, Jude Barback asks founder ELEANOR BODGER about what inspired her to set up Eldernet and the changes she’s seen since.

The role of “social licence” in New Zealand’s retirement village industry

New Zealand's retirement village industry is the envy of many other countries, due to the esteem in which it's generally held by society. This "social licence" continues to play a major role in the industry's growth and success.

Things are about to get personal – RVA conference takes a different path

It’s all about the people at this year’s Retirement Villages Association (RVA) conference.

Let’s snoop around… the Beach House

JUDE BARBACK attends the opening of the beautiful new Beach House building, the latest addition at Pacific Coast Village in Mount Maunganui.

Response: Glen Sowry – the timing of full capital repayment

Responding to calls by residents for full capital repayment upon vacation of a retirement village unit, Metlifecare chief executive GLEN SOWRY says it is not good business to do anything other than the current practice of repaying the resident once the unit has been refurbished and resold.

Response: Graham Wilkinson – immediate full capital repayment is “well intentioned but impractical”

Retirement Villages Association (RVA) president GRAHAM WILKINSON says the suggestion of full capital repayment when a retirement village unit is vacated is "simply impossible to consider".

Opinion: Dick Williams – Unfair terms in a retirement village contract

Retirement Village Residents' Association spokesperson DICK WILLIAMS says retirement village legislation still strongly favours the village operator and not the resident.

Residents welcome an end to weekly fees on empty retirement units

Metlifecare's decision to end weekly fees on empty units has been applauded by residents, however retirement village operators are still legally entitled to charge these fees under current legislation.


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