Strauss apartments a ‘fantastic asset’

Block at Kiri Te Kanawa Retirement Village officially opened.

Block at Kiri Te Kanawa Retirement Village officially opened.

The new independent apartments at Ryman Healthcare’s Kiri Te Kanawa Retirement Village were opened yesterday with an extra celebration of a second generation of residents. From left are village manager Neville Parkinson, new resident Anne Milton-Tee, Gisborne Mayor Meng Foon, new resident Wendy Morris and Ryman Health chief operations officer Barbara Reynen-Rose. The mothers of Anne Milton-Tee and Wendy Morris previously lived at the village. The apartment block has been named Strauss after the Austrian composer Johann Strauss. Picture by Rebecca Grunwell


The new apartment block at Kiri Te Kanawa Retirement Village was officially opened by Gisborne Mayor Meng Foon yesterday.

The block of 20 independent living apartments — a mixture of one, two and three bedrooms — is joined to the main building.

All but one are sold and most residents have moved in.

The block, which was started in July last year, marks the end of building at the village.

It was officially opened on April 27, 2012, and six years later is nearly finished, with 280 residents in place.

Final touches are being added to the last six townhouses, which have all sold. These will be completed by the middle of May.

Ryman Healthcare chief operations manager Barbara Reynen-Rose started with the company 25 years ago.

“We had four villages in Christchurch and Dunedin and about 100 staff. Today we have 32 villages in New Zealand and Melbourne, and another 14 in the pipeline.”

There are 4500 staff.

The Kiri Te Kanawa village had been a great success in Gisborne, she said.

“Continued demand for apartments meant that two years ago we decided to invest further in the village with the construction of another large apartment block.”

It was designed to fit in with the existing village with the added advantage of it being connected to the main village centre so residents could easily access it.

Ms Reynen-Rose said the final piece of the puzzle was to find a suitable name for the block in keeping with the rest of the village.

“Of course it had to have an operatic theme and we looked for a name that would have meant a lot to Dame Kiri. We chose to name the new apartments Strauss in honour of the composer.

“Richard Strauss wrote a number of famous operas that Dame Kiri performed during her career and she loved the composer’s work.”

Ms Reynen-Rose said Dame Kiri once said: “When I perform Strauss, it is as if the music fits me like a glove. My voice seems to lie in a happy area in this music which is lyrical and passionate at the same time.”

“We know it is a name that fits well, said Ms Reynen-Rose.

Mr Foon said it was a “fantastic asset” and he congratulated the village on behalf of the community.

“It is good for our community to have this wonderful village.”

He described the village and staff as a big family and he enjoyed seeing the staff smiling.

He also congratulated village manager Neville Parkinson on a great team and welcomed the new residents to the Strauss apartments.

The new apartment block at Kiri Te Kanawa Retirement Village was officially opened by Gisborne Mayor Meng Foon yesterday.

The block of 20 independent living apartments — a mixture of one, two and three bedrooms — is joined to the main building.

All but one are sold and most residents have moved in.

The block, which was started in July last year, marks the end of building at the village.

It was officially opened on April 27, 2012, and six years later is nearly finished, with 280 residents in place.

Final touches are being added to the last six townhouses, which have all sold. These will be completed by the middle of May.

Ryman Healthcare chief operations manager Barbara Reynen-Rose started with the company 25 years ago.

“We had four villages in Christchurch and Dunedin and about 100 staff. Today we have 32 villages in New Zealand and Melbourne, and another 14 in the pipeline.”

There are 4500 staff.

The Kiri Te Kanawa village had been a great success in Gisborne, she said.

“Continued demand for apartments meant that two years ago we decided to invest further in the village with the construction of another large apartment block.”

It was designed to fit in with the existing village with the added advantage of it being connected to the main village centre so residents could easily access it.

Ms Reynen-Rose said the final piece of the puzzle was to find a suitable name for the block in keeping with the rest of the village.

“Of course it had to have an operatic theme and we looked for a name that would have meant a lot to Dame Kiri. We chose to name the new apartments Strauss in honour of the composer.

“Richard Strauss wrote a number of famous operas that Dame Kiri performed during her career and she loved the composer’s work.”

Ms Reynen-Rose said Dame Kiri once said: “When I perform Strauss, it is as if the music fits me like a glove. My voice seems to lie in a happy area in this music which is lyrical and passionate at the same time.”

“We know it is a name that fits well, said Ms Reynen-Rose.

Mr Foon said it was a “fantastic asset” and he congratulated the village on behalf of the community.

“It is good for our community to have this wonderful village.”

He described the village and staff as a big family and he enjoyed seeing the staff smiling.

He also congratulated village manager Neville Parkinson on a great team and welcomed the new residents to the Strauss apartments.

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