Wednesday December 6, 2017
Village celebrates new facilities in wake of quake By Jamie Adams
The Malvina Major Retirment Village now has more to offer its residents with the official opening of new facilities at the venue last Tuesday. Ryman Healthcare, which owns the retirement village, has invested in renovating its main front building to now feature a cafe and supply shop, as well as a hair salon and extensions to its Seville lounge and chapel. The village, situated on Burma Road between Johnsonville and Khandallah, also now has a “music appreciation room”, which allows residents to listen to classical music while relaxing. Ryman CEO Gordon McLeod says the day marked an important milestone, given the tribulation the village had gone through in the past year. “When we had an earthquake last year we unfortunately were told that the foundations had been compromised so we had to bring a building down,” he told residents in a speech. Last November’s Kaikoura earthquake led to Malvina Major’s 41-unit Figaro apartment block having to be demolished. Gordon thanked residents for putting up with the disruption during the time. “Your patience and perseverance have been boundless.” He gave special honour to Jason
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Malvina Major Retirement Village manager Lynee Peirse, right, and Ryman Healthcare CEO Gordon McLeod at the opening of the village’s new cafe and lounge last Tuesday. PHOTO: Jamie Adams
Browne, who headed the contruction team that oversaw the project as well as the delicate task of demolition following the quake. Gordon says the cafe, Ryman’s fourth such facility, will make the village more family-friendly as it will encourage parents to bring their children to visit their grandparents. “After all the refurbishing work [for the cafe] we decided the lounge could do with a makeover. “The village now looks incredible. It looks like a brand new village to me,” Gordon says. “The most important thing is the people. The village has always had a great culture and fun team.” The opera singer the village was
named after, Dame Malvina Major, could not make it to the opening but sent her best wishes to staff and residents, village manager Lynne Peirse says. The renovations are the village’s first since it opened in 1998, which is Ryman’s first to be built in the North Island. In addition to the new premises, Ryman has recently replaced 55 of Malvina Major’s serviced apartments with 37 new bigger apartments, some of which boast spectacular views overlooking Ngauranga Gorge and Wellington Harbour. Work on replacing the Figaro block is expected to begin this month.
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Independent Herald 06-12-17