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New $200m retirement village for Auckland

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 27/07/2016 Paul McBeth

The country's biggest retirement village operator Ryman Healthcare has bought a 4 hectare site in Auckland's Hobsonville for a $200 million development.

The new village, which will be it's 10th in the city, would house more than 400 residents, including a rest home, and providing dementia and hospital-level care.

Ryman's has four existing villages in Auckland, three under construction and two in the consenting phase, it said in a statement ahead of the company's annual meeting in Whangarei.

"We've invested in the Auckland region because there is an undersupply of housing for older people," chairman David Kerr said. "It is a fast-growing market and we're seeing strong demand. We have a lot of confidence in the market."

In May, Ryman marked yet another record profit as it benefited from an expansion across the Tasman and increased re-sales of occupation rights.

Ryman houses 10,000 residents at 30 villages and wants to accommodate a further 17,500 over the next five years.

It has 13 more villages in the pipeline, of which four are expected to open this year. It's also looking for another two sites in Melbourne with a view to having five villages up and running in Australia's second-biggest city by 2020.

The company said first-quarter trading was in line with expectations without providing more details, and that the development programme was weighted to the second half of the financial year.

The shares slipped 0.4 per cent to $9.70, having gained 15 per cent this year.

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