New retirement village for Tamahere

Apr 19th, 2018 | By | Category: Hot Topics, Latest News
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Tamahere is in line for its second retirement village with the Sanderson Group on the point of buying a 10ha block bounded by Airport Rd and Tamahere Drive.

Sanderson Group’s first village was in Omokoroa in the Bay of Plenty


The Tauranga headquartered company proposes to build 130 freestanding houses along with assisted living apartments, rest home, hospital and dementia care facility for around 290 people starting early next year.

Brendon Russo, Sanderson’s assistant general manager, said the company, which this month briefed the Tamahere Community Committee on its plans, was currently applying for resource consents and doing other due diligence before finalising the land purchase.

Tamahere is already home to the similarly-sized, Methodist Church-owned Tamahere Eventide Home and Retirement Village on Cherry Lane.

Russo said his company believed there was a shortage of retirement homes in the Waikato district, which the company saw by the number of Waikato people moving into its villages in the Bay of Plenty.

Tamahere seemed an ideal place for a village because it was central to Hamilton and Waipa, Russo said.

The development was likely to take place over seven to 10 years with the first “active retirees” aged 65 years and over that it hoped to attract moving in towards the end of next year.

The village’s villas would range in size from 120sq m to 260 sq m, Russo said.

Sanderson Group, which made its first foray into the retirement sector in 1987 with the Omokoroa Country Estate, also owns the Bethlehem Country Club, Bethlehem Shores, and the Queenstown Country Club. It developed the Cascades in Hamilton but has since sold it.

As progress was made on the development the company would continue to consult the community, most likely via the Tamahere Community Committee, Russo said.

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Tamahere Eventide is also expanding having purchased the adjoining former Tamahere Country Motel site on SH1 where it will build another 20 villas, bringing the village’s total to 128.

Since April 1 it has also owned Atawhai Assisi on Matangi Road where it plans to add to the resthome by building villas, apartments, a bowling green and a community centre-cum-café, said chief executive Louis Fick.

It also has a building consent application underway for 24 more hospital beds and 17 more apartments at Tamahere. A second building phase would add another 36 apartments.

In total, when all work is completed Tamahere Eventide’s care facility would have 43 dementia beds, 41 resthome rooms, 24 hospital beds, and 64 apartments along with the 128 villas.

At present, Eventide employs 205 staff over its two sites. Russo of Sanderson Group said he was uncertain how many staff would be employed at its village.

Fick said the Sanderson Group had a very different profile to Tamahere Eventide.

“We are a Christian faith-based organisation and also do not operate in the upper end of the market,” he said.

“At Tamahere Eventide residents owns the capital appreciation [of their homes] which is generally not the position with for-profit groups.”

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