Gully good recipe for retirement

All the maladies of the aged disappear when Elva and Noel Turner roll the combination lock and walk through the fence into the gully behind the Tamahere Eventide Home and Retirement Village.

They call it four acres of paradise.

The married couple of 60 years lose sight of the neighbouring secure care facility when they descend the gravel track twice a day. They zigzag gently down into Tamahere’s Mangaone Valley through stands of young kauri, flax and rewarewa. Fantails and tui flit about.

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Chance to walk local gully gem

The Tamahere Gully Care group is visiting one of Tamahere’s little-known treasures this Sunday, May 6 – the restored gully that forms part of the 10ha Tamahere Eventide property.

This large gully has been progressively revegetated since 1995 by a number of keen residents and includes a network of tracks, beautiful vistas and ponds.

Currently the challenging task has been taken up most enthusiastically by former farming octogenarians, Noel and Elva Turner.

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Accident heightens road concerns

The woman seriously injured in a car crash on the corner of Cherry Lane and State Highway 1 on Tuesday was a resident of the Tamahere Eventide Home & Retirement Village.

The 75-year-old, described as a very capable woman by Eventide chief executive Louis Fick, remains in a serious but stable condition in Waikato Hospital.

The accident occurred just after Fick expressed concern about the Cherry Lane/SH 1 intersection and asked what wider support there was for extending the 80km/hr speed zone.

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Demand drives Eventide home growth

The Tamahere Eventide Home is set to more than triple the number of units in its village in the next eight years.

Construction has started on roading, other infrastructure and the first eight of 74 new two- and three-bedroom units at the SH1 retirement home and village. It currently has 34 units.

The expansion has been prompted by “huge demand,” says Tamahere Eventide Trust chief executive Louis Fick.

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