Waiheke Marketplace : December 5th 2012
www.waihekemarketplace.co.nz 8 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, DECEMBER 5, 2012 NEWS 5031449AA Auckland's retirees never had it so good. With three quality retirement villages - Pakuranga Park Village, Epsom Village and Remuera Gardens - coming under the ownership and management of Real Living Group, they now have even more choices to enjoy their freedom and pursue their passions. What's more, Epsom Village and Remuera Gardens, which were under overseas ownership, are now proudly Kiwi owned which means any profits will stay in New Zealand instead of being repatriated overseas. Together, the three villages comprise 446 residences, including 191 villas, 125 independent apartments, 58 serviced apartments and 72 rest home beds - - over a combined area of 42.5 acres. This translates into more living options. Real Living communities are Auckland focussed so they know exactly what people in these parts seek in their later years - - for instance, location, lifestyle, security and companionship. Pakuranga Park Village has been serving the needs of the eastern suburbs for 27 years, and the other two villages have been around for more than 24 years. While retaining their old-world caring approach, they believe the traditional concept of retirement housing has been replaced by a thoroughly planned environment aimed at providing superior and spacious accommodation. Over the years, they have kept pace with changing accommodation trends and the requirements of their residents. Pakuranga Park Village has undergone a recent modernisation, with the addition of a new apartment block. Epsom Village with its boutique feel has also benefited with new apartments and upgrade work is being undertaken to enhance Remuera Gardens' exclusive character. Stylish interiors, beautifully landscaped gardens and tranquil surroundings blend to create a desirable ambience. Retirement is your time in life, a time when you have the freedom to do what you choose and live free of worries. Put your feet up and just soak up the tranquil surroundings; or make use of the numerous facilities and take part in a range of diverse activities. You also have the freedom to invite family, grandchildren and friends, keep your car, and do your own shopping. If this is the kind of lifestyle you envision for yourself in your latter years, why not contact them for more information: Pakuranga Park Village on, 576 5990; Epsom Village, on, 630 4379 and; Remuera Gardens on, 630 4379. New Zealand ownership for Auckland retirement villages Advertisement Celebrating Mayan's auspicious sequence Join in: Nau mae -- all are welcome at Piritahi Marae from 6pm on 12.12.12. The gathering will mark the end of the Mayan calendar and celebrate new beginnings. A gathering to mark the end of the Mayan calendar and new beginnings will take place at Piritahi Marae, on Blackpool waterfront, next Wednesday evening. Marae spokeswoman Huhana Davis says the event is being organised because of the amount of talk around the world about December 21, known as 21.12.12, which is when the Mayan calendar comes to an end. December 12, with the same 12.12.12 digits, is also an auspicious date in an aus- picious year, Ms Davis says. It allows us to share as a collective and give comfort and reassurance to each other as families of our com- munity, that the Mayan story isoneoftheendofagreat cycle -- not the end of the world but the beginning of a new astrological cycle which necessitates a total world sin- cerity shift in its conscien- tiousness towards the care of Mother Earth.'' Ms Davis says everyone is welcome to come along, and to bring guitars, music, poetry, thoughts and kai to share around the ceremonial fire. There will be no alcohol. People should bring warm clothes and blankets. Let us take this moment as whanau and the wider community of Waiheke to pay homage to past and present around the conduit of cer- emonial fire with karakia -- prayer, and vibrational sounds of mankind -- music, even poetry, and put it out there to our cosmos, our uni- verse, in gratitude always for being gifted life in the light.'' For more information phone Huhana Davis on 372 9093 Tune in for telling tales tall or true Winning writer: Anna Russell, 11, won the category for 9- to 12-year-olds. She will take to the airwaves on Sunday to broadcast her story Artemis McGail on Waiheke Radio with the other winners. Waiheke Library's school holiday writing competition winners will broadcast their stories on Waiheke Radio. Librarian Rhiannon Beolens was impressed with the extremely high calibre'' of entries received during the October holiday writing competition. There are some very tal- ented writers in the making here on Waiheke and though the winners definitely stood out, all of the stories received were really good,'' she says. The winning stories will be broadcast by Waiheke Radio on the children's show Only Kidding, hosted by Bruce Davis-Goff on Sunday, December 9, from 8am till 10am. We have been extremely lucky to have Waiheke Radio offer to record the stories for us again. They do a superb job and it's a real buzz for the winners to be able to hear their stories on radio.'' The winning stories will be read by the writers except for the youngest winner, Melina Taylor, who asked that her father read it for her, Ms Beolens says. BUDDING AUTHORS Age category 9-12: First prize: Anna Russell, 11, with her story Artemis McGail. Judge's comment: ''Anna has a sweeping vision and a wonderfully natural writing style. This was a very sophisticated story for someone her age and I can definitely see Anna developing into a novelist''. Second prize: Sophie Williamson, 11, with Fly, Fly Away. Judge's comment: ''In addition to being very well written, this story was superbly illustrated. Sophie has a talent both for writing and illustration.'' Age category 5-8: First prize: Talia Wilson, 8, with Olivia's Powers. Judge's comment: ''This was a great story with a clear structure and some lovely moments.'' Second prize: Melina Taylor, 6, with her story Melina and the Dragon Judge's comment: ''A beautiful and very imaginative story.''
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