29 retirement villages in Kerikeri – but just for a day

Kerikeri will be more blessed than usual on the retirement village front next week when representatives of 29 organisations from across New Zealand descend on the town for an Independent Villages Forum hosted by the Retirement Villages Association of New Zealand.

The event on Wednesday 13 November will be hosted by the Kerikeri Retirement Village. The vexed and increasingly significant issue of rental accommodation for retirees is on the agenda, with presentations on financial models that comprise a greater rental component.

The Independent Villages Forum is run twice a year by the Retirement Villages Association. It’s tailored specifically for those organisations like Kerikeri Retirement Village that are independent operators, and which are not part of large international retirement living chains or conglomerates.

“There are a number of operational and regulatory issues facing retirement village and aged care operators such as the growing accommodation squeeze and a chronic shortage of care beds in our regional centres,” said Kerikeri Retirement Village chief executive Hilary Sumpter. “The larger chains tend to have dedicated in-house specialists dealing with them, so these fora are a useful way for us smaller operators to share information, learn from each other, and manage these issues on a collective basis.”