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Why Are More Seniors Choosing to Retire in Christchurch?

Why Are More Seniors Choosing to Retire in Christchurch?

General Interest

16th Feb 2022

The city has seen a recent construction boom, allowing the senior population to be accommodated with many new retirement homes in Christchurch. Living in Christchurch as a senior means that you will be a part of a large community filled with like-minded people....

The Silver Linings of Lockdown

The Silver Linings of Lockdown

General Interest

7th Dec 2021

It’s long been said that it is only in darkness that you can see the stars. It’s a beautiful expression that hints at the power of perspective and how we can find silver linings in the darkest of situations....

A Retirement Investment Guide for Beginners

A Retirement Investment Guide for Beginners

General Interest

16th Nov 2021

As you approach retirement, it is crucial you have a financial plan that includes how you are going to support yourself. Investing is a great way to generate income during your retired years, however it can be tricky to figure out. Keep reading to find out the benefits of investing for your retirement and the options that are available to you....

What is the difference between aged care and a retirement village?

What is the difference between aged care and a retirement village?

General Interest

8th Sep 2021

Considering a lifestyle change as you enter the next chapter in your life? An important part of the planning process involves deciding whether a retirement village or aged care is a better fit for your needs....

Living the life you choose

Living the life you choose

Holly Lea

28th Jun 2021

At Holly Lea, we want you to live your life the way you’d like it to be, not as you’re told it has to be. Once you have chosen your home, we will bring all the services and care you need to you....

10 questions to ask a retirement village before making it your home

10 questions to ask a retirement village before making it your home

General Interest

9th Apr 2021

Choosing the best retirement village for your needs isn’t always easy. To get a better understanding of what’s on offer, we strongly recommend visiting a number of different retirement homes and having a chat with staff and residents about life in the village....

Combining heart with history

Combining heart with history

Holly Lea

13th Nov 2020

Kindness and compassion have long been regarded as foundational attributes of quality retirement care and, for Fendalton retirement village Holly Lea, those qualities are ingrained in both its heart and history....

Sunny side up

Sunny side up

General Interest

13th Nov 2020

In the wake of COVID-19, the world has a long road to recovery – socially, physically, practically and emotionally....

Kindle screen vs normal screen for reading

Kindle screen vs normal screen for reading

General Interest

13th Nov 2020

From the traditional paperback to digital devices, it seems our reading materials have undergone a technological transformation....

Grandparents' role in society valued

Grandparents' role in society valued

General Interest

12th Nov 2020

Grandparent: family historian, nurturer, mentor, role model, playmate, wizard, and hero. There is no doubt that grandparents play a significant role in the lives of many New Zealand families, providing support across a wide range of areas....

Nurturing memory, clarity and cognition

Nurturing memory, clarity and cognition

General Interest

12th Nov 2020

Your brain isn’t ever something you were told you needed to take care of however, emerging evidence shows the importance of certain dietary patterns,...

Super powered snaps

Super powered snaps

General Interest

12th Nov 2020

It seems that since mobile phones first burst onto the technological scene in the 1980s there’s been no limits to their capabilities. Now even the cameras on our phones are capable of doing cooler things than ever before....

Finding joy at home

Finding joy at home

General Interest

6th Jul 2020

The sage advice of Japanese organising consultant Marie Kondo has resonated far and wide....

Staying connected

Staying connected

General Interest

6th Jul 2020

Did you know that half of older New Zealanders experience some degree of loneliness? The recent COVID-19 lockdown has created a greater awareness of social isolation and loneliness and its harmful physical and mental impacts....

On the horizon at Holly Lea

On the horizon at Holly Lea

Holly Lea

6th Jul 2020

In the heart of leafy Fendalton, just a stone’s throw away from the ambient Mona Vale gardens, and walking distance from some of Christchurch’s most well-regarded shops, cafés and restaurants, is the equally esteemed, Holly Lea....

An interview with Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern

An interview with Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern

General Interest

1st Mar 2020

I’m not the first woman to juggle work and being a mother – and like almost every parent, I have become very practised at multitasking!...

Holly Lea's Morven Apartments

Holly Lea's Morven Apartments

Holly Lea

21st Nov 2019

The new highly-anticipated Morven Apartments at Holly Lea are due to make their debut in mid-2020. This architecturally designed building, made up of eight spacious two-bedroom apartments is progressing quickly....

Overcoming Loneliness

Overcoming Loneliness

General Interest

21st Nov 2019

Loneliness is something we can all relate to. As we move into retirement, it’s a topic that often comes into sharper focus....

Preserving your Memories

Preserving your Memories

General Interest

21st Nov 2019

Facing mortality can be an uncomfortable process, but in thinking about the final chapter, it offers the opportunity to reflect on an amazing past. Many choose to preserve these memories in an autobiography or memoir....

Lonely?

Lonely?

General Interest

7th Aug 2019

Have you ever been surrounded by lots of people, yet felt like you were entirely alone? Well, you're not the only one according to researchers at Auckland University of Technology....

For our children

For our children

Holly Lea

6th Aug 2019

We are accustomed to our children personifying vibrance; a radiant vision of endless energy. So when our children are not well, it tests everything we know to be true and rocks us to our core....

Documenting humans & history - Book Review

Documenting humans & history - Book Review

General Interest

27th Jun 2019

Invaluable wisdom, charismatic charm, a profound appreciation of the past and present, and a fundamental appreciation of the fact that tomorrow is never promised - it all comes with the beautiful thing we call ‘age’....

Taking care of the future - Enduring Power of Attorney

Taking care of the future - Enduring Power of Attorney

General Interest

27th Jun 2019

If you lose the ability to organise your own affairs, it’s essential to have somebody available to do it on your behalf....

An ‘app’- etite for Silver Tech

An ‘app’- etite for Silver Tech

General Interest

27th Jun 2019

Who said that millennials are the only ones with their finger on the technological pulse? The app market is rich in options for everyone, regardless of age....

One on One with the Honourable Tracey Martin

One on One with the Honourable Tracey Martin

General Interest

25th Jun 2019

The Honourable Tracey Martin has been the Minister of Seniors since October 2017. A great believer in giving back to the community, she talks to us about her role and her vision....

Honey for Health

Honey for Health

General Interest

25th Jun 2019

Humans have used honey for thousands of years. Rock art dating back to 8000 BC depicts honey harvesting, and the Egyptians, Chinese, and Romans used it to heal wounds, and to treat fevers and stomach ailments....

A new look for Fendalton - The Morven Apartments in high demand

A new look for Fendalton - The Morven Apartments in high demand

Holly Lea

25th Jun 2019

With its distinct elegance and beautifully manicured grounds, Holly Lea Village sets the scene for luxurious living....

The tradition continues at Holly Lea

The tradition continues at Holly Lea

Holly Lea

19th Nov 2018

Holly Lea Village has always had its own distinct elegance, exuding sophistication and warmth from the moment you step inside this beautiful retirement village, within its setting of stunning landscaped gardens....

Bay of Plenty eco retirement village hits ground running

Bay of Plenty eco retirement village hits ground running

Corporate News

26th Jul 2018

The new eco-retirement village on Grenada Street, Papamoa, is set to inject over $250 million into the Bay of Plenty region’s booming economy and provide 350 new homes to the area...

A life less ordinary

A life less ordinary

General Interest

24th May 2018

Annabel Langbein is a beloved daughter of the nation; her locally focused, user‑friendly recipes and loyalty to the food landscape in New Zealand make it impossible not to cherish and celebrate all she offers....

Holly Lea transformation

Holly Lea transformation

Holly Lea

24th May 2018

Holly Lea Village is looking transformed with the community facility renovation nearly complete....

Protect yourself from scams – don’t be a victim!

Protect yourself from scams – don’t be a victim!

General Interest

24th May 2018

The internet is a fantastic tool, but it also brings with it risks and danger. Last year, New Zealanders reported losing more than $10 million to online scams and fraud, as well as phone scams....

Relax with D.I.Y. Massage

Relax with D.I.Y. Massage

General Interest

16th Apr 2018

Life is fast-paced and to maintain balance it is important to reduce stress by incorporating a healthy mix of leisure activities and relaxation techniques to relax and unwind....

St Patrick's Day at Holly Lea

St Patrick's Day at Holly Lea

Holly Lea

17th Mar 2018

We celebrate St Patrick’s Day each year, however how many of us actually know the history behind the day?...

Butchers are back

Butchers are back

General Interest

30th Jan 2018

It doesn't seem like so long ago that we all supported small local businesses. Now while most of us have nothing against supermarkets, they are rather convenient after all, some of us do miss the relationships that were built up over the years,...

McLean's Mansion

McLean's Mansion

General Interest

30th Jan 2018

Made of Kauri, Christchurch’s iconic McLean’s Mansion is one of the world’s largest wooden houses and was the biggest residential building of its kind in New Zealand at the time it was built between April 1899 and September 1900....

Help, I've been shot!

Help, I've been shot!

General Interest

24th Nov 2017

Try this scenario. You are one of fifty people standing in a bank when a gunman runs in to rob the bank. A single shot is fired and hits you in the arm....

Q+A with Waimairi Ward Councillor Raf Manji

Q+A with Waimairi Ward Councillor Raf Manji

General Interest

24th Nov 2017

Raf Manji plays an important role in the political and social leadership of the Fendalton-Waimairi area where Russley Retirement Village resides....

Health Insights

Health Insights

General Interest

24th Nov 2017

The change in seasons warrants a new plan of action to ensure peak mental and physical wellbeing for the months ahead as well as a consideration of how to combat seasonally related ailments....

Queenstown: eat, explore and be enlightened

Queenstown: eat, explore and be enlightened

General Interest

24th Nov 2017

Queenstown is the jewel in Otago’s crown. Built around an inlet called Queenstown Bay on sparkling Lake Wakatipu, it boasts panoramic views of The Remarkables,...

Major Changes Afoot for both The Russley & Holly Lea Villages

Major Changes Afoot for both The Russley & Holly Lea Villages

Holly Lea

11th Oct 2017

Major changes are afoot for Holly Lea Village. The beginning of the community facility renovation is well underway with the opening of the fully refurbished dining room celebrated in July....

Healthy Herbal Teas

Healthy Herbal Teas

General Interest

18th Apr 2017

Teas made from herbs are not only pleasurable to drink, they can also be used to help maintain health and well-being. What's more, they're refreshing and can easily be grown and dried at home, ready for the pot....

A Luxury Local Spot

A Luxury Local Spot

General Interest

10th Apr 2017

Just a gentle meander from Holly Lea Village and a short drive from The Russley Village is a special corner of Christchurch with a bustling social atmosphere....

We all lose muscle, but what can we do?

We all lose muscle, but what can we do?

General Interest

6th Apr 2017

I have never liked going to the gym – bright lights, sweaty machines, loud music. I would much rather go for a surf, play golf or just play with my kids....

Winter Warmers

Winter Warmers

General Interest

6th Apr 2017

With winter on the doorstep, a revamped decor aesthetic may be on your mind....

Ousting Osteoporosis

Ousting Osteoporosis

General Interest

29th Mar 2017

Once upon a time bone density wasn’t an issue – one look at the grandchildren bouncing back up after a fall is evidence enough of this – but 60 years or so later, weakening bone density is a serious concern....

Mastering Mosaic

Mastering Mosaic

General Interest

27th Mar 2017

Simply put, mosaics are designs created by embedding small pieces of china, tiles, glass or even stone into a bed of cement or a similar fixative....

Tracking down treasure

Tracking down treasure

General Interest

22nd Mar 2017

If you're anything like me you've always wanted to discover buried treasure. Now here’s your chance. All around the globe, in locations ranging from historical landmarks to city parks,...

Health Advice for Winter

Health Advice for Winter

General Interest

20th Mar 2017

As the days become shorter and the weather becomes increasingly chillier, it’s clear that winter is right on our doorstep....

Mona Vale Reopens

Mona Vale Reopens

General Interest

20th Mar 2017

Within walking distance of Holly Lea Village is the historic Mona Vale homestead. The homestead is set to dazzle visitors again as it reopens following a challenging $2.8 million restoration project...

Hanmer - An Inspiring Destination

Hanmer - An Inspiring Destination

General Interest

13th Mar 2017

Just 1.5 hours drive from Christchurch, the quaint township of Hanmer Springs is a veritable treasure trove of recreational and entertainment assets....

Exciting Times at Ranfurly Village

Exciting Times at Ranfurly Village

Corporate News

1st Mar 2017

Ranfurly Village is entering an exciting time in its development. “Our first three stages are all sold, with stage one and two completed....

Reduce Your Energy Costs

Reduce Your Energy Costs

General Interest

20th Dec 2016

If your electricity bills have been high of late, the problem may be phantom loads, or in other words the power electrical devices draw, even when they’re switched off....

Holly Lea Founder Lunch 2016

Holly Lea Founder Lunch 2016

Holly Lea

2nd Dec 2016

The Founder Lunch is a tradition with its origin lost in time. It is held annually to celebrate and to thank the founder of Holly Lea, Allan McLean,...

Put your health first this summer

Put your health first this summer

Holly Lea

1st Dec 2016

It is difficult to overstate how imperative good health is at any age. As we move through life, regular check-ups are essential to ensure that we can be the best versions of ourselves and live our lives to the full without limitation....

Great Southern Golf

Great Southern Golf

General Interest

30th Nov 2016

It’s not every day that you have the opportunity to play golf in the shadow of snow capped mountains, surrounded by lush rolling countryside...

Fit for a Giant

Fit for a Giant

General Interest

16th Nov 2016

The garden at the Giant's House in Akaroa is a sight to behold. When owner/artist Josie Martin first turned the soil at The Giant's House about 16 years ago, her initial digs produced shards of broken crockery...

Competition with Character

Competition with Character

Holly Lea Events

22nd Aug 2016

On Saturday 20th August, the beautiful Holly Lea Village recently played generous host to The Russley Village/Holly Lea and House of Cards Merivale bridge tournament....

New show apartments at Holly Lea open for inspection

New show apartments at Holly Lea open for inspection

Holly Lea

23rd Jun 2016

Representing a level of comfort and style not seen in many retirement villages, the new show apartments at Holly Lea are open for viewing....

NZ Retirement Village Stands Out in International Awards

NZ Retirement Village Stands Out in International Awards

Corporate News

21st Mar 2016

Ranfurly Village, one of New Zealand’s most progressive retirement villages, has been chosen as a finalist in ‘the Oscars’ of the Age Care Industry, the Asia-Pacific Eldercare Innovation Awards....

Retirement Village Vision Realised

Retirement Village Vision Realised

Corporate News

5th Feb 2016

Generus Living Group is a 50-50 joint venture partner with Mangatawa in developing 40 acres (16.2 ha) of the iwi's Papamoa beachfront land into the upscale Pacific Coast Village retirement village....

Retirement village repays debt and is now set for grand expansion

Retirement village repays debt and is now set for grand expansion

Holly Lea

23rd Nov 2015

Holly Lea, the Fendalton retirement village which attracted publicity earlier this year around its financial difficulties, has fully re-paid its debt to the bank....

Positive Ageing Expo 2015

Positive Ageing Expo 2015

Holly Lea

29th Sep 2015

Holly Lea Village and The Russley Village joined together to create a very visual display at the 2015 Age Concern “Positive Ageing Expo” held for the 9th year at Papanui High School on 28th September....

An afternoon of music and canapes at Holly Lea Village

An afternoon of music and canapes at Holly Lea Village

Holly Lea Events

20th Aug 2015

Residents and guests of Holly Lea Village and The Russley Village recently enjoyed an afternoon of music and canapés as the University of Canterbury School of Music Voice...

Partnership deal secures future for Christchurch retirement village

Partnership deal secures future for Christchurch retirement village

Holly Lea

18th Aug 2015

Christchurch-based retirement village developer, Retirement Assets Limited, has brokered a partnership deal with The McLean Institute...

Ranfurly wins Top NZ award

Ranfurly wins Top NZ award

Corporate News

15th Oct 2014

Ranfurly’s exceptional efforts were officially recognised earlier this month, when the Village Hospital were not only announced as the winner...

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