Wairarapa News : January 25th 2012
17 WAIRARAPA NEWS, JANUARY 25, 2012 4323476AA No one knows your personality or aspirations better than yourself and we realise you might already know what kind of home you want. We're happy to build from plans you've already drawn up or we can start from scratch and help you design the home of your dreams, using our architectural designers *Terms and conditions apply. See flybuys.co.nz. Jennian Homes Wairarapa Call 06 370 0777 jennian.co.nz or call 0800 JENNIAN 200 Chapel St, Masterton Brian Brewster 021 979 871 or email email@example.com OFFICE Open from: 9am - 5pm weekdays. Evenings and Sundays by appointment SHOWHOME Open from: 10am - 2pm Saturday. Monday to Friday 1pm - 4pm The home you've always wanted... January 2012 As project manager for the Masonic Villages Trust I have worked closely with Jennian Homes Wairarapa for a construction project at the Wairarapa Masonic Village. The building work consisted of twelve retirement villas (three bedroom, living, conservatory and single garage) and also all of the associated site works and landscaping. Being a client in the construction process can be daunting, to be reliant on the promises and skills of an organisation that you have not worked with previously can test the decision making process. Fortunately the reputation of Gareth's' team is more than just perception; it is backed up by old fashion standards of honesty, quality and a desire to complete the job on time and on budget. And as you might expect, when working in an environment such as a retirement village, site safety is a very important factor to take and this was managed very well by the building team. Not only was there a requirement to keep the site tidy and clear of rubbish at all times, the tradesmen were courteous and considerate of our neighbouring and inquisitive residents. From the clients' point of view, we have been well informed throughout the process. Work was started on time and continued without interruption through to completion of each villa. It should also be noted that this particular project has been ongoing through the past 4 years during which time we have been restricted by the downturn in the real estate market. The Masonic Villages Trust has maintained a very long term association with Jennian Homes going back 25 years to when the village was founded. Personally I have enjoyed a collaborative and amicable working relationship with Gareth Norris and his team and would not hesitate to work with them on future projects. Regards Alan Atack NZCB, LBP Project Manager The Masonic Villages Trust. Reward yourself with the home you've always wanted and 8,000 Fly Buys Points.* Wairarapa Masonic Village 4309496AA Celebrating 25 Years 1987 - 2012 Independence and support for elderly Masterton Masonic Village. Long service: Irene Bull, Wairarapa Masonic Village manager of 18 years. CONTINUED Page 18 Village manager Irene Bull counts herself very fortunate as she knows she has a job she loves. Having managed the Masterton Masonic Village for 18 years, nobody knows the place better than Irene and nobody has formed more friendships with the staff and residents. A registered nurse, Irene has watched the village expand over the years and has seen the community grow from strength to strength. She has shared many special times with residents and events like 60th wedding anniversaries, birthdays and other milestones are part of the village's everyday life. Irene says it is a great place for residents to spend their elderly years for a number of reasons. With a current capacity of 97 residents all living independently with varying levels of support, the village is a real community. It has a very strong residents' committee that runs all the activities and even fundraises for community causes. The residents themselves are organising and funding the 25th Anniversary dinner planned for today. Another great attribute of the Masonic Village is its spaciousness. There is plenty of room in and around the villas and apartments which gives the place an expansive and uncluttered feel. It is not a closed-off community and visitors are welcome. The town bus even comes through the village four times a day which is handy for the residents -- most of whom have Gold Cards, so it costs them nothing to get into town. Irene says everybody at the village respects each other's privacy, though they do all look out for each other as well. If someone's curtains are not opened when they normally would be, for example, then a neighbour might tell Irene and she will go over and check that everything is all right. The recreation centre is a real hub of activity and the new $9 million hospital on the south end of the grounds is a fantastic asset to the village.
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