I have just completed my first month in the role of Village Manager at The Grove.

It is a pleasure to be here at the village and to join The Grove community.  Both residents and staff have been very welcoming, and I am enjoying getting to know everyone and listening to the stories that make up their lives.

I have been involved in the retirement living industry for over six years and managed independent living villages on Auckland’s North Shore and the Hibiscus Coast during that time.  After taking time out to spend with family I decided I was ready for something new, after investigating several different industries, I was drawn back to retirement living.

I realised that the role of Village Manager is a truly rewarding one, where you can make a genuine difference and contribute to providing a great retirement living experience for all residents. Sandy Foster’s passion for the residents and their living experience was a huge drawcard for me as well as his vision for the future of the village.

Each day it is a pleasure to come to work, as there is a wonderful community spirit among the residents and staff.

The team at the village are very resident focussed, and I hope to build on this to further enrich the lives of our residents.

The Grove is well positioned and allows for residents to be totally independent and to enjoy a relaxed lifestyle in the Orewa community.

I love the villages’ calm atmosphere which is reflected in its surroundings, the coastal feel and spaciousness of the Lifestyle Centre.  Visitors often comment on how inviting the village feels when they walk into Reception.

The Grove is truly unique and been independently owned means that we are able to respond quickly to changing situations as there are no corporate tiers to navigate.

I have joined The Grove at a very exciting time with more residents coming into the village and stage two of the apartments due to commence later this year.

We are currently looking at what we can offer our residents in terms of activities and entertainment and aim to deliver a pleasurable experience that will have them wanting more!