• The basis of the museum project is the former Mayor’s residence and headquarters of the Gendarmerie in Le Quesnoy, the largest piece of land under one title within the original town ramparts. Studies by the New Zealand Memorial Museum Trust indicate that it is entirely suitable for the purpose of establishing a New Zealand presence in France, centred in Le Quesnoy

The Great War – Commemorating the Armistice

October 5th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , |

It’s difficult for us today to absorb the extent of the misery and heartache that was being experienced throughout the length and breadth of New Zealand 100 years ago, as “the guns fell silent” in Europe’s Great War with the signing of the Armistice in the Forest of Compiègne in the Picardy region of France, [...]

Poignant reminders of WWI sacrifices

October 5th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , |

Two dramatic and poignant symbols that testify to the human tragedy that was the First World War are on display at the New Zealand Army Museum in Waiouru. One is a sandstone grave marker from Gallipoli that in 1915 marked the resting place of a 34-year-old trooper of the Canterbury Mounted Rifles, and the second [...]

  • Abbeyfield House in Sandringham, Auckland. Built in 2006 to replace four pensioner flats on the site, it differs from other Abbeyfield Houses in that it is on two levels. Each studio has an ensuite, and a patio or balcony if upstairs. It has 12 residents and is close to Sandringham shops, library and community facilities. Plans are underway to establish a second Auckland house in south Auckland, if funding can be raised.

New Zealand’s Looming Retirement Crisis

June 3rd, 2018|Tags: , , |

In the previous instalments of our retirement series, we looked at various kinds of retirement villages and the options available to those fortunate enough to have the capital resources to be able to afford them. However, we’ve had many comments from readers asking what options are available for those who don’t have the necessary capital [...]

Retirement Village Living – A Great Lifestyle, But Do Your Research

March 22nd, 2018|Tags: , , |

The issues are complex, the choices very broad and confusing, and mistakes can be disastrous because they come at a time when, unlike when we were young, we usually don’t have the resilience, the energy or the capability to put them right, and chances are we won’t have enough time left to us to fully [...]

  • Freedom Village’s Papamoa Sands complex provides a social hub for the village, and was designed to complement the nearby beach and the houses in the complex

Retirement Village Living – Some Options, Some Issues

January 27th, 2018|Tags: , , , , |

For many people approaching retirement age, the move to a retirement/lifestyle village comes down to two things – security and economics. John Collyns, executive director of the Retirement Villages Association (RVA) – a nationwide voluntary industry association that represents the interests of registered retirement village owners, developers and managers – says between 40 and 50 [...]

Retirement Villages Not Just For The Retired

December 1st, 2017|Tags: , , |

Statistically, the average age at which New Zealanders move into a retirement village is somewhere in the mid-to-late 70s. But of course, averages being what they are, that means that there are some who make the move in their 60s, while others are in their 80s. Today, there’s a tendency for younger people – in [...]