Retirement Village Residents Association of New Zealand
Retirement from work is no longer retirement from life. In fact, it’s the opposite - a ‘second life’ where growth, learning and discovery become more important, not less. People can enjoy the retirement village lifestyle whether they are 65 or 90 years of age.
Retirement villages offer access to facilities and services that lead to improved health outcomes and greater social interaction than would be possible in a general residential setting.
The RVRANZ protects the rights of retirement village residents in New Zealand.
The focus is on the Retirement Villages Act 2003 and the Retirement Villages Code of Practice 2008.
The Act defines the rights of retirement village residents when they commit to a Occupation Right Agreement with the owner of the retirement village, in which they purchase a licence to occupy a villa, cottage, or apartment.
It’s important that RVRANZ spokespeople have a genuine mandate to speak on behalf of the resident body, rather than pursuing issues of importance to an individual.
Submissions on Amendments to the Code of Practice
For several months a sub-committee of the National Executive has been preparing proposals for amendments to the Code, regulations and Act. They were submitted to the Retirement Commissioner at a meeting in Auckland on 11 July and at a meeting with MBIE officials in Wellington on 25 July. The full submission (19 pages) is available for you to see here:
See Code of Practice Submission
The subcommittee concluded t it would be wise to avoid any legislation changes at this stage, as it would entail a lengthy Parliamentary process.
Changes to the Code are able to be signed off by the Minister after his approval of recommendations to him by the Retirement Commissioner and the Minister’s policy advisors.
The sub-committee therefore concentrated on the following key issues in order to expedite the process:
See Key Issues
See Relevant Section of the Fair Trading Act
See July 2018 Newsletter
Monitoring the Effectiveness of Statutory Supervisors
CFFC commissioned Mobius Research and Strategy Ltd for this report.
The effectiveness of supervision by Statutory Supervisors has become a major concern and may adversely affect the interests of residents in the future. The industry landscape is changing as many villages now have fixed fees or CPI linked fees which result in operators being responsible for all operational costs and maintenance and residents become more complacent. The sub-committee presented a response to MBIE and the Retirement Commission.
See Full Report (40 pages)
See RVRANZ Response
The fourth ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING was held on Thursday 21 June 2018 at the Wellington Methodist Parish Church Hall.
The following officers were elected:
President Colin Porter Auckland
Secretary Dick Williams Bay of Plenty
Treasurer David Wood Otago
Regional Representative Joe Grieg Auckland
Regional Representative Anton Coetzee Bay of Plenty
Regional Representative Trevor Kerr Canterbury
Regional Representative Di Cooper Otago/Southland
Regional Representative Elizabeth Jones Waikato
Please look here for a full report
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July 2018 Newsletter
Assistance with Downsizing
Euthanasia Bill Hearings
Cheaper Doctors Visits
Financial Abuse Advice
New Residential Care Rates
JLL Report on the Retirement Sector
Future Care and Assistance
Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA)
Lending Money to Family
New Wellington Region
Welcome to a new region in our Association. A Wellington Region was formally established at a meeting on 14 July. For details see below:
Click here for Region details
Village residents are encouraged to form a local village association if you have not done so. To assist with this, please find a Model Constitution for you to adapt and adopt
Three old guys are sitting together
First one says, 'Windy, isn't it?'
Second one says, 'No, it's Thursday!'
Third one says, 'So am I. Let's go for a beer!