Skip to content
All articles

Glitz and glamour to celebrate the Melbourne Cup.

Covid prevented us from going to Australia or even to Ellerslie Racecourse to enjoy the Melbourne Cup, but that didn’t stop Real Living residents from getting into the spirit of the day.

Epsom Village and Pakuranga Park organised sweepstakes, a lucky draw competition in which each person pays a small amount of money and is given the name of a horse in the race. The prize pool is then divided between first, second and third place winners.

The sweepstake added a lot of excitement to the villages, with some residents and staff members becoming horseracing experts for the day.

But Australia's most famous annual Thoroughbred horse race is not only popular because of the horses. The Melbourne Cup is also a fashion parade where one gets to see the most sophisticated dresses and sublime hats. Both things were also on display in our villages, with our residents showing off their most elegant outfits for the occasion.

Some residents decided to put their creativity to the test with an original Melbourne Cup outfit. Louise, a resident at Epsom Village, surprised everybody coming to the sweepstake dressed up as a competition horse.

Louise’s horse costume included the Real Living’s logo and brought a smile to all the residents.

Another Epsom Village resident, Sally, put her extraordinary imagination on display with a Melbourne Cup hat that she had built and decorated with newspaper clippings.

Sally made up her own hat and a special mask to join in the festive atmosphere.
Some residents like Lesley showed their creativity and style with a glamorous mask.

After so many weeks of lockdown, the residents were very happy to be able to start participating in some social events, always organised following the government protocols. It was twice as much happiness when we found out that the Melbourne Cup this year had become an all-kiwi affair, after a New Zealand horse, jockey and trainer stormed to victory at Flemington.

Latest articles

All News
Full bloom
Remuera Gardens
News
Remuera Gardens
News
24 November 2021

Full bloom

Remuera Gardens has more than 130 different kinds of roses in their spacious landscaped gardens. The roses are in full bloom now and their dreamy fragrance is filling every corner. The village’s gardener, Aaron Sweden, is so passionate about his job that he looks after every rose as a masterpiece.
Read more
Diwali, the Festival of Lights
Remuera Gardens
News
Remuera Gardens
News
18 November 2021

Diwali, the Festival of Lights

At Real Living we’re very grateful for all the cultures that make up our villages. Remuera Gardens recently celebrated Diwali, the Festival of Lights. The residents had a real taste of the traditional sweets, and they were thrilled with the dance demonstration performed by the staff.
Read more
Tried and True
Pakuranga Park
News
Pakuranga Park
News
16 November 2021

Tried and True

Pakuranga Park’s new cookbook has just been released and is full of delicious recipes submitted by our talented residents. “Tried and true: A Taste of Real Living” was developed during the lockdown and it’s the perfect Christmas gift if you like real, foolproof recipes.
Read more