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  • Interview with Clinical Manager Karen Talbot
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    27 September 2021

    Interview with Clinical Manager Karen Talbot

    This year Mental Health Awareness Week is about creating space for conversations about mental health and wellbeing. In this interview with Clinical Manager Karen Talbot we talk about Real Living’s program to support mental wellbeing in the villages and the challenges of the lockdown.
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  • Lockdown health and wellbeing at Real Living
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    21 September 2021

    Lockdown health and wellbeing at Real Living

    During the lockdown Real Living goes the extra mile to make sure their residents are safe and healthy, physically and mentally. Here are a few examples of what the villages are doing to improve the wellbeing of the residents: social distanced exercise classes, lockdown happy hours, wellness calls and little gifts to lift up everyone’s mood.
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  • Covid vaccination
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    10 September 2021

    Covid vaccination

    Real Living Group has almost completed the Covid vaccination program for their staff and residents. The team at Walls and Roche Pharmacy (Royal Oak) administered the second dose of the vaccine to Epsom Village residents. Our villagers and staff have played their part in protecting themselves, their whānau, and the community from the effects of the virus.
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  • Meet Angela, the hairdresser at Remuera Gardens
    Remuera Gardens
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    07 September 2021

    Meet Angela, the hairdresser at Remuera Gardens

    How much are you missing your hairdresser? Angela, Remuera Gardens’ own hairdresser, is looking forward to going back to work once alert levels drop. She has one simple advice for her clients; “Please be strong and don’t cut your own hair!”
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  • Random Acts of Kindness Day
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    01 September 2021

    Random Acts of Kindness Day

    Today we’re celebrating New Zealand’s Random Acts of Kindness Day (RAK). It may seem difficult to RAK when we’re in lockdown, but here we give you some ideas to support one another even during these challenging times. Random acts of kindness, however small, can have the power to brighten someone’s (and your) day.
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  • Meet Margaret, the nature photographer
    Remuera Gardens
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    31 August 2021

    Meet Margaret, the nature photographer

    With less traffic and human activity, the lockdown gives nature a chance to flourish. It’s a great opportunity for photographers like Margaret Cocker, one of Remuera Gardens talented residents. She loves taking pictures of the great outdoors, but also the tuis, fantails, song thrushes and blackbirds that come to feed at her garden.
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  • Daffodil Day, covid-style
    Pakuranga Park
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    27 August 2021

    Daffodil Day, covid-style

    Daffodil Day symbolises hope for all New Zealanders impacted by cancer. Real Living villages found their own way to keep the tradition alive and raise funds for the Cancer Society. The team at Pakuranga Park wore groovy hats and paper daffodils to celebrate this special day with a lot of enthusiasm and a great sense of humour. The village raised almost $2500.
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  • Banana Caramilk cake, with Margaret Maggs
    Pakuranga Park
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    26 August 2021

    Banana Caramilk cake, with Margaret Maggs

    This month we're sharing a delicious recipe of Banana Caramilk cake with Margaret from Pakuranga Park. Margaret’s talent for baking and decorating cakes has impressed many staff and residents at the village. She’s such a good cook that her nephew, well-known conservationist Daryl Eason, took her to Codfish Island to participate in the efforts to save the kākāpō.
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  • Crazy Cats happy Hour
    Epsom Village
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    19 August 2021

    Crazy Cats happy Hour

    Epsom Village celebrated International Cat Day with a special Happy Hour last week. Residents came dressed up as their favourite cat characters… including a special appearance by a real cat! Celebrated on August 8 every year, the day is used to raise public awareness about cats and to learn about ways to keep and protect them.
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  • Meet Laki, from in-house builder to aerobics instructor
    Epsom Village
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    16 August 2021

    Meet Laki, from in-house builder to aerobics instructor

    Laki Tualevao has worked as the renovator for Epsom Village for the last eight years. He loves his job so much that he has made countless friends in the village. Sometimes he joins the singing group with his favourite song and during last year’s lockdown he went the extra mile to make sure all the residents felt safe and happy.
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  • A breathtaking display of contemporary New Zealand art
    Pakuranga Park
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    11 August 2021

    A breathtaking display of contemporary New Zealand art

    Pakuranga Park Village turned into a stunning Art Gallery yesterday afternoon. The community really enjoyed the opportunity to see the works of contemporary New Zealand artists such as Flox, one of the leading stencil-based artists in our country. According to Real Living Groups' director Chris Murphy, the exhibition is part of the Village's efforts to give back to the community.
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  • International Cat Day
    Epsom Village
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    09 August 2021

    International Cat Day

    Would you like to meet the two cheekiest residents at Epsom Village? If you wander around the gardens you may bump into Katsumi and Boscarelli, two lovely cats who have become quite popular among the residents. This weekend they celebrated International Cat Day with their favourite pastime: keeping warm in their owner’s cosy apartment.
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  • Roy Williams, Commonwealth gold medalist
    Pakuranga Park
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    06 August 2021

    Roy Williams, Commonwealth gold medalist

    Commonwealth gold medalist Roy Williams has just moved from Te Aroha to Pakuranga Park Village. He is the only kiwi to win a Commonwealth Games gold medal in the demanding decathlon. He’s settling into his new apartment in the village where he has been binge-watching the Tokyo Games, with a special interest in the new Olympic sports such as skateboarding.
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  • At the frontline of the Olympics
    Pakuranga Park
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    05 August 2021

    At the frontline of the Olympics

    Joan Gilchrist was a sports journalist who specialised in horse riding. She covered five Olympic Games including Los Angeles in 1984, when New Zealand was the top country in the world in the equestrian events. She’s been enjoying watching the Olympics from her villa at Pakuranga Park.
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  • Real friendships
    Epsom Village
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    29 July 2021

    Real friendships

    Happy International Friendship Day! Real Living villages are full of real friendships, like the one that Gail and Colleen have. They met in Epsom Village almost 8 years ago and they became best friends. They love going to cafes and restaurants or just strolling around the village and sharing a coffee or a glass of wine.
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  • Madeleines Trio
    Epsom Village
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    28 July 2021

    Madeleines Trio

    Stunning performance by the Madeleines Trio at Epsom Village. The trio has worked internationally in musical theatre and now they’re back in New Zealand to perform wonderful songs from the 1920-1950s. The residents followed the popular melodies with big smiles and a bit of toe tapping.
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  • Meet Bradley, Pakuranga Park’s Head Chef
    Pakuranga Park
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    23 July 2021

    Meet Bradley, Pakuranga Park’s Head Chef

    Pakuranga Park is hosting a Huntsman dinner tonight with rock oysters and New Zealand lamb rack in the menu. The Huntsman tickets always sell out a few hours after opening the reservations. Would you like to know why? Then read the story of Bradley Castle, Pakuranga Park’s Head Chef.
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  • Tai chi at Remuera Gardens
    Remuera Gardens
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    20 July 2021

    Tai chi at Remuera Gardens

    Tai chi is the most popular exercise at Remuera Gardens, with classes running four times per week. The residents love practicing the gentle movements of this ancient Chinese practice that embodies mind, body, and spirit. Their experienced teacher, Joe, guides them through several sequences of exercises, most of them can be done sitting in a chair. He keeps reminding them that “tai chi is not about muscle strength, but mind strength”.
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  • Kiwi Onion Dip, by Rosemary Dempsey
    Epsom Village
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    19 July 2021

    Kiwi Onion Dip, by Rosemary Dempsey

    Who can imagine a barbeque or a party without a bowl of homemade Kiwi Onion Dip? The creator of this all-time classic, Rosemary Dempsey, lives in Epsom Village. She’s the first resident to share a recipe for our new series “Real Ingredients” by Real Living.
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  • Warkworth Oaks likes to ‘boogie’
    Warkworth Oaks
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    14 July 2021

    Warkworth Oaks likes to ‘boogie’

    Boney M “By the rivers of Babylon” is one of the classic favourites that the residents of Warkworth Oaks enjoy dancing again and again. The village started a socially distanced 'boogie' class during the 2020’s lockdown and it was so successful that it became a permanent weekly meeting.
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  • Manukau Symphony Orchestra concert
    Remuera Gardens
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    13 July 2021

    Manukau Symphony Orchestra concert

    Remuera Gardens has a very enthusiastic Theatre Group that goes out at least once a month to see plays, musicals, concerts, or ballet. At the beginning of July, they attended a concert by the Manukau Symphony Orchestra, and they were all very impressed with Auckland-born pianist Henry Wong Doe.
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  • Finding new passions after you retire
    Warkworth Oaks
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    09 July 2021

    Finding new passions after you retire

    For many people, retirement is the perfect opportunity to cultivate a new passion. Elva Leaming enjoyed her career as a librarian, but now that she has more free time, she likes to dedicate it to her new hobby: drawing.
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  • The very best of… Real Living’s midwinter dinners
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    06 July 2021

    The very best of… Real Living’s midwinter dinners

    When they party, our residents do it with style, creativity and also a good sense of humour. These are the real ingredients behind the success of Real Living’s mid-winter dinners, celebrated during June and July at all our villages. Take a sneak peek at the best pictures!
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  • We're off to see the Wizard!
    Warkworth Oaks
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    03 July 2021

    We're off to see the Wizard!

    “There's no place like home” when you live in one of Real Living’s villages. Mahurangi College Students visited Warkworth Oaks recently to promote their production of The Wizard of Oz. How many generations of children have marched to the iconic song “We’re off to see the Wizard”?
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  • Take a look at: Pakuranga Park Bowling Club
    Pakuranga Park
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    30 June 2021

    Take a look at: Pakuranga Park Bowling Club

    Pakuranga Park Bowling Club has around 40 members who know everything about the benefits of this social sport. They’re not only keeping active and healthy by playing bowls on average three times per week, but they also have lots of fun in the meantime.
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  • Market Day full of homemade delicacies
    Remuera Gardens
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    28 June 2021

    Market Day full of homemade delicacies

    The sky may be looking grey, but the stalls were full of colours today at Remuera Gardens. The residents had all morning to browse through the stalls of homemade goodies and garments. One of the most visited stalls was the one that displayed all kinds of preserves and jams.
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  • Auckland Zoo visit
    Epsom Village
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    24 June 2021

    Auckland Zoo visit

    Epsom Village residents had a lovely sunny day at the zoo last Thursday. The giraffes, zebras, monkeys, and lemurs were some of the animals who were basking in the sun. Some lucky residents managed to spot the new baby rhino running around with her mum. Top favourite animals were the meerkat, cheetah, and the green iguana…which was much bigger than expected!
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  • Thrilling Quiz Night with 40 contestants
    Remuera Gardens
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    21 June 2021

    Thrilling Quiz Night with 40 contestants

    The Quiz Night is one of the most popular monthly events at Remuera Gardens. On Monday the village hosted its third “Believe it or Not” quiz with 40 people participating. Family and friends are invited too! Next quiz night Monday 19th July.
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  • Meet David, the woodturner at Epsom Village
    Epsom Village
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    18 June 2021

    Meet David, the woodturner at Epsom Village

    David Harmes has been able to fulfil his childhood dream at Epsom Village: woodworking. He spends a few hours every week at the Village’s workshop creating gorgeous ornamental pieces, old-fashioned children’s toys, and unique designs such as the Concentric Spheres. His motto: “If a human can do it, I can too!”.
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  • Remuera Gardens spends the day at Karaka
    Remuera Gardens
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    16 June 2021

    Remuera Gardens spends the day at Karaka

    The Wednesday Wanderers at Remuera Gardens went on a day trip to Karaka last week. Karaka is a small rural town associated with horse studs as well as dairy and sheep farming. It’s also the location of the thoroughbred yearling sales at NZ Bloodstock Karaka Sales Complex.
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  • Warkworth Oaks residents learn about kauri forests
    Warkworth Oaks
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    11 June 2021

    Warkworth Oaks residents learn about kauri forests

    Warkworth Oaks residents truly enjoyed their trip to Matakohe Museum, the award-winning Kauri Museum. The residents were fascinated with the extensive collection of photos by one of the museum's founders and Warkworth resident Tudor Collins.
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  • Walking rally around Pakuranga Park
    Pakuranga Park
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    09 June 2021

    Walking rally around Pakuranga Park

    Around fifty residents at Pakuranga Park participated in a very exciting Walking Rally around the village. The course started at the Community Centre where the participants got a set of clues which they had to solve to know where to go next. The winners were The Odd Bods with Doreen, Denise and Helen.
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  • Vintage cars and lunch at a Jukebox Diner
    Remuera Gardens
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    09 June 2021

    Vintage cars and lunch at a Jukebox Diner

    The Wednesday Wanderers at Remuera Gardens went on a day trip to Hamilton to visit the Classics Museum. The museum has over 100 cars for display and an extensive collection of petrol, pedal cars and early pinball machines.
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  • Going green at our retirement villages
    Epsom Village
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    08 June 2021

    Going green at our retirement villages

    At Real Living we also try to play our part in protecting the environment. Our retirement villages at Epsom, Remuera and Warkworth have a complimentary electric car for the residents to use. The Electric VW Golf, known as the e-golf, is the car that Epsom Village started using at the beginning of April.
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  • Pakuranga Park raises money for the Breast Cancer Foundation
    Pakuranga Park
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    27 May 2021

    Pakuranga Park raises money for the Breast Cancer Foundation

    Pakuranga Park hosted a very successful Pink Ribbon Breakfast on Thursday to raise funds for the Breast Cancer Foundation NZ. About 80 residents participated in the event. They all enjoyed a delicious breakfast prepared by Bradley and his team at the village café. Main meal was Eggs Benedict on salmon or bacon, with a vegetarian option of mushrooms. The village raised $1300, how impressive!
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  • Learning new computer skills at Warkworth Oaks
    Warkworth Oaks
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    25 May 2021

    Learning new computer skills at Warkworth Oaks

    Warkworth Oaks residents enjoyed morning tea and a talk from Tech Buddies on Tuesday 25th May. The presentation concentrated on managing emails, scam prevention, computer upgrades, internet security as well as issues with mobile phones and laptops. Tech Buddies had so many questions from residents they didn’t manage to cover all the subjects they hoped, and they will need to come back at a later date.
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  • A four storey mural for the Ruru apartment
    Pakuranga Park
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    21 May 2021

    A four storey mural for the Ruru apartment

    Auckland stencil artist Flox has created her largest interior mural to date in the new Ruru apartments at Pakuranga Park. The piece is twelve metres high and six metres wide and it brings the Ruru (native owl or morepork) name to life. The mural, a vibrant portrayal of native birds and plants, welcomes residents and visitors into the atrium.
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  • Epsom Village residents visit the Alpaca Farm
    Epsom Village
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    06 May 2021

    Epsom Village residents visit the Alpaca Farm

    Epsom Village residents went on a delightful trip to Gordonton to visit the Cornerstone Alpaca Stud. They interacted with the Alpacas in their natural environment and listened to a talk where they had the opportunity to learn and ask questions about these wonderful animals.
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  • Day trip to Kawau Island
    Warkworth Oaks
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    01 April 2021

    Day trip to Kawau Island

    A group of residents from Warkworth Oaks went on a day trip to Kawau Island at the beginning of April. Kawau Island is one of the largest islands in the Hauraki Gulf and is rich in history. The residents enjoyed listening about the local history and visiting the harbours and bays of the island.
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