Rangiura re­de­vel­ops

South Waikato News - - FRONT PAGE - By PET­RICE TAR­RANT

Four years of fundrais­ing and seven months of con­struc­tion have turned a $1.5 mil­lion plan for Rangiura into a re­al­ity. And that’s just stage one. Rangiura Trust Board has com­pleted the first of three up­grades planned for one of Pu­taruru’s lead­ing em­ploy­ers, Rangiura Home.

Trust chair­man Henry Van Dyk said only time will tell how long the full $5 mil­lion re­de­vel­op­ment will take to com­plete.

Stage two, which is es­ti­mated to cost around $2.5 mil­lion, has no set date, Van Dyk said.

‘‘It all de­pends on fund­ing.’’

The public, who helped raise the money re­quired for stage one, was wel­comed through the fresh fa­cil­ity on Sun­day, check­ing out ev­ery­thing from the new rooms to the ded­i­cated hair­dress­ing sa­lon.

Around 100 guests were in­vited to the of­fi­cial rib­bon cut­ting, in­clud­ing Mayor Neil Sin­clair and MP Louise Up­ston, be­fore the wider public were given a guided tour through the new com­plex.

In his speech Sin­clair gave spe­cial men­tion to Van Dyk and his ded­i­cated team that had seen the pro­ject through.

‘‘Buy-in by the com­mu­nity has been the hall­mark of Rangiura but that buy-in was made pos­si­ble by the work of a ded­i­cated trust board over many years. We have Stage two – $2.5 mil­lion: Up­grad­ing the ex­ist­ing ‘‘grey wing’’ by turn­ing 14 rooms into 12 with en suites. Another lounge and din­ing room will be built as well as 13 new rooms. Stage three – $1 mil­lion: Two new lounges for the long wing and din­ing fa­cil­i­ties plus eight ad­di­tional rooms with en suites. had great lead­ers of the trust but none more ded­i­cated than Henry Van Dyk. It would be im­pos­si­ble to count the hours that Henry has put into not only this pro­ject but the run­ning of the com­plex it­self.’’

All 11 beau­ti­fully dec­o­rated bed­rooms with en suites were avail­able for view­ing, as well as the new lounge, two new sluice rooms, a cafe, a new out­door area and a spa treat­ment room.

The public was also given a demon­stra­tion of how the $5000 ceil­ing hoists, in­stalled in all the new rooms, would work.

The fa­cil­ity has been ‘‘fu­ture proofed’’, Van Dyk said, cater­ing to the chang­ing de­mand.

‘‘[In the fu­ture] it’s go­ing to work dif­fer­ently be­cause we have dif­fer­ent ex­pec­ta­tions. It’s made for the baby boomers be­cause we are the ones who are go­ing to be in there.’’

Cur­rently there are 36,000 rest home beds in the coun­try, he said.

‘‘ That has got to dou­ble by 2050.’’

And the trust has this in mind as it moves onto stage two of the up­grade.

Van Dyk said rais­ing cap­i­tal is dif­fi­cult and all ex­pan­sions are lim­ited by ac­cess to funds.

‘‘We get no fund­ing from the gov­ern­ment at all.’’

Thank­fully the com­mu­nity has never failed to step up and Van Dyk said they en­de­vour to re­turn the loy­alty where pos­si­ble.

More than 70 per cent of the work­force in­volved in the latest build were lo­cal sub­con­trac­tors.

Ev­ery year Rangiura puts about $3.5 mil­lion back into the co­mu­nity through wages and ser­vices.

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