...your retirement at Gulf Rise


From artist to teacher

Weekly art classes at Gulf Rise are unlocking hidden talents for a group of creative residents.

Each Wednesday, a handful of aspiring artists congregate in the Pavilion at Gulf Rise using pencils, paint and paper to bring their visions to life. The brainchild of village resident and accomplished painter June Lamont, the new classes have taken on a creative direction of their own.

“My original idea was to get a few people who already painted together, so we could practice in company – but no one who turned up had painted before, so I’ve somehow become an art teacher,” laughs June.

Fortunately, she loves it!

“It’s been great. Getting involved is the best way to meet people and I’m constantly amazed at how many residents have such interesting backgrounds.”

June teaches students about observation, light and shade, and colour and inspires them with ideas of what to paint, and how to paint it.

“I try to make it fun and not too serious. They love it, and really look forward to the classes. Finishing an artwork creates such a sense of achievement and painting also exercises the brain because you have to look at things in a different way to interpret them on paper.”

June has dabbled in art since childhood but didn’t develop a serious practice until in her forties. Since then she has successfully exhibited and sold her work and been a valued member of local painting groups and art centres.

Gulf Rise scoops 2020 Auckland Architecture Award

We were delighted to see our beautiful village recognised with an award for Planning and Urban design at the 2020 Auckland Architecture Awards, a peer-reviewed awards programme run by Te Kāhui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA).

Gulf Rise was credited by judges for having “challenged the stereotypical approach to the planning of retirement villages. This deliberate and considered design allows for public and private space, generous walking tracks and, most gratifyingly, gardens producing edible crops.” A brilliant recognition.

We’re proud of the work done by our development team and by Warren and Mahoney Architects. The best part, though, is seeing the plans come to life and watching our wonderful village staff and residents add life to the designs and turn the vision into reality.

Growing a social heart: landscape design at Gulf Rise

Landscape architects Boffa Miskell have designed many of the outdoor spaces at Metlifecare villages, including Gulf Rise. Their aim? Creating beautiful, practical spaces for residents to own and enjoy. Creating a community is about building connections. Along with residential facilities and a...

New resident’s croc hunting past a talking point

Bodil Leitch will bring some very interesting work stories with her when she moves into the village in the coming months. The newest addition to the Gulf Rise community made headlines recently, due to the time she spent as a crocodile hunter in the 1970s while travelling in Australia. Bodil,...

Introducing Jarrod

A supermarket encounter was the catalyst for Gulf Rise village manager Jarrod Shearer’s career change. How did you find yourself in this sector? I spent my early career working in the Customer Service Agency of Dunedin City Council. It taught me the importance of being an enabler rather than an...

More in Store Magazine

The Summer 2019/20 edition of Metlifecare's More in Store magazine is out now.This issue has a new look and feel and, for the first time, we're proud to be enviro-mark Gold Certified, meaning we use paper from well-managed forests and BIO-inks. In this edition: We strive to ensure a warm and welcoming...

Garden Pavilion Opening – APO Event

On the 28th of November Gulf Rise’s beautiful Garden Pavilion came to life with more than 80 residents, prospects, staff and guests coming together for the official opening. The Garden Pavilion adds to the lifestyle the residents enjoy and provides an environment to meet up with friends and...

Gulf Rise residents’ hi-jinx in hibernation

Being in hibernation didn’t stop Gulf Rise residents getting up to hi-jinx. Village Manager Jarrod set out with his camera and a mission to ensure village residents stayed connected, by capturing ‘lockdown portraits’ – a cheery hello from residents taken from a safe social distance – to share with their neighbours.

Jarrod was ‘blown away with how well everyone got into the spirit of things, with some residents donning fancy dress to raise a smile from their friends. It was the best day of our lockdown!’ he said.

Now life is returning to normal in the village, residents and the village team have spent some time deciding on groups or activities to start up in the developing village. The first clubs for drawing and painting, books, gardening plus a sewing, crochet and knitting group are now up and running.

‘It was great that we could keep the village spirit alive from our patios’ says Jarrod, ’but now we’re looking forward to socialising in person again and sharing our hobbies and interests at the new clubs.’

It’s a new way to retire

The comfort of a beautiful new home, the enjoyment of a connected community and the excitement of a bustling village centre.

This is Gulf Rise, and it’s a new way to retire, unlike anything you’ve seen to date.

This video explains why Gulf Rise is an entirely new approach to retirement living.

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