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Ernest Rutherford Retirement Village
Retirement Village
49 Covent Drive
Nelson 7011
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49 Covent Drive
Nelson 7011
Nelson Marlborough
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Ryman Healthcare Ltd - 03 366 4069
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Ernest's Editorial Summer Newsletter 2019 Ernest's Editorial Summer Newsletter 2019 Ernest's Editorial Summer Newsletter 2019

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Winner: 2022 Trusted Brand Aged Care & Retirement Villages

At Ernest Rutherford Retirement Village, we’re dedicated to caring for you now and into your future. It’s comforting for couples at different stages in their health to know that they can be cared for within the same Ryman village, by the same Ryman team.

We provide independent living in a townhouse or apartments and assisted-living apartments, as well as resthome, hospital and specialist dementia care. Providing the full range of living and care options is just one of Ryman’s points of difference.

When Ryman Healthcare was founded over 35 years ago, our co-founder Kevin Hickman thought about what he’d want for his own mother. He set one simple standard for the care we provide: It’s got to be good enough for Mum.

Today, we not only uphold that same standard, we continue to raise the bar in retirement living and aged care.
Ryman offer some of the most resident-friendly and transparent terms in Australasia, with agreements written in plain language so they are easy for everyone to understand.

Our base weekly fee is fixed for the entire time you occupy your townhouse, guaranteed.* And our deferred management fee is capped at 20 percent – one of the lowest in the retirement sector.

Leading innovation is something that Ryman are becoming renowned for. Our seasonal Delicious menu is made fresh on site by in-house village chefs. If you ever feel like letting someone else doing the cooking, you can choose from three main courses, including a vegetarian option. We also cater for special dietary requirements.

Just like our Delicious meals, our individually frozen meals are made fresh, using only natural ingredients. The ready-to-eat meals are very reasonably priced and are available to purchase from the village café or reception.

We’ve developed our own ACC accredited Triple A exercise programme. Catering for all ability levels, this free programme improves strength, balance and mobility. Our Engage activities programme provides events and activities for residents, such as the weekly Happy Hour, arts and crafts, and outings in the village van.

Having daily activities and events to look forward to, combined with a friendly village environment, is what life is all about. It’s those moments of shared joy and laughter. Because At Ryman villages, we create the kind of community that our residents grew up in – connected and caring.

Wonderfully located in Stoke, Nelson, Ernest Rutherford Village encompasses sweeping views of the bay and beyond.

Townhouses and apartments are designed with the over 70s in mind. Their spacious, well-considered layouts include kitchens and bathrooms that make daily life easy for you. For your peace of mind, call bells are monitored 24 hours a day by on-site staff, and we have 24-hour security to ensure your safety at all times.

Amenities include an all-weather bowling green, indoor heated swimming pool, spa, library, gymnasium, hair and beauty salon, shop and bar.

We’ve won the Reader’s Digest Trusted Brand: Aged Care and Retirement Villages award eight times. And we’ve been awarded the gold medal seven times in the Reader’s Digest Quality Service award.

Of all the large providers (with 15 villages or more) in New Zealand, Ryman has the highest number of care centres with 4 years’ certification – the ‘gold standard’ in care – from the Ministry of Health. Ernest Rutherford is one such village that has achieved this ‘gold standard’ in care.

The Lifestyle at Ernest Rutherford Retirement Village has so many wonderful aspects. However, we appreciate that everyone has different needs and expectations. Which is why we encourage you to come and visit.

Compare Ryman terms with other retirement village providers, find out what care options they provide for the future, and join in with the activities or events on offer. That way, you’ll obtain a real appreciation of village lifestyle, and whether you can see yourself living there.

We look forward to introducing you to our wonderful community.

*Some conditions apply
Upcoming Open Days
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No open days are currently scheduled.
Available Properties
Available Properties
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Easy Living


Bed 1 Bath 1 Car 1

Property Type: Serviced Apartment

Winner: 2022 Trusted Brand Aged Care & Retirement Villages You will love the social and friendly community at Ernest Rutherford, and our serviced apartments are in the hub of our vibrant village. A...

Spacious and sunny


Bed 2 Bath 1 Car 1

Property Type: Apartment

Winner: 2022 Trusted Brand Aged Care & Retirement Villages This sensational two-bedroom apartment ticks all the boxes. North-west facing with a private balcony accessible from both lounge and maste...

"With Dad finally agreeing to purchase a serviced apartment, mum could finally relax and has blossomed. We as a family are so happy and are thankful that Mum and Dad are in such a great place and everything is right there for their care. We all love visiting as the atmosphere is so happy and welcoming."

"I would like to say thank you for your kindness and thoughtfulness to have our sister and her special needs daughter have Christmas lunch with Mum on Christmas Day. This meant a great deal to Mum and all of our family and caused great happiness at a time where Mum was unable to spend Christmas with family. I am so pleased we made the decision to choose Ernest Rutherford for Mum, your excellent care and attention to go above and beyond is absolutely wonderful. Your professionalism and kindness is very much appreciated."
Updated: 30 May 2022
Agent's Details
Agent's Details
Name Jacqui Clarke
Company Ryman Healthcare
Phone 03 538 0880
Email View Email Address
Updated: 16 Mar 2022
Statutory Supervisor's Details
Statutory Supervisor's Details
Name Anchorage Trustees Services Ltd
Address P.O Box 5
City/Town Christchurch
Phone 0800 888 093
Fax (03) 379 2424
Updated: 16 Mar 2022
Solicitor's Details
Solicitor's Details
Name Nick Letham
Address 245 Blenheim Road
City/Town Christchurch
Company Chapman Tripp
Phone 03 353 4130
Fax 03 365 4587
Email View Email Address
Updated: 16 Mar 2022
Respite, Carer Support or other Short Stay
Respite, Carer Support or other Short Stay
Respite, Carer Support or other Short Stay Status Details
Respite Yes Serviced Apartment, Resthome and Hospital respite care offered, subject to availability.
Carer Support Yes
Subsidised Yes
Private Paying Yes
Booking can be made in advance Yes
Updated: 6 May 2022
Personnel & Services
Personnel & Services
Personnel / Service Hours Per Week Status Details
Hairdresser Yes We have two hairdressers who are here Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday but who will be available at other times if requested. We also have a beauty therapist who visits once a week.
Podiatrist Yes A podiatrist visits the site on a monthly basis.
Physiotherapist Yes We have a physiotherapist on site two days per week.
Chaplain/Spiritual Advisor Yes Interdenominational services are held on a weekly basis.
Activities Co-ordinator Yes Our Village has several Activities Co-ordinators who provide residents with a range of interesting and challenging activities for them to participate in if they wish.
Nursing Care Yes Full nursing care can be provided if required.
Updated: 16 Mar 2022
Facility Features
Facility Features
Feature Status Details
Social/Recreational Programme Yes
Community Complex Yes
24 Hour Security Yes
Emergency Call System Yes Each assisted-living apartment has 3 emergency call bell points. NB: Residents have the option to purchase a wireless pendant alarm which is compatible with the village nurse call alarm system if so desired.
Newsletter Yes Monthly special events calendar as well as a weekly activities calendar is produced for each area via the activities co-ordinator and the Ernest Rutherford Newsletter is produced on a quarterly basis
Pets In Residence Yes Several of our village residents have well behaved cats & dogs.
Negotiate To Bring Own Pet Yes Yes, but with the village manager's approval that it is suitable for the village.
Outings Yes
Transport Available Yes
Restaurant Yes Our fabulous dining rooms offer a delicious menu and you may use this on a casual basis (you are welcome to invite a friend, or family member) or you may choose to dine there everyday. Fine Dining is held once a month.
Fitness Complex Yes We have a full gym on site.
Swimming Pool Yes
Spa Pool Yes
Library Yes All the latest magazines are provided and the daily newspaper. The computer for free internet is located in the library.
Chapel Yes
Lounges Yes We have several lounges fitted out with eye-catching furnishings and artwork.
Gardens Yes We have fabulous gardens and also a grand internal atrium and an roof garden.
Other details Yes We also have hairdressing and beauty salons, shop, movie theatre, all weather bowling green, grand piano, pentaque court and pool/snooker table available for residents to use.
Updated: 30 May 2022
Special Features
Special Features
The Ernest Rutherford Retirement Village is a purpose built Village which aims to exceed expectations and satisfy the unique requirements of all our residents.

Independent Living
Our modern architecturally designed Apartments provide you with the very best of retirement living. You enjoy the independence of owning your own home, are part of the village community and will enjoy all the fantastic resort style facilities right on your doorstep.

Assisted Living
In an assisted-living apartment, you can maintain your independence while enjoying assistance from our caring and friendly staff. You'll enjoy delicious meals, housekeeping and transport services all with the peace of mind - for you and your family - that a little extra help is always close at hand from our qualified staff, 24 hours a day.

Full time activity co-ordinators ensure there is always entertainment, outings, guest speakers, groups and clubs, happy hour, and all sorts of activities to keep residents entertained.
Updated: 6 May 2022
Interests & Activities
Interests & Activities
The Village employs full time activity co-ordinators whose primary job is to plan and manage a wide range of entertainment and activity for residents to enjoy.

Activity programme, Advocate, Age Concern, Alzheimer's Society, Art, Arthritis society, BBQ, Big print books, Billiards, Bingo, Blind Foundation, Board games, Bowls, Breakfast in bed, Bridge, Canine friends, Cards, Care and Craft, Casino, Children, Church, Classical Music, Concerts, Cooking, Craft, Dancing, Digital camera, Electric beds, Email, Entertainers, Entertainment, Exercises, Fax, Flower arranging, Games, Garden, Gardening, Happy Hour, Holidays, Housie, Indoor Games, Internet, Jigsaw, Lectures, Library, Lions, Mah Jong, Lotto, Massage, Men, Minibus, Movies, Music, Newspaper reading, Outings, Park, Parties, Petanque, Pianist, Picnic facilities, Pool, Pool table, Probus, Quizzes, Reading, Shopping, Singing, Sky TV, Spa, Swimming, Theatre, Travel, Vegetarian, Videos
Updated: 6 May 2022
Languages Spoken
Languages Spoken
Language Status Details
Dutch Yes
English Yes
German Yes
Updated: 16 Mar 2022
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations Status Details
Anglican Yes The Village residents have organised their own regular services in the Village Chapel.
Inter denominational Yes An interdenominational services is held on a weekly basis by ministers from a range of different religions on a roster basis.
Updated: 16 Mar 2022
Location Distance Details
Public Transport 0.10 Km We have a bus stop very close by
Shops 2.00 Km We have a small shop in Village which supplies a small range of necessities. However we are also situated near to Stoke shopping centre.
Parks 2.00 Km The village road wraps around a lovely park and we are close to Saxton Fields a comprehensive sports facility. Resident's also enjoy trips to Isel Park in Stoke which has lovely gardens and walks.
Library 2.00 Km Stoke Library is located in the centre of Stoke approximately 2km away. We also have a library on site in the Village with large print books.
Updated: 16 Mar 2022
Credentials & Membership
Credentials & Membership
Credentials & Membership RC Status Details
National Certificate in Diversional Therapy Yes
Retirement Villages Association of New Zealand [Inc] (RVA) Yes
Other details Yes Internal Ryman Audit are also undertaken
Retirement Villages Association of New Zealand [Inc] (RVA)
Updated: 16 Mar 2022

NOTE: The Retirement Villages Act 2003 (The Act) is designed to provide improved protection for people who ‘buy’ into a retirement village. If you intend to ‘purchase’ you must get independent legal advice before signing your occupation right agreement as required under The Act. Some Retirement Village type facilities are not required to register under The Act so different legal requirements apply. Please make sure you investigate fully.


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