Linda Otto and Lizzie Hockly of Highfield Country Estate in Te Awamutu with Eldernet's cake and card.

Treats for pioneers

Karen and Hanna of The Selwyn Foundation in Auckland are very happy with their cake., the newest kid on the Eldernet block, has marked its first birthday! To celebrate the milestone we enlisted Driving Miss Daisy to deliver a scrumptious birthday cake to all those lovely clients that signed up right at the start.

As you can see from the photos, the cake and the accompanying birthday card really hit the spot – it was one of those lovely days when the Inbox kept pinging with happy emails and smiley emojis. explains what retirement villages are and how they work, and its directory lists all villages in New Zealand. Those who are in the market to buy can look up village open days and/or view properties on the market right now. There’s also a handy checklist to help you work through the options and possible pitfalls.

Driving Miss Daisy delivered the cakes, this one to Glenwood Home in Timaru.

Using the site, potential residents or their families can easily look not just at villages as a whole – what amenities they offer and services they provide – but also information on homes in the village available for purchase, including price. Photo slideshows and videos bring the listing to life, and there’s lots of detail on key features.

Since its launch, has listed 680 available properties. From providers we recorded 256 outcomes, 67.5 percent of which were a sale. And those visiting the site

were responsible for over 400,000 page views – that’s a lot of eyeballs!

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