Kaipara Mayor Jason Smith and Paparoa Community Charitable Trust chair Graham Taylor break ground at the dawn ceremony

Ground broken for village complex

by Paul Campbell

The Paparoa Community Charitable Trust is a step nearer to the construction of a multimillion-dollar lifestyle subdivision and retirement village complex with a dawn blessing and ground-breaking ceremony last week.

“Twin Streams — Wai Oranga Rua is the most significant residential development in Paparoa since the early settlement days. Its impact will be felt far into the future and could possibly initiate further developments,” said trust chair, Graham Taylor.

“It could be that Paparoa’s time has come.”

He was joined by Kaipara Mayor Jason Smith in turning the first sod, following a blessing by Matua Hone and Whaea Hazel, and said the project dated from “some 12 years when a group of Paparoa residents with a vision walked over this very piece of ground and thought that it would be an excellent site for a retirement village.

“They saw what had been achieved in Maungaturoto to retain elderly people as part of the community and saw the lack of such an amenity in Paparoa.“

Mr Taylor said since receiving resource consent to subdivide in December last year the trust has agreements for 14 of the 29 lots. “We are also confident that the construction activity commencing shortly, will generate continued interest.”

“Whilst it is not a full-blown retirement village of bricks and mortar in the accepted model, it is the realisation of a vision of enabling our senior residents to remain within our community where they can continue to contribute their wisdom and expertise in a village atmosphere. As a corollary to the senior lifestyle village, we have also created 15 larger lots, which will contribute to the general increase in residential opportunities in Paparoa.”