Nathan

Being a Rototuna local, health and safety officer Nathan Brown was excited to hear that Ryman was starting construction of a new retirement village just down the road in Flagstaff.

 

The role meant a huge change from his previous work running his own business as a drilling engineer and hydrologist with one big advantage.

He says: “I have never been so close to my place of employment, it’s brilliant!”

“For 22 or so years I was developing all the health and safety systems for large corporate customers, the council, mine sites, etc and that was all around the north island so there was a lot of travel.

“Then I decided I needed a change of scene and this came up which is just four minutes down the road – just perfect!”

Having said that, initial delays on getting started on the River Road build meant Nathan’s skills were put to use at other Ryman sites instead.

He went to Pukekohe to work on the Possum Bourne village, he helped with the demolition of existing buildings at Ryman’s Lincoln Road site in Henderson and he even did a stint at Hilda Ross retirement village as the maintenance man.

“It was a quite a change coming from a construction environment to a completed working retirement village,” he says.

“It was awesome though, I really liked it.

“I have basically seen the whole cycle from setting up a site on a green field to demolition, to building the village and then seeing how the finished product operates once it’s up and running.”

Nathan was also impressed by the support structure in place at head office.

“I have been to the Auckland and Christchurch offices and the support network and services to help design, make and run a village is huge. It was a real eyeopener.”

A highlight was the Safer Together expo Ryman put on last year, says Nathan, designed to improve health and safety awareness company-wide.

“That whole forum was a good concept, bringing together a number of people in from different aspects of the business and getting everyone on the same page.”

Beside the fact it’s so close to home, Nathan says the location of the new Linda Jones village brings back some happy memories.

“My aunt and uncle used to rent a property on the old farm here so I used to come and visit my cousins and run around in the paddocks.

“Now 40 years later here I am still running around in the same place,” he laughs.

“It really is great location for retirees though. It’s central to everything in Hamilton and the residents are going to enjoy the riverside aspect. Ryman has chosen an awesome site.”

"I have basically seen the whole cycle from setting up a site on a green field to demolition, to building the village and then seeing how the finished product operates once it’s up and running."

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