Retirement village may bring 60 jobs

Last updated 11:03 21/05/2012
Tim Shadbolt and Margaret Owens
ROBYN EDIE/Fairfax NZ
BEGINNINGS: Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt and Bupa general manager of independant living Maragaret Owens turn the first sod at the site of the new Bupa development.

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The first sod was turned on the development of a $23 million retirement village in Invercargill today.

When completed, the development is expected to create 60 new jobs. Bupa Care Services New Zealand was granted resource consent by the Invercargill City Council to build 62 villas and a care home on 4 hectares of land along Racecourse Rd early this month.

At a short ceremony held on the site, Ngai Tahu environment resources management officer Dean Whaanga conducted a Maori blessing of the land before Bupa general manager of independent living Margaret Owens and Invercargill mayor Tim Shadbolt turned the first sod.

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