Retirement village opening

The Highfield Country Estate Retirement Village in Te Awamutu will be officially opened by Sir Graham Henry this weekend.

Spearheaded by local Waikato man Andrew Fladgate and his family, the 100-villa retirement village and proposed 60-bed rest home facility started construction late last year.

The Fladgate family say they saw a need for a quality retirement development in the Te Awamutu area.

A multi-staged development, the seven hectare Swarbrick Dr estate is a retirement lifestyle village complete with a community centre, gym, pool, the rest home and a hospital.

Initial stages of the development include two show homes and several villas are under construction.

Local iwi representative Shane Te Ruki will open proceedings, Sir Graham will unveil a plaque and the Fladgate family will cut a celebratory cake to mark the official opening of their village.