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Retirement villages

The Retirement Commissioner works to ensure the legislative framework for retirement villages is effective in protecting residents within a well-functioning market, and that retirement village operators comply with the Retirement Villages Act 2003, regulations and the Code of Practice.

John Collyns, executive director of the Retirement Villages Association, recently spoke to the Commission about the results of a survey of village residents. The aim was to find out how satisfied people were with where they lived.

Upcoming seminar series

Thinking of living in a retirement village?

Practical tips for intending residents and their families.

The Commission for Financial Capability is running free seminars about living in retirement villages with support from the Retirement Villages Association and experienced legal practitioners.

These seminars are for intending retirement village residents and their families.

The seminars focus on things to consider before choosing to live in a retirement village and practical tips before you sign up to live in a retirement village. Speakers from the Commission, Retirement Villages Association and legal profession will discuss types of retirement village structure, costs and operations. The seminars will also explain some important resident’s rights and where you can find out more information.

The seminars are 90 minutes long and include plenty of dedicated question and answer time throughout the event. Tea, coffee and light refreshments will be provided.

Event registration

Places are limited, so registration is essential.

For further information or to register your attendance, select a location below or call 0800 268 269.

Note: we are planning additional seminars in other towns now. Email us your contact details and we will let you know what new venues and dates we arrange as soon as we have done so. 

Auckland, 28 April

Christchurch, 14 July 

Napier, 17 August

Taupo, 18 August

Paraparaumu, 27 September

Whanganui, 28 September

Auckland, 11 October

Pukekohe, 12 October

Timaru, 23 November

Thinking of living in a retirement village? booklet

CFFC Retirement Cover Small 

See the booklet Thinking of living in a retirement village? for information for intending residents, their families and existing residents of retirement villages, and information about rights and responsibilities under the Retirement Villages Act 2003. You can also order free printed copies from Sorted.

For general information about retirement villages, free phone 0800 268 269.


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