02 Oct 2023
Metlifecare has been given the green light to build Mangawhai’s first retirement village following recent resource consent approval by Northland Regional and Kaipara District Councils.
The new Mangawhai Village will appeal to a broad range of retirees – including Northland locals and people from further afield – drawn to the area for a retreat-style retirement with a coastal character.
Once fully complete, the 13-hectare site at the heart of Mangawhai will be home to approximately 300 residents and will provide a range of premium living options for New Zealand’s growing population. It will include around 160 two and three-bedroom villas, a 45-bed hospital-level care home, and an amenity building with pool and community lounge facilities.
Approval of the resource consent marks a significant step towards creating a vibrant and sustainable retirement village for one of Northland’s fastest-growing areas.
The low-intensity village masterplan was developed by Studio Pacific with careful consideration and appreciation of the surrounding native kānuka bush. Designed to reduce the environmental footprint of a new village, the villas are targeting a New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC) Homestar 7 rating, landscape planting will be sourced locally in partnership with iwi, and sustainable principles will be adopted throughout construction.
Earthworks are due to start in early 2024 and Metlifecare expects to welcome its first residents into the village in mid-2026.
Mangawhai Village masterplan, villas, and landscape were designed by Studio Pacific Architecture. The care home and amenity building were designed by others.