What Alert Level 3 means for us
As we move into Level 3 of the alert system, many of you may be wondering what this means for our village community. For residents, not a great deal will change – they will remain safely in their bubbles, with ongoing support provided by our staff team – including delivery of essential supplies, creative entertainment from a safe distance, and of course the added safety precautions that have been in place over the last few weeks.
Over the fence on the construction site, we welcome the resumption of activity as our building team return to work on our stage two villas. We have a number of future residents eager to see their villas completed, and we know the team will be working hard to complete their new homes as soon as possible.
Another development under level 3, is that we are permitted to resume villa viewings, with some new safety precautions and protocols to keep our residents, staff and visitors safe.
ALERT LEVEL 3
Viewing our Show Homes During Level 3
We know a number of people are interested in viewing our village because they or a family member need the safety and security that living in a retirement village offers.
Under Alert Level 3 we now have permission to offer viewings by appointment with very strict screening, hygiene, and physical distancing measures. Viewings are limited to one or two people from within the same bubble.
If you would like to make an appointment to view our show homes, please contact Vicci on 021 442 105 or email us to arrange a time.
View our Virtual Villas
While it is not possible for many of you to visit the village in person, an alternative is to visit us online for a Virtual Tour of our Moonlight and Shotover style show homes. We have also recently uploaded a tour of our interim Residents’ Lodge, to our website, showcasing the facilities available to residents.
If you have any questions about our villas, or would like to view other floor plans, Vicci is more than happy to help. Please complete our Contact Form and we’ll be in touch with more information shortly.
Share your bubble advice
As we move towards level 3, there is a sense that together we have weathered a storm. In such extraordinary times, we have all had to be extraordinary in our own way. Homes have become sanctuaries, but the circumstances have also required us to think creatively outside the box about things that we would otherwise take for granted. There are so many great stories to share
The clever ways people are thriving in their bubbles and supporting others in this unique time is inspiring – especially the way that creative thinking has translated into artistic flair and ingenuity. Keeping busy in lockdown has become an art form and a great source of entertainment.
We would love hear from you. How have you kept busy in your bubble? Do you have projects or activities we can pass on to our residents? Do you have a favourite comfort food recipe, a knitting pattern, or a link to an interesting webinar online? If you would like to share, please email Vicci.
GETTING CREATIVE IN LOCKDOWN
Autumn Festival Virtual Parade
An annual highlight in Arrowtown is the Akarua Arrowtown Autumn Festival. Sadly with community gathering restrictions the festival was not able to go ahead, thwarting our plans to host an afternoon tea event, and also for a walking float in the parade.
But where there’s a will, there’s a way! With a bit of ingenuity we have moved our float online to create a virtual parade. Each resident is promoting a favourite pastime – which are now the activities they are most keen to get back to when lockdown ends. You can check out the full parade on our Facebook page.
Pictured Below: Yvonne is keen for a line dance, and Michael can’t wait to practice his golf swing.
Celebrating the ANZAC Spirit
Coming together to remember our servicemen and women on ANZAC Day is a very important part of Kiwi life. This year the theme of sacrifice for your country is even more poignant as we battle a strange new enemy together.
Our residents marked the day by standing in their driveways at dawn. A lovely way to pay respects, wave to neighbours, and take inspiration from the gutsy, plukiness of the ANZAC spirit.
THE VILLAGE TEAM
Supporting our Community
Our wonderful Village Manager, Robyn, has been holding the fort for us under Alert Level 4, ensuring that residents are supported within their home bubbles. She has been coordinating grocery and medicine deliveries, checking in on everyone from a safe distance, and keeping us entertained with her creative newsletters and ideas for lockdown projects. All this with great compassion and a cheeky grin. A huge thank you Robyn.
Vicci and Lara, our Sales Team have also been keeping busy in lockdown. Both have been spending spare time supporting a local NGO, Volunteering Central.
As a Volunteering Otago board member, Vicci has been working closely with the local Coordinator on an emergency response plan for the COVID-19 crisis. Volunteering Central partners with Civil Defense and the Queenstown Lakes and Central Otago council welfare teams. It links volunteers with people needing support, and to social service organisations responding to increased need.
Lara is one of those wonderful volunteers. Working from home as a Needs Assessor, she has been contacting people who have registered a request for support, to identify how the organization can help. With over 400 requests for help a day, this is a vital role.
Vicci has also been helping the Wakatipu Community Foundation to rapidly set up its granting processes. The Foundation has mobilised a huge sum from local donors over a short amount of time. This will support social service agencies in the Wakatipu area to combat the impacts of COVID-19. The Greatest Needs Fund is a tribute to the generosity of people in our community.
Both Lara and Vicci have also been wrangling kids in the new home-schooling environment. The take home lesson from this experience is that home office spaces rarely stay kid or pet-free zones for long! They are both looking forward to getting back to work at the Village. Very very much.
Pictured Below: Robyn holding the fort at the Lodge, Lara seeking refuge in her caravan office, and Vicci making the most of her time working from home.