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Baby boomers changing the landscape for small towns
Retirement village living is increasingly becoming a lifestyle choice, with 13.5% of over 75 year olds in retirement villages in 2017 compared with 9.8% in 2008.
The Oaks on Neville shows one way the sector is evolving to keep up with changing expectation of what a retirement village should offer.
Paddock to plate
Lloyd Rooney and Mike Fraser were farming for ten years before they fell into the restaurant game when an opportunity to buy a Northland restaurant - The Cove - came up.
Two Boys Network was formed and has since expanded to four restaurants in Whangarei, Waipu, and Mangawhai, as well as their beef and sheep farm Highgate Hill and their market garden, The Vege Shack.
“How things can grow so quickly that surprised me the most. I didn’t realise the business would expand so naturally the way it did.”