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Introducing Our New Sales Manager, Karen Matheson

Ōmokoroa Country Estate already feels like home for our new Sales Manager, Karen Matheson. “My passion is sales and looking after people. This is more than a job for me. It’s something I care deeply about, and working in a retirement village is what I’m meant to do in life.” The former UK resident previously […]

Easy Vegetable Soup

An essential winter comfort food – the humble soup. Recipe shared by resident Diane Perry. ___ 35 mins prep | serves 2-3 Ingredients 1 large red capsicum, chopped 1 large carrot, chopped 400g can of chopped tomatoes 1 large onion, chopped 20g butter 2 cups chicken stock 165ml can of coconut cream Salt and pepper […]

Three Decades On And Still Loving Life At OCE

It’s been almost 30 years since Harry and Val Prangnell moved into Ōmokoroa Country Estate and they’re now our longest residents, having lived here for more than a third of their lives. A lot has certainly changed since 1993 when the original citrus orchard was still visible and cows grazed across the road from their […]

Pesto Baked Chicken Breast

A winter warmer from our resident Margaret Hartley. ___ 4.5 hours prep | serves 4 Ingredients 6 olives, pitted and chopped 1 clove garlic, crushed 2 tsp pesto 200g full fat cream cheese (chilled, not softened) 1 cup grated mozzarella 4 chicken breasts (skinless and boneless) Salt and freshly ground black pepper 4 tomatoes, thinly […]

Sisterly Bond Strong At OCE

Sisters Barbara Walls and Monica Stanway are almost two decades apart in age so never actually lived together until they both moved to Ōmokoroa Country Estate 10 years ago. Barbara arrived first in August 2011 with her husband, Bob, who sadly passed away within six weeks of moving in. “He would have absolutely loved it […]

Slow Cooked Sticky Chicken

An autumn favourite from our resident Chris Conn. ___ 4.5 hours prep | yield 4 Ingredients 4-6 large chicken thighs or tenderloins ½ cup tomato sauce ¼ cup brown sugar 1 tablespoon soy sauce ½ tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 2 tablespoons cornflour 1 onion peeled and chopped 3 carrots peeled and sliced cut into chunks Splash […]

Singing For Hope, Health & Happiness

If you’re lucky enough to have heard OCE resident Helena van der Merwe sing, you will know the power, passion and determination she possesses. She is an award-winning opera and gospel singer, trained under world-renowned tutors in South Africa, and has released five CDs during her illustrious career. Since arriving at OCE in 2020, she […]

OCE Residents Give Generously To Cyclone Relief

An “embarrassing” raffle win for Mara Mayo, who won a free Tasty Thymes dinner after having organised the raffle in the first place, has turned into a successful fundraising effort to benefit the Cyclone Gabrielle appeal. Reluctant to accept the prize herself, Mara decided to raffle it again with a view to donating the proceeds […]

Introducing Our Green-Fingered Star, Chrissy Larsen

Our immaculate gardens and park-like grounds are what set Omokoroa Country Estate apart from other retirement villages – and our gardening team work incredibly hard to ensure everything is picture perfect. Chrissy Larsen joined us in mid-2022 and loves working outdoors in such a beautiful setting. “It’s quite physical work – hedges need constant trimming, […]

Enjoying An Active Retirement

Bruce and Judy Lewer moved to Ōmokoroa Country Estate eight years ago – but you’ll rarely find them at home. Most days they’re out cycling, walking or swimming laps in the pool. Or they will have taken their motorhome away to a golf tournament somewhere around the North Island. “I’m not very good at sitting […]