Aged Care

A rapidly growing industry

As populations across the western world age, the aged care sector is playing a more significant role in the economy and in people’s lives. New Zealand is no exception. But as this sector grows, so too does legal and public scrutiny of its activities.

Clients need legal advisers who can assist them across every aspect of aged care; advisers who understand both the commercial and public aspects of this sector. Specialists across our practice act for national and international organisations providing timely, industry specific advice.


Aged care is a rapidly growing industry in New Zealand. Developing and managing facilities presents a variety of legal challenges to service providers, including property issues, competition issues and addressing human rights concerns.

Managing new regulatory structures and government relations are also high priorities for businesses in this space and we deliver meaningful solutions for our clients throughout all aspects of the sector.


 Our experience includes advising:

  • Retirement Villages New Zealand on the sell down of a 37% shareholding in Metlifecare Limited to Infratil Limited and Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation.
  • Oceania Healthcare on obtaining resource consents for a number of new retirement village developments, including the Green Gables, Lady Allum and Maureen Plowman villages in Auckland.
  • BeGroup New Zealand Limited on obtaining resource consents for its Rawhiti Retirement Village.
  • Retirement Care New Zealand (RCNZ) shareholder funding at portfolio level.
  • Elmwood Retirement Village on a dispute over a former resident's termination payment.
  • Retirement Village Investments (as PLC shareholder) and Retirement Villages New Zealand Limited (as guarantor) on the sale of 1.00% of the shares in PLC to MET, in exchange for the issue of 30,500,000 shares in MET.
  • Oceania Healthcare with a $60 million material damage and business interruption insurance claim under a policy issued by Zurich Australia Insurance Ltd which was brokered by Marsh Limited.
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