Our quarterly magazine - Summerset Scene - has something to keep everyone entertained.

Summer, Issue Thirteen

In the summer issue of Summerset Scene, a professional croquet coach shares her love for the game, and how she inspired a large group of fellow residents to become masters of the mallet.

We travel to Nelson to see the wacky and wonderful designs at Summerset in the Sun’s annual Waste to Waist wearable art show, and we catch up with a Paraparaumu couple who have just celebrated a major milestone – their 75th wedding anniversary. 

There are also top tips for a greener festive season, cute Christmas crafts, recipe ideas for winning party platters, and puzzles to keep you entertained as you while away the sunny summer days.


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Spring, Issue Twelve

Spring weather is here, and so is the latest edition of Summerset Scene!

In this issue, we meet a humble Hamilton couple who have been recognised for their wonderful work with a local charity, as well as a group of Auckland residents who uncovered stories from the past for an impressive new book.

A talented pianist tells how music helped her to reconnect with an old friend, and we also hear from an artist who has made a successful career out of her passion for painting.

Plus, we have fresh seasonal recipe ideas, expert gardening advice, useful tips for starting a new exercise routine, and much more. Click the link below for your latest spring read.

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Winter, Issue Eleven

Pour yourself a hot cuppa and get comfy with the winter issue of Summerset Scene!

It’s packed with pics galore, including the results of the popular resident’s photography competition, a sneak peek at a stunning photographic exhibition featuring Summerset in the Sun residents and their favourite hobbies, and scenes of village life during level four lockdown.

Keen exerciser Adrienne Huse tells us why she took up running in her 70s and shares some top tips on how to get moving, and proud centenarian Doris Ratcliffe talks living life to the fullest.

There’s also some great gardening ideas to keep green thumbs inspired through winter, a cozy craft project and some warming winter recipes to try. Enjoy!

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Autumn, Issue Ten 

Our cover star this issue is Denise Lenihan, who takes us backstage at her local theatre. Denise is always busy painting sets, crafting unusual props and keeping the entertainers happy, and she lets us in on a particularly memorable moment with one of the country’s top singing groups.

We also chat with scientist turned author, Don Webster, about his adventures in the South Pole, and former driving instructor Don Welsh tells us about his nerves of steel behind the wheel.

Plus, we have some stellar autumnal recipes, craft ideas, book reviews and puzzles to keep you inspired as the weather gets cooler. Happy reading!

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Summer, Issue Nine 

We’re talking with Geoff Clarke and his wife Shirley this edition. Golf fans will recognise the name – Geoff was a leading professional golfer in the 1970s and now lives in our Wigram retirement village. We also find out about Dunedin resident, Michael Stedman, who previously ran the National History New Zealand film unit, and learn how Palmerston North resident Esmee Rowden has changed the lives of refugee families through donated sewing machines.

Jan Bilton’s summer recipes include delicious miso fish and tandoori lamb racks, gardening column Lynda Hallinan writes about the joy of sunflowers, and we have a pattern for knitting your own soft washcloths – just the thing if you like handmade Christmas gifts!

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Spring, Issue Eight 

This issue features a wonderfully eclectic showcase of talent, from fashion designer Bill Miller to marathon man Peter Hanson who has over 100 medals – and is set to add even more to his collection.

We meet with ‘doctor of hedgehogs’ Pat Campbell, as well as Mina Thomas and Marie Trethowen, two fantastic embroiderers from Aotea who recently showed off their handiwork at a village exhibition. Meanwhile, in Hamilton, D-Day veteran Charles Willoughby receives an incredible military honour from France.

There’s a very tasty recipe for gluten-free buffalo chicken, travel columnist Amelia Norman takes us on a trip to Rotorua, and Cameron Officer educates fellow car enthusiasts on the new Cupra Ateca.

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Winter, Issue Seven

This edition’s cover star is Hobsonville resident Rex Davy, who was made a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his contributions to sport and to the community. You can also read about Vera Mummery, the Taupo resident who worked for MI6, the British Secret Intelligence Service, without even knowing it.

We chat with Frenchwoman Lily Cox about her move from the border of Belgium to New Zealand after the war and love is in the air in New Plymouth as we chat with David and Phyl Higham who didn’t expect to fall in love – let alone get married - after meeting at Summerset.

Tekapo is our featured travel destination, and Jan Bilton dishes up some warming winter dishes such as a too-good-to-be-true ‘fried’ chicken (that isn’t fried!). Get crafty by making your very own marvellous mittens and check out some simple exercises that will help you keep your balance.

Autumn, Issue Six

Our Autumn edition features Hobsonville resident Rona Weston who travelled internationally with famous elderly Hip-Hop dance crew, Hip Op-eration, and Nelson’s Charlie Stanton who built New Zealand’s fastest car out of an old aircraft engine. We feature Karaka resident Tim di Mattina who owned, raced, and bred horses, as well as Dunedin’s Gaynor Haig who continues to teach students music from her grand piano in the spare room of her villa. Marlene Gillingham’s story of leaving Wellington city life to plant and grow avocados and kiwifruit on a rural farm in the Bay of Plenty is fascinating, and Hawke’s Bay man David Daunton talks about wool classing – a job he still does today!

Mount Maunganui is our featured travel destination, and Jan Bilton provides some unique suggestions for Easter treats, as well as a quick Anzac cookie ice cream to enjoy. Her super salmon cakes are a must-try, and the craft section’s crochet poppies are a beautiful act of remembrance this April.

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Summer, Issue Five 

Our Summer Issue marks one year of publication and is filled with stories of residents and celebrates life at Summerset. On the cover is Wigram resident Ron, who has restored the eight classic cars he still owns. We also chat to Katikati artist Val, who painted one of the town's main murals, and Hamilton woodcarver Megan, who has set up a workshop in her serviced apartment. You can also read about the restoration project Summerset is working on in Hobsonville, and take a look at the work the business is doing to destigmatise dementia. There are some delicious recipes to ensure you're whipping up a storm this Christmas, and some fun crafts to try out for Christmas presents (or keep them to decorate your home).


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Spring 2018, Issue Four

Our Spring Issue is jam packed with interesting features and stories, including a profile on Napier resident Jeanette Barker, who represented New Zealand in diving in her younger years and then later on in life at masters level.  We get a sneak peek at the new Summerset uniforms, as well as meeting some of Rototuna's newest residents. We feature Wellington as an ideal Spring destination, and you'll also find wonderful recipes, some good old fashioned spring cleaning tips, as well a number of book reviews.  And as with every Summerset Scene issue, much, much more! 

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Winter 2018, Issue Three

 Our Winter Issue is full of fantastic resident stories and activities from around our amazing villages, including Justine Whitaker, our Wigram resident who's off to compete in the upcoming World Masters Athletics Champions in Spain; Napier resident Primrose Turnbull, who was one of the region's first female pilot; and Tretham's Lloyd Homer, who has taken some remarkable photography of New Zealand's landscape. You'll also find mouth-watering recipes, a travel article on the Bay of Islands, as well as a new motoring column.

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Autumn 2018, Issue Two

Our Autumn Issue is packed with stories about our residents and activities from around our villages. Meet cover-couple Jan and Nora Was who have made an impression on Summerset’s Hobsonville village with their love for the sea; read about Ellerslie resident, Margaret Dunkley, who was named as a semi-finalist for Senior New Zealander of the Year thanks to her 40 years of service to GirlGuiding; and enjoy Sidney’s story about being one of the country’s longest serving hairdressers. We also chat to Summerset on Cavendish’s newest residents who moved into their Christchurch villas at the beginning of March. And check out the travel and gardening columns, try out Jan Bilton’s French Toast Hot Cross Buns, and get crafty for Easter!

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Summer 2017, Issue One

Our Summer edition is full of exciting stories about our residents and activities at our villages, including the love story of Herman and Helen Koot at Aotea village, and a great read on bone carver and Summerset Dunedin resident Eric Dyer. We also talk about our expansion plans in Auckland, a national award for our Levin memory care centre, and the recently announced staff benefits. You’ll also find a range of columns, including those by gardening guru Lynda Hallinan and home cook Jan Bilton, book reviews, a travel article about Twizel and brain teasers to keep you very busy!

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