To say Bob Brown lives life to the full is a very big understatement
One of Powley village’s newest residents, Bob is a well-known rugby league stalwart who has held a number of senior administration roles over the years – with Te Atatu Rugby League Club, Auckland Rugby League and he was even on the board of the Auckland Warriors when they first joined the Australian Winfield Cup competition in 1995.
Over 40 years he also enjoyed a career with Air New Zealand. “I started in the accounts department with TEAL (the forerunner of Air New Zealand) in 1948. Back then we were in Mechanics Bay with the flying boats. In the 1960’s I was based at Whenuapai and I worked on our big move to the current airport at Mangere in 1965.
Bob was also awarded a Queen’s Service Medal for public service to education and was on school boards for many years. Add in helping to raise four children with wife Lorraine, and it’s clear Bob has been a busy boy.
Despite his can-do attitude and boundless energy, life had become more of a challenge for Bob in recent years, as his wife Lorraine began to suffer from Alzheimer’s disease.
“As chief caregiver I did as much as I possibly could at home, but eventually we arrived at a point where Lorraine needed fulltime hospital care, which we found just down the road in Massey. After she’d moved, I got together with family and we decided it was time for me to find some suitable support too.”
Bob looked at lots of different retirement village options in the West Auckland area, but there were a number of things that stuck out about the serviced apartment living at Powley Village in Blockhouse Bay. “The first thing I noticed was how friendly everyone was. It really is a great little community here and the extra support I get in my serviced apartment is fantastic,” say Bob. Powley the right place for the man who helped so many.
Each week village staff clean his apartment, they take care of his linen and towels, plus Bob enjoys delicious daily meals.
“I had a few struggles downsizing my home but coming here has taken a real weight off my shoulders and the entire family, who really appreciate the fact that I’m in a safe environment and in such good hands. There’s also plenty to keep a guy like me busy – with various excursions to go on, organised activities, bbq’s and of course the popular Happy Hour every Friday.”
To find out more about serviced apartment living at Metlifecare’s Powley Village, please call Helena on 09 826 0218.