John Collyns


Executive Director, Retirement Villages Association (RVA)

John Collyns was appointed Executive Director of the Retirement Villages Association (NZ) Inc (RVA) in October 2007.

The RVA represents the interests of retirement village owners, developers and managers around New Zealand. John is responsible for setting the Association’s strategy and policy direction, as well as developing relationships with members, key stakeholders, central and local government agencies, and the media.

Prior to this appointment John was the Executive Director of the Bus and Coach Association (NZ) Incorporated, a position he had held since September 1994. Prior to this role John owned a ran a restaurant for four years, was a marketing manager for NZ Railways in their freight business, and a Parliamentary Private Secretary for the Minister of Railways in the 1980s.

Retirement villages have been under pressure from regulators to address a variety of concerns raised by residents. Despite the clamour, 100 people move in every week and more than 5,000 family homes are released into the housing market annually. The RVA engaged UMR Insight for two important pieces of research: In April 2019, a random sample of the NZ public 30+ found that views of villages are more favourable than not, with an undertone of negative sentiment. In December 2020 and January 2021, surveyed 1,000 randomly-chosen retirement village residents about a range of reasons for moving in and satisfaction with aspects of their living. Findings are in contrast to the self-selected “surveys” of others. Insights into the public and resident attitudes and opinions are offered and the residents’ voice is emphasised.

Plenary Session: Aged Care and Retirement living Update, Tuesday, 23 August 12.15pm


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