About us

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We are one of New Zealand’s largest and most respected retirement village and aged care operators.



From humble beginnings

Summerset started in 1997 with a vision to create a retirement community that our own parents would be happy to call home. A place that puts the respect for its residents at the heart of everything we do.

It was the vision of founder, John O'Sullivan, and it's one that continues to guide us today, providing homes 'good enough for Nana.' 

Residents can move in with the peace of mind that Summerset offers a continuum of care with a range of different support and living options. Today Summerset has grown 30 villages across New Zealand where over 6,000 residents call Summerset home.

While we’ve grown a lot bigger, and continue to grow, we still put everything to the ultimate test – is it good enough for Nana? 


Our guiding business strategy includes:

  • Organic growth throughout Australia and New Zealand

  • Offering a continuum of care with a range of different support and living options on site

  • Engaging a leading Melbourne design expert and advisors that understand the local market

  • Leading service provider

  • Aim to be the employer of choice in retirement village living and aged care


In everything we do we hold a firm commitment to our community, including:

  • Accessibility of all our villages and home designs, no matter your mobility

  • All our villages and staff are accredited dementia friendly


Meet our team:

Our Board of Directors

Summerset has an experienced Board with a diverse range of skills and experience both in Australia and in New Zealand.  The Board is responsible for supervising and directing the management of the company, guiding the strategic direction of Summerset and ensuring strong corporate governance.

Meet our Board

Our leadership team

Our dedicated leadership team is responsible for the day-to-day running of our business in Australia and New Zealand. Their passion and experience motivates us to maintain the highest levels of care and innovation. 

Meet the Summerset leadership team