Designer Annah Stretton teamed up for a second time with Ryman Healthcare again to produce a new selection of uniforms for its staff.

The new uniforms went on show at the Evelyn Page Retirement Village in Orewa, modelled by 30 first-time models in June. Evelyn Page Retirement Village will be the first to receive the new uniforms, with uniforms for a range of staff being re-designed, including caregivers, nurses, gardeners and laundry staff.

“We wanted garments that brought a smile to the faces of residents, increased the level of pride in what team wear and emphasised the vital role they play in residents’ lives,’’ said Annah Stretton.

Simon Challies, managing director at Ryman said the uniforms had been designed with substantial input from staff, prompting the introduction of lighter fabrics for kitchen staff and three-quarter length trousers for caregivers and housekeepers instead of dresses.

“We love the designs that Annah’s come up with. The reaction from staff has been tremendous and they’re putting a whole lot of smiles on residents’ faces,” said Challies.

The uniforms were manufactured by Lower Hutt-based Arrow Uniforms, who will be producing 8,000 uniforms for villages in New Zealand and Australia.