My Happy Place!


Kia ora and welcome to the first issue of The Old Times for 2020. I hope you enjoyed a wonderful festive season and are now ready to head into the new decade with much enthusiasm and gusto. I was extremely fortunate to be given a stand up paddle board for Christmas; roll on some warm summer days and lazy rivers and lakes for me to explore! 

As the new year begins, our thoughts go to our neighbours across the 'ditch' who are experiencing devastation as never seen before; I say, 'bring on the rain'!

Let our New Year's resolution be this: we will be there for one another as fellow members of humanity, in the finest sense of the word.

Best wishes 

Lucy Willard
Membership and Events Coordinator

              NZTA warns of sophisticated phishing scam involving fake                                                 
                                         vehicle licence renewal email


The New Zealand Transport Agency is warning people to be on alert for a

sophisticated phishing scam involving a fake vehicle licence "rego" email.  

The email appears to be a standard registration renewal reminder, and includes

the NZTA logo and links to the online transaction site, the NZTA said in a

press release.


People who have received an email asking to have their registration renewed

have been advised to check the email details carefully.

Emails from the agency always include the suffix, the agency said,

and will include specific details involving people's details, including their

vehicle's plate number, vehicle make, and the expiry date of the current vehicle


People who have received an email without their specific vehicle details have

been urged not to complete the online renewal transaction form linked inside

the email. Read more



NZ Post to join cheque withdrawal from 28 February 

From the end of February, NZ Post will no longer be accepting cheques. 
As you will know, fewer and fewer people are using cheques. In part, that’s because of alternative, easier and safer ways to pay. But it’s also because several large organisations and now some banks are no longer accepting cheques or have indicated that this is where they are headed. Times are changing.
Unfortunately, these market changes have resulted in NZ Post losing its cheque processing partner and not being able to secure another partner. Currently, NZ Post accepts cheques for products like stamps and packaging, for some over the counter bill payments and to pay for post office boxes. After 28 February 2020 customers will need to use other methods of payment.
NZ Post products and services in our retail outlets are processed through a NZ Post specific sales system (called PostLink), which after 28 February 2020 will no longer accept cheques. Cheques may still be accepted by some of our partners for other products and sales.
We are conscious that customers in the older demographic are particularly likely to be affected by this change, and that our bill payment services are viewed as very important by many in this demographic as well. I therefore wanted to make you aware of this change before we make a public announcement.   

NZ Post is also providing support to thier retail partners to answer customers’ questions and provide customers with information about alternative payment methods.


Staying connected helps mental health in elderly 

Loneliness among elderly people can lead to a downward spiral where poor mental health is intertwined with isolation, according to research.

Statistics from the Ageing Well National Science Challenge show roughly 10 per cent of people over 65 feel lonely all or most of the time, with those rates rising to 50 per cent for people aged over 80.

Researchers Ella Schwartz and Howard Litwin last year published their work on the relationship between the mental health and social networks of older people in the Journals of Gerontology - the US's first scientific journals dedicated to ageing.

As part of their study, they examined the chicken and egg situation of mental health and isolation.

They spent years gathering data from close to 15,000 participants over the age of 65, from 14 different countries. They combined social connection data - how wide a person's social networks were and how supported they felt in them - along with measurements of their mental wellbeing, to see if one influenced the other more. Read more

Weekly Fixtures At The Celebrating Age Centre

A wide range of activities take place weekly and monthly at the Celebrating Age Centre, see below and contact us on 07 838 2266 for more details. 

9.30-10.15: Zumba Gold
10.00-11.30: Greypower Seminar (no charge)
11.00-12.00: Tai Chi

9.30-10.30: Sit and Be Fit

10.00-12.00: Chinese Golden Age Society Programme

10.00-11.00: Upright and Active
1.00-2.30: Tai Chi
1.00-3.00: U3A French

9.30-11.00: Friday Education Seminar Session:

7 Feb - Welcome to 2020
14 Feb - Valentines Day - A Walk Through the Ages
21 Feb - Cascades - Retirement Apartments
28 Feb - Jodie Collins - Confessions of a Business Owner

(Most activities have a small cost component)

RECIPE: Easy Vegetable Quiche

These delicious mini quiches are ideal served with salad for lunch or a light meal. They are easy to make and use bread slices instead of pastry for the cases; recipe found on the Senior Chef website. 
Read the latest issues of Senior Watch for articles on topics including:

Long lost grand-daughter' ripped off dementia sufferer  - Read more

Hawke's Bay DHB apologises for letters saying people will lose home help services - Read more

73-year-old faces long wait for social housing in Christchurch - Read more 

Read these recent issues in full:

Senior Watch 13th January 2020
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