Happy Times!

Kia ora and welcome to this edition of The Old Times. You might have noticed that I'm a week late in sending it out, however it is with a heavy heart that I share the news that my beloved Mum passed away suddenly on the 7th February 2020. This was the last photo we took together enjoying the Kawhia Kai Festival the weekend before. Mum was my rock and my best friend and no words can describe how much she'll be missed.

Cherish all those you love and make the most of every day!

Best wishes 

Lucy Willard
Membership and Events Coordinator

Kiwis warned to remain alert for online, phone scams after man conned out of $57,000

Police are reminding New Zealanders to remain vigilant when receiving unsolicited phone calls, especially when the caller asks for personal details or money, after a man was recently scammed out of $57,000.

A number of scams are operating nationwide at any one time, police say, and while some of the details vary, the general premise is often the same.

In one recent case, a man lost $57,000 after a caller claiming to be from Spark said his internet would be disconnected unless he logged onto his computer and followed their instructions.

In another scam, a woman narrowly escaped losing more than $12,000 after receiving a call about suspicious bank transactions.

The woman was told she had been overpaid by the bank when it reimbursed her for purchases she hadn’t made. The bank was able to put a stop to the transfer. Read more

New Zealand's pension is one of the world's most generous - will you be getting it at 65?

New Zealand's superannuation system is one of the most generous pension schemes in the world. Dished out at a rate of $25,000 a year before tax if you're single and living alone, or $37,500 for a couple, it virtually single-handedly pulls over-65-year-olds out of poverty and enables a basic standard of living.

But that generosity comes at a price and as the number of New Zealanders aged over 65 grows, that payment will become unsustainable.

Or will it? Read more

Coronavirus: What you need to know

The Ministry of Health has asked people who have travelled to China and are now in self-isolation, as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, to register through its Healthline service. The move follows criticism that the Government hasn't been doing enough to keep track of returnees.

At the same time, people evacuated from virus epicentre Wuhan this week are now in quarantine at a military facility on Whangaparaoa Peninsula.

Worldwide efforts are being taken to contain the spread of the new coronavirus - 2019-nCoV - which was first detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December, although work at Johns Hopkins University suggests the outbreak started in November and there were hundreds of cases in Wuhan by early December.

Early on many of those who had the respiratory illness caused by the virus had some link to a large seafood and live animal market in Wuhan. Read more

Short term pain as one of Hamilton's busiest commuter roads gets remade will be worth it, Hamilton City Council says.

When complete, the $45 million Cobham Drive interchange with Wairere Drive will form a key piece of infrastructure for southern suburbs.

"Wairere Dr currently stops at Cambridge Rd and this is the last phase now to extend it all the way to Cobham Drive to create an intersection and then from there it will go into the Peacocke development, so it opens a whole new corridor in the transport network," council transportation programme manager Mark Moonsamy said.

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)

9.30-10.30: Sit and Be Fit

10.00-12.00: Chinese Golden Age Society Programme

10.00-11.00: Upright and Active
1.00-3.00: U3A French

9.30-11.00: Friday Education Seminar Session:

21 Feb - Cascades - Retirement Apartments
28 Feb - Jodie Collins - Confessions of a Business Owner
6 Mar - Hamilton Heritage Information
13 Mar - Te Rapa Pools - Visit
20 Mar - Library Opportunities
27 Mar - 50+ and Loving It

(Most activities have a small cost component)

RECIPE: Fruit Smoothie
A great breakfast drink but can be served any time of the day. Recipe
Read the latest issues of Senior Watch for articles on topics including:

Record numbers embrace Safer Internet Day in NZ - Read more

Tireless Levin 80-year-old sets four national rowing records - Read more

Lifting weights 'protects the brain from long-term degeneration - Read more

Read these recent issues in full:

Senior Watch 10th February 2020        17th February 2020