We Care

Kia ora and welcome to this edition of The Old Times. Who would have believed that we're in March already, officially autumn?! However, the lack of rain and the parched hills certainly imply that summer in not in a hurry to leave! 

A big shout out to our volunteers who truly are the ears and eyes of our clients; without their insight and genuine interest, we would not be able to reach out and deliver the services that Age Concern provide.

I lost a client on Tuesday; had it not been for a volunteer alerting me to the fact that she couldn't get hold of her, this lady's family would still be none the wiser that she had passed. Our members and their families can rest assured that our systems are targeted to meeting your needs and they work. 

Best wishes 

Lucy Willard
Membership and Events Coordinator

Outrage as ACC, IRD refuse cheques from 28th February 2020

The National Party is launching a petition urging Government agencies and assets to abandon plans to end the use of cheques. 

Last year Inland Revenue received 420,000 cheques and ACC received 25,000 - a drop of about 20-25 per cent on 2018. 

The organisations are joining KiwiBank and NZ Post - which will no longer accept cheques from tomorrow, and ACC no longer accepting cheques from Sunday, March 1. 

National's Andrew Bayly said for the people who write cheques "it's a vitally important thing and our Government agencies should be required to accept those". 

"This whole thing is about disenfranchising quite a large proportion of the New Zealand population."

Grey Power has also joined the fight, with president Mac Welch said some people are not computer literate or even own computers. 

He accused the Government of "forgetting the older people the senior citizens of New Zealand".  Read more

New Zealand Transport Agency Scam

Recently a colleague received an email form NZTA reminding her that it was time to renew her vehicle licence (rego). It asked her to click on the 'renew now' button which was going to debit her account $104.85. On further investigation which included a call to NZTA, they advised that a scam was in place, and to please be aware that the only way people could avoid being had, was to look at the email address. The official website address for them is and not! Please be vigilant when receiving emails like this. If you're unsure, call the relevant organisation to confirm it's validity. 

Reverse mortgages boom as pensioners opt to put retirement on the house

Low interest rates and high house prices are prompting more retirees to take out a reverse mortgage against their homes.

Reverse mortgages - primarily offered in New Zealand by Heartland Bank - allow people to borrow a sum of money against their houses. They do not have to make any repayments until the house is sold. But interest accrues and compounds while the loan is not being repaid, so the amount that finally falls due can be a lot bigger than what was borrowed.

Heartland head of retail Andrew Ford said his organisation had seen a big jump in inquiries since interest rates fell. The average six-month term deposit rate fell from 3.6 per cent a year in December 2018 to 2.63 per cent last December.

In the half-year ended December 2019, the Heartland Bank reverse mortgage business increased 10 per cent to $536 million in lending. Inquiries were up 39 per cent in the last quarter of last year compared to the year before. Read more



Bus better with Bee


The Bee Card is your new electronic smart card for using the bus. It’s easy to use, gets you boarding faster, and for most trips is cheaper than using cash.

If you already have an existing bus card you will need to replace it with a Bee Card. Current bus cards will no longer work when your region switches to the Bee Card. Click on a region on the right to find out when they will stop accepting current bus cards.


You are invited to add your voice to important conversations on our region’s priorities for current and future generations.
A series of community engagement workshops are being held by Momentum Waikato during March and April, aimed at gathering and recognising the value and importance of local knowledge.

The Waikato Vital Signs 2020 local sessions are a community check-up that will present and seek feedback on the region’s latest social, environmental, cultural and economic indicators, to join the dots between statistical information and what matters most to Waikato communities. 
Read the data report here.

This is your opportunity to share your aspirations and priorities for the place you call home.

The Waikato Vital Signs 2020 report, to be published by Momentum Waikato in June, will inform and guide not-for-profit groups, charities, government agencies, businesses, grant-makers and philanthropists working for and investing in the betterment of their communities.

Click here for the ‘when and where’ for the Waikato Vital Signs 2020 community engagement workshops, light refreshments will be provided. We look forward to seeing you! Please RSVP to at least one week before the workshop.



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:

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: Cheese and Herb Omelette
Try this simple omelette. It's super tasty and easy to make - Recipe
Read the latest issues of Senior Watch for articles on topics including:

Poverty, loneliness behind high rates of suicide among elderly men - Read more

Awareness can help end elder abuse - Read more

Calls made for employers to change attitudes towards older workers - Read more

Read these recent issues in full:

Senior Watch 24th February 2020        2nd March 2020
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