Life at the beach

Kia ora and welcome to this edition of The Old Times. I hope this email finds you well during these unusual times, and unusual they are! You can't imagine my surprise when out on my walk last week, I saw this beautiful piggy having a swim in the Aotea Harbour; nature truly is magical!

Due to the lock down, our wonderful volunteers have temporarily been stood down, so Brent and I have been out and about shopping for some of our clients who have neither family or friends to help, and have noticed how quickly people have adapted to the social distancing rule and how courteous everyone is; there really is a sense of calm out there. What's also very encouraging, is seeing the number of people riding their bikes or taking a walk; things that might not have been a priority before.

Take care and b
est wishes

Lucy Willard
Membership and Events Coordinator

Thanks to Jacqui Eyley, CEO of Age Concern Wellington and her team, who decided to take the bull by the horns and create a SAY Go video which has been uploaded to their new YouTube channel.
'I think it’s important to maintain as much contact with our older people as possible, and while many don’t have access to the internet, many others are quite adept! In the video link below, you’ll find our Health Promo Coordinator, Ann Dalziel’s cheerful persona going through the standard exercises in her garden with help from her dog. We decided not to include the walking exercises as these could be difficult to do safely at home.
I hope you enjoy the video. You are welcome to share it. Thanks also to Age Concern Otago for supporting this venture!'

BNZ opens 48 branches on Thursday
Online and contact-centre geared-up to help customers

Bank of New Zealand (BNZ) is open for business with online banking, digital tools, all smart ATMs, contact centres and 48 of its branches open this Thursday.

BNZ has confirmed a geographical spread of 48 branches will open Thursdays between 10am - 2pm for the period of the lockdown to provide basic banking services to those who are unable to use its online or telephone services.

The full list of branches (below) includes sites in all the major centres, in most regions and many rural towns, and follows BNZ launching a dedicated phone support team offering shorter wait times and specialised service to its customers aged 70+.

BNZ Chief Customer Officer, Paul Carter, says, “BNZ is open for business. Online and digital banking are available 24/7, all our smart ATMs are operating and our contact centre is taking calls.

“We’ve got a wonderful team of people in select branches on Thursdays from 10am – 2pm during the lockdown for our customers who absolutely must see someone in person.  “During lockdown, our branches are for BNZ customers who need in person services or are unable to use online or telephone banking,” says Carter.  “We’re doing everything we can to protect the health and safety of our people and our customers. Branches will be cleaned prior to and post opening, our staff will wear gloves, and we have measures in place to ensure a 2m distance will be maintained at all times,” he says.
Read more
Kiwis are being urged to be vigilant and report suspicious activity as several coronavirus-related scams emerge.

As more New Zealanders step up to help in their communities and offer support to the most vulnerable, there are fears some may be taking advantage of people's generosity.

Police in the Southland District have had multiple reports of people from their community posing as Red Cross collectors.  However, both the police and Red Cross have warned this is not happening. 

The Red Cross, nor any other money-collecting charity, can carry this out while New Zealand is in a state of emergency and in a nationwide lockdown.

Red Cross told 1 NEWS they are willing to help the New Zealand isn't changing despite the Covid-19 pandemic.

Some of the organisation's disaster relief volunteers are helping out essential service workers throughout the country, and their Meals on Wheels service is still operating. 

However, the Red Cross was clear that any face-to-face fundraising efforts was not happening at this stage. Read more

FREE RESOURCES on the  AwesoME website

AwesoME have collated resources that are being shared online, you can find them here at their free resources page. Here are some of those resources (this came from the AwesoME newsletter)
Here are some helpful links for entertainment and inspiration:

  • Melbourne Zoo also has live webcams, go on a virtual field trip  
  • Visit museums. Google Arts and Culture partnered with over 2,500 museums and galleries around the world to offer virtual tours of their spaces. Some of the options include New York’s Museum of Modern Art and Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum
  • Explore children’s books read by famous people 
  • A range of Audible stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet
  • Greg Straight Art & Design are doing an awesome series of boredom-busting free downloadable colouring in pages for the kids, to help keep them busy during this crazy 4-week lockdown - Read more

Help is available

For anyone wanting a food parcel.
Vinnies food parcels 07 847 4044 or text 021 435 878 or or Facebook @vinnieshamilton

Hamilton Central Baptist Church -  07-838 0375

0800 800 405 helpline set up for Waikato people struggling to get food, groceries, medication or other household goods and services.

Pak n Save is putting together and donating basic food packs to anyone who needs it. If you know of anyone who needs some help either let Bruce  MacDonald  know directly,  or email or ring Shana on 027 4981871. 
At this time, this is not limited to elders, so if specific stuff is needed, such as formula or nappies for babies etc, please mention that when you let them know of a need

RECIPE: Rasberry Jam
As we hunker down in preparation for winter, why not get busy making jam! - Recipe

Enjoy the latest issue of Seasons magazine 
Read the latest issues of Senior Watch for articles on topics including:

Older Kiwis - Please ask for help and stay connected!  - Read more

Pharmacists To Provide Influenza Vaccinations Early Due To COVID-19 - Read more

Upgraded winter energy payment will free up hospital beds for coronavirus - Read more

Read these recent issues in full:

Senior Watch 23rd March 2020
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