Life in isolation

Kia ora and welcome to this edition of The Old Times. I hope you enjoyed a happy and special Easter, even if it was a bit unusual!

Well life at the beach and in isolation never ceases to amaze me. Last week, we had five Orca playing in the Aotea Harbour. They were abslolutely majestic and magical with us witnessing one of them catching a stingray! 

I do believe that the world is resetting itself, making way for nature  to truly flourish, and for us humans to be kinder, wiser and more gracious. 

Take care and b
est wishes

Lucy Willard
Membership and Events Coordinator

'Staying connected' key to good mental wellbeing during lockdown

An Age Concern Rotorua spokeswoman said it was an ideal chance to get to know your neighbours better.

"Our biggest problem is the number of older people living on their own and not having regular contact with family or anyone else and not connecting with their community.

"It's vital we keep up our sense of community and show we care for each other. If people need help they need to reach out to someone rather than suffer in silence.

read more

What life's been like for essential workers - RNZ Stephanie Clare

Age Concern Nelson Tasman launches phone service to help keep older people connected

Safety and wellbeing of elderly a priority for Age Concern Gisborne

Help your Neighbours - Age Concern Tauranga

Don't be a stranger on your street - Professor Ngaire Kerse

Auckland sisters set up service to support older Kiwis feeling lonely in isolation

Age Concern Auckland Urging Elderly To Stay At Home And Reach Out For Support During Lockdown


NZ's Plan B could mean 'safe havens' for elderly

New Zealand could create cordoned-off "safe havens" to protect our elderly and vulnerable if the country fails to stamp out Covid-19, experts say.

It's hoped New Zealand will become one of few nations in the world to head off the virus through a hardline approach of elimination that has started with a four-week lockdown.

But if the effort flops, the country would be forced to fall back either to "mitigation" – where it could try to build herd immunity while trying to protect its vulnerable – or "suppression", where tougher measures like prolonged lockdowns would be needed to squash down spread.

In an editorial in today's New Zealand Medical Journal, a group of University of Otago researchers suggest that failing to contain the pandemic could involve having to roll out a "safe haven" programme from region to region. Read more

PPE Victory For Frontline Health Workers

Frontline health workers in aged care, home care, and community support are relieved by the Ministry of Health announcement that proper PPE will now be made available to them through DHBs.

E tū member Pam King, a support worker in Invercargill, congratulated the Ministry for listening to support workers.

“We are pleased with this decision by the Ministry of Health. It’s great that support workers and our clients will be better protected, and that we won’t unduly risk the spread of COVID-19 amongst our most at-risk populations,” Pam says. Read more

Civil Defence warns of phone scam preying on vulnerable people during lockdown

Canterbury Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) is warning people to be wary of phone calls promising welfare aid after a person was asked for money to do shopping on their behalf.

CDEM group controller Neville Reilley said he was aware of at least one incident where a member of the public received a call from a person claiming to be from CDEM seeking cash or credit card information.

Mr Reilley said any legitimate phone calls made on behalf of CDEM would never ask for bank account, PIN, or credit card information.

"That caller offered to help get groceries, stating they would come to pick up cash or a credit card to go and do the shopping," Mr Reilly said. Read more

This information was received on behalf of local fibre provider, Ultrafast Fibre, to bring you into the loop with their just launched Next Day In One Day Initiative - you may know of people in the community that need access to this, and wondered if you could help spread the word!

The Next Day In One Day Initiative outlines their urgent works available to connect and support essential services, vulnerable and priority customers (such as education) who have no viable broadband available.

Ultrafast is able to assist all those identified as requiring this service in the Waikato, Taranaki, Whanganui and Bay of Plenty regions, and have crews with immediate capacity, able to connect the following day based on receipt of the order.

Please find attached an overview, and if you have any questions Nise Williams is the lead contact: There is also more information on

The Total Mobility Scheme will continue as normal with only a few major changes:

  • During Alert Level 4 (and 3), exercise caution and only use the service to either travel for “essential work” or to acquire an essential service, such as groceries or pharmaceuticals, etc.
  • When using the Total Mobility service for essential travel, please sit as far from the driver as you can (back seat), and be sure to wash your hands before and after travel. Physical distancing and advanced hygiene care are key.
  • The Total Mobility subsidy has temporarily been raised to the full cap (100% up to the cap, rather than the normal 50%) - User is responsible for any payment that may go beyond the “cap”. 

Total Mobility service still requires the user to be present in the vehicle for the entire trip, with their card on hand. As always, we do not allow a waiting time so the meter can only run during transport “from A to B”. Read here for further information. 

Waikato Vital Signs investigates and seeks to improve the social, environmental, cultural and economic wellbeing of our communities by ‘joining the dots’ between statistical information and what matters to local people ‘living on the ground’.
The project is coordinated by Momentum Waikato using the Vital Signs strategy and narrative developed in Canada and deployed by community foundations around the world. First run here in 2016, this second outing in 2020 is also partnering with the
Waikato Wellbeing Project, with both projects using the measure of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The resulting Waikato Vital Signs 2020 Report will be used to inform funding decisions by the region’s not-for-profits, charities, government agencies, impact investors, grant-makers and philanthropists.
This is all about making sure the aspirations and concerns you have for your community are factored into the local decisions that resource its social and environmental development.
The mission started with the creation of the Waikato Vital Signs Data Report that collects and collates the region’s latest wellbeing statistics. Prepared by the
National Institute for Demographic and Economic Analysis (NIDEA) at The University of Waikato, its findings have been published as both a full report and as an easy-to-use district-by-district online data map (see below).
The next step was to have been ten two-hour public engagement workshops across the Waikato, to present the data report to local communities and their support sectors, and gather the insights and wisdom that comes from group brainstorming. 
We want to ask local communities what can be done to improve the lives behind the numbers, to amplify their meaning by gathering the stories and viewpoints of real people in real places.
Then the Covid-19 crisis arrived just as those workshops were getting underway, so we have switched to an online survey.
Why press on with this? Because feedback told us that the very issues Waikato Vital Signs seeks to define and address will be ‘front of mind’ for many people during the current challenges. Home affordability, employment security, training, educational pathways, isolation and connectedness for vulnerable communities, and access to information are even more relevant right now.
We’re hoping that being in our bubbles is a particular opportunity, a good moment in time, to reflect on how we can all work together into the future, to realise ‘A Better Waikato for Everyone, Forever’.
So, we invite you to have a look at the data for your district in the
Waikato Vital Signs Data Map, and then complete our online Survey.

Help is available

Countdown Priority Scheme for Disabled People

For your information, Countdown have organised a priority scheme for disabled people on their on-line shopping platform using a code system. Disabled Persons Assembly NZ are a pan-disability organisation and are happy for people with any type of disability to use their code. If a disabled person would like to use DPA’s code, go to to register free as a DPA member, you will be emailed the code and then go ahead and order on-line. Countdown have an application process just enter the code in the space for ‘Gold Card’.

Cam Deliver Shopping Service
Cameron managed the New World supermarket in Glenview for 15 years, and over the past 30 years has been involved in a local delivery service predominantly to our older folk.  He can be contacted on either 843 4564 or 021 988 616 to organise a shop.  He will either pop round to collect the shopping list or it can be emailed or texted to his phone.  He asks that people keep to their 'normal shopping habits'  and order before they are in desperate need of supplies, allowing him a day or two to get to them, (although the wait time may grow if demand for the service grows as well).   Cam charges $15 per shop, and he will deliver this to the clients door.  They can then either pay by Eftpos or on his mobile machine; he is also happy to receive online banking payments if this is easier.   

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
Senior Pastor Brian Winslade's contact details are or 021 419 521 .
He has a team of people ready and has addressed his congregation and specifically offered support to Age Concern. There is no charge for this service.

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

Pak n Save are 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: Chicken Pot Pie
A much healthier take on a pie! - Recipe

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

Contact Age Concern Hamilton

  • Phone: 07 838 2266