Practicing Social Distancing


Kia ora and welcome to this edition of The Old Times. As a nation, we've done such a good job of self-isolating, even our pets are well versed on how to behave.

It was a very unusual, surreal yet beautiful experience standing out on the driveway on Anzac Day morning commemorating all Australians and New Zealanders  who fell during the wars. Even the magnificent sunrise seemed to be acknowledging our never to be forgotten heroes.

With us now moving into Level 3, please do take care of yourselves; be kind, be calm and embrace the positive changes that nature has to offer.

Best wishes

Lucy Willard
Membership and Events Coordinator

Immediate aid to the vulnerable, delivered in a way that builds a stronger society after the crisis, is the focus of the COVID-19 relief effort coordinated by the Waikato’s lead social and community service providers and supported by Momentum Waikato and other major local funders.

‘Here to help u through COVID-19’ is a new online community support tool and network centered around a website,, where any member of the public can quietly ask for help, and individuals, families, businesses and organisations can securely and easily target their offers of assistance.

It is the ‘front counter’ for a wide and coordinated support effort that aims to ensure anyone suffering hardship during the COVID-19 lockdown and beyond can easily request and get the help they need, regardless of their walk of life.

Wise Group and Community Waikato teamed up to coordinate and lead the effort, which involves a range of providers and funders, including (in no particular order) Volunteering WaikatoKaivolutionThe Salvation ArmyTrust WaikatoThe Department of Internal AffairsHamilton City Council and Momentum Waikato, alongside an ever-widening cast of other much-appreciated community groups and organisations. Read more

Help us to reward those caring for our loved ones with a $500 Countdown voucher up for grabs each week.

We know Aged Care and Hospice workers are working harder than ever, putting aside their personal and family needs to care for our most vulnerable during this period. Now it’s our turn to say thanks, it’s a small gesture, but we think it’s an important one.

Nominate someone who deserves it today:

1. Check out Cubro’s Facebook page each Monday, starting Monday 20th April through to Monday 18th May

2. To nominate, comment on our Facebook post with the name of the person and the Aged Care residence or hospice that they work in and share with us what makes them a special hero – photos are welcome.

3. We’ll draw the lucky weekly winner of the $500 Countdown voucher and announce the winner each Tuesday. See below for full terms and conditions.

Have a team of Heroes, or not sure of the name of your Hero? We can help. Just post the name of the Aged Care residence or hospice you would like to nominate on our Facebook page and if they are the winner of the week we’ll touch base with the residence so they can determine the worthy prize winner or winners. Read more

Alert Level 3 Restrictions Announced

Alert Level 3 will see many significant restrictions on New Zealanders’ movements retained, but will permit aspects of the economy to reopen in a safe way that will allow the economic recovery to begin, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today.

“There are promising signs our go hard and go early elimination strategy is working and the lockdown is breaking the chain of community transmission. Any move to Level 3 cannot put those gains at risk,” Jacinda Ardern said.

“By design, Level 3 is a progression, not a rush to normality. It carries forward many of the restrictions in place at Level 4, including the requirement to mainly be at home in your bubble and to limit contact with others.

“Protecting the health of New Zealanders is our primary focus but we also need to position the economy for recovery. Importantly the test for a business opening at Level 3 moves to it being safe, rather than being essential,” Jacinda Ardern said.

Changes at Level 3 include: Read more

 New TVNZ older person’s exercise programme

Coming to TV screens on Saturday 2 May is the first of a weekly series of programmes for seniors! Our Chief Executive, Stephanie Clare, has been on a working group to develop this programme to reach older people in their homes. The intention is to especially make a suitable exercise programme available to seniors who do not have internet access. This is great news! The programme will include tips and ideas for older people to exercise at home. It will also cover wellbeing messages. You’ll be able to promote this to your networks and it will be advertised beforehand.

Did you know less than half of all adult New Zealanders have a will? Having seen first-hand the distress this can bring to families, our friends at Public Trust have launched a new online service to help get more Kiwis protected by a will or EPA. With a simple will taking as little as 15 minutes to create and pricing starting at $69, we think this is a great option that’s worth exploring.

You can find out more here.

Vodafone Scam

Please note that the below email was sent to a colleague and it is spam. Please remain vigilant as there appear to me a number of scams in circulation. If you're unsure, don't open it, and certainly don't click on any links.

Hi there,                                                               Account Number: 

Please find your Vodafone bill on the link. If you need help with understanding you 

Download   Pay Online   Contact Us

We thought you might like a heads up that your Vodafone bill is due on 14-Feb-19. The amount is $693.95 - it's easy to view and pay your bills in the My Vodafone site.

Your team at Vodafone

RECIPE: Curried Kumara and Coriander Soup
Creamy, warming and packed full of goodness - Recipe
Read the latest issues of Senior Watch for articles on topics including:

'It pricks my conscience' - Chief Ombudsman investigating rest homes during Covid-19 outbreak - Read more

Doctors desperate to get message across that Kiwis needing medical help can still be treated - Read more

Family 'proud' after British PM Boris Johnson thanks Kiwi nurse for helping save his life - Read more

Contact Age Concern Hamilton

Phone: 07 838 2266