The Wonder of Nature

Kia ora and welcome to this edition of The Old Times. It ceases to amaze me, that with the aid of technology, we are now, more than ever, privileged spectators of planet Earth. With e Papatūānuku being given time to heal, we are witnessing nature flourish and our skies become more luminous. As life begins to return to 'normal', I hope that you are feeling energised and invigorated to view all that we have, with fresh and grateful eyes.

Best wishes

Lucy Willard
Membership and Events Coordinator

Reconnection Central
Age Concern Hamilton invites you to join the team every weekday between 10am and noon during the entire month of June, to reconnect over a complimentary cuppa and muffin. Bring a friend to these free events, and find out more about what we do at Age Concern, and a different guest spot every day.
Our programme:

Tuesday June 2
Don't wait till you're 80 matey - Learn what Age Concern and the Celebrating Age Centre has to offer

Wednesday June 3 
Favourite lockdown recipes - Age Concern staff have collated their favourite recipes from lockdown. Come on in and meet the team and their recipes

Thursday June 5
Safe at home - A seminar with tips for keeping you safe at home

Friday June 7
Health Check Friday - Drop in for free health checks and information

Monday June 8
ElectrifyNZ - The benefits of e-biking

Tuesday June 9
Library Tuesday - Hamilton City Libraries team covering activities for older people

Wednesday June 10
Hearme Wednesday - Bring your ears, as well as your hearing aids, to be checked by Jo and Melissa

Thursday June 11
Look after your eyes Thursday - A presentation from Rose Optometrist Optician. Ask any question about your eyes

Friday June 12
The Perfect Pantry - what we keep in our pantries, the usual and the not-so-usual ingredients that spice up our lives, you will always have the makings of a delicious meal

This poem was written by Jacinda Ardern, the Prime Minister of New Zealand

Rest now, e Papatūānuku
Breathe easy and settle
Right here where you are
We’ll not move upon you
For awhile
We’ll stop, we’ll cease
We’ll slow down and stay home
Draw each other close and be kind
Kinder than we’ve ever been.
I wish we could say we were doing it for you as much as ourselves But hei aha We’re doing it anyway It’s right. It’s time.
Time to return
Time to remember
Time to listen and forgive
Time to withhold judgment
Time to cry
Time to think
About others
Remove our shoes
Press hands to soil
Sift grains between fingers
Gentle palms
Time to plant
Time to wait
Time to notice
To whom we belong
For now it’s just you
And the wind
And the forests and the oceans and the sky full of rain Finally, it’s raining!
Ka turuturu te wai kamo o Rangi ki runga i a koe Embrace it This sacrifice of solitude we have carved out for you He iti noaiho - a small offering People always said it wasn’t possible To ground flights and stay home and stop our habits of consumption But it was It always was.
We were just afraid of how much it was going to hurt
- and it IS hurting and it will hurt and continue to hurt But not as much as you have been hurt.
So be still now
Wrap your hills around our absence
Loosen the concrete belt cinched tight at your waist Rest.
Heal -
And we will do the same.

Warmer Homes

Insulation and an efficient heater have become even more affordable following the Government announcement that grants will increase to 90% of the cost (heater grants capped at $3,000, including GST). Generous contributions from community funders mean there is no cost to homeowners for insulation in some regions.
The grants are aimed at homeowners with a Community Services Card, as well as homeowners living in lower-income areas.
A warm, dry home does not prevent Cov-19 but it does reduce the risk of respiratory issues and decreases doctor’s visits and hospitalisations.
You can find out whether you are eligible for a grant at or free call 0800 749 782.
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Government grants covering 90% of the cost of insulation and/or an efficient heater (heater grants capped) are now available if you have a Community Services Card or live in a lower-income area. Find out more

SuperGold cardholders get free health/eye check-ups

SuperGold cardholders will get a free annual health and eye check-up as part of health spending that mostly goes to DHBs that are tackling huge treatment backlogs caused by the Covid-19 lockdown.

New funding has been earmarked to roll-out a promised free annual health check-up for the country's more than 750,000 SuperGold cardholders, including an eye check (policy that was included in the New Zealand First-Labour Coalition agreement).

That will cost nearly $13m in 2020/21, rising to an estimated $61.6m a year from 2021/22. No start date has been determined, and the checks may not be available until next year. Read more

The Science Of Sitting: How To Improve Your Posture (And Your Mood!)

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most of us are spending more time than ever at home. This means more hours sitting at the desk, in front of the TV, or on the couch.

It's important to set aside time to get up and move, of course, but it's also important to maintain good posture while sitting. Today you'll learn easy ways to ensure proper posture while sitting, its amazing benefits, and we share exercises that will help you achieve it.

The Effects Of Poor Posture

Poor posture affects more than just how you look. Your mind has the incredible ability to maintain awareness of the position of your body, even when you can't see yourself. This ability, called proprioception is key to understanding the power of posture to change your mood.

Researchers in New Zealand had 74 participants complete a series of tasks to assess the relationship between posture and several physical and psychological metrics, including heart rate, blood pressure, mood, self-esteem, and stress levels. Read more

Protect yourself, your whānau, and your community

The quicker we can contact people who might have come into contact with COVID-19, the quicker we can stop the spread of the virus.

Don't have a smartphone?

You can still register online to share your latest contact information.

“By signing up to this app, you're helping keep yourself and your family safer and supporting New Zealand to stop the spread of COVID-19.

This will ensure we can all return to doing the things we enjoy as soon as possible.”

Ngā mihi nui,

Dr Ashley Bloomfield
Director-General of Health

What do I do if I receive spam?
When we talk about spam we are referring to unsolicited email, fax, SMS TXT and other instant messages from an individual or a company marketing goods and services.

The information sheet provides an overview of how the Department of Internal Affairs manages spam, what spam is and how the public can report instances of spam.

Also, check out 
CERT NZ information about attackers using COVID-19 themed scams 

Netsafe have developed a guide on how to identify COVID-19 scams


RECIPE: Bacon and Vegetable Soup
As winter fast approaches, why not try this delicious hearty bacon and vegetable soup - Recipe
Read the latest issues of Senior Watch for articles on topics including:

Appeal launched to send concert organists on contactless tour of rest homes across the country - Read more

Move to Alert Level 2 receives mixed reactions from experts - Read more

Pharmacists Call For Extra Funding For Vulnerable Populations - Read more

Contact Age Concern Hamilton

Phone: 07 838 2266