Our Aotearoa

Kia ora and welcome to this edition of The Old Times. 

I'm not sure about you, but I really don't know where the past six months have gone? So much has happened; my Mum's passing, Covid-19 takes the world by storm, lock down, Prince Harry and Meghan emigrate, Donald Trump seeks re-election and we're only just into the second half of the year! Despite the challenges, I still count my blessings to be living in our bubble at the bottom of the world in beautiful Aotearoa. 

We are living in an age whereby scamming is becoming more prevalent; I urge you to remain vigilant. If you're unsure about an email, don't open it; if it's a phone call and you're wary, put it down. Contact the police or the company that's potentially being impersonated. NEVER EVER hand over your personal information, pin numbers, bank account or credit card details. Reputable companies will never ask for those.

Best wishes

Lucy Willard
Membership and Events Coordinator

Join us in August for Music Therapy Sessions 

No experience in music necessary
Community Music Therapy
For the month of August, Shona How, NZ Registered Music Therapist is providing a free opportunity to connect with others and with music.  Music Therapy is the planned use of music to assist with the healing and personal growth of people with identified emotional, intellectual, physical or social needs.  Every person matters and every suggestion is respected.  “We enhance everybody’s quality of life through music” says Shona

SING your lungs out - with no prior singing or musical experience
SIMPLY celebrating the love of singing with others
OPPORTUNITY to connect with a group of people who will own the 'musicking'
ENHANCE your quality of life and sing all your worries away

The evidence shows the more that people participate in Community Music Therapy, the better everyone feels.  Our first session on Tuesday 4th was a resounding success and thoroughly enjoyed by all.  Please do join us:
Tuesdays in August (11th, 18th and 25th)
1030 to 1130
Celebrating Age Centre
30 Victoria Street

No charge. Bring yourself and a friend
Phone 07 838 2266 with any questions

Mystery Hamilton woman allegedly scams retired US dentist out of $600,000 posing as fiance online

The family of a retired US dentist have hired a private investigator to hunt down a Hamilton woman who has allegedly swindled the 70-year-old out of $600,000 posing as his fiancee.

Kelsey Upright is the daughter-in-law of Dr Gary Weber who has lived in Indiana all his life and met a supposedly young Hamilton woman on a New Zealand dating site five years ago.

"My father-in-law Dr Gary Weber is an incredible father and dentist but he is extremely lonely and I believe she preyed on that," Upright said of her father-in-law who divorced from his wife 10 years ago.

"My wife [Weber's daughter] and I have tried to tell him for two years how fake this situation was.

"We hired a private investigator about a week ago and then that's when the case broke open for us."

Weber has never met the Hamilton woman during the ongoing online correspondence and only conducted a video call with a woman with large sunglasses and heavy makeup once. Read more


If so, we'd love to hear from you. This is a pilot collaborative project between Volunteering Waikato and Age Concern. It is an opportunity for you to have your story documented, and share something of value with your family/whanau and friends. We are recommending our 'story capturing' volunteers spend an hour a week over a 6 - 8 week period listening and recording your memories. Each week they will transcribe and share with you what they've penned to confirm accuracy. There is no cost for this service, just the binding of the finished product. If your interest has been piqued, please do let me know. My number is 07 838 0158 or

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Dinsdale NZ Post and Kiwibank have closed. Customers can access services at the nearest alternatives:
Kiwibank Transactional Services, Bill Pay & Postal Services
Frankton Pharmacy – 163 Commerce Street, Frankton
Bill Pay & Postal Services
Bin Inn Hamilton East – 15/20 Clyde Street, Hamilton East
Postal & PO Box Services
Waikato Mail Centre Box Lobby – 536 Anglesea Street, Hamilton Central
The Private Boxes will be relocated to Waikato Mail Centre Box Lobby at 536 Anglesea Street, Hamilton Central on 4th August.


Organisations launch website to end loneliness

The New Zealand Coalition to End Loneliness has launched a website in a bid to provide a resource for people who are feeling lonely.

Let’s End Loneliness will provide links to support services.

The coalition, made up fo Age Concern, St John, Carers New Zealand, Student Volunteer Army, Royal New Zealand RSA, Alzheimers New Zealand and the Salvation Army, was launched in 2018 to provide information and advocate quick action on loneliness.

Lockdown for Covid-19 had highlighted isolation for some people, but Age Concern chief executive Stephanie Clare said loneliness could be addressed and solved.

“Together we can end loneliness for New Zealanders who feel isolated.”

While loneliness is often thought of as a consequence of growing old, research shows young people often feel lonely too, with Covid-19 responsible for reducing people’s contact with one another, even after lockdown. Read more


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

10.00-11.00: Upright and Active
1.00-3.00: U3A French

9.30-11.00: Age Concern Connection Central

Aug 7 -  One-on-One support for your cellphone, laptop or other device
Aug 14 - Justice of the Peace Services
Aug 21 - What's Changed Since Lockdown for Business? - Jodi Collins
Aug 28 - End of Life Bill Referendum - What We are Voting for - Heather Major
Sept 4 - Cooking with Shanti
Sept 11 - Inter-generational Meeting
Sept 18 - Relaxation - the science of breath and sound healing
Sept 25 - Age Concern Annual General Meeting & Guest Speaker

Oct 2 - Art Therapy for Healthier and Happier Living
Oct 9 - Chris with Cafe Cruize Music
Oct 16 - Arboretum Visit
Oct 23 - Springtime Food Treats
Oct 30 - Age Friendly Hamilton Update
(Most activities have a small cost component)



Try this wonderful baked dessert while pears are in season - Recipe
Read the latest issues of Senior Watch for articles on topics including:

Age Concern Rotorua gifted funds for brand new 10-seater van - Read more

Nurses oppose bed cuts for older mental health patients - Read more

Here's why 'using a credit card to save for retirement' isn't crazy - Read more

Contact Age Concern Hamilton

Phone: 07 838 2266