What we need right now


Dear *|FNAME|*,

Kia ora and welcome to this edition of The Old Times. Wow, how quickly things can change! One minute we're cruising along celebrating our little bubble at the bottom of the world, the next, we're back to being extra vigilant and keeping our distances. During these tough times, it is important to remember that we're in this together. Let's be kind, supportive, caring and empathetic as we once again embrace the 'new normal' .

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.  The previous three sessions have been extremely popular, fun and thoroughly enjoyed by all.  Please do join us:
Tuesday 25th August
1030 to 1130
Celebrating Age Centre
30 Victoria Street

No charge. Bring yourself and a friend
Phone 07 838 2266 with any questions
'We sold the house and bought a bus' 

Ask Lynette and John Valk (of no fixed abode) what retirement is all about, and they’ll say “freedom”.

As in free to live wherever they want, and free to move on whenever the urge takes them. And it could be just a hint of autumn on the breeze, or the news that the whitebait or salmon are running that sends them on their way.

John, a truck driver, was made redundant a couple of years before they made the big decision in 2016 to sell their house in Blenheim, buy a $150,000 secondhand motorhome and hit the road. And Lynette, a mussel factory supervisor, was happy to take early retirement to “follow the dream”.

They weren’t new to a life on the road, having owned a smaller, 7-metre, motorhome they used every weekend: “I think there were only three weekends in the whole year when we didn’t head out of town,” says Lynette. “But we would always get to Sunday, and we would be saying, ‘I don’t want to go home’.”
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Budget 2020: 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

Online scams

Internet scams can affect anyone at any time so being aware of what to look for and knowing what to do is important to protect yourself and your family.

Common types of online scams include

  • Romance scams
  • Cold calling scams
  • Business email compromise
  • Employment or work-at-home scams
  • Investment opportunity scams

These scams leverage the inexpensive and effective use of technology and social networking applications to extend their reach to a wider audience and increase their likelihood of prospective victims. This can be achieved via the following delivery methods of unsolicited email, social networking profile or post, text message, advertised on a related web site, cold call, Instant messaging (e.g. Facebook Messenger, Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger, Skype, Google Talk, WhatsApp, WeChat).

Romance scam

Romance scams involve deceiving someone by pretending to have romantic intentions towards them to gain their affection and trust. This scam can be quite effective due to the scammer’s targeting of unsuspecting people on a platform designed for the purpose of introducing each other. These specific trusted platforms can include dating websites, social networking sites, classified sites, and location-based social search mobile apps. The scam typically escalates quickly where the scammer acts as if they have fallen for the victim as this creates a sense of attachment on the victim's part so that the victim feels guilty refusing the scammer's requests which usually involves money.

Other possible circumstances from meeting someone online could also involve you in:

  • Freight forwarding goods to overseas addresses where they were purchased online with stolen funds
  • Money laundering of stolen funds transferred in the scammers deception of life savings, family inheritance, insurance payment, work income, etc. Read more


Get ready to vote

COVID-19 and the 2020 General Election

We have processes in place to protect you and your whānau while you vote.

Voting will open 2 days earlier than usual, and there will be more voting places to reduce queues. We encourage you to vote locally and bring your own pen if you can. We’ll provide hand sanitiser at voting places, and there’ll be space for physical distancing. If you need to stay home, you’ll have other ways of voting including voting by post.

Learn more about the safety measures we have in place

Experienced Sewers Needed Urgently
A small Te Awamutu family business is making facemasks and have a large backlog of orders that they urgently need help with.
They will provide all the materials except for the sewing machine, and are able to offer a koha (donation) for people's time. If you are able to help, please contact:

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


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 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)



These sweet treats are tasty and high in fibre. They make an ideal snack and are great to give as a gift - Recipe

Read the latest issues of Senior Watch for articles on topics including:

High rates of suicide continue among older NZ men, Otago research reveals - Read more

'Let's End Loneliness' Website - Read more

Over-60s learn digital banking from Age Concern Taupō - Read more

Contact Age Concern Hamilton

Phone: 07 838 2266