Kia ora and welcome to this edition of The Old Times; Spring season is upon us and great to see all the beautiful blossoms out on the trees.  

I am filling in for Lucy this month while she is on leave.  Lucy is having a great time and has sent some lovely photos from the Abel Tasman, what a view that Lucy and her partner have had so far.

Hope you all are staying safe, well, and enjoying the beauty of Spring Season.

Best wishes

Bridgette Saunders
Visiting Service Coordinator

Changes to NZ Super and Veteran's Pension

From 9 November 2020, the Government is making changes to NZ Super and Veteran’s Pension.
The changes aim to simplify superannuation in New Zealand and is a move towards treating people more as individuals. This means people’s payments would depend more on their own situation, instead of their partner’s. - Read More


Steady as you go

Looking for a class to improve you balance?
Steady As You Go© is a unique community based falls prevention programme using peer leaders and a central coordinator. The exercises are similar to those learned from a physiotherapist.
  • Include simple exercises, seated in a chair, standing and walking
  • Proven to improve balance, spatial awareness, flexibility and leg strength
  • Participants feel physically better and more able
  • Class members enjoy being with a friendly group of like-minded people
  • All participants are encouraged to work at their own pace.
  • Classes are for one hour once per week. 
Three groups are looking for new members:
Chartwell on Wed at 12.45pm, St Albans Church, Comries Rd, Chartwell
Dinsdale Wed 10am, St Clare’s Church, Tuhikaramea Rd, Dinsdale
Hillcrest Wed 9.30am, Hillcrest Baptist Church, Knighton Rd, Hillcrest
If you'd like to join a group please call Margrit on 838 2266 to book your place. 
Older passengers express 'anxiety' over new bus card payment scheme

While a new bus card system might be making some elderly passengers anxious, officials responsible for it say they are doing all they can to make the transition a smooth one.

From October 19, the Bee card, which will allow people to electronically “tag on and off” the bus as a means of payment. - Read More

 Residential Tenancies Act Changes
The commencement dates for these law changes are:

› 12 August 2020   – The new provision that certain transitional and emergency   
                                  housing is not covered by the RTA takes effect.
                               – The limitation on rent increases to once every 12 months
                                   takes effect.
› 11 February 2021 – Most of the remaining reforms take effect.
› 11 August 2021    – Reforms relating to family violence and physical assault of a
                                  landlord take effect.  (These provisions may take effect
                                  earlier if the Government agrees.)

New termination grounds will be available to landlords under a periodic tenancy and time frames have changed.

Some new grounds are additional to existing grounds in the RTA and some details of existing grounds have changed.

The provision allowing landlords to terminate a tenancy without cause by providing 90 days’ notice will no longer apply. - Read More

Important Bonus Bonds Update

For half a century Bonus Bonds has been a part of the fabric of Kiwi life. However low interest rates continue to reduce the Bonus Bonds prize pool, meaning the likelihood of winning a prize has diminished.

The scheme is no longer accepting purchases from new or existing investors. It’s
intended that the scheme will start winding up no later than the end of October 2020.

If you’re a Bonus Bonds investor you have 2 options:
1. You can redeem your Bonus Bonds at any time before the intended wind up and benefit from any prize draws that you may be eligible for. You don’t need to do it straight away as the scheme continues to run; or
2. Stay in the scheme and benefit from a share in any reserves, after expenses, whenthe wind up is complete. You’ll also benefit from any prize draws that you may be eligible for. If you choose to stay during the wind-up phase, your investments may be locked in for up to 12 months.
The scheme currently has sufficient assets and reserves to cover all Bonus Bonds on issue, whichever option you choose.
How can you redeem Bonus Bonds?
• If you’re registered for MyBonusBonds, you can redeem online.
• If you’re an ANZ customer who does not have MyBonusBonds access, you can
complete the contact form online or call us on 0800 266 374.
• For non-ANZ customers who do not have MyBonusBonds, you can visit any ANZ
branch. Please bring personal identification (for example a passport, or both driver licence and birth certificate), proof of address and proof of bond holding, if you have it, when visiting a branch.

Can't get to a voting place?

There are voting services for people who can't get to a voting place, for example, because of illness, age or disability.

For 2020, if you are unable to get to a voting place, options include applying for postal voting or asking someone to bring you your voting papers. - Read More


September is Wills Month

Momentum Waikato and Tompkins Wake are making it easy to create or update your Will.

Make a legal Will online for free any time at – once signed and witnessed you can lodge it with a lawyer of your choice.

Or have a free no-obligation 30-minute Will consultation with a lawyer during September. Contact Scott Ratuki via or 07 838 6002.


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

Sept 18 - Relaxation - the science of breath and sound healing
Sept 25 - Age Concern Annual General Meeting & Guest Speaker

Oct 2 - Jodie - Business After Lockdown
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)


A delicious, nutritious way to start the day! - Recipe
Read the latest issues of Senior Watch for articles on topics including:

Only 1.5 Percent of People Identify Stroke As A Major Cause of Death - Read More
80yo Phone Scamming Victim Shares Story - Read More
‘It’s ruling us out’: Vulnerable people are being lost by government’s digital-first strategy - Read More

Contact Age Concern Hamilton

Phone: 07 838 2266