Winter 2020 Active Retirees New Zealand Magazine

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ISSUE 28 WINTER 2020  |   YOUR OFFICIAL NEW ZEALAND PROBUS MAGAZINE  |  $5.5  |   THE VISION OF PROBUS

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FOOD &WINE

A TIME OF TRANSITION

ADVENTURE

TOURISM t u o e m o c “Time to to play”

ROTORUA

THE PERFECT YEARROUND DESTINATION

LET’S DANCE!

THE BENEFITS OF REGULAR DANCING FOR SENIORS



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ADVENTURE TOURISM

THE BENEFITS OF REGULAR DANCING FOR SENIORS

ADVANCED SUPPORT FOR JOINT HEALTH

ROTORUA: THE PERFECT YEAR-ROUND DESTINATION

RETIREMENT LIVING IN LOCKDOWN

LIFE AFTER COVID FOR RETIREMENT VILLAGES


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PAIN, PAIN GO AWAY

GARDENING: TRIO FOR SUSTAINABILITY

THE PATH FROM HERE

FOOD: A TIME OF TRANSITION

THE WINE RACK

CLUB NEWS


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CHANGE IS INEVITABLE APART from death and taxes, the

For the first week they cleaned

vocabulary – apps, downloads,

It won’t be easy but the challenge

podcasts etc and Zoom has a

is there, we have an organisation that

new meaning that probably is not

has respect in the community, looks

even in the dictionary yet. Probians

after the wellbeing of it’s members

have embraced technology in a

and provides fun and friendship to

way which probably surprises them.

our retirees.

Grandchildren are proud that Nana

We are known for doing things for

and Poppa can text, Zoom, Skype

the collective good of our retiree

and during lockdown this technology

community, lets continue to do so

has been invaluable in keeping in

and lets encourage more retirees to

touch with family all over the world,

join Probus and enjoy the positive aspects of life in our later years.

only constant in life is change, and

their windows, washed the car, lived

and reassuring to all members that

over the past few months we have

out of the pantry and freezer, the

despite being classed as being in the

had to accept massive changes to

“Match of the Day” morphed into

“vulnerable demographic” we were in

regular club meetings will resume

our lifestyle.

“Daily Pandemic Report”. Then in the

fact healthy and still active.

(which would allow distribution of

When Probus members retire they

second week they cleaned out the

We can wish for things to stay the

Because of the uncertainty of when

hard copy Active Retiree magazines)

embrace a new freedom - to go out

garage and sorted all the old photos,

same, it takes courage to make

this digital copy has been produced.

as and when they please, to wherever

and stayed home. In the third week

changes but to survive we must

We hope you enjoy it and circulate it

they please whether it be home or

the husband made the soup and

make changes.

to your members, and potential

overseas. In fact many Probians have

even baked a cake. And the

worked hard and saved hard to

weeks passed.

follow their dreams and tick off items

Change can be seen as a threat

The pandemic has been a huge

new members.

wake up call for our economy and revealed how much we rely on the

on their bucket list, whether it be a

or an opportunity and Probians

global community in relation to

trip on The Ghan, a European River

have taken it as an opportunity and

tourism, education and industry, it

cruise, an African safari park tour or

have found ways of maintaining

is going to take years to recover but

a trip to the Antarctic, Probians are

the fun, friendship and fellowship

to ensure that recovery happens

curious adventurous people who

ideals of Probus. I have seen many

as quickly as possible we must

value their freedom.

reports of clubs issuing e-newsletters

be prepared to make changes.

reporting on activities of members,

Probus will play a part in bringing

freedom was taken from them and

encouraging ringing lists to ensure

opportunities which will influence

they were asked to stay home, stay

members keep in touch, and often

the longevity of clubs and hopefully

safe and wash their hands! And of

including a clever joke!

members will keep open minds

Margaret Drake

to change.

PSPL Chairman

Then with hardly any warning their

course they did as they were asked.

New words have entered our


ADVENTURE

TOURISM Words by Diana Durrant of Te Puna

W

hen I hear the words adventure tourism, I don’t think: “Oh, that’s me.” So, if you’d told me that I’d be

climbing stairs, zipping through

treetops, and experiencing nature from the top of the forest, I might not have believed you. Retired folks are often not the first to jump at the opportunity to go ziplining in the dense native bush. However, that is exactly what my husband and I did - along with our daughter and son-in-law, and three of our gorgeous grandchildren. We wanted a family experience with everyone together - one we wouldn’t forget.


We started the tour at 9am.

250-hectare chunk of untouched

Jordyn and Anna, the guides, were

bush, located near the village

knowledgeable, friendly, and funny.

of Mamaku, right on the border

They told us that the morning tours

between the Waikato and Bay

are often the best. “The forest is

of Plenty.

waking up,” they said. “All the birds will

It’s looked after by the conservation

be singing out to one another!” And

team at Canopy Tours, who have not

they were.

only set up ziplines, treetop walks,

Lucky for us, it was an absolutely beautiful day. The sun was shining bright, and it felt like summer had well and truly begun. A real treat after nearly a week of overcast skies! Although apparently the tours still happily run in the rain, we were glad it was a gorgeous day.

and swing bridges, but a huge

“THEY TOLD US THAT THE MORNING TOURS ARE OFTEN THE BEST. “THE FOREST IS WAKING UP,” THEY SAID. “ALL THE BIRDS WILL BE SINGING OUT TO ONE ANOTHER!”

The forest itself was alive with sound.

trapping network which protects the trees and birds from predators. Rats, possums, and stoats are a big problem in native forests, and one of the main focuses of the Canopy Tours business is to look after this

precious taonga, a “treasure”. As the

That was one of the first things I

guides, Jordyn and Anna, told us,

noticed – a cacophony of nature’s

the predators strip the trees of their

noise. Cicadas humming, the squawk

bark, eat huge amounts of foliage,

of birds, and the soft rustling of trees.

and destroy the nests of native birds.

Even the metallic click-clack of

Doing their best to keep the rascals

carabiners and the strange, rising-

under control, they said, was one of

and-falling hum of buzzing rope

the team’s top priorities.

seemed at home in the native bush. Rotorua Canopy Tours operates

As someone who grew up in Thames, where the whole town backs

in a big patch of forest called

onto a huge piece of Department

Dansey Road Scenic Reserve. It’s a

of Conservation land, Coromandel


Forest Park, I really love how much

with how confident I was! I didn’t

they took conservation to heart. It

feel frightened at all. I chalk it down

would be easy for the Canopy Tours

to being nestled so deeply in such

team to simply use the forest for their

beautiful scenery and the sun on my

tourism business and not really care

face. I was smiling the whole time!

what the impact of that would be.

I know some of us oldies might be

Jordyn and Anna, our friendly

a bit scared to do something like a

guides, were very knowledgeable

zipline experience, flying through a

on the forest, the conservation efforts, and how the tour would operate. They made sure to help us (my husband and I, the grandparents) and make sure we were comfortable at every stage. They also went out of their way to reassure us that despite the height and the drop, all

“JORDYN AND ANNA, OUR FRIENDLY GUIDES, WERE VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE ON THE FOREST, THE CONSERVATION EFFORTS, AND HOW THE TOUR WOULD OPERATE. THEY MADE SURE TO HELP US (MY HUSBAND AND I, THE GRANDPARENTS)”

the equipment was 100 per cent safe. We all exchanged

forest, hanging onto a rope and shrieking! Maybe we’d think it’s only made for our kids or grandkids, and that we can’t get out into nature and do something a bit wild. Yes, maybe some things would be a bit much. For example, you definitely wouldn’t see me doing a big bungie jump or a skydive!

But the adventure I had at

slightly nervous smiled when they

Canopy Tours wasn’t just about a

explained how we would drop

big adrenaline rush. Stepping off a

off a platform and zip away into

platform and along a buzzing rope

the treetops.

was only part of it. It was a three-hour

My family thought I would be

tour where my whole family spent

scared, or nervous of my weak

quality time together in an amazing

shoulder. But I think I shocked them

patch of untouched Kiwi bush.


We laughed, talked, and were also sometimes simply silent, just watching the amazing scenery in our own provincial backyard. Watching my grandchildren handfeed tomtits and toutouwai, tiny little native birds which would peck feed from their palms, was a beautiful experience. Watching my husband drop off a 22-metre high platform and shout with delight made me laugh out loud. Watching my daughter snap photo after photo of our time at Canopy Tours - with a wide, knowing smile on her face - made me realise we were all experiencing something very, very special. Feeling the wind rush past my ears and through my hair, with the unmistakeable scent of native New Zealand forest in my nostrils was a profound and humbling experience. Zipping over the treetops, for the first time in a while, made me feel lucky and grateful to be living in New Zealand. I feel very grateful to have had the experience at Rotorua Canopy Tours, and I’m delighted that I could do the tour with my entire family. With the help of the Canopy Tours team, we all created an unforgettable memory. I couldn’t have asked for a more blissful three hours.


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ROTORUA THE PERFECT YEAR-ROUND DESTINATION

M

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we encourage you to add it to your holiday plans no matter what time of year you’re travelling.

WAIKITE VALLEY THERMAL POOLS.


Incredible geothermal landscapes Visiting Rotorua’s unique geothermal parks is a must-do year round. Waimangu Volcanic Valley and Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland are located about 30 minutes from Rotorua’s city centre and offer scenery that’s so different, we recommend visiting both if you can. Along the edge of town, you can’t miss the largest active geyser in the Southern Hemisphere, Põhutu, located at Te Puia, and just a few minutes’ walk from the city centre is Kuirau Park, New Zealand’s only geothermal public park. Soak your feet in the free footbath as steam from the thermal pools swirls around you.

KUIRAU PARK.


Hot pools to beat the winter chills Winter is perfect for enjoying the mineral-rich waters of the hot pools in and around Rotorua. Head to Polynesian Spa for a soak in their geothermal pools along the scenic edge of Lake Rotorua, or venture out to Waikite Valley Thermal Pools, another local favourite that’s a bit more off the beaten track. Catch Volcanic Air’s float plane across Lake Rotoiti to enjoy the secluded thermal pools of Manupirua Bay, or Totally Tarawera’s boat cruise to Hot Water Beach on the shore of Lake Tarawera. Tranquil lakes and a beautiful forest Known as the lakes district, Rotorua has 18 beautiful lakes, many of which are accessible year-round for boating, kayaking and fishing. Summer is great for swimming and all manner of water sports. Whakarewarewa Forest is green and lush year-round. It’s only five minutes from the city centre but you’ll feel worlds away once you step onto the trails amid the towering redwoods that have been growing here since 1901. There’s so much to do in Rotorua, you’ll want to experience every season.

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ONE of the lessons of Covid-19 seems to have taught us is the need for more sustainability. During the pandemic, mature gardeners probably carried on much as before, planting silverbeet to eat over winter, cabbages and cauliflowers for spring, and garlic to harvest in summer. Broad beans and onions were sown, plots kept tidy and empty areas fertilised or sown with a cover crop.


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(I was going to add broad beans but

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not everyone likes them, so we’ll skip

the country.

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Potatoes are good for beginners,

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A BASKET OF RHUBARB READY TO MADE PIES OR JAM.

RHUBARB GROWN IN A STACK OF TYRES.

stores sell individual spuds at about

and harvested on a “cut and come

75c each, as well as bags that

again� basis.

range from about $9.50 a kg to

My third easy-peasy plant is

$16.50 for 3kg. Bigger bags are more

rhubarb. Existing clumps should be

economical but for a small area, a

divided in winter every three or four

1kg bag will be plenty.

years, so save good rooted pieces

If the budget is really tight, saving sprouted spuds from the bottom of the vegetable bin and planting them is a good money saver. Silverbeet is another easy crop and cultivars with coloured stems can be dotted around flower gardens.

to share with new gardeners, saving them about $15 to $20 a plant. Being greedy, rhubarb loves lots of manure and will grow in semi-shade, although it appreciated sunshine if its roots are cool and moist. Sustainability is not just about

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EXPO SENIORS & TRAVEL

The Seniors and Travel Expo 2020,

and to have a go on

October the 10th and 11th 10am

or purchase on site or on order.

to 3pm at Bay Park, Stadium

Also, browse through the many

Lounge, Mount Maunganui.

and diverse activities, from Art to

The Expo has expanded to

Menz Sheds, Rotary and Probus

many more exhibits offering

Clubs, where you join, enjoy

many more options from Ocean

activities with like-minded people.

Cruising, River Cruising, travel within New Zealand destinations,

FREE ENTERTAINMENT

in fact, 50 plus destinations

This year Ray Woolf entertains us,

to learn about.There will be

live at 1pm, both days, singing

caravans on show for tripping

60s and 70s hits, including songs

around, and lots more options

by Matt Munro; Walk Away, Born

to suit all tastes and budgets.

Free, Portray of my Love etc.

Colin explains “The purpose of

An event not to be missed,

the Expo is to provide seniors with

loads of information and

first-hand opportunities to discuss

entertainment, and tastings

products and services usually

for all.

advertised in magazines and newspapers alone”. The Expo is showcasing a vast

Baypark Bay of Plenty 10-11 October 2020

range of services and products

For more information, please go to special event www.activeretireesexponz.com

for seniors in one convenient location and it’s all for free! Are you in the market for a new

Seniors and travel annual expo is on again.

vehicle? there will be an outside

A wealth of information, a great experience.

caravans and within the venue

display of new car options, near new and imported English you will see Electric Bikes, these vehicles are all available to view

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LET’S DANCE! THE BENEFITS OF REGULAR DANCING FOR SENIORS.

By Tina Neville BPhysEd (Otago) and Licensed Zumba Gold instructor in Tauranga

It’s time to boogie! Many scientific studies now show how incredibly beneficial regular dancing is as we age. Dance is proving to be more beneficial than walking, swimming and going to the gym. We need to boost the brain as well as the body as we age and dancing does both. Any style of dance will work as long as you have to think, learn a routine and connect your mind to your body.


Here are some of the benefits of regular dancing (ideally 3 times per week): • Improved coordination, agility and balance which will help prevent falls and increase your physical confidence. • Healthier heart and lungs – decreasing your risk of a heart attack • Stronger bones and a lower risk of osteoporosis • Improved self esteem • Weight management • Better muscle strength and flexibility • Reduced risk of depression • Decreased risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s (a 76% reduction!) • Improved memory • You’ll feel great and smile more! There are so many different styles of dance. Try a few until you find one you enjoy – line dancing, square dancing, low impact aerobics, tap dance, ballroom dance and more. Zumba Gold is a great dance program for active older adults. It is a modified version of regular Zumba that incorporates latin music, modern pop music with simple dance steps. The class is fun and funky. You’ll learn a wide variety of dance styles such as salsa, merengue, flamenco, disco, cha cha, cumbia, reggaetón, Bollywood, tango and many more. Work out your body and your brain – get dancing!



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PAIN PAIN GO AWAY Arthritis can be debilitating. Here are some tips for keeping joint pain at bay all year round. Words by Jesse Rosenberg

F

ed up with aches and pains? You’re not alone. More than one in six New Zealanders suffer from Arthritis of some kind according to Arthritis NZ and that number is only going to grow. By 2050 over

1.8 Million New Zealanders are predicted to have arthritic issues. But what exactly is arthritis, and how do you know if you have it?


What is arthritis? Arthritis is an umbrella term that can refer to over 100 medical conditions that affect the joints (the area where two or more bones meet). Arthritis can have a number of causes, ranging from the deterioration of cartilage around joints to an autoimmune disease. For sufferers of arthritis, simple everyday tasks can become extremely difficult. There are a number of different types of arthritis. The two most common are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. What are the symptoms? Self-diagnosing arthritis can be difficult, because not every ache requires medical attention. Often, the early signs of arthritis are mistakenly blamed on an injury or overactivity. Not only that, the onset of arthritis can be slow and only mildly painful, or rapid and extremely painful. It’s different for everyone. That being said,

have arthritis?” then it’s probably time

Rheumatologist at St Vincent’s Clinic

there are some signs that should

to see your doctor.

in Sydney. “Pain, stiffness, swelling

good treatments for arthritis, and

of the joints and fatigue are the

that you shouldn’t have to put up

make you consider seeing a doctor.

Dr Browne stresses that there are

These include joint pain and swelling

Orthodox treatment for joint pain

common symptoms of arthritis. Then

with constant joint pain. “There’s

to seemingly unrelated issues such as

To treat joint pain, it’s very important

we try to determine what category

a lot of other measures that help

heart problems, fatigue or a rash.

to determine the type of arthritis

of arthritis is going on because the

symptoms and offer effective

involved, says Dr Christopher Browne,

treatment varies.”

pain relief, including medication,

If you’re asking yourself “could I


Natural remedies

enzyme found in pineapple, can also

While it’s always necessary to see

reduce inflammation in the joints.

a doctor and follow their advice, there are a variety of helpful natural

What behaviours cause pain and

products that can be helpful in

how to avoid them

easing arthritic pain, says Corinne

Because many activities that trigger

Bett, Naturopath at BioCeuticals. “For

joint pain are necessary everyday

both acute and chronic pain, herbal

tasks, it’s difficult to completely

anti-inflammatories can provide relief

avoid them. However, it is possible

without the side effects associated

to moderate them. It’s important to

with prescription medications. Herbs

take note of behaviours that cause

such as devil’s claw, cat’s claw

you pain and avoid them when

and turmeric have a long history of

possible. For example, gardening

traditional use for arthritic conditions.”

is an activity that is necessary and

Keep in mind it’s important to follow

often enjoyable. However, it can

your doctor’s advice on alternative

also aggravate back, neck and leg

medicines.

pains. In order to lower the amount of pain you’re experiencing, you

Diet pain

might need to cut down on the

There are a number of foods that can

activities you identify as causing

cause inflammation and increase

you pain.

joint pain for those suffering from

Another way to minimise pain is to

arthritis. Foods high in sugar, fats,

use tools that have been specifically

oil, MSG, refined carbohydrates,

tailored to help. “There’s some good

gluten and alcohol can all increase

advice from occupational therapists

inflammation of the joints. According

of appliances that can simplify a lot

physiotherapy, local injections and

best ways to deal with pain is to lose

to the Arthritis Foundation, sufferers

of home activities,” says Dr Browne.

lifestyle modification,” he says. “With

weight. “Unfortunately there are a lot

should increase the proportion of

Speaking to professionals and

proper assessment and treatment,

of overweight people who have bad

fruits and vegetables in their diet.

getting personalised advice for how

people’s lives can be made a lot

knee problems, and they can be

Making fish their main protein and

to moderate painful activities and

more comfortable.”

helped enormously just by assistance

getting more omega-3s can also

maintain your lifestyle can help you

in weight loss,” Dr Browne says. “It’s not

make a big difference to symptoms.

get the most out of life even when

easy to achieve but it can be done.”

Corinne Bett says bromelain, an

For those suffering from osteoarthritis, he says, one of the

living with arthritis.


7

TOP TIPS FOR PAIN MANAGEMENT

While it’s necessary to seek advice from a health professional to help you create a detailed pain management plan, there are a few tips you can follow to reduce your joint pain. Here are Corinne Bett’s seven tips for managing arthritic pain:

1

MAINTAIN A HEALTHY DIET AND AVOID BECOMING OVERWEIGHT Eating anti-inflammatory foods can be helpful. Watching what you eat and maintaining a healthy weight will help you avoid excess knee pain.

2

PERFORM REGULAR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY Keeping your muscles active will help them support your bones and reduce joint pain. It will also help you stay at a healthy weight.

3

AVOID HIGH IMPACT SPORTS Heavy landings will cause inflammation in your joints, leading to pain.

5 7

4

DO NOT OVERUSE YOUR JOINTS Overuse is one of the most common causes of osteoarthritic pain. Know your limits and don’t push yourself more than you should.

KEEP CORRECT BODY POSTURE Maintaining good posture ensures you don’t put too much weight on any specific part of your body.

6

FOLLOW YOUR HEALTHCARE PRACTITIONER’S RECOMMENDATIONS Listen to your GP and specialists. They are the experts. Follow their advice on the correct use of prescribed medications and natural therapies.

USE SUPPORTIVE SHOES The right footwear can be extremely useful for those suffering from knee and back pain. Talk to your doctor about exploring different options.


RETIRE AT HOME Many retirees want to be able to stay in their homes as long as possible. With the support of Elderly Assist you may be able to stay in familiar surroundings much longer than you thought. Elderly Assist has launched a new service to help you stay in your home and stay safe. Together we work out a plan to suit your current and future needs. We partner with organisations that bring knowledge and practical advice and services to make your entire home environment – house, garage, shed, garden – organised and safe. Our professional team at Elderly Assist have been assisting our clients declutter, pack up and move to a new home for many years. We now bring those same levels of expertise and care to our new service – helping you stay safely in your own home.

Staying in your own home is not as difficult as you may have thought with the guidance of Elderly Assist. We can: • Talk to you about your current living situation, physical mobility and any concerns you may have. • Give independent advice. • Introduce you to services to enable you to maintain your independence and stay in your own home and community.

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RETIREMENT LIVING IN LOCKDOWN “DON’T BURST YOUR BUBBLE” became the mantra for retirement village residents from 26 March 2020, as it did for the rest of the country. Covid-19 was particularly risky for older people and villages were not exempt! One of our key messages was to make sure the residents themselves understood the risks and did whatever they could to stay healthy.


In this picture (below), Sheila from

At level 4, this was relatively simple.

concert performed by the resident

Retirement villages were declared an

Arvida’s Park Lane community is

Ukulele Orchestra aka ‘The Greenwich

“essential service”, the gates were

catching up with her niece.

Strummers’. It was a great sing song

locked, essential visitors and staff

and a good way to stay connected

only came in, a new range of health

while observing ‘bubbles’ and social

checks were put in place, and village

distancing! Watch the video – it’s

activities ceased – for the time being.

great!

Residents were encouraged to get

We were delighted to find a resident

outside and exercise (there’s a lovely

“Banksy” at Waitakere Gardens,

clip of what people were doing on

TV1’s “Seven Sharp” programme, and

whose identity is anonymous. He’s

our Retirement Life Facebook page),

you can see the clip here.

known only as ‘P’. P has been

but their bubbles did not extend past their own villa or apartment.

“Quizzes, tai-chi, exercise routines, communications with neighbours and families were organised via the village internet.”

found on our Retirement Life website

cartoons, documenting life in his

www.retirementlife.co.nz

village under lockdown.

One innovative operator organised improv theatre classes over Zoom, ballet and Beethoven performances, indoor golf, bingo, housie and a dementia unit where they set the chairs out like an airliner, gave them boarding passes, stuck a plane simulation of take-off on the TV, and took them to London for a Paul

We knew it would be a challenge,

producing a series of COVID-19

The ten top winners’ stories can be

“Metlifecare’s Greenwich Gardens (Auckland) residents organised a concert performed by the resident Ukulele Orchestra aka ‘The Greenwich Strummers’.”

McCartney concert. Communicating with friends and

But unsurprisingly, “Villages got

Oakridge Villas in Kerikeri took to

technology. Quizzes, tai-chi, exercise

family who aren’t allowed to visit has

Talent” rose to the surface too. We

the streets of their village to do some

routines, communications with

become a priority for Arvida residents.

got lots of stories and video clips of

dancing with social distancing.

neighbours and families were

Many of them have learned how to

residents playing musical instruments,

They’ve also been gathering on their

organised via the village internet. The

use Zoom for face-to-face meetings,

tossing toilet rolls (yes), or taking part

streets (two metres apart) to exercise

RVA organised a short story writing

even if they don’t have a laptop of

in mass exercise on their apartment

together and make the most of being

competition that was remarkably

their own. Every Arvida community

balconies.

together apart. They made a short

successful, with 172 entries from 80

made laptops available for residents

villages across NZ. This even made

to use for Zooming their loved ones.

so many villages turned to

Metlifecare’s Greenwich Gardens (Auckland) residents organised a

video of this too, which you can see here.


A serious toilet roll shortage

Another contender for the toilet

creation was tickled pink! (photo left)

moves here.

featured at the start of the lockdown

paper shortage could be a birthday

back in March, and we may have

during lockdown, which led to

Ryman’s Nellie Melba Village in

Village poet Lenora, who has been

discovered the culprits living at the

the creation of an amazing toilet

Melbourne demonstrated some real

using the extra time while we’re in

Arvida Group’s Oakwoods Village in

paper cake at Arvida’s Glenbrae

dance style – we’re told other Ryman

lockdown to work on her poetry,

Nelson. They made a very cute little

community. This idea started out as

villages in NZ followed this lead but

giving us a wonderful window into

video that involves virtuoso toilet roll

a joke, but had a very glamorous

restrictions on drone use limited what

how she’s keeping busy during these

tossing, which you can see here.

outcome. The recipient of this exotic

could be filmed. Check out their

unprecedented times.

While not a New Zealand village,

Let’s leave the last word to Kapiti



LIFE AFTER COVID FOR RETIREMENT VILLAGES AND AGED CARE…

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over 5000 reviews on nearly 700 facilities around New Zealand. Nigel Matthews, Founder of Aged Advisor says “Readers like

have already begun to

to see up-to-date reviews. So, if

pour in on a weekly basis.

you live or visit someone in a

One resident from Ernest

facility and you have already

Rutherford writes “During

placed a review in the past, then

lockdown the Ryman

others would love to hear your

family provided us with

current comments - even if they

many practical extras.

haven’t changed.”

Weekly bread, milk and

COVID-19 has certainly changed the

For people looking at

biscuits and on Fridays a

Retirement Villages for themselves

small bottle of wine or juice

or for Care for say a loved one

with chips or peanuts. We

- then hearing from those that

felt really privileged.”

have already made that decision

Another person at a Summerset

can be a huge source of help and comfort.

landscape of care and village life in

Village in Trentham writes, “Over

New Zealand. The last few months

the Covid-19 head office and

have seen staff and managers

management here were excellent -

resthome or you’re looking

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within NZ Aged Care and Retirement

had our welfare well thought through.

for more information, then an

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Villages go above and beyond to

A huge thank you.”

independent review site with

ensure the safety and wellbeing of

However, not all comments are

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detailed information from both

some of our most vulnerable. It’s time

positive. One Nelson village resident

facility and residents may be

those stories of real care and true

states “Treated like pre-schoolers [by

just the answer.

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management]”.

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HELP FOR RESIDENTS

(OR INTENDING RESIDENTS) OF RETIREMENT VILLAGES

Retirement Villages (and registered Lifestyle Villages) are governed by the 2003 Retirement Villages Act and associated 2008 Code of Practice. Unfortunately the legislation falls short on a number of areas and the RVRANZ believes it’s time for a full review

WHO do you turn to when

of these laws that aim to

you need help or advice on

protect some of our more

retirement village life? Until 6

vulnerable.

years ago there was no national

Mr Carr adds, “The

body that specifically represented

RVRANZ is determined that

Residents of Retirement Villages

measurement of village

in NZ.

management behaviours

Incorporated in 2014, The

will continue to be monitored

Retirement Village Residents

and reported. Our aim is for a

Association of New Zealand

set standard of expectations

(RVRANZ) helps ensure that

to protect elderly - many of

village life really is the “Peace

whom have sunk their life

of Mind” that has been promised

savings into their final home.”

to residents.

Plans are underway to

Peter Carr, President of the

document these issues

Assoc. says “A great number

directly on the RVRANZ

of villages are very well run,

website - so they can be

have an excellent relationship

publicly addressed.

between manager and residents

For more information on

association and, in the main,

moving into a retirement

encompass happy residents.

village, residents rights,

Those that do not are being

the legislation or becoming

recognised and the attention of

a member visit

government drawn.”

www.rvranz.org.nz


THE PATH FROM HERE THE team at Midlands Mortgage Trust

to endure. In New Zealand, financial

continued as an essential service

stimuli will most likely be ramped

throughout the Covid-19 lockdown.

up over the coming months to help

Initially some of us worked from home

support affected businesses and

but now we are all back in the office

households.

and loving it! There is no getting away from the fact that the world is in the middle of a health crisis. Governments and central banks across the world are taking unprecedented steps to cushion the economic blow that is likely to follow and ease pressures in financial markets.

“RECOVERY FROM ALL THE UNCERTAINTY MAY BE SLOWER THAN WE ARE HOPING FOR, BUT REMEMBER THAT IT WILL COME, WE MAY JUST HAVE TO BE A LITTLE PATIENT.”

maybe even our own. Recovery

Midlands Mortgage Trust please call

from all the uncertainty may be

me on 0800 870 326.

slower than we are hoping for, but remember that it will come, we may

Elliott Jackson is Investment

just have to be a little patient.

Manager at Fund Managers

Over the last few months, we have

Central Limited, the issuer

seen steady and renewed interest

of the Midlands Mortgage Trust.

in our Midlands investment product.

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A TIME OF TRANSITION As autumn glides us gently from the heat of summer to the cold of winter, the consequent lack of temperature extremes gives us more options for climatically appropriate food and wine combinations. On these pages are a few dishes and wine styles to use as starting points for your own gustatory and vinous adventures. Happy creating!

Vic Williams is a seasoned wine and food writer who has spent the last 25 years communicating about their combinations in print and on radio.


CRUDO OF TREVALLY Wine match: Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc Trevally is an under-rated fish that sells for far less than more popular species such as snapper or tarakihi. That’s a shame. People put off by its dull pink colour can be reassured that it turns pristinely white when cooked, but in our house we love to celebrate its deliciously savoury flavour by serving it raw, a trick we learned from the kitchen team at Gusto at the Grand, the Italian-inspired eatery within the Sky City complex. Our version places thin slices over a rivulet of verjuice spiked with chopped Vietnamese mint and shiso (a Japanese herb also known as perilla), with extra-virgin olive oil drizzled over the top. Pinches of sea salt and cracked pepper are the only other extras. We enjoyed it with a 2018 St Clair Wairau Reserve Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, a multi award-winner that had enough vivacity to match the trevally point for lively point. The crudo technique is Italian, but we mixed cultures a little by serving it with Japanese chopsticks.


PAN-FRIED PORK CHOP WITH MUSTARD/CREAM SAUCE Wine match: Chardonnay First, let’s get one thing straight. Despite the recommendations of local websites, pork can be cooked to retain a slight degree of pinkness. That translates to around 63degC internal temperature — not the 71deg C that is still officially cited. It is perfectly safe at the lower temperature and will be in no danger of becoming dry and tough. This chop was seared for a couple of minutes on each side then finished in a fan-forced oven. While it rested, tented with foil, the pan was deglazed with Chinese cooking wine (it has a little salt added, making it perfect for cooking) and home-made chicken stock, then finished with a spoonful of cultured sour cream (we used Lewis Road). That creaminess makes it a natural match for Chardonnay that has spent time in oak and undergone the acid-softening process of malolactic. Ask your wine shop for recommendations.


ORECCHIETTE PASTA WITH BROCCOLI AND ANCHOVY Wine match: Trebbiano

extra-virgin olive oil. Season to taste,

This ear-shaped pasta is fun to make

remembering that the anchovy will

at home, but dried versions are

be salty. In southern Italy’s Puglia

readily available. Begin the dish by

region, where this dish originates,

adding a little olive oil and one or

it is invariably accompanied by a

two chopped anchovies to a frypan

hearty red such as Nero d’Avola

placed over a pot of boiling water

or Primitivo, and while the flavours

and ’melting’ them by pressing

on the plate are certainly robust

them into the oil with a wooden

enough to handle the tannin, we

spoon. When they have formed a

prefer a white with enough acid to

paste, remove the pan and briefly

balance the salty anchovy. Staying

parboil the broccoli in the water.

with Italy but moving more to the

Remove and put aside while you

centre of the country, we enjoyed it

add the pasta and cook for the

recently with a 2013 Adrio Trebbiano

recommended time. A minute or

d’Abruzzo. Faintly herbal with

two before it is cooked, place the

plenty of stonefruit and toasted nut

frypan over direct heat and faintly

flavours, it sat nicely with the pasta

brown a chopped garlic clove,

and had just the right amount of

adding a little more oil if necessary.

acid to bring out the best in the

Finally, stir through a spoonful of

anchovy-flavoured broccoli.

the pasta water, then carefully fold through the parboiled broccoli and drained pasta, plus a little


SALAD OF CHICKPEAS AND CAPSICUM Wine match: Grüner Veltliner Chickpeas are a versatile ingredient with the advantage of suiting a wide range of wine styles. We like to use them dried, but seldom plan our meals far enough ahead to allow for the overnight soaking they require, so in this case their canned equivalent did the honours. About half were braised in olive oil along with the capsicums and chopped red onion to give them extra ‘oomph’, then blended with the remainder. Tossed with Chardonnay vinegar, extra-virgin olive oil and a selection of chopped fresh herbs (we used flat-leafed parsley, marjoram and coriander), they made a splendid partner for a 2017 Ata Mara Grüner Veltliner from Central Otago, made by the supertalented winemaker for the now defunct New Zealand Wine Society, Jo Gear. The wine’s upfront fruit brought out the best in the sweet-edged capsicums, while its savoury, nutty notes were perfect with the chickpeas.


BRAISED OX KIDNEY AND RED ONION Wine match: Tempranillo Ox kidney has a stronger aroma and flavour than its more common ovine equivalent, so it’s a good idea to marinate it for a couple of hours in buttermilk (ideally) or plain milk before drying and shallow-frying it. We slowly caramelised thinly sliced red onion and chopped garlic in a little olive oil while the kidney underwent its pre-frying marination, then combined all the ingredients with home-made beef stock, Chinese cooking wine and a spoonful of Hoisin sauce. Once the liquid had reduced a little, we stirred in three or four tinned Italian tomatoes and their juice, roughly chopping them in the pan. Fresh thyme provided the herbal lift. The kidneys take only 10 or 15 minutes to cook, at which stage they should still offer some resistance to the bite. This is a rustic dish that would sit well with a hearty red like South Australian Shiraz or Italian Primitivo, but we looked to Spain and partnered it with a bottle of 2012 Toro Pintia, a boldly fruited but beautifully balanced Tempranillo from Vega Sicilia with a rather frightening alcohol percentage of 15%.


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ew Zealand is blessed with a long heritage of producing premium quality table wines. Driving through the various wine regions you can observe plantings of a wide variety of grapes many of which are winning support from wine lovers the world over. Although New Zealand is a young wine producer in years there is still much happening and so much to talk about especially when it involves food. Putting together food and wine can be an aesthetic and practical challenge. Each must be appropriate to the circumstances as well as to each other and should also contribute a certain gaiety to the occasion otherwise what’s the point? With such a wealth of wine riches to choose from it can be equally challenging when buying wine as price points are not always a true guide to what’s inside the bottle. It would be wrong to think that all wines offer unbeatable value for money and with numerous examples to be found it can be a difficult decision especially for the novice. The winemaking landscape in New Zealand is rich with iconic names who have carved out the directions of our most influential companies with the big wineries leading the way in value for money stakes. Over the past year I have been privileged to taste and review some excellent wines and with this in mind it seems fitting to share my experiences with a collection of wines that I have enjoyed drinking the most. Whether the preference is white or red you might want to give these wines a crack and soak up all the vinous excitement to be found inside the bottle. They say good wines make for good times!


30

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39

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23

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’18 YEALANDS ESTATE WINEMAKERS RESERVE SAUVIGNON BLANC

’18 ANTHONY JOSEPH VIDAL LEGACY CHARDONNAY

’17 HANZ HERZOG ESTATE PINOT GRIS

’17 MATAWHERO SINGLE VINEYARD GEWÜRZTRAMINER

No other wine region produces

Easy to drink, soft and full on

big and bold with a distinct ripe

Clean and rich on the palate

vibrant flavours like Marlborough.

the nose with a medley of

freshness brightened by its dryness

with intense fruity flavours skilfully

Intensively fresh and alive with rich

concentrated aromas of fresh

and depth of flavour that is vibrant

crafted with a soft spicy finish

fruity flavours.

tropical fruit that will awaken

and mouth-filling on the palate.

embraced with a delicate acidity.

the senses.


61

$

’14 ESK VALLEY GIMBLETT GRAVELS MERLOT, MALBEC, CABERNET FRANC

52

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’13 MAN O’ WAR CABERNET SAUVIGNON, CABERNET FRANC, MERLOT, PETIT VERDOT, MALBEC

69

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69

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’12 HANZ HERZOG ESTATE GRAND DUC PINOT NOIR

’16 VILLA MARIA RESERVE SYRAH

This wine has everything expected

A full coloured wine displaying

An even tempered easy

A Bordeaux style wine packaged

of pinot noir. Dense and structured

great structure and texture with an

drinking trifecta with ripe fruity

with rich fruity flavours that flow

with compelling aromas while still

abundance of concentrated fruit

concentrated flavours supported

through onto the palate.

managing to be supple.

with lots of intensity balanced

by soft tannins.

with soft tannins.


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PROBUS CLUB OF NEWMARKET Dinner at Woodpecker Hill, 25th February 2020

Pre-COV ID-19

During COVID-19

RIGHT: HAROLD COOP WITH HIS CULINARY MASTERPIECE. GILLIAN IS USING THIS OPPORTUNITY UNDER LOCKDOWN TO TEACH HAROLD HOW TO COOK. THE EXPECTATION IS THAT, ONCE LOCKDOWN FINISHES, HAROLD WILL BE ABLE TO HOLD CLASSES FOR THE MEN.

Wine and Cheese Evening HELD IN OUR STAIRWELL WITH NEW SOCIAL DISTANCING RULES ADHERED TO. STUART GRAY GIVING A DEMONSTRATION OF HOW TO PRESERVE AN OPENED BOTTLE OF WINE TO AN APPRECIATIVE AUDIENCE. I’M THINKING THAT IF PROBUS SOUTH PACIFIC HAD A PRIZE FOR SOCIAL GATHERING INNOVATION UNDER LOCKDOWN WE’D BE IN THE RUNNING!

ALL PHOTOS COURTESY OF BIRGITA MULLER.


PROBUS CLUB OF KAPITI COAST Laughter is the best medicine at a time of crisis...

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Canterbury Springtime Gardens & Fete 28 Oct—3 Nov 2020 All inclusive: Auckland—Christchurch— Hanmer Springs—Akaroa—Mt Somers— Christchurch—Auckland Wander stunning farm gardens when they are bursting with blooms. Enjoy leisurely lunches hosted by the gardeners in beautiful locations. East Cape Caper 2—7 Nov 2020 & 9— 14 Feb 2021 All inclusive: Auckland—Whakatane—Te Kaha— Hicks Bay—Anaura Bay—Gisborne— Rotorua—Auckland Get a taste for New Zealand the way it used to be. Take the road less travelled around the stunning East Cape to Hicks Bay and on to Gisborne and Rotorua, enjoying local hospitality along the way.

“Whoever started this game at the beginning of 2020, please finish it!”

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small group escapes for mature travellers

“Does anyone know if we can take a shower yet, or should we just keep washing our hands?”

Christmas in Taranaki 24—28 December 2020 All inclusive: Auckland— New Plymouth— Whangamomona—Chateau Tongariro— Taumarunui—Auckland Stay at New Plymouth’s Waterfront Hotel and see the Festival of Lights at Pukekura Park. Celebrate Christmas at the Nice Hotel, take Chaddy’s lifeboat cruise, drive the Forgotten World Highway and relax at the Chateau Tongariro.

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FRIENDSHIP, FELLOWSHIP AND FUN IN RETIREMENT What are you waiting for? Come and join PROBUS!

for Ladies or Men, the choice is yours. Membership is open to any member of the community who is retired

What is Probus?

or semi-retired and is looking for

Probus provides you with the

friendship, fellowship and fun.

opportunity to meet with fellow retirees on a regular basis, listen to

Great reasons to join PROBUS

interesting speakers and join together

• Enjoy the fellowship of retirees in

in activities, all in the company of new friends.

"There are over 150 Probus Clubs with more than 14,000 Probus Club members all over New Zealand".

your community • Listen to interesting guest speakers • Attend monthly meetings in your local area • Participate in a wide range of activities with fellow Club members • Stay in the loop with Active Retirees™ publications • Develop new interests and stay active

There are over 150 Probus Clubs

www.probussouthpacific.org and

Join thousands of Probus Club

select a location that is suitable for

Members across Australia and New

you. Once you have selected the

Zealand, enhance your retirement

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and join Probus today.

provide you with further information about how you can join that Club.

Contact Us

with more than 14,000 Probus Club

How do I join PROBUS?

members all over New Zealand. You

Find your local Probus Club by visiting

of our friendly team who will find a

• admin@probussouthpacific.org

can join a mixed Probus Club or Clubs

the Probus website –

Club that suits you.

• Toll free NZ 0800 1477 6287

Alternatively you can contact one

• www.probussouthpacific.org


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EXPO SENIORS & TRAVEL

Baypark Bay of Plenty 10-11 October 2020

40 Exhibits

For more information, please go to special event www.activeretireesexponz.com

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