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To celebrate national volunteers week, enjoy this little look into the typical week on the railway!


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Taieri Gorge: The Improbable Railway Line

Good Times in Kaiapoi. Picture yourself in a boat on a river with shady green trees and cloudy blue skies. Hold on is the shout. You answer quite quickly, a man with fun in his eyes.


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CHAIRMAN’S MESSAGE I see strength, resilience, positivity and above all, hope. AS we say farewell to 2021 and welcome a new year, perhaps like you, I recall that we’ve been through so much this last year, but for many in our Probus community we have also grown stronger - I see strength, resilience, positivity and above all, hope. Hope for a world with more hugs and fewer restrictions, more joy and less fear. For many of us, the pandemic has changed our priorities and reminded us that our loved ones are more important than anything else. It’s a busy time of year and finding the extra time to connect with family and friends can be difficult, but I believe we need to make a super effort this year to do just that. This is the season of goodwill and cheer. Happiness is shared when we get together to enjoy each other’s company. At no other time during the year is the spirit of giving and sharing more alive in people’s hearts. Let’s try to keep this spirit of Christmas all year long. At this time of year we think about our blessings, the things that improve the quality of our lives. Gifts of time and love are precious, the essential ingredients of a truly enjoyable Festive Season. As we rush around buying presents, lets pause and remember that “our presence rather than our presents” is the greatest gifts we can give. I do hope that all of us are able to spend time with those who are dear to us because seeing family and friends enjoying each other’s company is a great treat. Foremost in my life is strengthening and enhancing relationships with my family. Of course, as we age, the dynamics and roles we play in each other’s lives change. For me, the most enjoyable times are when the four generations of my family gathers and I am able to delight in the connections

between my mother and her treasured great grandchildren. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought with it many challenges, including the separation we have endured from our family and friends in order to keep everyone in the community healthy and safe. So many of you have demonstrated how resilient and adaptable you are in the face of adversity. The sacrifices you have made mean the sooner we can get back to doing more of what we love, with the people we love. As Bob Hope said “When we recall Christmas past, we usually find that the simplest things—not the great occasions— give off the greatest glow of happiness.” Christmas is observed by Christians and non-Christians alike. So my wish to you, whatever your beliefs, culture or unique celebrations, is that you may enjoy good health, much happiness and all the best for the coming year. And in this time of pure joy, magic, and celebration, let’s try to find time to reconnect with all our friends from around the world. “Merry Christmas” in Maori (kirihimete!), in Spanish (Feliz Navidad!) in French (Joyeux Noël!) in German (Frohe Weihnachten!), in Italian (Buon Natale!), in Russian (Schastlivogo Rozhdestva!), in Dutch (Vrolijk Kerstfeest!), in Hebrew Mo’adim Lesimkha. Chena tova), in Hindi (meree krisamas), in Irish (Nollaig Shona!) and in Vietnamese (Giáng Sinh vui vè!) And a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and those dear to you.

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NEW ZEALAND MADE FURNITURE – COMFORT AND STYLE YOUR WAY Furnishing your home is no small decision. The pieces that you invest in need to not only be practical but should also match the vision you have for your space. A way to tick both of these boxes is to buy New Zealand made furniture. One of the major benefits of buying furniture made in New Zealand is that you can customise it to make it work for you – here’s how.

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ALTHOUGH you’ve no doubt heard about New Zealand made before and seen the little Kiwi symbol, what many people don’t realise about Harvey Normans New Zealand made furniture is that it’s completely customisable. • You can select the fabric colour, pattern, print or texture that works best for your interior style – make a statement with a bold coloured suite or keep your colour palette neutral and let the accessories do the talking. • You can choose your leg type and timber stain to match your décor - whether your style is traditional or more contemporary. • You can also select the size and configuration of your furniture so that you have a dining or lounge suite that perfectly fits your space – whether you need a dining setting big enough to fit the extended family or a small table and a couple chairs for your cosy unit, we can make it happen. As well as being able to choose exactly what you want, buying New Zealand made means you are also contributing to our national economy and supporting New Zealanders in business. So next time you decide to update your living spaces, why not support local and shop New Zealand made. Shop in store at one of our 27 Furniture and Bedding stores nationwide or head online to 


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ADJUSTABLE BEDS – EASE AND COMFORT AT THE TOUCH OF A BUTTON Buying a new bed is an important decision to ensure you get a great night’s sleep. These days there are so many options so it’s a great idea to talk to a bedding specialist who can help you select the right bed. An adjustable bed is a great solution that gives you the ability to adjust the bed to different positions as well as also having a range of additional features. When you buy an adjustable bed, you’re purchasing a bed that can be adjusted so it’s perfect for you.

• Adjustable bed bases allow you to raise and lower the head and foot of your bed to different heights. These adjustments can help with things like poor circulation, heart burn, snoring and breathing problems. • Harvey Norman stocks adjustable bases and mattresses from trusted bed brands like Tempur’s Nova mattress that features exclusive Cool Touch technology. • If you and your partner prefer to sleep in different positions, you can choose a split model. With a split bed base, each side of the bed can be independently moved – one person can have the bed laid flat to sleep while the other can lift the back up and read in bed at the same time. • Another advantage of a split bed is that you and your partner can each select the mattress comfort you desire – even if one person prefers super firm and the other likes their mattress soft, there’s no compromise needed. • The base can be paired with different customisable headboard styles to suit your bedroom décor. Select from upholstered headboards or beautifully crafted timber designs. Adjustable bases also come with interchangeable leg options, meaning you can adjust the bed to your desired height. As well as having movement features, upgraded models have additional functions such as vibrating massage settings, alarms, speakers, Bluetooth capability and under bed lighting. You deserve a rejuvenating, restful sleep every night, so head into your local Harvey Norman and let our sleep experts help find the perfect bed for you - an adjustable bed might be just what you’re looking for. Shop in store at one of our 27 Furniture and Bedding stores nationwide or head online to  issue 33 • summer 2021-22




Taieri Gorge



could say that railway lines and the locomotives that ride upon them are in my genes. As a youngster, the rail trip from Invercargill to Bluff was a summer highlight. When the pungent smells of the Ocean 8 | issue 33 • summer 2021-22

Beach Freezing Works heralded the arrival of our family, at Bluff. Since then, I have rumbled around Europe in the company of my orange-covered Thomas Cook timetable. A day trip to the Roof of Europe, at Jungfraujoch,

Switzerland, where light aircraft can be spotted flying below you! I have blurred past rural Japan on the Shinkansen. I have ridden on the high Pikes Peak Cog Railway, Colorado, where you gasp for oxygen. I have travelled on the


tracks from Auckland to Invercargill and have straddled the South Island on the TranzAlpine. As I approached the Dunedin Railway Station my day was brightened by the blaze of colour from the beds of springtime tulips,

amidst a swathe of manicured lawns. This historic building was completed in 1906, in the aftermath of the boom times of the gold rush. This building commands your attention. The facade conveys the colours of a chocolate log, etched in creamy Oamaru stone. One imagines it was built by homesick Scots to remind them of their own Waverley Station, located in Edinburgh. A recall of Edwardian Britain, with the floors of the station rooted in thousands of Royal Doulton tiles, and with the ticket booths of old - sadly no longer used. We eased out of Dunedin, past what is no longer old Carisbrook. Where, from its mud gave rise to the “enemies” of my Southland Fifteen - the Otago and All Black talent of: Ron Elvidge, Kevin Skinner and Bill Meates. To Wingatui, where the first sod was turned on 7 June 1879, and onto the Taieri Gorge Railway (TGR). Beyond Wingatui the route turns sharply inland to the north-

west and the Wingatui Viaduct. A massive undertaking, the length of two rugby fields, and soaring to 47 metres. Perched on a latticework of iron that reminded me of the Meccano set of my youth. We soon entered the gorge itself. Yawning chasms, with steep downward views of the Taieri River far below. A river that was benign, but after torrents of rain could quickly revert to a look-alike churning vanilla milkshake. Bastions of schist, held together by hopeful outcrops of gorse. Ledges just wide enough to accommodate the TGR. Echoing through tunnels blasted by dynamite and bricked over to hold them in place. A vista of bald hills, a testament to the harsh winters and blizzards. Blistering summer heat. Mammoth clefts with dizzying heights that required the ultimate skills of doubting engineers. A route of ten tunnels, 35 bridges and viaducts. Finally, to the bleak and lonely terminus at Pukerangi. We clattered past little stations, thankfully spruced up with a lick of paint: of cream and carefully trimmed in red and maroon. Now silent waypoints that have the memory of a more crowded history, than the quieter times of today. I left the chatty commentary, and varnished interior of the carriage to take photographs from the small platform located between the carriages. Here, it was shake, rattle issue 33 • summer 2021-22




and roll. So much so that there was a real possibility that my mobile phone camera would skitter onto the tracks whizzing just below me - as my torso leaned into the wind. I was determined to capture the ‘pic’ any railway buff was keen on that of photographing the train as it entered a long curve. Especially when the parrot-yellow livery of the TGR is such a sunny spot in any photo. In the many decades gone by, travel on the TGR was for essential

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reasons: travel to the schoolhouse, to attend a wedding, or to check on stock. Today, luxury cruise liners call at Port Chalmers and disgorge tourists, many of them Americans and Australians. No doubt they compare their TGR experience with their own Silverton and Durango Railroad - which also follows a tumbling mountain river, or the Cairns to Kuranda excursion, ascending through tropical rainforest to the Great Dividing Range. But such tourists

would be first to agree that the TGR has its very own brand of scenic splendour. Being a lover of history, I have published a family story titled: FROM SAILING SHIPS TO MICROCHIPS (1769-2009). Therein is a family connection of sorts to the TGR. This, in the sense that my maternal great-great grandfather, Englishman Matthew Shirley, struck it lucky in Gabriels Gully. He then decided to trudge all the way to Dunedin, via the inland route. He passed by Momona (Dunedin airport), and onto the gateway of south Dunedin, at Wingatui. This caused me to reflect that I must have crossed the route, at some point that a weary Matthew traversed - in 1862. I look back on this four hour and 110-kilometre outing, and quickly realise that this is much more than a touristic experience. I carry a degree of guilt, that it is in modernday comfort that we travel. But to me history shouts even louder than the savage scenery we had passed by. It shouts of those magnificent and whiskery men, who in the desperation of the great Depression of the day, wielded their pickaxes and shovels, and carved a steel pathway along such an improbable route. 


YOUR INVESTMENT IN YOUR HOLIDAY IS SAFE COVID-19 has presented many problems for travel providers especially when insurance companies won’t cover you for a cancelled holiday if impacted by COVID-19 Alert Level restrictions. The team at Seemore Tours can assure you that your investment in your holiday is safe. So, what happens when you have a holiday booked and COVID impacts the ability to travel? 1. Seemore Tours will first look to postpone the tour. 2. If this new date doesn’t suit, then you can transfer your trip to another tour. Any price difference is either returned or invoiced.

3. If neither of the above options suit then Seemore Tours will offer you a full refund.


“When our tour was affected by the first lockdown we were very impressed with how Seemore Tours managed this. We first received a call where we discussed the options, this was then followed through with email communications and in due-course a new date was set. We were fortunate that this new date suited us, although it was comforting to know we had options

to transfer to a different tour or receive a full refund.” – Gael & Jimmy Fong, Auckland To learn more about Seemore Tours and the holidays they have on offer, visit their website or contact the team on 0800 733667 for more. 

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To learn more about these tours or other holidays visit our website or contact Nikki on the details below. Phone: 0800 SEEMORE (733667) / 021 990 141 Email: issue 33 • summer 2021-22




TO CELEBRATE NATIONAL VOLUNTEERS WEEK, ENJOY THIS LITTLE LOOK INTO THE TYPICAL WEEK ON THE RAILWAY! The Weka Pass Railway charitable society has been operated entirely by enthusiastic volunteers since 1983. Collectively, between 300 and 400 volunteer hours are spent on-site each week. Monday is one of very few days with no regularly scheduled activities on the railway, though it’s one of the more common days for business, school, and tour group charters (which are commonly staffed by our shift-working or semiretired volunteers). Tuesday is one of the busiest days of the week at the Waipara depot. It’s the regular meeting day for the carriage restoration team, a passionate group of carpenters, painters and anyone else enthusiastic enough to lend a hand. Our 1930’s carriages are now 12 |

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cared for more than they have ever been thanks to the efforts of this passionate crew. The engineering team also meet at the depot on Tuesdays, and activities could range from locomotive maintenance to the completion of rolling stock mechanical inspections. Other trivial jobs, such as site maintenance and gardening, may be undertaken. And, of course, it would be unusual for a Tuesday to pass without a comprehensive shunt of the yard with the trusty DE loco—

shunting is a methodical game of chess on a large scale, with the rolling stock the ‘pieces’ and the shunters the players. Wednesday is the regular meeting day of the Track Gang. Comprised of about half a dozen committed volunteers who meet each Wednesday, the gang work in rain or shine to help keep our 1881 built stretch of permanent way in safe working order. While Gary’s hi-rail excavator and tamping head makes the job a lot easier than it was in days past, it’s still hot, sweaty work. Track gang volunteers are involved with a range of tasks - ranging from spot sleeper replacement and ballasting to maintaining the bridge and 62 culverts. They typically set off from the depot around 9am, but


sometimes a little later if the work is local. The executive committee of the society meet typically on Thursday nights, at least once a month. Decisions are made at these meetings regarding the operations, projects, marketing and financing of the society’s current and future undertakings. Any member can make suggestions to the committee, and as we are a small society, anybody’s idea can go a long way. Our treasurer and secretary have quite an important, often forgotten, job, as do all the committee members and department heads who leave with a list of jobs to do before the next meeting. Friday is another typically quiet day, though volunteers often show their faces on site before the evening rolls around. It’s not uncommon for charters to be booked for Friday nights, particularly in spring and early summer. Some of our volunteers, particularly the younger crew and ‘out of towners’, choose to stay at the railway for the weekend to volunteer, socialise and watch the trains roll by at night. There’s always plenty of beds in the bunk car—the accommodation carriage—which, in parody of ’smoking’ and ’nonsmoking’ composite carriages, is partitioned off into ‘farting’ and ‘non-farting’ compartments. Saturday is the main workday of the week at the Waipara depot. The day will often begin with a shunt, again with the trusty DE,

to get all the vehicles that need work done in the appropriate positions. Tasks could vary from Westinghouse brake overhauls, to installing heaters in our carriages, to repainting wagons or locomotives. By early afternoon, the Diesel Traction Group (DTG) volunteers may have crawled out of bed and shown their faces to tend to some jobs on their DE loco — it’s always great to work alongside this talented crew. Another shunt towards the end of the day may see the steam engine pulled outside for coaling, or rolling stock being moved around for further work or inspections. And finally, on selected Sundays we operate our public trains. If steam hauled, the driver, fireman and loco trainee will emerge from the bunk car or arrive by road at around 6:30am and light the fire before enjoying breakfast. By 9am, the rest of the crew will trickle in, a track inspection will be completed, and the fire may be lit at Glenmark Station.

Around 10:30am, the locomotive will couple to the train and a terminal air brake test and train examination will be completed. By 11:15am, the train will be sitting on the platform ready for departure. The engine and train crew will come together for lunch at Waikari station at around 12:30pm, before the train departs back for Glenmark. A second-round trip kicks off at 2pm, returning to Glenmark at 3:45. By 5pm, the engine crew will be heading home, satisfied but exhausted, but always with a white smile contrasting against a filthy face. 

MORE INFO: Contact Matthew Morison Marketing Manager Weka Pass Railway 027 884 1424 0800 WEKA PASS (0800 935 272) Operated by Trained Volunteers and Licensed by Waka Kotahi

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By John Bishop


yourself in a boat on a river with shady green trees and cloudy blue skies. Hold on is the shout. You answer quite quickly, a man with fun in his eyes. I reckon a fast burst upriver in a jet boat with some fancy turns to get the adrenaline going is the most fun you can have on water. On a crisp North Canterbury morning my wife and I headed up the Waimakariri River with Steve our driver from Alpine Jet Thrills who delights in fast spray generating turns and grins at the 14 |

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customers’ reactions. The school holidays had just ended and the company’s owner John Mullan tells me they had just three customers. He’s hoping business will pick up heading into Christmas. We’d also booked a lunch cruise on the Kaiapoi River Queen, a New Orleans style paddle steamer, but that was cancelled. We were refunded promptly but our question why went unanswered. Like many tourist operators we spoke to in our weeklong excursion around the beaches and towns

of North Canterbury, Mullan’s not happy with the government’s handling of the lockdown system and the help provided to the tourist industry. The view that the South Island should be at level one is widely and strongly held. Who would have thought of Kaiapoi as a day trip destination? In the past its only notable business was the woollen mills. These closed in 1978 and the building has been repurposed for small retail businesses. Kaiapoi’s one claim to fame was




that Norman Kirk, who rose to be Prime Minister in 1972, had once been the mayor (1953-57) and had built his own house in the town. Now it’s a prosperous hub with North Canterbury’s oldest department store, Blackwell’s as its centrepiece. It’s by the bridge in the centre of the town which has recently undergone a major redevelopment. It’s overstating it to call it bustling, but there are new shops, a brewery/restaurant, and a lovely riverside walk.


It used to be possible to get a rod from the local i Site and try your luck from the bridge, and I had planned to do just that (no fish would have been endangered) but the scheme doesn’t operate anymore. Kaiapoi now attracts day trippers, shoppers from Christchurch who drive up or get on organised coach tours to the town centre, shop at Blackwell’s and the fashion boutiques, stroll along the riverbank, enjoy a coffee somewhere and then go home. It’s no longer a working class town although those roots are still strong. A relative who was a relief teacher there recalls being confronted in the school playground in about 2006 by a kid who demanded to know “are you Ford or are you Holden?” Such things mattered then; perhaps less so now that both marques have ceased production in Australasia. Since the earthquakes in Christchurch, population movement to the north of the city has accelerated. The towns of Kaiapoi, Rangiora and the new town of Pegasus have flourished with new houses being built and new facilities going in. The stats tell the story. Kaiaipoi’s population at the 2018 census was issue 33 • summer 2021-22





11,841, a 25 percent increase on the 2013 census figure. The story is repeated in Rangiora, 19,250 in June 2019 (up 18 percent) and the new town of Pegasus, currently with 3 810 residents and projected to grow to 6 000 (10 000 people including Woodend). Nowadays the place is a positive delight, as is the surrounding area. There is a new middle class influx looking for space, a place to raise kids and to connect with nature. Locally there is abundant fishing: trout, salmon, herring and whitebait at the river mouth. I counted 22 whitebaiters at Kairahi at the mouth of the Waimakariri (which means cold running water in Mãori) and none of them is catching anything. Maybe tomorrow said one, ever the optimist. Kaiapoi is a place of significance to Mãori. Historically, Mãori gathered and traded goods here. The name Kaiapoi translates as ‘kai’ 16 |

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(food) and ‘poi’ meaning ‘swung in from other places’. The Mãori heritage is still strong. Today a pã site is just grassy mounds, but in 1831 Te Rauparaha and his northern followers attacked the locals from Ngãi Tahu and many lives were lost. Congratulations to the Waimakariri District Council for the number and quality of the toilets at the beaches north and south of the town. They are new, spacious, clean and seemingly serviced regularly. Nothing says to a visitor, welcome to our part of the world more effectively than a clean loo. Hat tip WDC. I grew up in Christchurch in the 1970s. I recalled that you went swimming early because by about 11am the nasty easterly breeze got up at New Brighton and points north. This wind blew up sand and chilled the skin through to the

bone even in summer. In October/ November it hasn’t changed. By mid-afternoon it is unpleasantly cold and by late afternoon there was a distinct chill moving into evening. However, springtime days were warm, encouraging walking, biking and hiking along the many foreshore paths thoughtfully developed for visitors. 

NEED TO KNOW: Kaiapoi is 25 kms north of Christchurch and is easily reached from SH 1. Air NZ and Jetstar have multiple daily flights. Paris for the Weekend is a lovely 1920s style café. Nori offers quality sushi and Coffee Culture has a pleasant outdoors by the river.



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Metlifecare: Where great connections and friends await THE


good news for Kiwi couples or singles, who are looking at retirement village living, is that there is a place where you can make new connections and life-changing friendships. Metlifecare’s 26 premium retirement villages each have their own unique community and provide the perfect environment for residents to expand their interests, make new friends and develop a true sense of purpose and belonging. With a range of independent living options, from one, two and three-bedroom villas and apartments, through to on-site premium care homes, there’s a Metlifecare village to suit all retirement lifestyles and requirements. Recent research shows that Metlifecare villages are home to some of New Zealand’s most contented retirees - enjoying smart and stylish environments, where they can join in as little or as much as they like with the village community. An independent survey, commissioned by Metlifecare, reflects a rosy picture of life amongst both its singles and couples. Each group reports making at least six new friends each year, compared to three (or even fewer) for non-residents living elsewhere.

Metlifecare residents know that regular and meaningful conversation is an important cornerstone of friendship, and most report having at least eight such conversations each week. The majority of Metlifecare residents say they have friends and neighbours to lean on for physical and emotional support and feel that they are part of a community, compared to those living outside of a retirement village.

Overall, one of the most striking findings in the research relates to the most important aspects of life, with Metlifecare residents considerably more likely to rate their level of happiness as a 10. They laugh more times a day than seniors living elsewhere and a majority feel that age is only a number! Call 0800 909 303 or visit

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Understanding hearing loss MOST

people over 60 stay on top of their health with regular checkups. Whether it’s eyes, prostate or breasts – they realise at their age it’s important. But one check-up that gets ignored is hearing.

Signs of hearing loss The human ear is one of our most advanced and perceptive sensory organs. Just as other parts of our bodies show the effects of wear and tear as we age, so do our hearing systems. Fortunately, there is help available when signs of hearing loss start to appear. The signs of hearing loss can be vague and develop slowly, or they can be obvious and begin suddenly. Either way, it becomes harder to hear certain sounds or syllables. You can hear people are talking but can’t make out what they are saying, and frequently ask people to repeat themselves. It’s also difficult to hear in noisy situations like conferences, restaurants or crowded meeting rooms. This can result in frustration, withdrawal from social activities, isolation and loneliness. So, if you recognise any of these signs, we highly recommend that you get a hearing test. We are ready to help you.

What to look out for


Hearing is one of our most important senses, yet many people who are facing its decline deny the inevitable truth. The signs of hearing

problems are usually vague and develop gradually. People have been known to wait several years before seeking assistance to do something about their hearing problems. In that time, we tend to become used to “putting up with it”.

Common warning signs of hearing problems • You may find it hard to understand people in noisy environments like in a restaurant. • You find that you feel exhausted after a day of socialising. • Attending social events may result in frustration. • Asking people to repeat themselves or hearing words incorrectly. • Difficulty hearing soft or distant speech, needing to watch someone’s lips closely to follow what is being said. • Turning up the volume on the

television and radio. • Unable to hear sounds around you like phones ringing, doorbells and alarm signals.

Hearing loss treatment The first step in finding the right treatment is very simple – all it takes is a visit to your local Audika Clinician for a thorough examination of your hearing. This examination is free to anyone over the age of 18, it will take you less than an hour to complete and you will be given clear, practical advice about the best solution for your requirements. Call Audika on 0800 003 880 or visit *PLEASE NOTE IF YOU HAVE BEEN REFERRED TO US BY ANOTHER MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL FOR A DIAGNOSTIC TEST, THIS MAY ATTRACT A CHARGE. QUOTE THE AUDIKA WEBSITE WHEN BOOKING YOUR APPOINTMENT IN CLINIC.

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My family knows me so well. Why do I need a will? YOU’VE

built a life around the things and people that matter most. Updating your will is your opportunity to make sure the people and things you love are looked after when you pass away. It’s easy to update your will with Public Trust, and we’ll help you answer important questions, like:

My family knows me so well. Why do I need a will? Even if your Family are clear on your wishes after you die, if your wishes


are not outlined in a will, it will not happen, this is called an intestacy, or dying intestate. If a person’s assets don’t exceed more than $15,000* their estate is considered a small estate and can be administered and distributed by their next of kin. If a person has over $15,000* worth of assets or owns property, then formal administration of the estate is required by law and certain legal processes must be followed to administer and distribute the person’s estate. When your wishes are clearly outlined in a legal document, it gives everyone the certainty they need, and ensures nothing is overlooked or your wishes are not forgotten. Having a will helps ensure the people and things you love are looked after and gives your family peace of mind during the grieving process. *The $15,000 small estate cap applies to assets within a single institution (i.e. KiwiSaver fund, bank, etc.). To

find out more about whether this applies to your estate give us a call.

I’ve got a will already, why should I update it? Over time, big life events can change your circumstances. You might have a new relationship, a new home – or even new grandchildren! If these changes aren’t reflected in your will, your estate might not be divided as you’d like it to be. Updating your will allows you to look after the people you love, the way you want to.

What if I’ve lost touch with the executor of my will? If your executor cannot administer your estate, your family will have to apply to the courts to appoint a new executor – this can add additional delay, coast at an already difficult time. The good news is, you can appoint a new executor when you update your will. It’s worth considering a professional trustee organisation, like Public Trust, as your executor. If you do choose someone else, we also offer a support service for executors, Executor Asset. Creating and updating a will is easy with Public Trust, because we’re with you every step of the way. Find out more at

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When was the last time you updated your will? If you last did yours back in the days of one cent coins and film cameras then heads up – it’s time for an update. Times change. And so should your will. Book an appointment with us today and we’ll walk you through it.

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The Next Generation of Honda Jazz FOR


many years the Jazz has been a fan favourite in the small car market, and for good reason. Its long established unique style paired with class-leading comfort and a wide range of up-to-date features has set each new model as the gold standard within the micro segment. Bringing with it the biggest changes in the models 20 year history, the next generation of the much loved Honda Jazz does not disappoint! It introduces a fresh new look and advanced technology with its very first electrified hybrid powertrain. Honda has kept the patented Magic Seats meaning you can easily move anything from small trees to bikes. Comfort and convenience has always been key in the Jazz, the cabin space is beautifully simple and comfortable. The soft-touch materials and ergonomically designed antifatigue seats are an absolute delight for those longer journeys, ensuring an enjoyable drive. The remarkable feeling of space is accentuated by the addition of the breathtaking panoramic windscreen offering tremendous visibility. Also amped up is the technology and connectivity, introducing Honda’s latest infotainment display and wireless apple carplay making it easy to seamlessly connect you to the 9 inch touchscreen with a familiar smartphone-like display. The high quality reversing camera and front and rear parking sensors are

ready to be your guide out of tricky spaces. The line-up consists of three distinct models, each with their own unique personalities; starting strong with the Jazz Life, the Jazz Crosstar, and the Jazz e:HEV Luxe. The sophisticated new look features a clean, seamless, aerodynamic profile with a ‘smiling’ front grille. Regardless of the design changes it continues to be unmistakably Jazz with cues carried over from previous generations. Designed to appeal to those with an active lifestyle, the Jazz Crosstar features crossover SUV styling, rugged body protectors and roof racks for your adventure essentials. It has increased ground clearance and ride height with exclusively tuned suspension and steering. The interior is built to perform with life proof seats made from premium water resistant materials.

The Jazz e:HEV Luxe has it all and the electrified hybrid powertrain is a real game changer for Honda. It combines an advanced 1.5L petrol engine (shared across the range) with a powerful electric motor. The engine cleverly switches between three modes – EV, Hybrid and Engine, to maximise performance and efficiency, there is no need to plug in. It comes with a full leather interior, including heated front seats and Honda’s advanced suite of safety features known as Honda Sensing. The new Jazz range has taken the best of the previous generations and added even more innovation, making it the perfect combination of style, comfort and technology. The Next Generation Honda Jazz is available at Honda Stores across the country. See for more details

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Senior drivers have great experience and knowledge of the roads, so overall they are very safe drivers. However, senior drivers are more likely to experience serious injuries in crashes, as the body can be more easily injured. You can get a driving knowledge refresher by attending one of our friendly Staying Safe courses, which are provided by Age Concern, or you might want to do an online ‘Self-rating assessment’. Both are available via the ‘How’s your driving?’ link at

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency believes that it’s vital that everyone has the freedom to get around easily in a form of transport that works for them, so that we can all enjoy the benefits of senior living. From the age of 65 onwards, you need to renew your driving licence more frequently because bodily and sensory changes are more common. From the age of 75, these more frequent licence renewals involve a medical check. This gives you peace of mind that you are still safe to drive.


You may have also heard that we now have a child restraints video library, which will be particularly relevant to you if you care for tamariki, or if you transport your precious mokopuna around. Additionally, we also have some useful information regarding the effects of medication on driving. Did you know that it’s illegal to drive if you feel impaired by medication? This work helps achieve Road to Zero, New Zealand’s road safety strategy. Happy driving and stay safe on the roads!

Visit or contact Waka Kotahi on 0800 822 422 for free printed copies of our new booklets

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New booklets and webpage for senior drivers Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency has just released five new booklets, a new pamphlet and a new set of webpages for seniors: The road ahea d for seniors Helpful advice

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Jeff’s Gift for the Future JEFF’S

grandad taught him to sail in the North Sea. He knows what it means to brave rough weather to help others - he’s been a volunteer Coastguard crew member for ten years. Jeff says Coastguard is a closeknit family where volunteers help anyone who is in trouble at sea. “Helping someone is amazing. When you get home after a rescue, cold, wet and exhausted, it helps to think: someone survived today because of me.” Jeff has two young grandchildren

and wants to be sure that Coastguard is there for them when they grow up. That’s why he decided to become a ‘Coastguardian’ - a member of a special group who have chosen to leave a gift to Coastguard in their Will. “People think that Coastguard is centrally funded. They don’t realise that Coastguard is a charity and that the volunteers do not get paid. We are a volunteer service. The training, maintenance, fuel and vessel replacement costs are very high.”

“I want my legacy to go towards maintaining and improving the already amazing service that the public get.” You don’t need to be rich to leave a lifesaving legacy. For information on leaving a gift in your Will, contact Sue Morse on or phone: (09) 303 4303 ext 4 or 021 746 257

Leaving a gift in your Will to Coastguard will help keep future generations safe. There is no better way to support our volunteer heroes to save lives at sea.


For more information please contact Coastguard New Zealand: PO Box 649, Shortland Street, Auckland 1140 Telephone: 09 303 4303 (option 4) Email:


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Don’t let age get in the way of your hobbies AGEING

joints can affect our ability to do things we used to take for granted. Independent Living Charitable Trust is a leading retailer of products specially designed to improve mobility and daily living. Here are their favourite products to help you continue enjoying the things you love.

and automatic can openers. Bendable cutlery, with chunky handles for easy gripping makes eating a whole heap easier. Pair them with a Scoop plate - the suction base prevents sliding, and curved edges prevent food slipping over the side. Plus, the Oxo Good Grips range make preparing food much easier.

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Folding bedtrays and over bed tables make reading and eating in bed a lot easier.

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Prefer reading or eating at a chair? The padded laptray keeps food balanced and the bookrest beanbag steadies books and tablets, allowing hands free reading. Plus, the bookrest has a convenient side pocket for reading glasses! Playing card holders fan cards easily – and hide them from opponent’s prying eyes!

Out and about With the Handy Reacher, there’s no need to bend down to retrieve dropped items or to pick up rubbish. And with Auckland’s widest range of Mobility scooters – starting from only $2,500 – why not broaden your horizons? Independent Living has three Auckland stores, an online store, and a free advisory service including video calls to demonstrate product. Look them up at or 0800 625 100.

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NZ’s Top Villages and Care Facilities Revealed for 2021

NZ’s Best Villages & Care 2021 Congratulations to this years Aged Advisor People’s Choice Awards winners and finalists.


you want to know which are the great villages and care facilities - just ask the residents that live there. That’s the message from AgedAdvisor which has just announced its 2021 Peoples’ Choice Awards for Best Retirement Villages and Care. Only 38 villages and care homes from over 1100 facilities across the country have been recognised this year. “Security, support & independence”, “​​Friendly people, marvellous staff”, “Heaps to do and be a part of.” It is comments along these lines that appear to give people some form of confidence in the village and care offerings available. AgedAdvisor Founder, Nigel Matthews says “We want to give residents an opportunity to say what they like, or don’t like about ‘their home’ - which we believe will then help others who are considering the same sort of decision.” Malyon House, a care facility in Mt Maunganui picked up Best Med/Large Care facility in the North Island for the 5th year running and Maygrove Village in Orewa has picked up Best Village awards for 6 straight years. The 2021 National Group Provider Award was won by Summerset Retirement Villages. Summerset CEO, Scott Scoullar says “It’s a great validation of the quality of service and care that we provide in giving our residents the best of life”. You can view all winners and finalists at or phone 0800 243 323 for more information about AgedAdvisors independent seminars and magazine on retirement village living.

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RESULTS FROM A RECENT SURVEY OF NEW ZEALAND SENIORS… Praying-Hands NZ over 50’s feel optimistic about their families (90.8%), their local communities (88.1%) and New Zealand’s future (83.0%). However, three-fifths (62.2%) are pessimistic about the future of the world.

Over half of Kiwi Seniors (51.5%) are considering their purpose in life more following the events of 2020.

Over half (53.2%) are considering mortality following 2020 and the pandemic


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VITAMINS and minerals are vital when it comes to ensuring our bodies are in their best shape and working correctly. So, what happens when you have a deficiency, and what can you do about it? In each and every cell of your body, there are thousands of chemical reactions taking place to process proteins, fats and carbohydrates. An essential part of these chemical reactions is vitamins and minerals. Without these elements, a lot of everyday functions simply wouldn’t happen. The majority of vitamins and minerals are absorbed through diet; get this right and you’ll get all the vitamins you need. However, more than 80 per cent of Australians don’t eat the recommended serves of fruit and vegetables a day, limiting their intake of vitamin-rich foods and their absorption of much-needed vitamins and minerals.

Common Deficiencies Vitamin and mineral deficiencies occur for a number of reasons. These can include poor nutritional intake, alcohol abuse, smoking and chronic illnesses. It’s important to remember that vitamin and mineral deficiencies are highly personalised conditions however, there are some players that pop up time and time again. As we age, bone strength becomes even more important. Yet many older Australians are deficient in vitamin D and calcium, both of which are essential for bone health.

Balance Your Diet As we get older, our lifestyles and health change. This can influence not only the kinds of food people choose to eat but also the kinds of food people can eat. This is why some people choose supplements. Many medical professionals believe that, while supplements 34  |  issue 33 • summer 2021-22


can have their place in a treatment plan, getting a patient’s diet and exercise right is key. Eating a nutritionally complete diet should, in most cases, ensure the body has what it needs. When you eat, you ingest the vitamins and minerals present as well as all of the other nutrients such as energy, protein and fat, dietary fibre and water. Generally, our body responds well to the way the nutrients are mixed in the food matrix which can often maximise absorption.”

Supplement Your Food The first, and most important, thing to note when it comes to supplements is that you should always consult a medical professional. What’s not widely known is that you can actually take too much of a vitamin, causing a toxic effect in your body.

“VITAMINS AND MINERALS ARE VITAL WHEN IT COMES TO ENSURING OUR BODIES ARE IN THEIR BEST SHAPE AND WORKING CORRECTLY. SO, WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU HAVE A DEFICIENCY, AND WHAT CAN YOU DO ABOUT IT?” Fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K can cause toxicity in the body if too much is ingested, but most of the time, supplements don’t actually do anything. Vitamin D is the best example of a supplement that can benefit many people. However, after a thorough check-up, your doctor may recommend others. Always seek professional advice.

The ABC’s of Vitamins & Minerals • Vitamin A: for eyesight, immune system and growth • Vitamin B12: for generating new

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WANT TO ENJOY A HEALTHY, FUN-FILLED RETIREMENT? GET MORE ACTIVE, NOT LESS SAYS ACTIVE+ ACTIVE+, one of New Zealand’s largest multi-disciplinary rehabilitation suppliers, is busting the myth that retirement is all about putting your feet up and taking it easy. Instead, the health and wellness brand is calling for older Kiwis to get more active – not less – if they want to enjoy the benefits of a long, fun-filled retirement. By 2051, there will be 1.18 million people aged 65 and over in New Zealand, a leap of 165% since 1999. At that stage, older people are expected to make up 26% of the New Zealand population. Some sources[1] estimate that healthcare costs will have increased by almost 100% by 2030. “Our population is ageing fast, with a proliferation of health problems. It has long been assumed such problems were directly caused by ageing, and could, therefore, be neither prevented nor treated,” says Kath Broad, an Active+ Physiotherapist, and Clinic Director at Active+ Dominion Road. “However, numerous studies have shown that ageing by itself is not a cause of major health problems until people are in their mid-90s. In fact, the problems we’ve ascribed to ageing are due to disease – much of it preventable – such as loss of fitness and negative 36 |

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attitudes to growing older.” Active+ has recognised this, and developed several services, which can be either ACC or privately funded, to enable older Kiwis to maintain their health and fitness. These include Pilates and yoga classes, physiotherapy, dietitian consultations, counselling and personal training. “Joining a group exercise class at a physio clinic is well worth considering,” says Kath. “These are different to general communitybased ones because they are led by physiotherapists. Physios are able to recognise and diagnose many movement difficulties and are the best qualified for adapting exercises to suit all abilities. They’re a great choice if you’re getting older and unsure about how to boost your activity and fitness levels.” “A lot of people have never been to a gym, and don’t want to go or are afraid that they may hurt themselves. This is where exercise classes can be useful. The environment is more targeted to people who may not be as physically capable, or simply need some additional support.” As well as the obvious fitness benefits, Kath points out that physio led exercises can reduce the risk of falls, which can result in older adults incurring serious injuries – even leading to hospitalisation. “Numerous studies have shown that working on strength and balance can reduce the risk of

falls,” she says. “Physios are able to detect early difficulties with movement, strength and balance, and prescribe exercises to assist. This could be easy home exercises, such as calf raises and one-leg stands – or muscle strengthening routines, like lifting light weights and doing yoga.” The loss of function and resilience associated with ageing can often be influenced by activity: physical, mental and social. The team at Active+ suggest working through the following checklist to boost activity levels. 1) Find an exercise that you enjoy. Whether it’s swimming, walking, Pilates, or a kick-about with the grandkids in the park, look for activities that you love and look forward to doing on a regular basis. 2) Set realistic goals. Build up gradually so you don’t push yourself too hard and get discouraged. You could start by doing some light stretching while you watch TV or get off the bus one stop earlier and walk the rest of the way. 3) Do it regularly. Aim to do something every day and ideally 2.5 hours of moderate activity over a week. 4) Get support by exercising with friends. Join an exercise class or talk a friend into going for a walk or a bike ride with you. Your motivation and your body will thank you.


5) Improve your flexibility. Stretching, Pilates, yoga and bowls can all help you stay supple. That will help you carry on doing things like washing your hair, getting dressed, and even tying your shoelaces. 6) Get strong. Muscle strengthening exercises help to make everyday activities much easier, such as opening jars, getting up from chairs or lifting objects. Try to do musclestrengthening activities twice a week, such as using free weights, heavy gardening or activities that involve stepping and jumping. 7) Try a balancing act. Make sure to add balance activities to the daily routine. Good balance requires maintaining a center of gravity over the base of support. Tai chi, yoga, walking on challenging surfaces and water exercises

all enhance overall balance. 8) Prevent injury by warming up. Before you start, it’s important to warm up. Wear loose, comfortable clothing, drink plenty of water and cool down afterwards. 9) Use goals and rewards. Use goals and rewards to keep yourself motivated. Perhaps you want to work your way up to walking a certain distance or completing a certain number of reps. Adjust your goals as you pass milestones. A reward might include something as simple as a bubble bath or a relaxing evening watching your favourite TV show. 10) Stick with it. It takes about a month to create a habit – and don’t be too hard on yourself if you skip a few sessions. Just start over and build up the habit again! There is a perception that that

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ill-health and sedentary behaviour are a natural part of growing older, but that doesn’t have to be the case,” says Kath. “It’s important to support older Kiwis to maintain an active lifestyle, so they can live healthy and independent lives, well into their retirements. “At Active+, we are continually examining how we can better support seniors with their health and fitness and look forward to introducing more services in the future.” It is important to seek advice before starting a new health and fitness regime. Always talk to your doctor about the types and amounts of physical activity that are right for you.

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MARTINBOROUGH has more than 20 cellar doors, each with their own style. Most are located within easy walking or cycling distance of the village square, making it a popular spot to visit. Opening hours: Check out our list here of Cellar Doors hours. When it comes to delicious wines, there’s so much of the good stuff to discover. Check out our friendly pointers below to enjoy Martinborough responsibly and have fun in our much-loved wine village.

HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF A WEEKEND IN MARTINBOROUGH How to get around: You can hire a bike or a scooter from Peonies Cruisers on Jellicoe Street, lots of fun to zip around and you’ll get lots of jealous looks as you cruise around. Where to eat: Union Square Bistro 38 |

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is in the Martinborough Hotel and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner or a pizza at Little Square Pizza. Coffee: The Neighbourhood Coffee House serves legendary coffees and cheese scones. In the neighbourhood: If you have transport, head to the delightful town of Greytown, about a 15-minute drive. The town is known for a number of independent boutique shops. Be sure to stop at Schoc Chocolates for a tasting, have lunch at the White Swan and admire the beautiful range of hand-crafted Pashley bicycles at

Blackwell & Sons. A fifteen-minute drive is Featherston, which has a plethora of bookshops, it is an internationally recognised ‘Book town”. Where to Stay: The Martinborough Hotel has 20 rooms, including the Heritage Suits in the 1882 building. To take home: Martinborough Wine Merchant is a specialist wine shop and they also hire out bikes for cycling around the wineries.


“MARTINBOROUGH HAS MORE THAN 20 CELLAR DOORS, EACH WITH THEIR OWN STYLE. MOST ARE LOCATED WITHIN EASY WALKING OR CYCLING DISTANCE OF THE VILLAGE SQUARE, MAKING IT A POPULAR SPOT TO VISIT. “ Tastings: There are simply too many cellar doors to list but Martinborough Wine Walks is a guided winery tour that sees groups walk around several wineries, meet the winemakers and of course, sample the goods. For beer, head to the Martinborough Brewery. The region also has an abundance of olive groves and you can taste olive oil at Lot Eight and Olivo. Saturday night drinks: Cool Change Bar and Eatery, or for good old fashioned pub grub, head to the locals’ spot, Pukemanu. Want lunch and a glass of wine? These vineyards have food on offer as well as the tasty drops your heart desires. Just be sure to make a booking. • Poppies Martinborough • Vynfields • Tiwaiwaka Wines • Moy Hall • Margrain Vineyard • Luna Estate • Tirohana Estate

• Colombo Martinborough • Escarpment at Peppers Parehua • Coney Wines Want a tasting of premium wines in an intimate setting? These cellar doors may be right up your alley. They tend to be small though, so fitting in groups of six or more can be tricky. If that’s you, best to give them a call to check. • Ata Rangi (call ahead to book) • On Giants Shoulders (call ahead to book) • Ashwell Vineyard (call ahead to book) • Brodie Estate (call ahead to book) • Hamden Estate • Muirlea Rise • Tiwaiwaka Wines • Schubert Wines • Palliser Estate • Tirohana Estate • Cambridge Road Vineyard

• Alexander Vineyard (call ahead to book) • Haythornwaite Wines • Grava • Nga Waka Winery • The Petit Tasting Room More than 6 of you? If you’ve managed to get the whole gang together, then you really need to book ahead. Here are some cellar door suggestions to check out: • Hamden Estate • Luna • Muirlea Rise • Tirohana Estate • Te Kairanga • Big Sky Wines (call ahead to book) Regardless of where the day takes you, here are a few friendly pointers: In this neck of the woods, it’s casual but classy. It’s all about wine tasting. Enjoy sampling our Pinots or savouring a Sav. Just like at your favourite local bar, the same laws apply here when it comes to consuming alcohol; you can’t be served alcohol at cellar doors if you’ve had enough already. The boutique scale of our vineyards is what makes us special. Here, you’ll find small businesses run by locals who love what they do. This means cellar doors can be compact operations, so if you’re in a group, you do need to book ahead.  issue 33 • summer 2021-22




LOVING RETIREMENT VILLAGE LIFE Earlier this year we invited Brian Colegate, a resident at Kapiti Coast retirement village in Paraparaumu to respond to comments, often ill-informed, in the nation’s media. This is Brian’s article in his own words, about why he loves retirement village life.


has been a lot of commentary and talk about retirement villages lately, but not much from those people like me living in villages. Critics often paint a dire picture of retirement village living, imply older New Zealanders like me are hoodwinked into contracts and denied basic liberties. That certainly doesn’t tally with my experiences as a resident or those of the many others I interviewed for my book ‘Retirement Villages’ - ‘Residents’ Verdict’, published in July 2020. I lost my wife five years ago and I was living alone in a three-bedroom house and decided to offer it to my daughter and her family. She graciously declined as she didn’t want to move, she also said, “But you never know what is around the corner Dad.” That got me thinking about how me living alone in a big house would become a worry for my family. I involved them in the process of looking for the right village for me, and their only concern was ensuring that my general lifestyle would not be jeopardised. I didn’t have difficulties understanding my Occupation Right Agreement (ORA) when I moved into a retirement village three years ago, and I still don’t. Yes, the main complaint about 40 |

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retirement villages is the financial formula but that’s something you consider before you make the decision to move in. I knew about the lack of capital gains and deferred management fees, and so did my family. But I came in with eyes wide open. I wasn’t simply buying into a unit, I was buying into something much bigger, freedom from carrying out exterior maintenance, safety and security, companionship and wellbeing. I knew exactly what charges there would be and when I get my monthly invoice, there are no surprises. The process is transparent. You are obliged to engage a solicitor to support you in the process and ensure you fully understand what

you are signing up to. Ideally, family members will be involved in that process too. I do agree the complaints process for retirement villages needs to be tightened up – but that’s happening. My book came about because I saw there was lots of information available for people thinking of moving into a retirement village, in brochures or the internet. However, I thought it would be useful to have all the facts together in a hard copy that potential residents and their family could read together, and which also reflected residents’ experiences. I interviewed people living in retirement villages run by a range of different operators in the Wellington


region and beyond. I sent out more than 180 questionnaires and received 90 responses. Of these, 83 people said they liked living in retirement villages, four said it was ‘great’ and three that it was ‘okay’. No maintenance worries, companionship, security and health care featured strongly as benefits – many people commented “Don’t leave it too late”. Security speaks for itself and a lot of people have commented to me, in the wake of the pandemic, that they are so glad they moved to a supportive village community ahead of that. Many people, who are still very active like me, start out in villages living in a villa. Later, they might move to an apartment or a serviced apartment where they can have their cleaning done and meals delivered. Ultimately, they may need to move into a care facility with hospital-level service. All those options are available in my village, so you can make choices that

addressing activities, which they are or may be interested in. The range of activities is wide, covering board games, crafts, entertainment, sporting activities, health and wellbeing. The outdoor field of play includes croquet, petanque and outdoor bowls. On the social scene, there is a weekly ‘happy hour’ in the village leisure centre from 4.30 to 6.00 pm, followed by a fortnightly residents’ dinner in the village restaurant. We had over a hundred villagers attend the last dinner. For many people, like me, moving to a retirement village brings peace of mind for them and for their children – and you can’t put a price on that.

meet your changing needs while remaining in the same community. At the present time, I am coordinating a project involving 117 villagers who live alone,

*Former public servant Brian Colegate lives in a retirement village in Paraparaumu. A former Kapiti Coast District Councillor, he has written two books including Retirement Villages - Residents’ Verdict, published in July 2020. If you’d like a copy, please email Brian on  issue 33 • summer 2021-22






PROBUS DAY CELEBRATIONS Throughout the month of October Probus Clubs participated in a range of events, functions and activities. Some of the festivities that took place included BBQs, picnics, lunches and morning teas. Although there were restrictions in some areas, it did not prevent our Probus community from celebrating Probus Day. This year’s theme ‘Celebrate Probus – do a friend a favour’ was centred around the idea of bringing people together. Probus members were called into action and asked to help a friend stay connected by joining Probus. Members across New Zealand invited friends, and family to their events to experience Probus for themselves. Some Clubs have already seen an increased awareness of Probus in their communities.

ISEL LADIES CELEBRATE PROBUS DAY Isel Ladies Probus Club from Nelson decided to celebrate Probus month in a historic Nelson venue, Founders Heritage Village. 23 members braved the awful weather and weren't deterred even though the arranged train trip was cancelled. It was an enjoyable day for everyone who attended with plenty of laughter, fun and fellowship.

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To commemorate Probus Day special buildings, streets and landmarks were lit up across New Zealand in Probus Colours. Members who were able to get out, got to experience these lights for themselves. PSPL would like to thank all the Clubs, volunteers, organisations and individuals who contributed to the success of Probus Day 2021. Preparations for Probus Day 2022 are already underway as Probus Clubs have already started planning their celebrations for next year.


LIGHTING OF LANDMARKS Some photos were taken by Probus members who had the opportunity to see these landmarks lit up in person.



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JOINT PROBUS DAY CELEBRATION FOR CLUBS IN THE KAPITI COAST Clubs from Waikanae through to Raumati combined to celebrate and promote Probus Day in Coastlands Mall. The display was decked out in Probus blue and yellow helium filled Probus balloons fluttered high over the display. Screens featured posters promoting the benefits Probus offers and happy photos showed retirees out and about and having fun. The final touches were the three large Probus Banners that belong to two Paraparaumu Clubs. There were colourful brochures to give people and each of the Probus Clubs on the Kapiti Coast produced their own handouts which listed all of the activities they offer their members. PSPL also provided chocolates to hand out in the mall and these were enjoyed. Although slow to begin with, a steady stream of people came during the day to enquire about Probus with those on the stand, and Clubs have reported interest, and some potential new members. Liz Smith, Ambassador

LIFE MEMBERSHIP AWARD President Lindsay of the Merivale Combined Probus Club in Christchurch awarded a Life Membership to Terry. Terry joined the Club in 2010 and has served on the Committee in various roles for 8 years including two as President. His ability and assistance in the Club is very much appreciated by all the members of the Club.

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PROBUS CLUB OF KARORI NIGHT OUT Thirty-two members from the Probus Club of Karori and guests braved a wintry Thursday night to see Sir Roger Hall's latest offering, Winding Up. Just two actors, the inimitable Ginette McDonald and Peter Hayden kept members amused through this lighthearted romp through our aging lives. And as a bonus 22 of the group enjoyed dinner in the newly upgraded restaurant. It was certainly worth the effort of donning hats, gloves and scarves to face the Wellington winter's night-time weather.

MOSGIEL LADIES' PROBUS CLUB Member Lyn shares a story from her recent trip: Darkness was falling and I was standing in a jungle clearing on an island in the Tambopata River, amid a small group of tourists. My husband had set out with another man to walk around the island as the guides had suggested. Now everyone else had returned except for those two. Someone muttered about praying for them and was promptly hushed. "Can't you see she's worried enough?" Another man told me how well I was holding up. His wife would have been in hysterics. Not helpful

when I was wondering how you reached your travel insurance company from Amazonian Peru. Others distracted me more skilfully, leading into a conversation about a little-known author whose books I had read. The guides asked if either man had a torch. A quick check of tents revealed that both had left torches behind. The guides set off into the dark. We could hear them calling for a time. Then their voices faded. Time passed very slowly. We had dinner though I could not eat much. We'd been shown some of the spiders and snakes which live

in the jungle. I didn't know then that there were jaguar footprints on the island, nor how many caimans lived along the riverbank. Eventually, the guides arrived back with the two men looking very sheepish. I wanted to throw something at my husband, but I am a lousy shot so I burst into tears. Why did it happen? Our guides had said. "You can walk around the island." To most people that implied you could make a complete circuit. However that was impossible and the two who pressed on became enmeshed in the jungle. issue 33 • summer 2021-22




DANNEVIRKE PROBUS CELEBRATES 25 YEARS Dannevirke Probus Club started 1 October 1996 with 26 members and grew to about 270 at one time. It now has 200 members, making it one of the largest Clubs in New Zealand. Members have certainly learnt a lot through the variety of guest speakers there have been over the years. Another aspect of the Club has been the interest groups such as embroidery, gardening, cards, mahjong and genealogy. Past Chairman Margaret Drake presented the Club President Jinny with a 25-year certificate.

OCTOBER MIDI WALK Members from Kapiti Coast Probus Club enjoyed a beautiful walk in October. The group walked the southern end of the expressway, part of the Old Main Road and Raumati Road. It was interesting to get a different perspective from the “eel” bridge and to see how the plantings have grown. They then finished at the Sunday Cantina where they put the world to rights! A very pleasant morning with good company.

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