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Urgent call for revised seniors driving licence procedures

Thanks to all who contributed to our research on what is happening nationwide for those aged 75 and older seeking a Medical Certificate to renew their licence. Your participation ensured that the initial interview on Nine to Noon was followed by 4 radio interviews and a TV interview, plus...

Jan Pentecost, QSM – Tireless Grey Power advocate steps down

Jan Pentecost has been a tireless advocate for seniors throughout her 14 years on the Federation Board. Initially she was the National Secretary, then stepped up as the first female president of Grey Power, four years ago. Her quiet determination to see the Federation as an effective advocacy organisation has...

Candidates for election at the AGM

This year’s annual general meeting election in July will see some new contenders for the top role. Two members – Gayle Chambers and Raymond Mudford – are standing for the seat of president that, as explained in our cover story, Jan Pentecost stood down from unexpectedly early. As well, Lew Findlay,...

Note from the Editor

It is with great sadness that I join the chorus of well-wishers paying tribute to Jan Pentecost’s unexpectedly early departure from the presidency of the Federation. I understand there has been a flood of calls and emails acknowledging her departure and paying tribute to her long service on the board,...

Grey Power lobbies on Seniors’ concerns

Casey Costello, the Minister for Seniors and Associate Minister of Health, has responded to communications led by outgoing president Jan Pentecost during which key matters of concern to our community were stated. Costello has responded, thanking Pentecost for their December meeting and for providing additional comment on areas of importance...

Primary and Community Health body on the budget

Primary and Community Health Aotearoa chair Steve Chadwick said in a press statement it was pleasing there had been some investment in primary and community health in the new government budget But she added that from an equity perspective, it was disappointing to have the free prescription removed. “We believe...

Aged care sector under pressure

It is all bad news on the Aged Care front for our senior community as more and more of us are looking for late-in-life care options. Not so long ago, building granny flats at the back of our children’s houses was the plan. This moved on from the time when intergenerational...

Grey Power welcomes Aged Care investigation

Grey Power NZ has welcomed the Health Select Committee’s recent announcement that it will undertake an inquiry into Aged Care. Appropriate Aged Care is a significant challenge for many vulnerable older people, and their families. Grey Power are committed to ensuring that our seniors have the dignified care they need as...

Seminar sessions

Grey Power Marlborough held two well-attended seminars in March. Speakers, including from the Ministry of Social Development, Community Law, Stadium 2000, and Civil Defence Emergency Services, all offered great information to those present who went away feeling they had gained worthwhile knowledge from attending. We also hosted a Prostate Cancer...

Grey Power loses tireless advocate for Seniors

Jan Pentecost QSM, has been a tireless advocate for seniors throughout her 14 years on the Federation Board. Recently Jan retired as President for family & health reasons. She will be sorely missed as a compassionate President of the organisation for the last 4 years, as well as for...