Monday, June 24, 2024

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Worthwhile to cast a vote?

Democracy as is does not work. What is needed to create a society where our opinions are taken seriously and overarching decisions are made in our interest? Reasons spring to mind: MP’s are told by the party hierarchy how to vote. When MP’s need to remain in step with directives...

Power concerns raised

Greetings. I have a big complaint that I request the Committee of Grey Power take up for not only me, but all Senior Citizens who belong to Grey Power and are having their power supplied via Grey Power Electricity. My latest invoice from Grey Power Electricity is $144.96. The actual power...

The challenges of retirement

Grey Power members who are in the workforce will be looking forward to retirement, particularly after 40 to 50 years in the workforce. As well as keeping fit and being financially stable, being retired does come with challenges, particularly the time element. During work the Grey Power member routinely works at...

Foreign Pensions and Tax Issues

The foreign pension tax issues described in December’s GP Magazine occur often. I receive a small (under $300 yearly) foreign pension from a European country, which has no agreement with NZ. The legislation states that MSD specifies bank fees, (which cover the cost involved in getting money from one country...

Sincere thanks to Grey Power for support

Paul Godolphin was very distressed when he approached our GP National Secretary and the team. His letter to us below expressed his thanks for the support and advice. I write to express my gratitude for the great support I received from Grey Power during a stressful financial crisis in my...

Issues for Rest Homes

If you are not yet informed. I wish to advise you of the crisis occurring in rest homes in Hauraki District. This has been caused by a huge increase in rates. The rest homes have previously had their rates adjusted / adapted to the unique situation of Resthome Village...

The Rest Home Industry

My observations here are in reply to Andrea Ann Kepes (p.32, Issue 51, September Grey Power): Rest Home Industry. Personally, and as a member of Retirement Village Residents Assn., I look forward to a Government examination of the Retirement Villages Act 2003. It is long overdue...And the RVRA is lobbying...

Contents Of The Tube

I am really fed up (and cheated, actually) when buying products offered in a tube, including toothpaste, – only to find an air bubble in the tubing while dispensing the contents. It has even happened with ORACORT – which is a very, very small tube in the first place, and...

Driver’s Licence Renewal Issues

The recent Coromandel Grey Power newsletter contained an article on driving by the elderly and there have been several references to this subject in the national magazine over the last year or so. I would like to air the following gripe on the matter which has been annoying me...

More consideration needed for the old

I have always been one of the world’s greatest optimists, but I have to admit it’s getting harder and harder to stay that way. I have got to 86 years old without the need for any digital doodahs. I left school at 15 without any qualifications except an abundance of...