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Renting in Retirement – a growing challenge for older people

A growing number of retirees are facing the challenge of renting as they age. Suitable affordable properties are rare, and often only offer short term tenancies resulting in uncertainty and stress. For those retirees with limited financial resources trying to survive on the single NZ Superannuation weekly payment of $477.52,...

New Membership Benefits

It is always encouraging to be able to offer our Grey Power members more benefits, and lately we have had some new additions to the companies providing discounts to Grey Power members. While some may also be available through Super GoldCard, not all our members are yet at the qualifying...

Decade of Healthy Ageing

I was privileged to represent Grey Power at this important Hui held in Auckland on 3 October. The purpose was to support a collaborative approach amongst key organisations to advancing the causes of older people during the UN Decade of Health Ageing. Sponsored by the Selwyn Foundation, together with Age...

PRESIDENT’S REPORT: November 2023

I know it is hard to believe, but here we are in November. The year is nearly done and the 2023 general election has come and gone. Now we look forward to working with another Government on your behalf. I hope the elected politicians and their policy advisors will listen...

Decision looms for Grey Power as economic woes bite

I was appointed the interim treasurer for Grey Power NZ after the last AGM. During the meeting the budget presented was rejected and the board was told to rethink it. This we have done, and the new budget was sent out to all associations. Over the past few weeks I...

Peace-of-mind investment made easy

While it’s known that investing is a great way to get ahead, when you’re starting out it can feel like there are too many options to choose from ... so much so, that it can seem overwhelming. Do you opt for a conservative bank term deposit knowing that your money...

Government needs to urgently facilitate access to housing for older people wanting to downsize

The NZ housing crisis persists. Alan Maxwell highlights the need for downsizing-friendly units to free up family homes. He suggests deferred repayment bridging finance, citing Cork City Council’s Rightsizing Scheme as a model. The question remains: what solutions can the new Government bring? We all know that there is a...

The golden years – living well within

This offering is a springboard for looking into the inner dynamics that make each of us who we are. From conception, our unique qualities and characteristics shape us into who we are, how we react, respond, give and take; and see, relate, judge and help others. Most of us have...

Responding to roses

It has been said roses cannot be overwatered. An overstatement perhaps, but with a La Nina (wet) weather pattern affecting the country, my garden has rewarded me with an abundance of showy blooms. The bushes, I admit, have required an occasional watering. Also, with enough moisture in the soil, there...

A peace meditation

Sit comfortably in a chair or in bed. Be comfortable and relaxed in a quiet space. Your spine as erect as possible without straining. Close your eyes. Breathe slowly and focus your attention on your breath. Reflect and see what aspect of your life is not in peace...
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