Fewer older volunteers

Next week, June 20 to 26, is national volunteer week. According to Volunteering New Zealand, more than one million people in Aotearoa volunteer for an organisation, contributing $4 billion to the economy each year. That represents 159 million hours...... Read More

Final cheque phase-out could hit seniors hard

The final closure of all cheque books as a method of payment is expected to disproportionately affect the elderly, disabled people and the charities that they support, according to one such charity, Stroke Central NZ. From July 1, most banks will no...... Read More

Multisport centre granted lease

The Mahurangi Community Sport & Recreation Collective is a small but significant step closer to its long-held dream of developing a major new multisports centre at the Warkworth Showgrounds. At its meeting last month, Rodney Local Board granted landowner...... Read More

Warkworth Selwyn Centre indoor petanque championship

Helen Arents, left, and Rachel Luketina proudly show off their certificates following the inaugural Warkworth Selwyn Centre indoor petanque championship. Helen was the overall winner of the competition and Rachel was runner-up. Petanque is just one...... Read More

Government urged to review retirement village rules

Calls have been made for an urgent review into retirement village legislation to give residents more consumer protection from unfair contracts. Retirement Commissioner Jane Wrightson said in a new report last week that residents in the fast-growing...... Read More

Catwalk Arts calls for entries

2019 entry “Madame Moozlee” by Sephrah Rayner. Entries are open for the Harbour Hospice Catwalk Arts wearable arts awards, which will be held at at Mahurangi College on August 28. There are cash prizes totalling $2800 and a new “marvellous...... Read More

Kawau Coastguard opens up to public

Kawau Coastguard will hold an open day at the Sandspit Yacht Club marina on Saturday, June 26, from 10am to 2pm, and everyone is welcome. The public will be invited to board Kawau Coastguard’s Naiad rescue boat, take a look at the engines and...... Read More

Getting together vital for good health

The  Whangaparāoa Selwyn Centre got into the spirit of Gumboot Friday recently, holding a gumboot throwing competition for members. Its two centenarians, Wyn Chadwick and Claire Robertson, were among the enthusiastic participants. The Selwyn Centre...... Read More

Technology enthusiast to lead national SeniorNet forward

Warkworth technology enthusiast Marilyn Goodwin, 78, was elected chairperson of the national SeniorNet Federation last month. The federation aims to teach computer and other technological skills to over 50s. It comprises 58 individual learning centres...... Read More

Theft highlights charity’s need for more space

When thieves removed furniture destined for the homes of domestic violence survivors from the charity Woven Earth last month, it was a devastating blow. Woven Earth founder Kerryn Thrupp says it was gut wrenching to arrive at the organisation’s...... Read More