News & Blog

Sailing on the Kaipara

For one reason or another, travel may not be part of our lives as much as it once was. This reader-submitted blog post brings a little vicarious travel to our lives. Thank you Margaret Guthrie for sharing…   An article in the New Zealand Herald of Friday 11 March “For Kiwis travelling is the best

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Drying Clothes in Winter

What is the best way to dry laundry during the winter months?  Recently Consumer New Zealand ran a test of five different methods to determine which would be the best way of drying your washing in winter. The results are summarised below, but basically a clothes dryer is probably your best option, but the method

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A Little Insight Into the New Zealand Meat Board History

Meeting Change – The New Zealand Red Meat Story 1997 to 2022, co-authored by Ali Spencer and Mick Calder, was officially launched at Te Papa Tongarewa, the Museum of New Zealand, in Wellington recently. Mick, our Age Concern Wellington Region (ACWR) office volunteer, worked for the NZ Meat Producers Board and its affiliated organisations for

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Menzshed Wellington Revitalised

Menzshed Wellington is back in business. After being homeless for almost two years they have found a new shed in the old Hataitai Bowling Club greenkeeper’s shed. It is part of the Hataitai Centre, renamed after the Bowling Club closed, at 157 Hataitai Road, about 100 metres away from the Hataitai Village shops. Initially it

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Mahi Award Nominee Joan

At Age Concern Wellington Region, we can only do our work with the help of volunteers. We work with hundreds of volunteers, and each one is truly appreciated. Sometimes, we come across volunteers who stand out for their willingness to go the extra mile. Joan Robertshawe is one of these volunteers. She’s not only always

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New Zealand Celebrates First Matariki Public Holiday 24 June 2022

Aotearoa New Zealand celebrates its first official national Matariki public holiday on 24 June this year. The reappearance of the Matariki array of stars in our skies midwinter, in early morning, marks the start of the Māori New Year for many. The star cluster Matariki has different names and different significances around the world. In

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Mindfulness

How do you calm your mind? Our minds wander most of the time – thinking about what we have done or must do, worrying, daydreaming, or just fretting. It can get us down sometimes. Meditation has been around for quite a while as many religions practice different forms of quiet contemplation for increasing calmness and

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An Exercise in Personal Training

Volunteering for Age Concern Wellington can bring some surprising health benefits. The New Zealand Sports Institute sought our help in finding a client for one of the qualified personal trainers who were engaged in further study in their field. The requirement for one of their classes was to create a programme and train a client

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An Old Master Painter

A two bedroomed state house in Strathmore is an unlikely repository for a substantial collection of art works – mainly acrylic paintings. But there they are, not only arrayed on the walls but many are stacked up to three deep on the furniture. The artist is 91-year-old Ron Jobson, a retired prison officer who worked

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Remembering Emily

  When the Companion Walking Service was set up in 2020, we needed a bank of volunteers ready for when the referrals started to come in. At that time, I belonged to an exercise group in Karori and over coffee told the group about my new job. One member of the group, Delyse, was particularly

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Hutt City Civic Award Nominee, Volunteer Carol Bradnock 

  As a child, Carol Bradnock liked to help seniors because they often looked sad and she wanted to help make them happy. Perhaps it’s because she has a lot to live up to (her grandfather founded the Rātana movement and her grandmother was Iriaka Rātana, the first woman to represent Māori in the New

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Walking at 94 Years Old

In recent years, Gordon Stuart Sutherland has had a few falls. At 94 years old, Gordon is strong and active but his balance increasingly fails him. “I fell in the garden a few weeks ago when I was taking some recycling outside. I called for help, but no one heard me. All the neighbours are

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