Interislander: Grey Power discounts

Group Booking Reference: FA5477

The below rates are based on prices to date, inclusive of GST and subject to availability.

Fares: Peak Each Way

Adult $52.00

Child $25.00

Motorcycle $50.00

Campervan/Motorhome up to 5.5mt $170.00

Additional half metre $42.00

Car/Ute/Van/4WD/trailer up to 5.5mt $137.00 each

Additional half Metre $22.00

Premium Lounge (Kaitaki & Aratere) $45.00 18yrs plus

Peak Dates:

01-28 February 18

29 March – 03 April 18

Fares: Off Peak Each Way

Adult $47.00

Child $25.00

Motorcycle $40.00

Campervan/Motorhome up to 5.5mt $145.00

Additional half metre $37.00

Car/Ute/Van/4WD/trailer up to 5.5mt $124.00 each

Additional half Metre $20.00

Premium Lounge (Kaitaki & Aratere $45.00 18yrs plus

Off Peak Dates:

01 March 28 March 18

04 April – 18 December 18


Group Booking conditions and instructions for members are:

  • Reservations to be made direct with Interislander online at by entering FA5477 into the group discount code box.

  • Space is subject to availability at the time of the booking request.

  • Bookings are 90% refundable if cancelled up to 1 hour before departure.

  • Date and time changes allowed up to 1 hour before departure without penalty, subject to availability.

  • Greypower membership card to be shown at check-in or full retail fare will be charged.

  • Fares subject to change with notification.

  • If booking from outside NZ you will need to request your booking be made via email to

Downsizing: eight tips for home unfurnishing

What can you do to avoid finding yourself forlorn in your late parents’ home, broken up about the breakfront that’s going begging? Some suggestions:

1. Start mobilizing while your parents are around. Every single person, if their parents are still alive, needs to go back and collect the stories of their stuff. That will help sell the stuff. Or it might help you decide to hold onto it.

2. Give yourself plenty of time to find takers, if you can. The longer you have to sell something, the more money you’re going to make. Of course, this could mean cluttering up your basement, attic or living room with tables, lamps and the like until you finally locate interested parties.

3. Do an online search to see whether there’s a market for your parents’ art, furniture, china or crystal. If there is, see if an auction house might be interested in trying to sell things for you on consignment. It’s a little bit of a wing and a prayer.

That’s true. But you might get lucky. I did. My sister and I were pleasantly surprised — no, flabbergasted — when the auctioneer we hired sold our parents’ enormous, turn-of-the-20th-century portrait of an unknown woman by an obscure painter to an art dealer for a tidy sum. (We expected to get a dim sum, if anything.) Apparently, the frame was part of the attraction.

4. Get the jewelry appraised. It’s possible that a necklace, ring or brooch has value and could be sold.

5. Look for a nearby consignment shop that might take some items. Or, perhaps, a liquidation firm.

6. See if someone locally could use what you inherited. Dad had some tools that looked interesting. A farmer gave $25 for them. Pick out five shelters and give them a list of all the kitchen items you wound up with. “By the fifth one, everything was gone. That kind of thing makes your heart feel good.”

7. Get advice about downsizing. Search on “Tips for Seniors Downsize Your Home nz” – heaps of suggestions will come up. .

8. But perhaps the best advice is: Prepare for disappointment. For the first time in history of the world, two generations are downsizing simultaneously: the boomers’ parents (sometimes, the final downsizing) and the boomers themselves. A 90-year-old parent wants to pass on stuff, or my siblings and I will have to clean up the house. And my siblings and I are 60 to 70 and we’re downsizing.

This, it seems, is 21st-century life — and death. Is there a future for the possessions of our parents’ generation? It’s a different world.

What the ‘retirement village effect’ brings to a neighbourhood

If you wander the streets of Orewa any weekday, you will see cafes full to bursting and shoppers browsing racks of expensive clothing.

One thing they might all have in common? Grey hair.

Orewa is one of Auckland’s major retirement village hubs, with half-a-dozen of the developments within its borders. Units, townhouses and villas sit on the hills overlooking the suburb, looking down on their own bowling greens, swimming pools and gardens.

Local business association manager Helen Wilkins says the local businesspeople do well from them. While the younger residents are at work, cafes do a brisk trade with retirees. The residents in these villages, some of whom have paid more than a million dollars for the rights to their homes, are active, eating out often and not afraid to drop $300 on a shirt, she says.

That’s reflected in the make-up of the shops. If you wanted cheap clothes for a trendy teenager, you’d be out of luck,

“It used to be that people said you went to Orewa to die but that’s not so.”

Read more:

Susan Edmunds – Stuff

Facing up to an age old problem

The music is pounding. Women in sequins sip something sparkling from flute glasses. Men in dinner suits dance in a conga-line. But this is more Tuesday Afternoon Foxtrot than Saturday Night Fever. The dancers are all pensioners, it’s daylight outside and they are hoovering up jam-and-scones, not class A drugs.

“I just don’t want to sit and play bingo,” one grey-haired lady in diamante earrings tells the camera. “I come out here and I just feel smashing.” This is one of London’s nightclubs for the elderly – part of a campaign to curb loneliness – and a movement that first started in South Korea. And it’s an idea that tickled Minister for Seniors Tracey Martin so much, that she shared a video of the event with her Facebook followers.

“They were having a blast, you should see this video, mate. It’s just awesome,” she said. “Now, we assume that all our older people want to do small, quiet things. But just because you are 80 doesn’t mean you don’t like dancing.”

But while those day-time disco goers are looking to escape some of the problems of old age, Martin is facing them head on.

New Zealand’s population is ageing rapidly. Within 20 years, about a quarter of the population will be over 65. But they will be healthier, live longer, be more educated and skilled – and will want to remain in the workforce well into their 60s and 70s.

Read more:

Andrea Vance – Stuff politics

Play spaces for big kids: Auckland Council backs play for the elderly

Auckland Council is considering creating play spaces for big kids, on the back of a document highlighting the benefits play holds for pensioners. The Council discussion document, Tākaro – Investing in Play, looks at benefits, demand and challenges to play, ahead of an investment plan for spending on recreational areas. The document said play into adulthood and old age supported the continued development and maintenance of cognitive and behavioural functions gained as a child.

“It is also thought to help reverse cognitive decline in seniors with dementia,” the report read. Despite this, a gap was identified in the provision of play spaces designed to engage seniors. Play was also found to be a “low priority” for both adults and children.

The document specifically looked at the benefits of play for the elderly, and how demand for play spaces built for adults and seniors could benefit an ageing population. Examples used are swings in bus-stops in Montreal, and sand pits spread sporadically along sidewalks in Vauban, Germany.

Read more:
NZ Herald

Glimmer of hope after years of pain for Kiwis sold faulty hip replacements

Dozens of Kiwis sold a dangerously faulty hip implant, may have a new avenue to seek justice, after years of pain and frustration.

Around 400 New Zealanders were given a metal on metal hip replacement called the ASR between 2004 and 2011, and according to ACC a quarter of that number reported injuries relating to the device.

These injuries stemmed from a design flaw in the artificial joint which caused metal flakes to enter the patient’s blood and surrounding tissue.

One such Kiwi is Joy Palaskas, who says she still lives with the effects of the ASR, even after having the faulty device replaced.

“I am quite slow walking, older people pass me and they’re on zimmer frames,” she told Newshub Nation. “People on zimmer frames walk past me; that is how slow I am with a limp.”

The ASR was produced by the American company Depuy, a subsidiary of Johnson and Johnson.

Read more:

Mike Wesley-Smith – NewsHub

Govt’s Families package: the Winter Energy Payment

The second part of the Government’s Families Package, (which aims to improve incomes for low and middle income families with children), took effect from 1 July. The Winter Energy Payment is paid automatically to everyone who’s eligible. No one needs to apply. This year it is being paid from 1 July to 29 September.

NZ Super/Veteran’s Pension couples who have separate bank accounts get the full amount ($31.82 a week) paid into one of their accounts. Unfortunately we can’t split the payment.

Timing of Families Package payments:
The first July payment didn’t include the full increase as 1 July falls part way through a payment period. That’s because we pay for the week (or fortnight for NZ Super/Veteran’s Pension clients) that’s just been.

For people getting NZ Super and Veteran’s Pension:

10 July – people got 10 days of Winter Energy Payment
24 July – people got their full new fortnightly amount.

We know the timing of payments is potentially confusing for people so we’d really appreciate this message to get out. We’ve explained it in our letters to clients, in recorded messages on the phone, in information on our website and on MyMSD.

Ngā mihi

Diane Turner, Director, Office for Seniors

Northland Grey Power medicinal cannabis campaigner pleased with support

A Northland Grey Power leader and medicinal cannabis law advocate has welcomed a new poll showing the vast majority of Kiwis support her views.

Otamatea Grey Power member Beverley Aldridge has been campaigning for more than two years for people in extreme pain or terminally ill to be able to have easy access to medicinal cannabis. Since then some other Grey Power groups have joined the campaign.

And public support for cannabis law reform has soared in the past year – especially for medicinal use of cannabis, a poll commissioned by the New Zealand Drug Foundation has found. The Government is planning a referendum on personal use before or at the next election.

Support to decriminalise or legalise cannabis for the use of pain relief has increased from 78 per cent last year to 87 per cent this year in what has become an annual survey. Using cannabis for pain relief for terminal conditions has even higher support, at 89 per cent.

Support for personal possession is up to 67 per cent from 65 per cent and support for personal growing of cannabis is up to 61 per cent from 55 per cent. There is far less support for selling cannabis from a store, only 38 per cent, although that is up from 34 per cent last year.

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Over 50? Employers don’t want you

Liz has applied for hundreds of jobs in the past six years – without a single bite, she says.

The now 51-year-old is tertiary qualified and has worked for a range of employers over her career, including the Government.

But Liz (not her real name) believes her age is now holding her back. “People say don’t put your age on your CV but people are not stupid – you can tell from my CV I have had a lot of experience. It is the stereotype of the older worker.” Liz is not alone.

When the Herald ran a story about a 65-year-old Whanganui woman applying for 32 jobs in six months and being unable to secure work, it was flooded with others in similar situations. It all comes as no surprise to Paul Jarvie, employment relations and safety manager at the Employers and Manufacturers Association (EMA).

Jarvie says research shows people who are out of work and looking for a job find it incredibly difficult to get a foot in the door if they are over 48 years of age.

“The code is: ‘we will call you back’.”

Read more:

Tamsyn Parker – NZ Herald – Business

New Zealand joins WHO network

New Zealand has been accepted as an affiliate member of the WHO Global Network of Age-friendly cities and Communities. Minister for Seniors Tracey Martin made this announcement during the inaugural National Age-friendly Communities Forum in Wellington in June.

Close to 150 people came together for the forum including local council representatives, community groups, organisations and academics.

The Age-friendly Cities and Communities model was developed by the World Health Organisation in 2005 to help address the issue of ageing populations. It is a community-driven model with older people a critical voice and key partner along the way.

The key-note speaker at the forum was Christine Young, Director of Community Development for the City of Melville Council, who discussed how age-friendly is being implemented in Western Australia.

Presentations from the event are available on the SuperSeniors website for people interested in age-friendly. For more information, go to

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