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Grey Power March 2018

The Grey Power Magazine is a prime national news source for its readers – New Zealand men and women over 50. Circulated quarterly to more than 68,000 members, Grey Power Magazine reports on the policies of the Grey Power Federation, and the concerns of the elderly, backgrounding and interpreting official decisions which affect their lives.

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Hello from the team at Take It Easy Tours – operating for more than 25 years with Jimmy Elliott and Jason Granville taking over the reins 3 years ago and absolutely loving it! WHAT WE DO We travel throughout the country and overseas, escorting you on the entire journey from start to finish ensuring everything is professionally organised, full of adventure while still ‘taking it easy’ and enjoying countless amounts of fun and laughter right throughout our trips. WHO WE ARE We are based in Wanganui and have recently purchased another tour company that operates out of Tauranga and Auckland however we can organise for you to be part of our tours no matter where you are situated in NZ. We are the best of friends with Jimmy having over 10 years’ experience in the tourism industry here in NZ and abroad – Jason’s background is in broadcasting where he was the local breakfast announcer and was also a former district councillor – now focusing completely on tourism and travel. Our office extraordinaire Karlene Wagstaff has been with the company for over 10 years and is an absolute delight to deal with. She assists with bookings, tour management and general running of the company – she also keeps the lads in line… COMPANY VALUES We pride ourselves on finding unique places off the beaten track to visit, and participate in activities that really showcase the beauty of the area we are travelling through. Going beyond the call of duty to ensure your holiday is care free is of utmost importance to us and we are sure you will instantly feel part of the Take It Easy family as soon as you board the bus. Singles, couples and groups all welcome so why not give it a try and enjoy a fun, relaxed, informative and unique holiday experience with us – you won’t be disappointed! Take it Easy Tours – where strangers become friends for life! Rarotonga – 30th May – 7th June Fiordland Discovery – 10th – 18th August High Country Bonanza – 7th – 19th October 4 Gems of the Deep South – 31st Oct – 8th Nov Norfolk Island – 16th – 25th November UPCOMING TOURS IN 2019 Wairarapa Coromandel East Coast South Island/Central Otago Chatham Islands North Queensland Canada / Alaska UPCOMING TOUR 2020 European River Cruise Plus so much more! Get in touch today Visit our website for all details on upcoming trips Sign up to receive free updates on various day trips, shows, concerts and tours! Phone 06 344 7465 | Freephone 0508 4U2CNZ Email

NZ GREYPOWER MAGAZINE » MARCH 2018 49 From page 47 these communications. They can’t promise changes immediately but will build our feedback into their thinking and will inform us of progress . b) That apparently the online form does not provide an acknowledgement to the person who completes it and help them know the next steps? Response: ACC are checking this and will confirm. c) That often older people are hesitant about accessing services they are entitled to – either because they don’t know about them or because they feel they may lose independence by asking for help. Also, the cover letter is confusing and some of our members have difficulty understanding what they were covered for. Response: ACC’s cover letter will be reviewed in the new year and our feedback will be built into the response. Also, ACC will be testing any changes they make to the cover letter with customers and will ensure that the testing group is representative of our society, including older people. (Information sourced from Shona Meyrick’s 29/11/2017 email) Grey Power’s gain was to inform ACC of our concerns and to obtain possible solutions to them. 3. AGED CARE 3.1 Aged Care Association meeting was attended by R. Reid, T. O’Connor and J. Pentecost plus Simon Wallace – CEO. The meeting’s purpose was to discuss mutual interests. These included: Carers and Wage Structure – we expressed concern that some rest homes were attempting to claw-back the recent carers’ wage increase. Simon explained that there are 100 rest homes in difficulty because they are not receiving enough funding to accommodate the wage rise – he asked, is this because of Govt funding or DHB allocation? He also explained that rest homes with more experienced, long serving staff who provide higher care hours have been hard hit by pay equity even though the Minister said no-one will be out of pocket. Response: he will send us an opinion piece, for the Grey Power magazine, on the sustainability of rest homes Immigrant workers – the policy re reapplication for a work visa every three years is problematic 3.2 Retirement Villages Association meeting was attended by T. O’Connor, R. Reid and J. Collins CEO. The meeting’s purpose was to discuss: Problems regarding the cost of village fees being charged to residents in un-registered “Lifestyle Villages” Response: complaints can be made to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment who have authority to investigate or to encourage the Registrar of Retirement Villages to have the village registered. The main problem is that disadvantageous fees can be imposed by village owners on residents without notification. In registered villages residents are protected by the Retirement Villages Act and the code of practice. In a Lifestyle village limited protection is available to residents under the Unit Trusts Act but is not as good a protection as the Retirement Villages Act. NB: John Collins and Troy Churton provide information seminars together at various venues. John is willing to address Association meetings or the Federation AGM and in association with Troy, will write an 800-word article for the magazine. T. O’Connor to arrange space in the December issue. (From notes provided by R. Reid) Post Script: Grey Power has long lobbied for and has now achieved, with assistance from others, recognition of retirement village residents as rate payers which means they are entitled to apply for a rates rebate regardless of the billing practice of the local authority. On January 31st 2018 Parliament passed the Retirement Village Resident Rates Rebate Bill which will come into effect in the rating year which begins on or after 1 July 2018. 3.3 MoH meeting re InteRai was attended by R. Reid, J. Pentecost and K. Kwai (MoH) The meeting’s purpose was to obtain information re concerns about: a) DHBs reducing home care hours without a proper InteRai assessment – we want a compulsory InteRai review before any reduction in home care hours occur. b) Lack of awareness that clients are entitled to have a support person attend an assessment – we believe that if the person being assessed wants this it should be compulsory c) Lack of national consistency in the care of older people Response: the Healthy Ageing Strategy is the focus of work with older people and MoH is working towards consistency d) The ability or lack thereof of InteRai assessment to show when restorative care is useful or to detect where no improvement is possible and if the latter what will happen to clients? Response: there may be a need to maintain health- cannot restore health in some people e) Reduction in home care hours because these are not considered as important as personal cares-this needs to be followed up Grey Power’s gain was: i) to receive a MoH definition of restorative care “Restorative home care is an approach to the delivery of home care adopted by most if not all DHBs in New Zealand. The intent of restorative home support is that people are supported (as far as practicable) to maintain and where possible improve their independence with tasks of daily living - in a practical sense this means a ‘do with’ rather than a ‘do for’ approach, and working to support a person to achieve their individual goals. This approach has been shown to help people remain well in their homes for longer.” This will assist us to lobby re our concerns with home care ii) The realisation that we will need to do much more to obtain information and action re our concerns. 4. KIWIBANK meeting was attended by R. Reid, J. Pentecost and Chris Grieg (KiwiBank) The meeting’s purpose was to discuss: 8 – The KiwiBank profile in Grey Power – it appears to be reasonable – Branch closures and the problems of some older people and how the franchise system works – the latter to be further discussed. – Grey Power magazine form re tagging of Grey Power members who bank with KiwiBank – this is being progressed Almost every traveller wishes a tour to be a golden opportunity to learn not only about a country’s culture & history but also to experience the delights of the local food & wine while enjoying comfortable transportation & other amenities to ensure a completely stress-free holiday. This is particularly true when you choose to use Leisure Time Tours for your next holiday whether it be around New Zealand or across the world. Contact us today for more information 0800 365 630 BOUTIQUE RAIL & COACH TOURS 5. New Zealand Post meeting was attended by T. O’Connor, J. 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