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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.


50 NZ GREYPOWER MAGAZINE » MARCH 2018 From page 49 P. Matcham plus NZ Post corporate general manager, Paul Hodgson. The meeting’s purpose was to discuss ESCORTED TOURS 2018 "Complete hassle-free travel, with home pickup & return (Auckland), quality hotels, meals, & sightseeing fees (as specified)." • BEST OF THE BRITISH ISLES CRUISE TOUR 26 days, depart 02 July. Enjoy a fantastic12 night British Isles cruise plus a coach tour of Southern England. • ALASKA & CANADIAN ROCKIES 21 Days, depart 08 August. Enjoy a Canadian Rockies highlights rail tour, a 7 night Alaska inside passage cruise and stopovers in Victoria & Vancouver. • SOUTH AFRICA EXPLORER 21 Days, depart 11 August. Experience a wonderful diversity of scenery, history, abundant wildlife and an insight into the major sights. • AUSTRALIAN RED CENTRE RAIL 13 Days, depart 17 August. Features Northern Territory sightseeing with rail travel aboard ‘The Ghan’ 4 day luxury rail expedition Darwin/Adelaide. • ASIA & AUSTRALIA CRUISE 26 days, depart 21 August. Enjoy an amazing 22 night voyage aboard ‘Majestic Princess’ Shanghai/Sydney via South Korea, Hong Kong, Vietnam & Australia. • PORT DOUGLAS & CAIRNS 9 days, depart 06 September. An exciting tropical holiday featuring Cape Tribulation & the Daintree, Great Barrier Outer Reef cruise, Kuranda & the Atherton Tablelands. • SPAIN & MEDITERRANEAN CRUISE 29 days, depart 20 September. Enjoy an 11 night Princess Cruise Barcelona/Rome plus a coach tour of southern Spain and stopovers in Madrid, Barcelona & Hong Kong. • VIETNAM & CAMBODIA 18 days, depart 05 October. A great value easy paced tour from Hanoi & Halong Bay in the North to Saigon & Mekong Delta in the South, plus Siem Reap. For full details Freephone 0800 11 60 60 D5177J ESCORTED TOURS Country Lanes of Ireland, Scotland & England 2015 – including Edinburgh Tattoo WEARABLE 30 days $13,585 – Departs ARTS 2 August 2018 2015 MISSISSIPPI MAGIC! Featuring Gold Coast Join our escort & Sunshine from Auckland Coast with a maximum of 22 passengers. Travel with award-winning Singapore 30th Airlines Anniversary to Singapore (2 nights), including sights, dinner and Orchid Gardens. Travel Featuring on to Dublin 7 (3 night nights), hop cruise on hop off on bus, American Killarney Queen Paddle Steamer 10 days departs 10 Aug (22018 nights) – Jaunting $3,495pp Car, Ring share of Kerry. Donegal, twin Derry, visit Giant’s Causeway, 4 days Belfast, departs including Titanic 4 & Quarter, 11 Oct Edinburgh 2018 (3 nights), – $1,699pp hop on hop off share bus, tickets twin to spectacular Tattoo!, Royal Yacht Britannia, 17 York days (3 nights), departs Whitby, 7 magnificent Jun 2018 – $14,398pp QUEENSLAND COAST ESCAPE Castle Howard, free day. Visit Chester and on to Cotswolds (3 nights), Stratford-on-Avon, Blenheim Palace and the Roman city of Bath. Via Cheddar Gorge to Devon (3 nights Tavistock), visit incredible Eden Project, Cornish villages, Devonshire Tea on the Moors. Via Salisbury to London (3 nights). Return with overnight in Singapore. Includes all breakfasts, most dinners, sightseeing, airfares (upgrades to Business class available), quality accommodation with private bathrooms, executive Fly to Brisbane and coach up to the Sunshine Coast (5 nights) Return flights to Wellington, (or return by train), 3 nights coaches throughout. Free home pick up and return in greater Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch areas. Fly Air New Zealand to Houston and on to New Orleans (4 nights). Tour including all breakfasts & dinners, visit a private local garden, visit Novotel – all breakfasts & dinners, PREMIUM seats to this incredible city. Dinner at Muriel’s Jackson Square and Preservation Montville with its craft shops, Eumundi Markets, coach via Sanctuary spectacular Wearable arts show with souvenir Programme, China Hall Evening Jazz Concert. Join the American Queen Steamboat 7 Toowoomba Sunshine Coast Brancott Wellington Powerco Taranaki Cove to the Gold Coast’s Crowne Plaza Spectacular (4 nights), all breakfasts Day trip to Wairarapa With lunch & visit to Greytown & Flower Carnival Stayput Wearable Arts nights recreating Garden the Spectacular sense of wonder and excitement of travelling & dinners, visit Mt Tambourine, shop at Harbourtown, sightseeing Martinborough. FREE home pick up & Return Auckland/ on this famous river. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included every day, around the coast and beaches. 5 Free September home pickup 2015 – 12 & return days Auckland/ 15 September 2015 – 8 days Tauranga/Christchurch 21 July 2015 – (within 8 days 20 kms city). 24 September 2015 – 4 days 30 October 2015 – 5 days complimentary wine and beer with dinner, acclaimed musical revues $4899 share twin $3599 share twin From $2999 share twin $1599 $1660 share twin Wellington/Christchurch* conditions apply and cabaret, included Departs from shore Auckland excursions only. at every port. We disembark in DON’T MISS out! Already selling fast. This Memphis tour (3 Join night). your escort Sights on this including annual tour to the see National Civil Rights Museum, sells out every year. Join your escort and fly to Sun Studios, the impressive farewell range of dinner gardens on at display B.B. in Kings Blues Club - Fly from Wellington from Auckland. 3 nights at central New Plymouth. Rhododendrons in a myriad of Memphis to connect with our direct flight from Houston to Auckland. Join our escort for the flight to Beijing (4 nights). Visit Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Highlight visit To Great Wall China. Flight to Xi’an (2 nights), amazing Terracotta Warriors!, Then to Chongqing a recent break-down in communications as a result of New Zealand Post internal staff changes. Grey Powers’ gain - Vice-President Pete Matcham will now act as liaison with New Zealand Post. 6. Public Service Assn meeting was attended by T. O’Connor, J. Pentecost and R. Reid and the PSA national secretaries Glenn Barclay and Erin Polaczuk. The meeting’s purpose was to discuss: a) Equal pay - the PSA want carers’ work unionised and regularised- they say we still have some way to go to achieve fairness in the workplace. b) National superannuation at age 65 – PSA agreed with us that the eligibility age must remain unchanged c) Ageism in the work place – we all agreed that this is a problem that requires work to change attitudes d) Adequately funded elective surgery – we all agreed that health is under-funded e) Agreement to explore a more formal arrangement of mutual support between us -there will be ongoing discussions on this issue. Grey Powers’ gain is to strengthen ties with a kindred organisation to enable, where relevant, appropriate lobby relationships 7. Ministry for the Environment D7244J Dream Tours ENGLISH COUNTRY COTTAGES Grand Finale Tour - May 2019 SCOTLAND, IRELAND & WALES A taste of Scotland. Explore the Northern Ireland coastline from Belfast West to the Bay of Clews & Westport. Explore the Welsh Coast from Anglesey to the Gower. 33 Exhilarating Days - June 2019 ROUTE 66 September 2019 Contact Don 03-381-1694 Fly to Brisbane (2 nights), then coach to Toowoomba, our home for 5 nights. Here we enjoy visits to award-winning private gardens, the art deco Empire hotel. Picnic lunch Japanese Garden, undercover seating to the fabulous Flower Carnival Join us on a relaxing stayput on the Sunshine Coast. Including return flights From Wellington, Christchurch or Auckland, 7 nights at the centrally located Oaks in Caloundra. Enjoy all breakfast & dinners meeting – attended by T. O’Connor, R. Reid and Land and Air Policy Manager Daniel Lawry. The meeting’s purpose was to explore options for a review of the national environment standards for air and the negative impact of some regional air pans on the ability of older people to keep homes warm in winter. There will be ongoing discussions on this issue. We agreed that: e) Air pollution is a serious issue which must be addressed by regional councils. Home heating by solid fuel burners is a significant contributor to winter air pollution. f) The age of solid fuel heaters is probably not the ideal deciding factor on required replacement and that, as an alternative, solid fuel heaters should be replaced when they can no longer be repaired to meet low emission standards and that all solid fuel heaters over 15 years should be replaced when the property is sold. g) Peak exceedances of predetermined air pollution levels are probably not a good measure of air quality and that underlying average pollution levels need to be reduced instead. h) A review of National Environment Standards for Air would be an opportunity for these matters to be addressed. 8. Meeting with Hon Tracey Martin On December 14th 2017 the advocacy team had an opportunity to meet the new Minister for Seniors Tracey Martin (NZF). She has a long-standing family connection with Grey Power and has a sound knowledge of our philosophy and principles. Many of her ambitions for senior people, and the vulnerable in society, match our own policies. This coincides with Grey Power philosophy to work with any decision-maker/s whose beliefs are similar to ours. She, like us, wants improved access to affordable housing and health care and is determined to tackle ageism in its many forms. Most importantly she has agreed to be our advocate with her cabinet colleagues and to assist with arranging meetings with other ministers. We also specifically asked the Minister ‘Will older people be financially disadvantaged by the cancellation of the previous government’s tax cuts? Her response was that: “… the new Government has decided not to proceed with the previous government’s proposal to increase some PAYE income thresholds. While superannuitants will no longer gain in terms of increased after- tax rates of New Zealand Superannuation, the Government has announced that its Winter Energy Payment, available to all recipients of New Zealand Superannuation or Veteran’s Pension will commence from 1 July 2018. When fully implemented, this will provide additional non-taxable income of $700 per year for a superannuitant couple and $450 per year for a single superannuitant. Many superannuitants who have high housing costs, relative to their income and assets, will also gain from the increases to the Accommodation Supplement effective from April 2018. We presented her with our briefing paper which is available on the Grey Power web-site or on application to: Jan Pentecost Grey Power Federation National Secretary 113 Stringers Road RD 7 Rangiora 7477 03 312 9331 If you do not have access to a computer with internet but want more information or can provide us with information on any of the issues discussed above please use the contact address as shown. And please note that this report is a prior copy of the advocacy information which will appear in the next Grey Power magazine Disclaimer: Although every effort has been made to provide accurate information in this report the authors take no responsibility for unintended inaccuracies Novotel Hotel, all breakfasts and dinners included. different Colours together with gorgeous roses PREMIUM PLUS Seats to opening night of and different styles Of gardening. Stay 3 nights COUNTRY LANES to Join 3 night Yangtze OF River IRELAND, Cruise – the SCOTLAND as well & as some ENGLAND lunches, A variety of sights 2018 spectacular Wearable Arts show! Including in New Plymouth with a full programme to the magnificent scenery of the three gorges. Parade, Spring Bluff Railway to listen to including Eumundi Markets, cruise on the programme. Fabulous day trip to Wairarapa festival. Exclusive activities for our group. We Finish with 2 nights in Shanghai Including with big Edinburgh band music. All Breakfasts Tattoo and Dinners harbour with lunch, sights of Noosa and with lunch at the gorgeous Peppers Parehua in travel to Rotorua for overnight and then join shopping and sights. Includes air fares, 4 and most lunches! Special evening Garden Mooloolaba, lunch at a local surf club, Visit Martinborough, time in Greytown and a special the Railcruiser for a new experience In our own star accommodation, 30 days all breakfasts departs and 28 July visit 2018 with a glass – of $14,950pp bubbles and nibbles.!! share twin Maleney and Montville (Devonshire tea garden visit… (option to return to Auckland on specially adapted VIVID Rail car! Includes all SYDNEY breakfasts dinners (most lunches), great local guides Air fares, Central 4* accommodation, free in the botanic gardens) and to a couple of the train – no extra cost) Flights costs available & Dinners and Free home pick up & return in the Join our escort from Auckland free (max home of pick 22 up passengers). & return from Fly home to pick Hong up and Kong return (2 from days). Auckland, On to gorgeous Dublin private (3 nights) gardens. 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