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The Hamilton Grey Power Magazine is a localised edition of the National Grey Power Magazine, reporting on the policies of the Grey Power Federation, concerns of the elderly and reader interest articles which keep the members informed on issues that directly effect them.

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The importance of

resistance training

for seniors

You return home from the supermarket with

a grocery bag in each hand. As you arrive on

your front door step, you realise your keys are

in your pocket.

BY NICK READ

HEALTH & FITNESS

MANAGER UNIREC

Easily, you place the bags

down in front of you,

making sure to keep your

chest elevated, back straight

and rest your weight on your

heels.

Reaching into your pocket

you turn the key, drop your

hips to pick up your bags, and

into the house you go.

You have just completed

one of the most functional lifts

in life and exercise.

This is commonly known as

the “Dead Lift”, because the

action requires moving dead

weight.

There are numerous benefits

for seniors to engage in resistance-based

training. Some

of the physiological benefits

include:

Muscle growth, increased

metabolism, increased bone

density, reduced body fat, re-

duced blood pressure, resistance

to diabetes, improved

good health and lower risks of

suffering from adverse effects.

We already know that exercise

is good for us. So what is

going to take me from reading

this to practising it?

Find a Health & Fitness facility

in your neighbourhood that

runs supervised sessions for

seniors. This is more about the

social aspect of health.

The facility is a hub for you

to be part of a thriving community

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A place to develop friendships

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Hamilton greypower Magazine | March 2018 3


PRESIDENT’S REPORT

President’s Plea

Don’t pay your Power Bill to Grey Power.

PLEASE PAY PULSE ENERGY.

BY ROGER HENNEBRY

HAMILTON GREY POWER

PRESIDENT

Talking about power

there is a huge misunderstanding

about

where our power rebate

comes from. It is the equivalent

of about six weeks’

average power use.

There are lots of electricity

providers but only one

lines company in our area

(WEL Energy Trust).

It’s actually the lines

company (WEL) that provides

the rebate and it is

distributed to us through

our chosen power company.

It’s a cash discount

applied to the amount of

power you use.

So no need to change

power companies, although

I do recommend Pulse En-

Shingles vaccine

As you may be aware,

since May 2015 the

Grey Power Federation

has asked Pharmac several

times if it could provide

the shingles vaccine, Zostavax

at no cost to older people.

Therefore we now welcome

the good news from

Janet McKay Pharmac’s

Manager, Implementation

Programmes, that the shingles

vaccine will be available

free from general practices

from April 1, 2018 for people

aged 65 years and that

those who are eligible will be

able to receive the shingles

and influenza vaccines at the

same time if they wish.

There will also be a catch

up programme which will allow

people aged between 66

and 80 years to get access to

the funded shingles vaccine.

ergy. They also supply gas

now which is eligible for

a further Grey Power discount.

We have received many

phone calls about the loss

of the power rebate which

as I explained originates

from the lines company and

also about the $7 a month

in extra power charges proposed.

You lose not only the rebate

but will pay more in

power charges. It’s a scandal.

In case you didn’t read

Grey Power’s response in

the local papers we have

printed it here.

Long term (10 year)

plans for both Hamilton

City Council and Waikato

Regional Council (EW)

open soon for consultation.

Astronomical increases

are proposed by both

This will run until March 2020.

This vaccine will make

a big difference to the one

in three, mainly older New

Zealanders, who will have at

least one attack of shingles

in their lifetime and this can

sometimes lead to other serious

health complications

with some people continuing

to experience pain for

months to years after an initial

shingles attack.

If you require more information

please visit Pharmac’s

website at:

www.pharmac.govt.nz/

news/media-2017-11-09-

shingles

Jo Millar – Chair for

Grey Power Health National

Advisory group.

Jan Penetecost –

Co-Chair Grey Power Advocacy

Standing Committee.

Roger Hennebry

councils. Of note an interim

solution for a train from

Hamilton to Auckland costing

ratepayers anywhere

between $20 and $80 depending

on the value of

your property.

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Also the proposed “new

Founders Regional Theatre”

with Mayor King

needing $25 million from

you, plus another $5 million

from the greater Waikato

region.

Let them know how you

feel.

Look forward to seeing

you one day at the Monday

seminars for a cuppa and

sometimes a guest speaker

- rain or shine 10:30am.

Friendly reminder subs

are due March 31.

Our AGM will be held on

Monday May 28 2018.

Happy note... only 10

months to Christmas

LOL. Best regards Roger

Hennebry

GREY POWER NOTICE

If you have any stories, jokes, quotes,

memoirs, tips or recipes, that you think

might interest other Grey Power readers,

then please send them to:

lizzieb12@hotmail.com or drop them into the

Grey Power office: 30 Victoria St, Hamilton.

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Cataract development is a normal process

of aging. Cataracts can also be present at

birth, develop from injuries, certain diseases,

medications or long-term exposure to

sunlight.

As scary as cataracts might sound, modern

cataract surgery can usually restore vision

lost to cataracts — and can often reduce your

dependence on glasses as well.

When you are no longer able to see well enough to do the things you like to do,

cataract surgery should be considered. Thankfully cataract surgery is one of the safest

and most effective surgical procedures performed today. Surgery involves removing the

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Hamilton greypower Magazine | March 2018 5


WEL Energy Trust moves to strip rebate

WEL Energy Trust’s move to strip a $300 plus

annual power rebate from more than 80,000

electricity connections in Waikato next year

has Hamilton Grey Power president Roger

Hennebry absolutely “livid.”

Roger says this will impact

seriously on Hamilton’s

2000 Grey Power members

and thousands of other

power users on low or fixed

incomes in Waikato.

Adding to this is the news

that each power customer will

be paying at least $7 more a

month.

“What are the trustees

thinking?” asked Roger.

“The Trust recently had an

election for trustees where

only 17 percent of eligible voters

bothered to complete their

voting papers.

“The trustees had a moral

obligation to put this issue in

front of the public before the

election, instead of announcing

its move after.

“Trustees had no mandate

to do this.”

Roger said it was his understanding

that “matters of

significance” required consultation

with not only the

capital beneficiaries (Hamilton

City and Waikato and Waipa

District Councils), but with

consumers.

“Where is the evidence that

this consultation has taken

place?” said Roger.

For the trust chair Mark Ingle

to describe the rebate as “irrelevant”

showed how out of touch

the trustees were, he said.

“I will be inviting Ingle to

come to our next available

Grey Power meeting to explain

to members the benefits they

will get in losing a $300 plus

rebate annually and to pay an

extra $7 per month on their

power bills,” said Roger.

Roger’s father, the late Ken

Hennebry was at the forefront

of community protest at

the sale of the company to an

American power company in

the 1990s and the communities

fight to successfully buy

the company back.

In 2002 he was part of a

group who formed the Power

Rebates Team.

The team won a majority

and were successful in achieving

rebates averaging $127 for

every consumer in the first year

(depending on usage) rising

to $300 plus.

“Ken would roll over in his

grave knowing that the original

shareholders in the company

were to lose their power

rebates and end up paying

more.”

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Avoid computer scammers

Do you have frustrating computer problems

that you cannot fix? You should still ignore

unsolicited phone calls offering to fix your

computer.

BY MATT BENTLEY

I’ve noticed a rise in the

number of clients telling

me they’ve had a random

call from someone with a

foreign accent telling them

there’s a problem with their

computer.

This is obviously a scam

and you should know how the

whole thing works:

They call you (sometimes

bouncing their call through a

NZ landline number) and tell

you there’s a problem with

your computer.

If you capitulate, they tell

you to do a bunch of things

on your computer, which gives

them access.

They access your computer

and do some stuff on screen,

while in the background installing

a programme which they

can use to control your computer

at a later point.

They tell you they can fix the

problem, but it’ll cost a certain

amount of money.

If you don’t pay, they’ll

bombard you with calls telling

you the problem is still there

and they need to fix it.

If you ignore this, they use

the programme they installed

in the background to lock your

computer so you can’t use

it, typically after a month or

thereabouts.

Luckily, if you have gone

along with their instructions at

some point, the problem software

is easily removed - just

give me a call.

If not, here’s the best way to

deal with these critters:

1. Record the phone call

or take down their phone

number if you can.

2. Don’t do anything they

say and hang up.

3. Don’t answer any more

calls from them. They may

call on multiple numbers, record

these numbers but keep

hanging up. Eventually they

will get the message.

4. Report the incident to

your phone service provider,

who will often be able to

block or deal with the phone

numbers in question.

If you’ve called someone

for computer support,

obviously that’s a different

story. But unsolicited calls

about your computer are

always scams. Remember: if

unsure, hang up.

And if you have any problems

with your computer that

you can’t solve yourself, feel

free to give me a call.

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Hamilton greypower Magazine | March 2018 7


Introducing Hon Tracey Martin

Over the Christmas period covering January

Tracey has been busy as she has written below.

Last Month (January) I travelled

from Auckland to

Rotorua to visit a couple

of facilities that I have interest

in as, in the first instance, the

Minister for Seniors and, in the

second instance, Minister for

children.

Both of these visits were to

Kiwis who did not really want

to be there and both involved

meeting amazing New Zealanders

who were supporting,

with care, those individuals.

The first facility I visited was

The CARE Village at Ngongotaha.

The village is a community

owned, not for profit

charitable trust that opened in

September 2017 and provided

aged residential care with a

difference.

Its vision is to create a lifestyle

that gives people with

dementia as normal a life as

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living in poverty who need affordable housing.

I want to keep that at the forefront of politicians’ minds. In the

short term we’ve made a commitment to further enhancing the

Super Gold Card and will be introducing a free annual health

check and eye check for over 65’s.

I also intend to make sure seniors are clearly identified as one

of the recipients of the winter energy packet. My family is part

Pakeha and part Maori and the connection to older people is

extremely important to me.

Tracey Martin

possible and provides an opportunity

for them not only to

exist, but thrive.

Based on the Dutch dementia

village De Hogeweyk. The

CARE village is designed to

give people with dementia the

opportunity to go about their

normal lives.

It replicates a small scale

New Zealand town with 13

single level six and seven bedroom

houses, each staffed by

an individual caregiver.

Each household looks and

functions as a typical home,

reflecting research that shows

people with dementia are

much happier when they live in

an environment they can recognise

as home.

My grandfather suffered

from dementia and at one

stage was placed in a locked

hospital ward.

Visiting him was distressing,

both for him and us. The

ward he was in was not only

for those with dementia but

also catered for other mental

illnesses.

The level of stress on the patients,

the staff and those visiting

was obvious. The feeling of

those visits has stayed with me

for a long time my grandfather

passed away in February 2000.

What a difference it was to

visit The CARE village, to pop in

to the “homes” where smoked

fish pie was being prepared for

lunch in one while bacon and

egg pie was almost ready in

another.

The atmosphere was calm

and the residents able to potter

around in the garden,

plant flowers, even build a

few paths. According to the

managers, medications have

dropped along with stress levels

for all.

The village is a three year pilot

scheme that operates with

support from the Ministry of

Health.

The Dementia Economic Impact

Report 2016 tells us that

approximately 62,287 New

Zealanders are currently living

with dementia, with 13,819 in

residential care.

The prevalence of dementia

is estimated to grow to

170,212 by 2050, with an estimated

37,446 places being

required in aged residential

care.

This pilot gives us an opportunity

to evaluate the positive

or negative effects this change

of model could have for those

Kiwis, and judge its affordability

and long term sustainability.

The second facility I visited

was also a secure facility but at

the other end of the spectrum.

Te Maioha o Parekarangi

Residence is a Youth Justice

Residential Centre that was

officially opened in 2010. The

residence currently provides

secure facilities for up to 30

young men aged 13 to 17

years, 24 hours a day, 7 days

a week.

I was met with a rousing

haka by the young men, followed

by a haka powhiri. After

the formalities two of the

current residents took me on a

guided tour of the facility.

They were respectful, engaging

and polite. Hopeful

for their futures, both had

achieved some NCEA credits

and won scholarships to do

further study on their departure

from the residence.

A great lunch was put on

with one of my young tour

guides being kind enough

to finish the other half of my

steamed pudding. I enjoyed

myself.

Both of these visits reinforced

in me that those involved

in both facilities do their

best because they want the

best for those in care and that

everyone needs to be cared for

sometimes.

8 Hamilton greypower Magazine | March 2018


Easter stories

Easter this year starts for most on Good

Friday March 30, followed by Easter

Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Most see this is just

a public holiday

without little or no

knowledge of the original

understanding of the Christian

death and resurrection of

Jesus Christ.

So they eat their hot cross

buns, Easter eggs and Easter

bunnies and head off to beach

houses and hope that the sun

shines for them still and perhaps

a little fishing is done and

a few sports games are played.

So when and how did these

variations occur to bring in,

Easter bunnies; hot cross buns;

Easter cards and flowers as well

as the traditional church services?

Good Friday sees the start of

hot cross buns which used to

be made to celebrate the end

of Lent. The poor would

make the buns after

fasting for 40 days

and sell them on

the streets.

The buns were

originally plain and then the

cross was added on the top to

represent the crucifixion of Jesus

and later spices were added

to represent the spices that

were used to embalm Jesus at

his burial.

The call of the London bun

makers would be:

Good Friday comes this month

Watch the old women run,

Calling “One a penny two a

penny , Hot Cross Bun.”

Easter Saturday – part of an

Easter weekend which used to

be called ‘Bright Saturday’ or

‘Easter Eve’.

Easter Sunday – The resurrection

of Jesus Christ when many

Christians attend church services.

So where did the Easter

eggs originate from? Well they

were given as gifts on the occasion

of Easter or the northern

springtime celebration.

In the oldest tradition chicken

eggs were dyed often in a

rust or red colour. However the

modern tradition as we know

it is to wrap chocolate eggs in

coloured foil.

Eggs were traditionally a

symbol of fertility or rebirth as

with the resurrection of Jesus

Christ.

This custom can be traced

back to early Christians of Mesopotamia

and then spread to

Russia and Siberia.

Then we have to find out

about those Easter bunnies,

well it looks like Germany. The

Easter bunny is a folklore figure

and symbol of Easter, showing

a rabbit or hare bringing Easter

eggs in a basket.

The German Lutherans used

the Easter Hare as a judge to

evaluate whether children had

been good or disobedient in behaviour

at the start of Eastertide.

The eggs were delivered at

night similar to a Santa Claus at

Christmas, but at Easter. Therefore

‘Be Good’ children and

you may receive an Easter egg.

Easter cards and flowers

are a continuation of all of the

above and are meant to bring,

warmth, love and joy to your

family and friends to celebrate

the Christian festival.

Easter Monday is an additional

day for holidays and

family gatherings.

So ‘Happy Easter’ to all our

readers.

Liz

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Preventing falls

Falls are among the most common and

serious problems facing the older person.

Falling is associated with considerable

mortality, morbidity, reduced functioning and

premature nursing home admission.

BY DAWN SMITH

Falls generally result from

an interaction of multiple

and diverse risk factors

and situations.

Both the incident of the falls

and the severity of falls-related

complications rise steadily after

age 75 years.

It is estimated falls in the

community dwelling population

over 65 years is 35-40 percent.

Risk factors can be ‘intrinsic’ ie:

• Lower extremity weakness

• Poor grip strength

• Balance disorders

• Functional and/or cognitive

impairment

So regular health care provider

visits and open discussion

plus visual checks.

Or extrinsic ie:

• Multiple medications ie four

or more prescription medications

• Environmental – poor

lighting, loose carpets/mats

• Ill fitting footwear or slippers

• Lack of bathroom and toilet

safety equipment

Falls are one of the main causes

of long standing pain, functional

impairment and disability

and even death. the older

person needs:

• Regular health care provider

visits for monitoring and

adjusting of medication

• NB: Medications not in use

should not be kept to avoid

confusion

• Exercises, particularly training

to improve balance

• Safety related skills and

behaviors

• Environmental hazard

reduction

A home hazard check list for

safety:

• Eliminate potential tripping

hazards – clutter, throw rugs

• Having stair/step railings

• Add non slip floor surfaces

• Adequate lighting

• Rails in toilets/bathrooms

• Well fitted footwear

• Do not stand on stools,

chairs etc when alone (or not

at all)

Falls and injuries can be life

changing and life threatening

with tremendous loss of independence,

denting confidence

and creating insecurity.

Be careful – think – be safe

– enjoy life.

Special days to celebrate in

March; April and May

MARCH

St Patrick’s day – March 17

So as per this quarter magazine’s

theme we look at St

Patrick’s day which was made

an official Christian feast day

by the Irish in the early 17th

century.

The patron saint of Ireland

is celebrated world- wide with

cultural and religious festivities.

People wear green and generally

make merry with dancing,

singing, eating and drinking

Irish beer.

Our recipe this month from

Mrs Kitchen is a traditional Irish

dish.

Other March days are:

NZ Children’s day and also

World book day – March 4

International Woman’s day

– 8th March

A time to catch up and acknowledge

the important

women in your life.

APRIL

April Fools Day – April 1

This traditionally is a day when

people play harmless jokes,

pranks and hoaxes on others.

It needs to be remembered

that the joker can only do this

until midday as after the clock

strikes noon then the joke

turns back onto them.

Origins of this day appears

to read back to Chauser’s Canterbury

Tales in 1392.

Remember to put your

clocks back one hour on this

Sunday, not a joke even though

it is the April 1.

Anzac day – April 25

An important national day of

remembrance both in New

Zealand and Australia.

A time to remember those

who gave their lives in all wars,

conflicts and even peacekeeping

missions. Dawn services are

held throughout both countries

on this day.

MAY

Mother’s Day – May 13

A special day to honour the

Mothers in your family and is

celebrated in more than 40 countries

around the world. So don’t

forget to treat your mother with

love and respect on this day.

National Youth Week

– May 21

This is a celebration of the talents,

passions and success of

our young people.

Events are designed during

this week to encourage young

people to take on challenges,

share ideas and work together

over a period of nine days.

It first commenced in New

Zealand in the early 1990s and

is now run under the umbrella

of Ara Taiohi.

This year’s theme is, “Be

who you want to be.”

World no smoking day

– 31st May

So time to stub out smokers.

10 Hamilton greypower Magazine | March 2018


Thailand sadness and joy in one week

It was my privilege to visit

Thailand on a very special and

important week in the local

people’s lives.

On October 26 the day after my

arrival in Bangkok the whole of

Thailand was silent, all shops were

closed and the people only dressed in

black. They were in mourning as this was

the day of the cremation of their beloved

King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

Tears flowed throughout the country

as this King was seen to be the ‘Father

Figure’ of them all and huge respect and

love was shown for him.

Many lined the streets for days to

watch, pray and give thanks as the procession

slowly made its way from Dusib

Malia Prasat Throne hall to the cremation

site after a year of mourning.

Born on December 5, 1927 in Cambridge

Massachusetts USA, where

his father was studying, and died in

Thailand on October 13, 2016 aged

88 years.

For seven decades he served as King

and put his heart and soul into helping the

people of Thailand to have a better life.

He turned part of the palace grounds

into experimental places of development in

agriculture, forestry and small scale industry

so that people could learn to make life better

for themselves.

Over his life time he visited every province

in the country in an effort to find

ways to improve the lives of the poor.

He had electricity installed in villages,

looked at ways of improving irrigation,

made sure that the children of the nation

received milk every day at schools.

He was a good mediator when required

to balance the thoughts and ways

of the leading military and their Generals.

So it was an honour for me to watch

the amazing pageant as it slowly made its

way to the cremation site.

A Royal Chariot dating back to 1796

carrying the cremation urn, pulled by soldiers

manually with red rope.

This was a spectacle which drew on

both Hindu and Buddhist traditions and

was humbling in its glory and respect.

A few days later

On November 3 at the end of the rainy

season, life and colour had come back to

the streets of Thailand as the Thai people

celebrated Loy Krathong.

This is one of the most picturesque festivals

I have ever seen.

The full moon rises and the people

converge on lakes and waterways to pay

respect to the Goddess of Water and to

honour the Bhuddha by releasing lotus

shaped rafts of flowers (Krathong)

adorned with flickering candles and incense

onto the water.

This is a way of releasing all negative

thoughts and memories and bringing a

new beginning to those who participate.

People dress in

colourful clothes and

children in schools

make the rafts out

of banana leaves

and lotus flowers,

ready to float

them into the water

after sunset.

The waterways become

an enchanting

spectacle of light and

flowers and the Krathongs

are not only

meant to help remove the worries and

problems of life, they are also supposed

to act as vessels to cleanse the water from

pollution which the people apologise for

damaging.

Many hotels on the riverways hold

feasts and provide music and dancing in a

truly Thai fashion for all to see and understand

the tradition.

Firework displays add to the spectacle

and light of the floating Krathons as

people release these beautiful floating

baskets, and the smell of incense wafts in

the evening air.

What a pleasure it was for me to be

part of this celebration with my Grandchildren

so that we could float our Krathongs

in the river hopefully releasing any

negative thoughts for us in 2018.

Liz

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Senior citizens dating - it can work out

I felt I was ready to start dating seriously when my

youngest child reached the age of 18 in 2008.

BY JACK THOMAS

I

was 66 years old and looking

forward to meeting someone

who would be a suitable

companion for me in my retirement

years.

I was not nervous about

dating, but just a little apprehensive.

I had been a solo

father for 15 years. I had the

occasional date during this

time, but things never worked

out. I found dating challenging

being in a full-time job and

having two school-age children

in my care.

I was prompted to attend

for the first time a conference

for single adults organised by

the Church I belong to. The

conference was in Hastings

over the Labour weekend.

As usual at these conferences,

women outnumbered

men by about three to one. I

did not talk to Valerie until near

the end of the last social event,

when we danced together. We

sat down and had a good chat.

She was the first woman I

had talked to at the conference

that I felt comfortable with. We

exchanged telephone numbers

at the end of the evening. I had

no expectation that anything

would develop, especially as

I lived in Wellington and she

lived in Hamilton.

After returning home from

the conference, I waited to see

if Valerie would phone me. She

duly did the following day, and

phoned me on the dot at eight

o’clock in the evening every

single day thereafter. She was

able to make free national toll

calls, so she always called me.

These phone conversations

gave us the opportunity to find

out about our pasts, our likes

and dislikes. We had our first

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Valerie and Jack.

date when Valerie came down

four weeks after the conference

to attend a gathering

with three of her children and

their families in Hutt Valley.

She invited me to attend

with her, which was a daunting

experience. I handled it by

just being myself. Her eldest

son took me aside and had a

good talk with me. The next

day Valerie told me all her children

and grandchildren that I

met were very happy with me.

I had passed the test!

Because we lived far apart

and both were working fulltime,

we only spent time together

one weekend each

month. I soon found out that

Valerie had fallen in love with

me straightaway. It took me at

least two months before I felt

the same way towards her. I

knew I had found someone

who was compatible, and she

would make a good wife and

companion for me.

Dating for both of us felt no

different from when we were

dating as young people. We

both wanted romance in our

relationship.

I bent down on one knee

with engagement ring in hand

and proposed to Valerie in a

park by the sea at Paekakariki

on a beautiful summer’s evening

in February 2009. She accepted

without any hesitation.

To my surprise she promptly

bent down on one knee, produced

a ring out of her bag

and proposed to me.

We married on July 4, 2009,

which was also Valerie’s birthday.

The marriage ceremony

and reception were held in

the Church I was attending in

Wellington.

It went just as planned with

about 90 guests. My youngest

son was my best man. My

daughter and Valerie’s granddaughter

were the bridesmaids.

Seven of our nine children

were in attendance.

When we were driving to

the secret motel in the evening

of our wedding day, we heard

the sound of a siren and saw

a traffic cop car with its lights

flashing behind us.

I pulled over and a female

traffic officer came up to the

car and made me do a breath

test. We were in a 50 kph area,

and I said: “I am sure I wasn’t

speeding”.

She replied: “You were not

speeding, but you were driving

at irregular speeds”. I told her:

“I was not aware I was doing

anything wrong. It is more than

30 years since I last had an alcoholic

drink. We were married

earlier today”. Valerie chimed

in, “We were holding hands”.

The traffic officer was silent

for a few seconds. She had a

puzzled look on her face as she

cast her eyes over both of us.

She must have been looking at

the grey hairs on our heads and

wondering whether we were

telling the truth.

Then a broad smile came

over her face, and she said:

“Drive carefully. I wish you

every happiness in your marriage”.

Dating did not stop once

we were married. We try and

have a date at least once a

week. This has helped keep our

marriage strong.


Hamilton greypower Magazine | March 2018 15


Wasp Killer

(Tip of the Month)

UNCLE

PERCY’S

GARDEN

TIPS

APRIL

1. Time to rake up leaves and add to compost.

2. Feijoas – harvest when the fruit comes away

easily from the stalk.

3. Good time to plant Feijoa bush or tree if you

don’t have one.

4. Start to plant seeds for winter vegies e.g.

cabbage and carrots.

MAY

1. Prepare ground for planting roses or trees by

digging in gypsum and compost to heavy soil.

2. Purchase new secateurs or have old ones

sharpened if not giving clean cut.

3. Clean up diseased foliage on trees with an all

over lime sulphur spray.

4. Plant cloves for garlic.

JUNE

1. Pick up all dropped Feijoas

2. Prune fruit trees to open centres. Vase shape

your tree to allow light.

3. Waikato humidity brings diseases so

thoroughly apply an extra dose of organic

lime sulphur or copper fungicide to kill winter

spores.

4. Plant seeds for onions and peas

SUDOKU ANSWERS

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2 cups sugar

1 cup water

Whisk until sugar melted

Add ¼ to ½ cup of liquid soap

Stir mixture gently….no bubbles.

Pour 4 cups mixture into a 2 litre plastic bottle, keep

lid off. Place in undisturbed area of garden or hang

with string round neck of bottle, on a tree branch.

Put rest of mixture into a 16oz plastic spray bottle

Add 2 TBsps of liquid soap

Top up with water.

Take this with you when gardening.

Replace wasp trap when full or stale.

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Farewell and thank you Bill English

Many people have commented to me how

sorry they were to hear that our previous

Prime Minister Bill English decided last month

to retire from Parliament. (At the time of

writing his successor as National’s leader is

unknown.)

Bill has made an enormous

contribution to our country

in many positive ways

during his 27 year political career

and I personally hold him

and his wife Mary in the highest

regard.

His prowess as Finance

Minister was instrumental in

guiding New Zealand through

the Global Financial Crisis and

ensuring we were one of the

first developed countries to

get our books back in surplus,

while avoiding the austerity

measures many other countries

implemented, and maintaining

support for essential public services.

In recent years, Bill’s innovative

social investment approach

helped revolutionise the way

social services are delivered,

making a major and positive

difference to the lives of vulnerable

New Zealanders who

require continuing support.

He led National to a superb

result in the 2017 General Election

and was only removed

from office thanks to the vagaries

of an electoral system

which transfers that decision

from voters to the leader of a

minor party.

I was very proud to serve in

his Government, latterly as a

Minister of the Crown, and I

wish Bill, Mary and their children

all the very best as they pursue

fresh opportunities and enjoy

more time together as a family.

Best wishes to all local Grey

Power members for 2018 and

thank you for the many ways

in which you also serve and enrich

our community.

Tim Macindoe

MP for Hamilton West

Another exciting year

ahead for Hamilton

Welcome to the New

Year which promises

to be another big

one for Hamilton as a vibrant

and growing city. Your support

is greatly appreciated and

valued. It is a privilege to represent

Hamilton East in Parliament

again.

While in Government, we

delivered a lot of important infrastructure

to the region, most

notably major sections of the

Waikato Expressway like Cambridge

and Ngaruawahia.

Public support for these

projects has been outstanding

and people really admire what

has been done and appreciate

the difference it makes. The

Hamilton section is well under

way too. We cannot wait for

completion in 2020.

Now that a new Government

has taken office, we follow

with interest to see what

this means for our city and

region. During the campaign,

they raised the idea of building

a $4 billion rail link between

Auckland Airport and CBD.

This project will come at the

expense of other projects like

the Waikato Expressway extensions

from Cambridge to Tirau

and from Cambridge to the

foot of the Kaimai Range.

We are deeply concerned

that the Waikato will be shortchanged

and miss out on its

fair share of funding relative to

its population. We are nearly

nine percent of the country

and major transport projects

must continue in this region to

maintain our fair share of future

funding.

I will be supporting projects

that grow our city, holding the

Government to account over

these issues, and advocating

hard on behalf of Hamilton East.

Thank you and best wishes.

David Bennett

MP for Hamilton East

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Paddy

Paddy an elderly Irishman bought a sports car to

recapture his youth and drove it at 120mph.

Then he saw a police car behind him, blue

lights flashing.

“I’m too old for this nonsense,” he thought so

he pulled over.

The police officer said, “Sir my shift ends in 10

mins. If you can give me a good reason why

You were speeding, I’ll let you go.”

The old man said, “Years ago my wife ran off

with a policeman.

I thought you were bringing her back.”

“That’ll do,” said the policeman you can go.

Irish family

tradition

Patrick had long heard the stories of an amazing

family tradition.

It seems that his Father, Grandfather and Great

Grandfather had all been able to walk on water

on their 18th birthday.

So on all of their special days, they had walked

across the lake to the pub on the far side for their

first legal drink.

When Patrick’s 18th birthday came around he

and his pal Mick, took a boat out to the middle of

the lake and Patrick stepped out of the boat...and

nearly drowned.

Mick just barely managed to pull him back into

the boat and safety.

Furious and confused

Patrick went to visit his

Grandmother.

“Grandma,” he said,

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why can’t I walk across

the lake, like me Farder,

his Farder, and his Farder

before him?”

Granny looked deeply

into Patrick’s troubled

green eyes and said,

“because ye Farder,

ye Grandfarder and ye

Great Grandfarder were

all born in January when

the lake is frozen, and ye

were born in August you

eejit.”

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KITCHEN’S

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for St Patrick’s day

COLCANNON

POTATOES

(A GOOD IRISH

VEGETABLE

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INGREDIENTS

700 grms of potatoes (Agria or Desiree)

225 grms firm green Recipes

cabbage – finely sliced

or shredded.

12 Spring Onions – trimmed – finely sliced

– incl. green parts.

75 mls cream or 5 Tbsp of milk

75 grms butter

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– Cook potatoes.

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– Add chopped spring onions.

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– Whisk to a light fluffy mass.

– Season with salt and pepper.

– Combine well the two mixtures.

– Serve with corned beef or meat of taste.

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I owe my parents from these quotes

1. My mother taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB

WELL DONE.

“If you’re going to kill each other, do it outside as I’ve

just finished cleaning.”

2. My father taught about TIME TRAVEL.

“If you don’t straighten up, I’m going to knock you into

the middle of next week.”

3. My mother taught me LOGIC.

“Because I said so, that’s why.”

4. My mother taught me MORE LOGIC.

“If you fall out of that swing and break your neck,

you’re not coming to the shops with me.”

5. My mother taught me about RELIGION.

“You had better pray that stain comes out of the carpet.”

6. My mother taught me FORESIGHT.

“Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you’re in

an accident.”

7. My father taught me IRONY.

“Keep crying and I’ll give you something to cry about.”

8 My father taught me about OSMOSIS.

“Shut your mouth and eat your supper.”

9. My mother taught me about contortionism.

“Will you look at that dirt on the back of your neck!”

10. My father taught me about STAMINA.

“You’ll sit there until all that spinach has gone.”

11. My mother taught me about the WEATHER.

“This room of yours looks as though a tornado has gone

through it.”

12. My mother taught me about HYPOCRACY.

“If I told you once, I’ve told you a million times. Don’t

Exaggerate.”

13. My mother taught me the CIRCLE OF LIFE.

“I brought you into this world and I can take you out.”

14. My mother taught me about BEHAVIOUR

MODIFICATION.

“Stop acting like your father!”

15. My mother taught me about ENVY.

“there are millions of less fortunate children in this

world who don’t have wonderful parents like you.”

16. My mother taught me about ANTICIPATION.

“Just you wait until I get your home.”

17. My mother taught me about MEDICAL

SCIENCE.

“If you don’t stop crossing your eyes, they will get stuck

that way.”

18. My mother taught me about JUSTICE.

“One day you will have kids, and I hope they turn out

just like you.”

– Maree

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