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Hamilton Grey Power March 2018

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.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

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. 2 9 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. 6 SUDOKU PUZZLE 5 2 4 9 5 2 1 5 9 4 3 1 3 6 7 Easy Level - The rules of Sudoku are that you should fill a number in to every cell in the grid, using the numbers 1 to 9. The restriction is that you can only use each number once in each row, each column, and in each of the 3x3 boxes. Solution page 16. 4 1 4 8 9 5 1 4 1 7 2 4 Hamilton greypower Magazine | March 2018

Cataract Surgery A CATARACT IS A GRADUAL CLOUDING OF THE LENS INSIDE THE EYE. HAVING A CATARACT CAN BE LIKE LOOKING THROUGH A CLOUDY WINDOW AND MAY TAKE YOU AWAY FROM DOING YOUR USUAL DAY-TO- DAY ACTIVITIES. 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 cataract and replacing it with an artificial lens. The procedure typically is performed on an outpatient basis and does not require an overnight stay care facility. Recovery time is quick, and vision can start to return to the affected eye within a few hours of surgery. Hamilton Eye Clinic have a team of highly qualified and experienced Ophthalmologists, with fellowship training in various subspecialities, providing an Ophthalmic service of excellence. We offer a comprehensive range of diagnostic and treatment services, including surgery in our adjoining purpose-build facility Bridgewater Day Surgery. To book an appointment email: appointments@hamiltoneyeclinic.co.nz or phone us directly. 130 Grantham Street, Hamilton www.hamiltoneyeclinic.co.nz Hamilton greypower Magazine | March 2018 5

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