Hamilton Grey Power July 2021




July 2021

The President

needs you!

We urgently need volunteers for 3 half

days each week. If you have the time

and would like to give back to help the

community, we would love to talk to you!

Admin office skills would be great.

Please call Roger Hennebry now

021 318 439

If we don’t get any help, we may have to close the office.

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Exercise as a

way to beat the



People often make light

of the winter blues and

deem it closer to fiction

than fact, but the truth

is many of us feel the

effects from winter days

growing darker and


There are also the small

minority who experience

from a seasonal affective

disorder (SAD) that include

symptoms such as feeling

hopeless, over fatigued and


Research points to a number

of factors contributing to

this including a misaligned

body clock and decreased daylight

exposure that then disrupts

hormones like melatonin

and serotonin. Although this

research isn’t fully conclusive

in identifying a main cause,

there is a lot of information

out there on how to combat it.

One of the best ways to

fight back is with exercise.

Physical activity is believed to

change the level of serotonin,

a mood-regulating chemical

in the brain. A lot of evidence

suggests that 30 minutes of

vigorous exercise at least three

times a week can fight against


This can of course be

stretched out depending on

your own activity level, with

150 minutes of moderate exercise

per week recommended

to realise a number of health


There are a number of easy

ways in which you can get

moving this winter to reap the

benefits of exercise. Here are

just some ideas:

• Dancing

• Climbing the stairs

• Stretching

• Group exercise classes

• Gym workouts (a mix of

moderate cardio and resistance


UniRec’s LifeFit programme has been

specifically designed for seniors needing extra

support and encouragement to be active.

The programme includes:

• Individual exercise programmes

• Weekly supervised sessions/classes

• Access to UniRec facility outside supervised



• Supervised Resistance & Cardio Training Sessions

Tuesday & Friday, 7.00 - 9.00am

• LifeFit Low Group Exercise Classes

Monday & Thursday, 8.30 - 9.30am

• Sport for Seniors

Wednesday, 8.00 - 9.00am

For more information, phone Nick on 07 837 9592

or visit unirec.co.nz

At UniRec LifeFit you have

access to a programme that

offers enjoyable, social and

achievable exercise sessions

that focus on resistance and

cardiovascular training at a

light and manageable pace for

older adults.

Make a change today to

improve your health, make

new connections and beat the

winter blues! Gain a new lease

on your life and wellbeing.

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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


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

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President’s report



Hello Everyone. It’s a pleasure

to report we are

finally actioning a motion

(which passed unanimously

at our last AGM) to give up to

$30,000 to worthy charities in


At our recent committee

meeting we chose to donate

$10k to St John Ambulance,

$5k to the Cancer Society’s Lion

Lodge, $5k to Waikato Hospice

and $5k to Rainbow Place Hospice,

as well as five lots of $1k

to be made available in petrol

vouchers, for unpaid volunteer

groups: an example is those

who visit the elderly regularly; for

company, shopping, baking and

being socially active.

After these donations it still

leaves Hamilton Grey Power in a

good financial position.

Once again Grey Power will

hold its annual mid-winter Christmas

lunch at the Hamilton Gardens

Cafe and I hope to see you

there 11:45am on Monday, 28th

June, please book through the

office. Grey Power will subsidise

the lunch by $10.00.

Also, I would like to remind

everyone that we have a social

group every Monday at the Celebrating

Age Centre at 10.00am

(coffee and biscuits) and our

numbers are on in the increase.

We have speakers from the

above charities coming to talk

over the next few Mondays. Everyone

is most welcome - why

not bring a friend.

Subs have been a little bit

slow coming in since Covid and

we appreciate your membership

very much - with a bit of luck

we will have an EFTPOS machine

to use very soon as cheques will

be obsolete by the time you read

this... Grey Power is finally in the

21st century - we got there happy


On a personal note, my wife

and I had our first Covid jab with

no more than a stiff arm. I urge

you all to get your Covid shots to

keep us all safe as we are in the

most vulnerable age group.

Best wishes

Roger Hennebry

President Hamilton Grey Power

Stay close to people

who feel like sunshine

Caring when it matters most

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Ph (07) 855 5541


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Woman reunited

with handbag lost in

Christchurch cathedral

rubble 10 years ago

A gulf of time, experience and change stands

between the moment textile artist Sue Spigel

last put her handbag down and when she

picked it up again over a decade later.


On Friday, Spigel was reunited

with the bag she

left behind in the ruins

of the Christ Church Cathedral

on the day of the February

2011 earthquake. Construction

workers this year uncovered her

possessions buried under rubble

from the collapsed spire as

they worked on restoration of

the historic building. Though

weathered and fragile, her

handbag still contained her bus

card, wallet, car key and a small

old-fashioned looking Nokia


Spigel, who was the cathedral’s

artist-in-residence at the

time of the quake, said it was

strange to see her belongings

again after so many years.

“It is almost like I am looking

at someone else’s things,’’

she said. “It is like it belongs

to a different person. I feel

like I am going back to a different

age and going through

my grandparents’ things from

when I was born. This couldn’t

possibly belong to me.”

Seeing her cards still sitting

neatly in the rusted wallet triggered


“The day after the earthquake

we called up and reported

my credit card was missing.

But I have found it now.

“I did have a little card for

sushi. I was ready to get a free

sushi with it in the cathedral

cafe, but the cafe isn’t there

anymore so, I guess I’ll miss out

on my free sushi.”

Spigel was in the north porch

of the cathedral listening to the

radio from a window seat when

the quake struck.

She narrowly escaped being

crushed by falling rubble and

was rescued from one of the

cathedral’s gothic windows.

Photographs of Spigel waving

for help, bloodied and covered

in dust, became a symbol

of the Canterbury earthquakes.

After the disaster, Spigel briefly

lost her creative drive and

stopped making her quilts and

decorative fabrics. Among her

possessions rescued from the

cathedral was a portfolio of her


“I am really happy. A lot of

my life changed after the earthquake

and I didn’t work. I didn’t

have the energy or the facilities

to do it. It is nice to look back at

pieces and remember the work

and remember specific pieces

and how beautiful they were

and how much I enjoyed working

on them. It was such a joy.”

She thanked the Christ

Church Cathedral reinstatement

team for rescuing her


“Thank you so much for

looking after all this and returning

it to me. To think that it has

been up there all this time.”

She was also reunited with

reels of thread, fabric, books,

tools and one of her sandals,

the other lost as she left the

broken building.

“When I came out of the

cathedral I only had one sandal

on. I had to walk across the

stones in one sandal. I left the

hospital with one sandal.”

She plans to use the handbag

to dye some fabric and

make a new quilt about her

earthquake experience.

“This is very inspirational,”

she said.

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Consumer NZ warns

of retirement villages'

'financial sting'

Consumer NZ wants an overhaul of retirement

village regulations to protect residents from

unfair terms.

Consumer NZ chief executive

Jon Duffy said

its review of retirement

village contracts found terms

that unfairly favour the village

and risk leaving residents out

of pocket.

Their call follows the Commission

for Financial Capability

publishing a white paper calling

for a full review of the sector.

The commission has sent it

to Housing Minister Poto Williams.

The commission provides

financial education and information

to New Zealanders and

advises the Government on retirement

income policy,

“Retirement villages promise

the good life in your golden

years. However, the agreements

consumers must sign

before they move into a village

can have a nasty financial sting.

Some also risk breaching consumer

law,” Duffy said.

A major concern was terms

that made residents responsible

for the costs of maintaining

and repairing items in their

unit, even though they did not

own them, he said.

Most retirement villages

offered a “licence to occupy”,

which gave the resident

the right to live in their

unit but no ownership rights

to the property.

Despite this, some contracts

made the resident liable for repairing

the operator’s chattels.

Consumer NZ’s review of

retirement village contracts

looked at contracts offered

by six major retirement village

operators: Arvida, Bupa,

Metlifecare, Oceania Healthcare,

Ryman Healthcare and


Consumer NZ head of research

Jessica Wilson said

Metlifecare had a wide-ranging

clause in its contract, which

gave residents just one month

after the agreement began to

advise the company of any repairs


After that time, the resident

was required to meet any costs,

including paying for repairs to

the unit’s stove, garage doors,

plumbing and electrical fittings.

“In our view, these terms

conflict with residents’ rights

under the Consumer Guarantees

Act to expect goods and

services of a reasonable standard.

If the oven in your unit

fails, the village should wear

the repair cost.”

In Consumer’s review report

Metlifecare responded that it

was common in the industry

for residents to be responsible

for maintenance of their unit’s

interior. However, Metlifecare

was “open to reviewing”

the one-month period in

which residents must notify it

of defects.

Wilson said many residents

also faced significant financial

losses when their unit was sold

Retirement villages promise the good

life in your golden years. However,

the agreements consumers must sign

before they move into a village can

have a nasty financial sting.

Jon Duffy, Consumer NZ chief executive, says a major concern in

retirement village contracts is residents being responsible for maintaining

and repairing items in their unit, even though they do not own them.

because they did not receive

any capital gains, despite paying

towards the property’s upkeep.

Villages’ retention of the

capital gain was a major cause

of complaint. In a Consumer

NZ survey of 1680 residents,

63 percent were unhappy their

agreement did not allow them

to get any capital gain when

their unit was sold.

Consumer’s review of village

contracts also found terms that

gave the village wide discretion

to decide what residents could

and could not do.

Several contracts restricted

residents’ rights to raise

objections about village developments.

Metlifecare and

Summerset contracts included

terms stating residents were

not allowed to object to any

dust, noise or other nuisance

caused by the development.

Wilson said these kinds

of clauses ignored residents’

rights to raise legitimate concerns.

Consumer NZ will be providing

the findings of its review to

the Retirement Commissioner

Jane Wrightson, who is responsible

for monitoring the sector.

However, Retirement Villages

Association executive director

John Collyns said retirement

village operators were very

careful about their obligations

under the Consumer Guarantees


Collyns said the association

did not agree with Consumer’s

view that some retirement village

agreements risked breaching

consumer law.

Collyns said most appliances

were under guarantee and

new when a resident moved

in to a unit because most operators

brought the unit up to

an “as new” standard when it

was sold.

There were basically two

broad options. The first was

that the operators provided

the appliances and the resident

met the cost of the consumables

like light bulbs or residents

supplied the appliances

and met the cost of the consumables.

The first option was “certainly

a lot cheaper” than the

second option, he said.

The association told its

members that contracts residents

signed should be very explicit

about what the resident

paid for and what the operator

paid for, and if that was unclear

then the operator should meet

the cost.

Every resident before moving

in had to receive independent

legal advice from a lawyer

who went through the contract

and explained what the

parties were responsible for. If

lawyers were unhappy with the

contract they could negotiate

on behalf of their clients for a

better deal, Collyns said.

Residents moved to a village

because they were warm, secure,

comfortable and provided

companionship and there was

a pathway to further care later.

Collyns said the association's

recent research carried

out by UMR for it had shown

that 87 per cent of residents

were satisfied or very satisfied

with their decision to

move to a village.

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Since our March magazine we have been

busy processing memberships for the 2021/22

financial year. You need to be paid up to receive

the energy discount that Grey Power Electricity

(Pulse Energy) offers to members.

The Monday morning social group has had

interesting speakers from Zoom Pharmacy,

Chartwell Selwyn Centre, St John Ambulance,

Lions Cancer Society and Westpac. Everyone is

welcome to join in, with a cuppa at 10.00am.

The Hon Dr Ayesha Verrall will speak on

Wednesday, 28 July at 2.30pm at the Celebrating

Age Centre. All welcome. Bring a friend!

“My wife thinks I

don’t respect her

privacy enough. At

least, that’s what

it says in her diary.”

Did you know there is an Elder Abuse Response

Service? It has a free, 24-hour confidential

helpline. Anyone can call 0800 326 6865 whether

they are being abused or suspect someone

else might be. You can also text 5032 or email

support@elderabuse.nz for assistance. Elder

abuse is not okay, and we all have a role to play

in putting an end to it and helping support

people around us.

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There is a job site exclusively for those over 50+

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even if just part-time, check out their website


Good Reading

Betty is the daughter of a Cherokee father and a white mother - the sixth

of eight children, in a family which finally settles in the foothills of the

Appalachians. Her father teaches her about the ancient ways and the

Cherokee connection to the natural world; and her mother teaches her that

life's not fair for girls and is full of endless suffering.

The family is really good at keeping secrets - and they have a lot. Based on

the author's own mother's life, the impact of wrongdoing down through

generations takes its toll and as Betty comes of age and understands more

about where they came from and who they are, she learns things that can't

be unlearned.

This is not always an easy read, but it's a deeply rewarding one.

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Pharmacy face-off endangering

smaller players

OPINION: It is a pesky, niggly fee that

has been seized upon to rev up the retail

revolution in the pharmacy sector. The $5

pharmaceutical co-payment on subsidised



The surging growth in discount

pharmacy chains,

who lustily waive that annoying

prescription fee, poses

as an existential threat to smaller

community pharmacies who

can’t afford to do so.

The king of the pharmacy

discounters is the brash Aussie

big-box brand Chemist Warehouse,

assertively expanding

its presence across the country.

In Christchurch, it now boasts

two major outlets with more

openings in the pipeline.

Like most Kiwis, I’m not one

to begrudge a bargain, and on

the handful of occasions I’ve

trawled Chemist Warehouse’s

aisles, there’s certainly some

steep discounting to be found.

That said you only have to

look at their Australian website

to notice that Kiwi consumers

are paying more for most items

than what Australians are for

the same products.

But even though the Chemist

Warehouse has been the

most brazen “disrupter” to

the traditional community

pharmacy model, they are

certainly not alone.

The New Zealand-owned

discount pharmacy chain Bargain

Chemist, and the instore

Countdown Pharmacy chain,

are also pursuing the high-volume,

low-margin operating

model, underpinned by their

bulk purchasing power. In

fact, Countdown and Chemist

Warehouse are the head-tohead

Aussie-owned titans in

this corporate pharmacy retail


You will have noticed that

at the likes of Chemist Warehouse,

the bulk of the shelf

space is actually dedicated

to non-pharmaceutical and

non-dispensary products,

whether it is sports supplements,

vitamins, beauty and

lifestyle products, first aid or

baby food.

The free prescription gimmick

is shamelessly designed

as consumer bait, to get you

in the door, on the predication

that you will impulsively

shop up a storm.

I’m all for competitive retail

pressure, but the free prescription

caper is deliberately undermining

a level playing field

and imperilling the viability of

smaller players.

Interestingly, the Australian

Pharmacy Guild successfully

torpedoed the Chemist Warehouse

from offering free prescriptions

after sustained lobbying

to Canberra. The Pharmacy

Guild of New Zealand is similarly

dismayed by this tactical ploy

to hoover up market share, reiterating

its warning that it will

force many small, independent

community pharmacies onto

the scrapheap.

As Pharmacy Guild president

Andrew Gaudin points

out, “It’s important to understand

that the Government

collects the $5 charge from the

pharmacy, whether or not the

patient was charged.”

Understandably, he wants

the government-imposed fee

dropped completely. Many

Continued on page 11

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Hamilton greypower Magazine | July 2021 9


waterfalls and vital

rivers reduced to

open sewers

OPINION: A neglected treasure hides

behind the native palms between Kawhia

and Raglan.


It’s a steep drop for Wairēinga,

which pokes out from

the small section of native

forest like a gangplank and

sends an otherwise tranquil

stream hurtling down.

During its 50-metre drop,

what looks like a little stream

spreads out into a long white

curtain, earning it another

name, Bridal Veil Falls.

It’s an awe-inspiring sight,

which had me captivated this

week. I felt a jolt of vertigo

following the stream from

the quiet of the track to the

sudden drop. But as I walked

down to the base of the waterfall,

my amazement was tinged

with dejection.

You see, the pool beneath

Wairēinga looks like the perfect

place to swim. It was a hot

day when I visited, there hadn’t

been too much rain – so the

waterfall packed just enough

punch to be interesting but not

enough to scare off swimmers.

But there’s a dark secret here

at Wairēinga, which you’re

unlikely to read in the Tourism

Waikato brochure.

This geographic taonga,

at the heart of rugged West

Waikato, has been reduced to

an open sewer.

The condition of the water

is so bad that the Department

of Conservation has erected

fencing to keep swimmers out.

The reason for this restriction is

printed in black and white. Due

to farming the water is polluted

and dangerous for swimmers.

The sturdy fences suggest

the department has little hope

that neighbouring dairy farms

will clean up their act.

This is a treasure which dirty

farmers have stolen from the


The sad plight of Wairēinga

is not an anomaly in the

depressing field of freshwater


In Gisborne, the degradation

of our much-loved waterways

is clear as day at Rere


Upstream from the falls is

the popular Rere Rockslide,

rated one of the most popular

attractions in New Zealand

and equally popular with

Tairāwhiti locals.

But when I visited, in

mid-summer not long ago, big

signs warned against putting

your head under the water.

How exactly you can keep your

head above the water when

you’re speeding down a water

slide, I’m not sure.

E-Coli readings at Rere Falls

indicated dangerous levels of

the diarrhoea-causing bacteria

present in the water.

The surf lifesavers at Raglan’s

Ngarunui Beach didn’t

bother with jargon when I visited

on Monday. Swim at your

own risk, one lifeguard said. In

capital letters, her chalkboard

read, “Faecal Contamination!”

E.coli, or more simply, faecal

contamination, tends to be

caused by farms overloading

paddocks near streams. The

cow poo makes its way into the

water, and if that water makes

its way up your nose, there’s a

good chance you’ll be stuck on

the toilet – or worse.

The same has happened to

the Selwyn River, in Canterbury,

a beautiful spot for camping

and – formerly – swimming.

But runoff from farms has

ruined it for all of us.

I understand many farmers

are sensitive around the publication

of these facts.

They will say, quite rightly,

that many good farmers are

trying to clean up the rivers.

They’ll say that farming is the

“backbone of the economy”

and therefore shouldn’t be

subject to environmental regulations.

Sadly, many farms and other

businesses have profited

from the decimation of our

shared environment. Some bad

farmers are still acting in poor

faith. A photo shared with

me from Martinborough last

week shows that stock have

been free to walk and poo in

streams. These farmers must

be held to account.

Former prime minister Sir

John Key once said “no-one”

owned the water.

But if no-one owns the

water, then why can dodgy

businesses destroy something

which they do not own?

If we all have a claim to water,

why is it that in the most

sacrosanct sites of public good,

conservation and council reserves,

the water is of such

poor quality that we must be

fenced off from it?

Farmers are right when they

say the dire state of our waterways

is not their fault alone.

It is a fault of government for

not fulfilling its duty to protect

a taonga.

The Crown claimed ownership

of the water, despite

having no constitutional basis

for doing so, but rather than

protecting it, it allowed for rivers

to be built over and turned

into stormwater systems in the

cities. It allowed forestry and

farm runoff to pollute rural waterways.

Many native freshwater

species now face extinction.

Our favourite swimming spots

make us sick.

The Waitangi Tribunal found

Māori do have rights over

freshwater, but Crown law refuses

to properly acknowledge

this. Given the Crown’s failure

as kaitiaki of this most precious

of resources it must cede that

role, so Māori can take back

the mantle.

When you treat tāonga as

an open sewer you forfeit any

claim you have to it.

Glenn McConnell is a

journalist and student. He

writes a fortnightly column

for Stuff.

10 Hamilton greypower Magazine | July 2021

From page 9

consumers are under the misapprehension

that this fee is

pocketed by the pharmacy.

Not so.

But the big discounters, like

Chemist Warehouse, absorb

the cost of not passing on the

part-charge to the consumer.

It’s a loss-leader they take on

the chin, confident that the

revenue generated from their

wider in-store shopping experience

will easily offset the financial

hit of waiving the fee.

The Pharmacy Guild’s argument

is that because community

pharmacies can’t match

that operating model, they’re

now under the pump, “cutting

services, opening hours, and

staff, and in some cases closing


The Health Ministry failed

to respond to my questions

by deadline, as to whether it

is considering ditching the $5

subsidised prescription fee.

Currently, it generates nearly

$200 million annually for the

state coffers, on the back of 50

million prescriptions for subsidised

medicines dispensed

each year.

Once a patient has collected

20 prescription items in a

year, they’re exempted from

paying any further prescription

charges until February 1 the

following year.

But given the Government’s

recent cash-splash on

dealing to “period poverty”,

the outright abolition of

this prescription fee regime

would undoubtedly enhance

the wellbeing of struggling

households, too.

More importantly, it would

reset the playing field in the

intensifying pharmacy face-off.

But beyond the scrap over

prescription fees, the viability

of community pharmacies

will ultimately be determined

by market forces. The small

operators must play to their

strengths, notably superior customer

service and community


Some will end up being

script-only pharmacies attached

to medical centres, but

the smart and savvy community

pharmacies are already diversifying

their offering, touting all

manner of healthcare tests and

an elevated focus on wellness.

But will they remain “the

health professional you see

most often?”

It’s important to understand that

the Government collects the $5

charge from the pharmacy, whether

or not the patient was charged

Hamilton greypower Magazine | July 2021 11


Big bucks for barn-find Aussie Porsche -

or should that be church-find?

The time-capsule classic achieved the jawdropping

result despite its dilapidated condition,

and while the car’s new owner surely has their

work cut out for them.

This late-1958 Porsche

356A Cabriolet came with

a rare factory Karmann

hardtop, as well as even-rarer

15in Rudge knock-off wheels.

One of just 1,382 356A Super

Cabriolets built in 1958, this

Porsche was equipped with a

75bhp 1600 Super engine from

the factory and a four-speed

manual gearbox.

The improved engine offered

a useful 15bhp increase over the

standard 1600.

As well as the rare hardtop

and wheels, the Melbourne-delivered

356 benefited from a

number of other optional extras

including a tinted windscreen,

an electric clock and a sunblind

with make-up mirrors.

The car was bought secondhand

by its late owner in 1970

when it was twelve years old.

The accompanying history

file shows that she paid $1,162

for the car – less $250 credit for

trading in her Volkswagen Beetle.

After enjoying the Porsche

for a number of years – no doubt

relishing in the performance improvement

over her outgoing

Bug – the car was eventually

stashed away beneath a church

in Newmarket, Brisbane. At that

point, this 356 had covered just

12,482 miles.

During its active years, the

Porsche was regularly spotted

cutting a dash around Brisbane

wearing the fitting number

plate 356POR, before the registration

eventually lapsed.

Auction house, Shannon’s,

had expected the car to fetch

between $90-120,000 in its

sale, but with 90 minutes still to

go, bidding had soared beyond

this upper pre-sale estimate to

$150,000. By the time the auction

closed, the Porsche had attracted

an astonishing winning

bid of $230,000.

Despite being in rough

condition with a torn steering

wheel and rusting dashboard,

the interior of the 356 is largely

original and all complete. This

is crucial, because some of the

An incredible barn-find Porsche 356A that was discovered locked

away under a Brisbane church smashed its pre-sale estimate

at Shannon’s’ 2021 Summer Timed Online Auction, when the

virtual hammer fell in February 2021.

rarest components required

during a total restoration tend

to be small pieces of trim.

As well as the factory red

leatherette folding seats, the

original carpet can be seen in

the rear foot wells – though,

sadly, it seems to be beyond


The 356A 1600 Super featured

bumper guards and round

tail-lights which were changed

for striking teardrop-shaped

units by March 1957.

Plus, the brake lights were

integrated into the rear taillights.

As well as the electric

clock, this 356A is fitted with a

smart period radio – most probably

the original. We wonder

which station it was last tuned

to. The spare wheel seems to be

a match for the Rudge knockoffs

fitted to the car, but there’s

no sign of the original toolkit.

Porsche has recently launched

a range of exact replica toolkits,

with originals fetching astronomical


After its headline-grabbing

sale with Shannon’s, who knows

what’s next for this tired-looking


Let’s hope its winning bidder

is ready to take this project on,

so this 356 is returned to its former

glory – and maybe back to

the streets of Brisbane, too.




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12 Hamilton greypower Magazine | July 2021

The future has arrived

So you have all heard about the massive

incentives that the government has

announced with the new Clean car Fee Bate

or Rebate scheme.

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What does this mean

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Amazing colours available

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Hamilton greypower Magazine | July 2021 13

The Atawhai Assisi rest home

and hospital has been owned by

Tamahere Eventide since early 2018

and has a Catholic Church heritage

and a good local reputation for care.

We run a day programme that allows

those living in the community, time

out of their normal routines to mix

with other people of a similar age.

Our Monsignor Frank and Chaplain

Clive offer pastoral care regardless of

religious affiliation to residents, their

families and staff.

Our experienced staff are

motivated by Christian

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people they serve.

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14 Hamilton greypower Magazine | July 2021

Atawhai Assisi facilities are improving

with continuous development and


The facilities are owned and operated

by Tamahere Eventide Home Trust, a

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Our mission statement:

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older people, in a

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Hamilton greypower Magazine | July 2021 15

Can you still trust your bladder?

Are you confident with your bladder control or are you anxious at

times that you might wet yourself? Do you worry where the next toilet

may be and does this limit your outings or social interactions? Do you

need the toilet often and limit your fluid intake to stay safe? Are your

nights interrupted by toilet visits and do you need to wear protective

pads or liners?

These are very private and

potentially embarrassing

issues which unfortunately

will not go away on

their own. They are part of the

ageing process and will gradually

get worse. The muscles responsible

are hidden away and

usually totally neglected. They

begin to soften and sag and

gradually muscle strength and

control of very personal functions

is lost.

As we age our bodies start

to get tired but we still feel

young and want to continue as

we have in the past. Our minds

are sharp but some parts start

to let us down. We may need

glasses to read the small print,

hearing may be compromised

and mobility will possibly begin

to decrease.

However it is the less obvious

changes that are occurring

that really compromise our

quality of life.

Initial problems with bladder

and/or bowel function are

warning bells that are often ignored.

The gradual change can

be silent and incidious. Do you

still have complete control of

your bladder and bowel or do

they control you?

Do you avoid staying overnight

with family for fear of

disturbing them? Do you wear

clothes that come down quickly

for urgent toilet visits? Do

you have several pairs of the

same trousers so interchange

is unnoticeable by others? Are

you nervous of intimacy with a

new partner?

Pelvic floor neglect is not

unusual and is generally due

to lack of information and

awareness. Various strategies

are implemented to cope and

disguise the problem. You may

now be living with a “bossy

bladder” and undignified

damp patches. There may be

wind escaping from your back

passage or discomfort with

sexual intercourse. This leads to

decreased confidence, lowered

self esteem and loss of spontaneity.

Being spontaneous

makes us feel young.

And if you have one of these

problems who do you tell, confide

in and feel safe that you

will be listened to and helped?

Brenda Holloway is a private

physiotherapist who has been

addressing these issues since


“Age is not a limiting factor

in regaining your intimate

control. It is never too late to

seek help, to implement damage

control and learn not only

what to do to improve but also

what not to do.

Decide to regain control of

your pelvic floor. The longer

you put up with dysfunction

the longer it takes to regain

acceptable function. You will

never be younger than you are

today. Be proactive and seek

help now.”


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16 Hamilton greypower Magazine | July 2021

First copper phone services to be cut

from September under Chorus plan

Chorus plans to start shutting down its

copper phone and broadband network from

September, meaning customers will need

to switch to alternatives such as ultrafast

broadband or wireless technology.


The closures will begin on

a small scale.

Fewer than 5000 customers

– less than 1 per cent

of all the customers still on the

copper network – would find

their service withdrawn by the

end of this year, in what the

company described as a trial.

Chorus chief executive

Jean-Baptiste Rousselot said

that outside of those “limited

initial trial areas” noone

should feel under any

pressure to move off copper.

Chorus is obliged to give

customers six months notice

that their service will be withdrawn,

under a code approved

by the Commerce Commission.

Rousselot said that would

give people “plenty of time

to make choices suitable for


The first copper cabinets

would not be switched off

until September at the earliest,

he said. Chorus will begin

the switch-off in urban

areas where the take-up of fibre-optic

ultrafast broadband

(UFB) is already high.

The UFB network is designed

to provide far better

connectivity than copper and

should be available in 405 cities

and towns by the end of

2022, covering 87 per cent of

the population.

Spark and Vodafone NZ

have been encouraging more

customers to switch to wireless

home broadband and phone

services that run off their mobile


Vodafone stepped up its

‘fixed wireless’ offering on

Monday, launching new faster

plans in the parts of Auckland,

Wellington, Christchurch and

Queenstown covered by its 5G


It’s 5G fixed wireless service

offers “unlimited” data

for $79 a month, though

Vodafone says that is subject

to a “fair use” clause.

The clause allows the company

to limit or even withdraw

the service, after warnings, if it

deems customers’ usage “excessive

or unreasonable”.

Chorus announced the likely

start date for the withdrawal of

its copper service at the same

time as releasing its financial

results for the six months to the

end of December.

It reported a drop in its interim

profit to $24m, from $31m

in the same period in 2019.

It said that largely reflected

the loss of customers who

switched from copper to UFB

in those parts of the country

where other companies are

building the UFB network,

which includes Christchurch

and Hamilton. Chorus shares

fell 1.2 per cent to $7.95 in

early trading on the NZX in the

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On the topic of water

and local body woes

OPINION: Projected large scale changes in

the near future to the way potable water is

supplied to homes throughout the country

should not have come as a surprise to anyone.


Last week the Waipa District

Council announced the

possibility of spending millions

of dollars on water system

upgrades, then being forced

to hand them over to a new

Government entity to own and


All local authorities in the

country are in the same position

and they have known this was

coming since the Government

announced in 2019 that there

would be an overhaul of the

nation’s potable water supplies

in the wake of the fatal campylobacter

outbreak in Havelock

North in 2016. The Auckland

Super City has its own massive

water problems related to security

of supply as well as the

safety issues all local bodies are

faced with.

The Government’s new

Three Waters Reform regulations

have been designed to

also help clean up New Zealand's

wastewater and storm

water systems as well as making

all potable water safe for drinking,

so that the Havelock North

incident is never repeated. The


A cruise ship passes by a remote

island, and all the passengers see

a bearded man running around

and waving his arms wildly.

“Captain,” one passenger asks,

“who is that man over there?”

“I have no idea,” the captain

says, “but he goes nuts every

year when we pass him.”

The Government’s new Three Waters Reform regulations have

been designed to help clean up New Zealand's wastewater.

Government has given local authorities

the opportunity to be

part of the new regime initially

on a voluntary basis with financial

compensation for the loss

of water reticulation and treatment

assets. However the issue

is of such importance that compulsion

is a likely next step for

local authorities choosing not to

join voluntarily.

The Waipa District Council

has budgeted $100 million in

its draft long-term plan to build

a new wastewater treatment

plant at Cambridge in a project

which must be completed

by 2027. There is also $13m

earmarked for wastewater

plant upgrades, including about

$8m for an upgrade of the Te

Awamutu plant to be completed

by the middle of this year.

Those facilities will need

to be built regardless of who

builds them and most other local

authorities have embarked

on similar large scale projects to

bring drinking water quality in

particular up to required standards,

something many of them

have not been able to achieve

for many decades.

There is also the often-expressed

view that the new regulations

are a massive over-reaction

to the contamination in the

Havelock North water supply,

which was a rare if avoidable

event and that amalgamation

of small local bodies is the

prime motivation.

There is no doubt that, lurking

behind these reforms is the

possibility that, without the

responsibility for the management

of all three water services,

many smaller local authorities

will have little reason to exist,

raising the spectre of enforced

amalgamation. Some district

councillors and mayors in several

regions have already raised

concerns about the loss of local

identity and being swallowed

up by their larger neighbours.Is

that simply selfish parochialism

without considering the potential

benefits of amalgamation?

Local body politicians seem

about evenly divided on the

question and there is much to

be said for both points of view.

We heard similar predictions of

community disintegration when

the major reformation of local

government was launched in

the 1980s. Hundreds of borough

councils and county councils

in low population areas were

amalgamated into larger district

The teacher asked little Johnny if

he knew his numbers.

“Yes,” he said. “My father taught


“Good. What comes after three?”

“Four,” answered the boy.

“What comes after six?”


“Very good,” said the teacher.

“Your dad did a good job. And

what comes after 10?”


and regional councils in a quest

for efficiency. Some of those

little towns are now wards of

bigger local bodies and many

are ghosts of their former selves

but was that inevitable with or

without amalgamation?

The public conversation discussion

is not helped by raising

fears of the privatisation,

or at least a more commercial

component, to the provision of

potable water supplies currently

provided by local authorities

and paid for out of rates, as

some local body politicians have

in recent weeks.

The provision of three waters

services in large towns and

cities is relatively straight forward

compared to rural communities

where a number of

complicating factors have to be

considered. In many rural communities

there is no centralised

sewage reticulation system as

they rely on traditional septic

tanks for each household and

storm water is generally not

an issue as there are no large

catchment areas like city roads,

footpaths and roofs. That leaves

the fate of hundreds of rural

water supply schemes, usually

from wells, which are owned

by small local communities but

managed by district councils.

Many of these schemes were

initially established as rural

stock water systems from which

a small percentage is taken as

potable water.

For those who rely on a reticulated

public potable water

supply, it does not really

matter which entity manages

the system so long as the water

is safe and reliable. In the

final analysis ratepayers and

taxpayers are all the same

people and it is they who will

ultimately pay for whatever

system is established. The future

of their district councils is a

very different matter.

20 Hamilton greypower Magazine | July 2021

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Hamilton greypower Magazine | July 2021 21

Buying to bulldoze - Demand

sees developers clearing older

Hamilton suburbs

Once unwanted, Hamilton's less desirable

locations are now attracting big paydays for

their owners.



lack of sections is seeing

developers move into

previously little developed

suburbs over the past 12

months, pushing up prices as

they fight for land.

Fresh real estate figures last

week saw the average price

of a Hamilton home reach

an eye-watering $712,717, a

jump of 8.1 per cent on the

previous quarter.

This demand has resulted

in a three-bedroom Nawton

property selling for $765,000,

a healthy profit of $355,000

for former owners who purchased

it in 2016.

However, it’s not the 1980s

house that helped Lodge real

estate agent Blair Pointon secure

the sale but the 809 sqm

of flat land underneath it.

“Sunnyside was a family

home looking to sell. I sold one

down McKinley Place in the

early $500s, so they thought

that is what they would get.”

“Anything over 1,000 sqm

that is flat and in a good area

tends to be ideal. Quarter acre

sections are very desirable;

once you get under 1,000

square metres they become

less and less desirable.”

Hamilton City Council

consent applications show a

near 50/50 split between infill

housing and green fields new


Pointon is confident there’s

still plenty of room for development

in the city.

“It has shifted from people

wanting a three bedroom one

bathroom house on a big bit of

land. Now people want something

that is new, low maintenance,

double-glazed, warm,

and obviously those developments

cater for that.”

Pointon said basically all the

new builds he has sold in the

last year, he’s sold the entire

complex before construction,

including one on Rotokauri

Road which sold for $676,000

to Walker Residential developers.

They are close to completing

four units on the 892 sqm


All four units have been sold

for $550,000 to $565,000.

The Healthy Homes standards

set minimum requirements

for heating, insulation,

ventilation, moisture, drainage

and draught-stopping in rental


Pointon said he’s seeing a

lot of people sell their older

properties to buy new because

it’s easier than upgrading.

“There is such a huge demand

for housing, so what it

is doing is catering for more

homes to be built and allowing

first home buyers and investors

to buy a new home at a much

more affordable price point.”

And it’s the older areas of

Hamilton which tend to have a

lot more development land.

“Anywhere in Hamilton

where there are bigger sections;

Chartwell, Glenview,

Claudelands, Nawton, Hamilton

East, Fairfield, Chedworth

– any old area that has land.”

Lugtons Managing director,

Simon Lugton agrees property

in Hamilton’s less desirable

streets or suburbs have been

bought up by developers for

more than a year.

He said the drastic scarcity

of green field sections available

for sale has driven developers

to infill sites.

“Plus increasing value of

land has overtaken the value

of a particular property for an

owner-occupier in some cases;

making it an easy equation for

developers to demolish and rebuild,”

Lugton said.

He said there were not

enough properties in Hamilton

for the current demand levels.

Harcourts Hamilton general

manager, Brian King said

they’re also seeing anything

that is subdividable or developable

getting strong interest.

“There is such a lack of

stock so that is where it’s being

driven from. So street-bystreet

rather than suburbs that

are right across the whole city,

people are certainly looking at

anything like that.”

He said while prime locations

will always be very much

sought after, house prices are

also driving people to consider

other area options.

King has also started seeing

neighbours joining forces

and selling as a development


“We just did one in Dinsdale

and we had a group of

neighbours who had a good

arrangement amongst them all

and ended up with a very good

Large properties are attracting big prices from

developers in Hamilton suburbs like Nawton.

This corner property sold recently for $765,000.

Number 9 on Sunnyside Road, in Nawton

recently sold for over $900,000 to a developer.

22 Hamilton greypower Magazine | July 2021

price for all their properties.

“It's not something that is

coming into the market every

day, but it is happening, and it

made it into a very good proposition

for the developer because

of the size.”

Hayden Walker of Walker

Residential said there are still

prime suburbs, but it comes

down to dollars and cents.

Number 9 on Sunnyside

Road, in Nawton recently

sold for over $900,000 to a


“If you want to buy a developable

block in Queenwood

you have to buy at a Queenwood

price. Yes they’re going

to sell for a Queenwood price

at the end, but it comes down

to what makes sense financially.

And your clientele is narrowed


He admits there is a lot of

competition in the market.

“I think there’s a lot of people

who have seen it as a way

to earn more money, than the

money being in the bank. It has

really lifted the price over the


Best to worst: New Zealand’s car

insurance providers ranked

New Zealand’s top-rated car insurance

brands have been revealed as part of the

inaugural Finder Awards.


New Zealand’s top-rated

car insurance brands

have been revealed as

part of the inaugural Finder


Finder asked 1300 New

Zealand drivers aged 18 and

over about their car insurance

to find out which provider is

delivering the best service and

value. Participants ranked their

current or most recent provider

based on overall satisfaction,

online experience, how easy

their policy is to understand

and how likely they are to recommend

the insurer.

The highest ranking provider

turned out to be Trade Me,

pulling an overall score of 4.41

out of five and a recommendation

score of 94%.

Second best was AA Insurance,

with a 93 per cent

recommendation rating, with

State following with 85%.

Kevin McHugh, Finder’s

publisher in New Zealand, said

that smaller brands can sometimes

deliver the best value.

“As anyone who has ever

purchased car insurance

knows, policies aren’t cheap,

so it’s important to ensure

you’re getting the best bang

for your buck.

they’re purchasing a quality

product from a reputable insurance

provider, and our awards

seek to recognise that.

“Trade Me outperformed

some of the bigger insurance

names like AMI and State with

a near-perfect recommendation

score of 94%.

“AA Insurance and State

were also top performers in the

Finder Awards, both with high

customer satisfaction ratings

and recommendation scores,”

McHugh said.

“Kiwis want to know The full ranked list of

car insurance providers

is below:

Brand Score / (out of 5) /


1. Trade Me (winner) / 4.41

/ 94 percent

2. AA (runner up) / 4.25 /

93 per cent

3. State (runner up) / 4.00 /

85 percent

4. AMI / 3.98 / 84 percent

5. BNZ / 3.84 / 84 percent

6. Westpac / 3.71 / 76


7. Vero / 3.70 / 74 percent

8. Tower / 3.65 / 70 percent

Hamilton greypower Magazine | July 2021 23


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24 Hamilton greypower Magazine | July 2021

High tea with Paula Southgate, Hamilton

Mayor at Radius Windsor Court

Radius Windsor

Court in Ohaupo’s

community loves to

organise social events

at their welcoming

rural site.

The Windsor Court team

always goes the extra

mile for residents when

organising events – so for this

year’s Queen’s Birthday celebrations,

Activities Coordinator

Kerri-Ann decided they needed

a Queen for their high tea


Kerri-Ann sent an email to

the Hamilton District Council

inviting Mayor Paula Southgate

to join them for high tea,

asking if she could be their

Queen for the afternoon. Paula

accepted the invitation – as,

who wouldn’t want to be a

Queen for a day? But every

Queen also needs a King, so

one of Windsor Court’s finest

residents, Mr Bob Coe, happily

took on the role. 90-year-old

Bob enjoyed his responsibilities

as King for the day and meeting

the mayor, currently serving

as Queen in residence. His wife

also joined the pair and happily

lending Bob to the Mayor for

the afternoon.

It was the first time Radius

Windsor Court residents had

met Mayor Paula Southgate

and they really enjoyed the opportunity.

Paula mingled and

chatted to every person at every

table with laughs along the

way. It was also the first time

that Paula had been to Radius

Windsor Court which made

the occasion a special honour,

and all were delighted having

her join them in their home.

The tables were decorated

in red, white and blue and the

community pulled out the fine

China and put on an amazing

display of delicious food – one

fit for a Queen and King and

the everyone at Radius Windsor

Court to enjoy.

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from Radius Windsor Court,

and look forward to seeing you

again Mayor Paula Southgate!

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Energy needs decrease with age, so

what you eat is even more important

Older adults have unique nutrient needs and

the process of ageing occurs at different

rates in different people. A combination of

good food and regular physical activity can

delay or even reverse many of the problems

associated with ageing, helping older adults

to continue to live independently and enjoy

a good quality of life.


In general energy needs decrease

with age and this

means older people need to

select mostly nutrient-dense

foods to make sure their nutrient

requirements are met. Protein

needs are generally higher

and food sources of high-quality

protein help to prevent infections,

muscle wasting and

to optimise bone health. New

evidence suggests that spreading

protein intake evenly over

meals may be beneficial, so

don’t forget an egg or other

protein food for breakfast.

Complex carbohydrates

such as whole grains, fruit and

vegetables, also rich in fibre

are the best energy source and

with an adequate water intake

can help alleviate constipation,

which can be a problem,

especially in those who are

physically inactive and take

multiple medications.

Vitamins and mineral requirements

can be achieved by

eating a variety of foods from

the major food groups. This

means eating plenty of vegetables

and fruit; where possible

whole grains in place of

refined grains (such as white

bread, cakes and biscuits);

lean meat, poultry and fish or

legumes (such as baked beans

and lentils) plus nuts and

seeds. Include low-fat dairy

products such as milk, yoghurt

and cheese and healthy fats

such as avocado and oily fish

such as sardines, mackerel,

and salmon.

Calcium is an essential nutrient

as we grow older and

we need a good reserve in

our bones to help prevent

osteoporosis and fractures.

Aim for three serves of milk,

yoghurt or cheese each day

or substitute with calcium-fortified

soy milk or tinned fish

(with bones), nuts including

almonds, brazil and hazelnuts,

legumes, and tofu. Enjoy a

latte or milk-based sauces and

soups to boost your intake.

Vitamin D is essential to

help our bodies absorb calcium

from food and the best

source is sunlight. Try to get

out in the sun for at least 30

minutes a day, preferably before

11am and after 3pm. If

getting enough sun is difficult

for you, discuss taking a Vitamin

D supplement with your


Folate is a B vitamin important

in the replacement of

red blood cells and not having

enough may eventually lead

to macrocytic anaemia (large

immature blood cells), which

can make you feel weak, tired

and possibly give you palpitations.

Include plenty of leafy

vegetables such as cabbage

and spinach, liver (if you like

it), citrus fruit and nuts. Look

for orange juices and cereals

fortified with folate when you


Vitamin B12 is supplied almost

entirely by animal foods

such as meat (especially liver),

eggs, seafood (sardines) and

dairy products. An inadequate

intake can lead to pernicious

anaemia characterised by

tiredness, shortness of breath,

loss of appetite and weight.

At least one serving of either

lean meat, chicken, fish, or

eggs and two servings of dairy

products each day are needed.

To help you feel at your best

have at least three meals every

day. Skipping breakfast may

be counterproductive. Include

plenty of different vegetables

and fruit, which will help

maintain a healthy weight.

If your weight is a little low,

have a snack between meals.

Include at least 6-8 glasses of

fluids each day, such as water,

tea, coffee, and calcium-enriched


In advanced age, older

adults may be vulnerable to

eating too little energy with

associated weight loss. Those

who have lost a spouse are

especially at risk. Sharing a

meal with others is the best

preventative measure. Eating

is a social event and companionship

facilitates eating and


26 Hamilton greypower Magazine | July 2021

Deposits of up to $100,000

guaranteed under new scheme


The Government is

bringing in a scheme

to protect deposits

of up to $100,000 in

banks and financial

institutions should

they fail.

The Government is bringing

in a scheme to protect

deposits of up to

$100,000 in banks and financial

institutions should they fail.

The deposit protection limit

is double the initial proposal

of up to $50,000 following

consultation after the plan was

first mooted two years ago.

The scheme will fully protect

93% of depositors, Finance

Minister Grant Robertson said.

The measures, finalised by

Cabinet, are part of a review of

the Reserve Bank Act and will

help protect New Zealand’s financial

system and wider economy

from damage that could

be caused by excessive risk taking

by the deposit taking sector

and any resulting failures of institutions,

Robertson said.

“While New Zealand’s financial

system is sound and

well positioned to withstand

the stress posed by Covid-19,

these reforms ensure the Reserve

Bank is better equipped

to protect and promote financial

stability in the future,”

Robertson said.

“Taken together, the recommendations

will considerably

strengthen New Zealand’s financial

system safety net and

contribute to a robust framework

of protections for depositors.

It also brings our protections

into line with those in

place overseas,” he said.

Many developed countries

have bank deposit insurance

schemes to ensure people

don’t lose their savings if a

bank or financial institution

collapses. The new measures

mean individuals will have up

to $100,000 of their deposits

in any eligible institution guaranteed

in the event of the failure

of an institution.

Licensed deposit-taking institutions

include banks, credit

unions, building societies, and

finance companies.

Robertson didn’t detail how

the scheme will be funded. As

part of earlier consultation,

Treasury noted such schemes

were normally funded by levies

on banks.

The Bankers’ Association

supported a risk-based approach

to setting levies, where

lower risk entities such as

banks would pay lower levies

because they were less likely to

call on the scheme, said chief

executive Roger Beaumont.

Banks were already facing

higher costs as part of Reserve

Bank moves to phase in higher

minimum capital requirements

to help them withstand financial

shocks, he said.

Beaumont said it was important

to work through how

the new scheme would fit in

with the Reserve Bank’s “open

bank resolution policy” which

enables a draw on deposits to

help keep a bank afloat in the

case of potential failure.

Robertson said the measures

will improve regulation and supervision

of deposit takers and

strengthen New Zealand’s financial

crisis framework.

Reserve Bank Governor

Adrian Orr said reaching this

stage was a significant milestone

in strengthening the regulatory

framework for all institutions

that take deposits.

“The Reserve Bank is responsible

for regulating deposit

takers to help ensure their

safety and soundness, in line

with our mandate to promote

the prosperity and wellbeing of

New Zealanders,” Orr said.

“This new Act will broaden

and clarify the scope of our

role, which has evolved significantly

since the Reserve Bank

began prudentially regulating

banks more than 30 years


The reforms provide new

enforcement tools to help the

Reserve Bank manage emerging

issues, and an enhanced

crisis management framework

to effectively respond to any

failures and minimise the impact

on the financial system,

the economy, and society, he


Treasury Secretary Caralee

McLiesh said the Reserve

Bank’s prudential regulation of

deposit takers was critical to

promoting prosperity and wellbeing.

“Financial stability helps

protect New Zealander’s savings,

reduces the risks of unemployment,

and enables

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confident participation in the

financial system,” she said.

Drafting of the legislation

will now get underway, and the

Bill is expected to be introduced

to Parliament towards the end

of the year. The scheme is expected

to be in place in 2023.

The reforms will also include

a new process for setting lending

restrictions, such as loanto-value

ratios, Robertson said.

“This will give the Minister

of Finance a role in determining

which types of lending the

Reserve Bank is able to directly

restrict,” he said. “The Reserve

Bank will then have full

discretion to decide which instrument

is best suited to use

and how the restrictions are


Currently, the Reserve Bank

has sole discretion over restricting

bank lending.

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The complete

beginners’ guide to

growing sweet peas


Sweet peas are the plant that sold me on the

romance and reward of growing flowers.


• Cooking spray

• 8 large leaves silverbeet

• Couscous or rice, cooked - 3/4 cup

• Semi-dried tomatoes, drained and finely

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• Basil, finely chopped - 2 Tbsp

• Fresh ricotta - 100 g

• Egg white, lightly beaten

• Cans diced tomatoes - 800 g

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“Of anything I will ever

grow; sweet peas will

have a special, delicious

spot in my gardening lifeline.

It was these friendly, uncomplicated

creatures that became

my ‘first’ flowers.

First flowers to greet me

driving in the gate, first flowers

to pose for me in the soft

morning light, first blooms I

could cut for my home and

experience the joy of taking

bunches to give to others,” as

I wrote in my book Petal Power.

“If there was a kickstart for

growing flowers, you’ve found

it here.”

Every year, I watch my crop

shrivel and succumb to powdery

mildew as I lose the race

of regular deadheading and no

doubt underwatering, underfeeding

and general summer


One look through my camera

roll reminds me that the

grim end of their flowering is

fully substantiated by the glory

of the height of it. For seasoned

gardeners, this all sounds familiar

as part-and-parcel of a

seasonal garden, as a beginner,

sweet peas are like a case study

for how this growing thing all


I’m the first to admit that

writing a book about gardening

as a beginner, just four

years into my own adventure,

was a little ambitious.

However, Petal Power is a

diary of sorts, sharing the early

successes of growing in my

own garden with a lack of experience

and demystifying the

knowledge that I squeezed

from books, the internet and

generous gardeners who have

given me their time.

It has been entirely by accident

that I have discovered the

advantages of getting sweet

peas going in autumn, as opposed

to the obvious spring

planting. Last year, I let my

Continued on page 31

From page 30

rampaging wall of sweet peas

dry their seeds on the plant,

watching as the pods popped

and dropped their gold to the

garden below. I pulled the

crumbling vines off the fence

and walked away – paying

little attention to what would

happen next.

By June, I had lush vines

halfway up the fence. By September,

I had a pickable crop of

blooms. While it was massively

rewarding to have flowers so

early, my vines had largely given

up the ghost by the end of

December, which taught me

that planting a second crop in

springtime would have given

me the chance of blooms further

on through the summer

season. With all this in mind,

I have collated a simple guide

to support new gardeners in

growing sweet peas.

• Sweet peas like a spot with

good, rich soil, lots of full

sun exposure and somewhere

you can easily and

regularly water during flowering.

• As they are vines, offer them

something to climb or ramble

over. We have used steel

foundation mesh stapled to

our wooden fence, but bamboo/branch

teepees, regular

trellis and even stringing

taut, strong cord on a frame

will be gratefully received by

their curly little stems.

• Consider staggering your

planting. Have a go sowing

some seeds directly in

place now in autumn, leaving

space to sow again in

springtime. Your climate will

dictate how successful your

over-wintered crop will be,

but it is a great experiment.

Alternatively, you could raise

them undercover in winter,

ready to pop them in as

strong seedlings once the

weather warms up.

• If you have left a crop to selfseed,

thin out your enthusiastic

seedlings as they mature

over winter. I allowed all

mine to grow last year and

their overcrowding inhibited

flowering and exposed them

to powdery mildew much

earlier than normal.

• Once your seedlings have

four sets of leaves, gently

“pinch” out the central

stem between the top set of

leaves to encourage the development

of bushier plants.

• Sweet peas are the perfect

example of a “cut and come

again” annual, which means

if you regularly harvest their

blooms, or deadhead before

their seedpods form, they

will push on to keep producing

flowers for as long as

their vines are healthy. Every

year, I follow the great Monty

Don’s advice of harvesting

every open bloom and partially

open bud on the vine

once or twice a week. This

will make a massive difference

to your continued crop

of flowers.

• Sweet peas are greedy feeders

so top up their beds with

liquid fertiliser a few times

over the flowering season.

Better still, prepare the beds

you are sowing into with

compost and sheep poo in

autumn to give them a great


• Sweet peas are very much a

“head in the sun with moist

feet” type of plant. They

suffer almost instantly if too

dry and the stress will often

result in the arrival of the

dreaded powdery mildew.

• To harvest your own seeds,

you need to let the seed

pods mature and dry on

the vine. This means coping

with the pretty dismal,

gnarly mess of dying vines

for a while. Mature pods are

cardboard brown and easily

crack open.

Lastly, don’t fret if you feel

you have missed the boat on

autumn sowing because “life”

has got in the way. A great way

to grow sweet peas for the first

time is to simply swing by the

garden centre this spring and

pick up the very affordable

pods of healthy seedlings ready

to simply plug directly into your


This is how I got going and

how I caught the bug.

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Why New Zealand’s Foreign

Minister is her own woman


Nanaia Mahuta, the daughter of Māori royalty

who entered Parliament at 26, has been

shaped by her indigenous background.

Mahuta was the first woman to display a moko

kauae (sacred facial tattoo) in Parliament

Mahuta was one of 30

Maori and Pacific Island

students at an

all-girls Anglican school and

the South African rugby team

was touring New Zealand,

dividing the country in the


While the schoolgirl had

no idea of what was soon

to become one of the largest

civil disturbances in New

Zealand history, she could not

stomach the fact her school

had offered to host a group

of South African students –

a decision she felt validated


Rather than simply “dealing

with it”, she skipped

school in protest.

“As a Maori woman there

is an embedded sense of social

justice, and striving for

equality of opportunity and

indigenous advancement, she

told Al Jazeera.

“If you have been brought

up in a Maori community, you

will have experienced some

form of mistreatment and at

an extreme level – racism.”

The daughter of Sir Robert

Te Kotahitanga – the adopted

son of Maori King Koroki

– Mahuta grew up assisting

her father in key treaty


She has spent almost half

her life in Parliament, having

first won a seat at the age of

26. In 2016, Mahuta became

the first woman to display a

moko kauae (sacred facial

tattoo) in Parliament, and last

year chalked up another first

– becoming New Zealand’s

first female foreign minister.

The 50-year-old’s appointment

was a surprise, according

to political commentator

Ben Thomas.

“Foreign affairs ministers

tend to be seen as a gold

watch ‘for long service, or

it’s given as favour to friends

and allies,” he said. “Mahuta

doesn’t fit into that category

and there’s no sort of sense

that [the prime minister] owes

her anything.”

Mahuta is seen as an

unassuming character and,

despite her longevity in politics,

has never been in the

spotlight. Nor have ego and

ambition defined her career,

unlike her predecessors or

politicians generally, Thomas

says. The position of foreign

minister, which she holds in

addition to responsibilities for

local government and Maori

affairs, came as a surprise for

Mahuta too.

Although she had previously

held the associate trade

and export portfolios in Prime

Minister Jacinda Ardern’s government,

Mahuta was more

focused on domestic issues

in her role as cabinet minister

for local government and

Maori development.

Thomas says former foreign

ministers “have traditionally

talked a big game”

when it comes to human

rights, but they have been notoriously

reticent about trading

partners, particularly since

the country’s biggest free

trade agreement with China

in 2006.

‘The real deal’

Mahuta made waves internationally

by joining Australia,

Canada, Britain, and the

United States in condemning

the disqualification of pro-democracy

politicians in Hong

Kong and questioning Beijing’s

crackdown in a territory

that was guaranteed considerable

freedoms and autonomy

on its return to Chinese

rule in 1997.

She also condemned opposition

leader Alexey Navalny’s

detention in Russia and

suspended bilateral high-level

contacts with Myanmar in response

to the military’s February

1 coup, saying that New

Zealand did not “recognise

the legitimacy of the military-led


But in April, Mahuta’s

comments on the “Five Eyes”

intelligence alliance raised

eyebrows after she said she

would not let the US-led

alliance dictate New Zealand’s

bilateral relationship with


While she acknowledged

China and New Zealand might

have disagreements, she said

in an April speech at the New

Zealand China Council that

the country needed to be “respectful”

of one of its major

trading partners.

“There will be some areas

on which it’s useful to co-ordinate

through the Five Eyes

platform; but there will be

other areas – human rights

for example – where we want

to look to building a broader

coalition of countries to take

positions on issues of common

interest,” she told Al


“At times we work with

a bigger group; other times

we join with one or two other

like-minded partners; and

at times, we make our own


Fellow Labour Party politician

Paul Eagle went to university

with Mahuta where

she was studying for a master’s

degree in social anthropology

and Maori business

development. They are related

and both hail from the

same tribe, Tainui.

“What you see is what you

get,” he said. “People often

underestimate her but she’s

incredibly smart and strategic.

She’s the real deal.

“While other politicians

have come and gone, Nanaia

has weathered many storms

and she’s managed to get

people on board in the process.”

Experts say Mahuta’s Maori

background could also be an

asset in her role as foreign


She is used to arguing for

the weaker party – be it on

the Treaty of Waitangi settlement,

or representing the

Maori caucus – a minority in

the ruling Labour Party, and

has honed her powers of negotiation.

“Anything achieved has to

have been done through diplomacy

and she doesn’t have

Continued on page 34

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From page 32

delusions of grandeur like her

predecessors who pledged

to bring peace in the Middle

East and dominance in the Pacific,”

Thomas said.

“One of the defining characteristics

of New Zealand

is its own relationship with

indigeneity. All things being

equal and outside of tokenism,

I think it’s a benefit to

have a Maori woman representing

the country on the

world stage.”

No compromise

Mahuta says she did not expect

to get such a significant

portfolio so soon but was

“delighted” to have the job.

“If I can offer anything, it

would be to draw on a bicultural

foundation and context

to influence foreign policy,”

she said. “I hope to elevate

those relationships for greater

cohesion and prosperity for

future generations.

“We have an opportunity

as a young and maturing nation

to show how our journey

towards a more inclusive society

has been shaped by the

Treaty [of Waitangi] discourse

and experience.

Much of our history is born

from conflict and any gains

have been hard-fought and

incremental. I think we can

offer that journey and learn

from it – not as a solution but

as an evolving process.”

She cites the revival of

the Maori language as an


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sought to eradicate the language

entirely, and assimilation

was thought to be best

practice, now the Maori language

is embedded in schools

and public environments and

is part of the fabric of New

Zealand identity, she says.

Maori were given the right

to vote in 1879.

In the current Parliament,

15 of the 120 representatives

– colloquially known as

the “First 15” – are Maori,

and the House is more diverse

than ever, she says.

In her role as local government

minister, Mahuta is

also looking to extend Maori

representation in local councils,

with her “Maori ward”

policy under which the government

will support municipalities

that want to establish

specific Maori representation,

abolishing a law that allowed

such decisions to be vetoed in

a referendum.

Having Māori representation

where their voices and

perspectives could be accounted

for has now permeated

through to the local government

sphere and private

sector,” Mahuta said. “Māori

representation has led to inclusion

strategies across the


Ruahina Albert is the chief

executive of Waikato Women’s


She first met Mahuta 30

years ago when the refuge

was just a two-bedroom unit

in Hamilton, a city in New

Zealand’s North Island.

“When she came in to

meet us in the 90s we weren’t

sure who she was, but we

were struck by how compassionate,

helpful, and bubbly

she was,” Albert said.

Twenty-five ministers over

36 years have visited the

premises but Mahuta has

been one of the most effective,

she says.

Mahuta was a member

of the board for three years

before being made a minister,

and Albert hopes she will

return once she leaves Parliament.

“We work on the front line

for sexual violence and family

violence. We’re a tough

bunch and not much gets past

us. We don’t trust the government

but we trust her.”

“I believe her heart is with

her people and her community,

she’s clear about

identifying what she will

and will not compromise.

You always have those conflicts

when you’re working

within a system but I don’t

see her compromising her

people or her country. It’s her

heart and her future.”


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