SuperSeniors Newsletter

The SuperSeniors newsletter is emailed regularly to SuperGold cardholders and includes news for and about older New Zealanders.

April 2021

In this issue Minister for Seniors Ayesha Verrall gives us an overview of the first stage of the vaccine roll-out, Alzheimers NZ talks about making Aotearoa dementia-friendly, and how you can build and maintain physical health through fitness.

There’s also some advice on why Daylight Saving might be making you groggy and what you can do about it.

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February 2021

Jan Wrightson

In this issue we celebrate the hard work of the three people honoured for services to seniors in the New Year’s honours list, and there’s a message from Retirement Commissioner Jane Wrightson, encouraging you to send your feedback on a discussion paper reviewing the rules and regulations surrounding retirement villages.

The start of the New Year is also the perfect time to think about your health, so this issue focuses on how to look after your wellbeing.

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December 2020

Dr Ayesha Verrall

In this issue we hear from the new Minister for Seniors, Hon Dr Ayesha Verrall, about what she is looking forward to working on.

CERT NZ tells us about common scams over the festive season and how to protect yourself. We also hear about Skinny Jump flexible prepaid broadband for seniors.

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October 2020

In this issue we have information on Canine Friends Pet Therapy, a organisation of volunteers and their well behaved dogs that visit residents of rest homes, as well as patients in hospitals and hospices.

We also find out about the Hearing Aid Subsidy Scheme.

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August 2020

In this issue we have information on volunteering and how to get involved. Volunteering is a great way to stay connected as we age and meet like-minded people.

We also find out about the changes to NZ Super and Veteran’s pension and the Residential Care Subsidy.

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June 2020

In our June edition we have some information on the 2020 'Rebuilding Together' Budget.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is marked on June 15. This year's theme focuses on the impact of COVID-19 on the rights of older people.

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SuperSeniors Newsletter May 14 COVID-19 Special Edition

In this COVID-19 special edition we have guidance on what we can do at Alert Level 2 and information on welfare calls to over 70's.

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SuperSeniors Newsletter May 1 COVID-19 Special Edition

In this COVID-19 special edition we have additional guidance for Alert Level 3 and information on services available through the Student Volunteer Army and Age Concern.

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SuperSeniors Newsletter April 24 COVID-19 Special Edition

In this COVID-19 special edition we have helpful information on Alert Level 3 and the new 'Healthy For Life' exercise programme for over 65s.

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SuperSeniors Newsletter April 9 COVID-19 Special Edition

In this COVID-19 special edition we have an update on accessing food and essential items and information on scams.

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SuperSeniors Newsletter April 4 COVID-19 Special Edition

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In our special edition edition we talk about how you can use MyMSD to update your details and how your NZ Super payments are changing.

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February 2020

In our February edition we talk about the role of the Office for Seniors and announce the recipients of the latest round of Community Connects grants.

Have you started the year focused on your health? This issue includes handy hints for staying fit and healthy with stories on Senior Chef cooking classes and chair yoga.

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December 2019

In our December edition we cover the launch of the new strategy Better Later Life – He Oranga Kaumātua 2019 to 2034. This is a strategy for making the future better for New Zealanders as we age.

It's important to look out for the older people in your life over the holiday season. We know this can be a stressful and emotional time.

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October 2019

In our October edition we announce the release of the new SuperGold website and app. The changes will make it even easier for you to find discounts near you, even when you're out and about.

The Winter Energy Payment has ended for 2019. If you qualify next year, you'll automatically receive the payment from May 1 until October 1.

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August 2019

In our August edition we announce the latest recipients of the Community Connects grants. There will be a second round of funding later this year, so keep an eye out in upcoming editions.

Read more from the Commission for Financial Capability on the recent Spark phone scam. You can find out more about the scam and what to do if you are targeted.

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June 2019

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In our June newsletter we find out what is in the budget for you. In Budget 2019 there will be a new digital platform for the SuperGold Card including a new app and upgraded website.

Have you thought about what would happen to the things you treasure the most, if you couldn't make decisions for yourself? Take a read of our story on Enduring Power of Attorney and how you can set one up.

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April 2019

In our April newsletter we talk to the Senior New Zealander of the Year, Dr Bill Glass.

We also find out more about the Winter Energy Payment and the annual adjustment to NZ Superannuation.

February 2019

Dr Saunoamaali'i Karanina Sumeo

In our February newsletter we highlight the new Kiwi Access Card which replaces the existing 18+ Card.

Do you have an Enduring Power of Attorney? We detail what an EPA is and why you need one.

Finally we highlight the great work done by six older New Zealanders who were recognised for their services to seniors in the New Year Honours List.

December 2018

December newsletter

In our December newsletter we give the latest update on changes to GP fees.

The Cancer Society gives tips about how to avoid harmful UV rays and the risks involved.

October 2018

In our latest newsletter we celebrate International Day of Older Persons.

Not sure what help you might be eligible for? Then check out the new online eligibility guide from the Ministry of Social Development.

August 2018

In our latest newsletter Minister for Seniors Tracey Martin discusses how you can have your say as part of a new strategy for an ageing population.

Working and receiving NZ Super? Read our story to find out what you need to know.

Special edition- developing a strategy for an ageing population

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In this special edition of the SuperSeniors newsletter we discuss how you can take part in the development of a strategy for an ageing population.

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June 2018

Kaumatua

In our latest newsletter, Minister for Seniors Tracey Martin talks about the hidden issue of elder abuse.

We're developing a new strategy for an ageing population and we want your views!

The Winter Energy Payment begins in July- take a read of our story to find payments rates and what to do if you travel overseas during the Winter months.

April 2018

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In our latest newsletter, Minister for Seniors Tracey Martin discusses the growing problem of social isolation for older people. We meet Senior New Zealander of the Year Kim Workman as he tells us how he found his passion for social justice later in life.

We also answer your questions about the Government’s new Winter Energy Payment, and look at the National Immunisation Schedule.

February 2018

In this issue, Minister for Seniors Tracey Martin tells of her visit to the new CARE Village in Rotorua, we discuss the government's new Winter Energy Payment, and consider what you need to know before you buy a mobility scooter.

December 2017

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In this issue: Minister for Seniors Hon Tracey Martin talks about her new role and her vision for New Zealand. Find out about a nifty walker designed by Kiwis, learn how to set up a digital will, and read about virtual retirement villages and keeping your brain fit.

October 2017

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In this issue, we celebrate International Day of the Older Person, reveal the latest data from the Business of Ageing 2017 update, look at a life-changing way to get around with a disability, provide financial advice on fraud, how to apply for a rates rebate, pet insurance and more.

August 2017

August 2017 Newsletter

This edition features an update on the Elder Abuse Response Service, and advice on financial abuse, home modification subsidies, and on solving disputes in residential facilities. It also covers a practical cooking course and interview with Patron of the SuperSeniors Champions, Sir Peter Snell.

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In this special edition of the SuperSeniors newsletter, Minister Maggie Barry discusses the new nationwide free services to support people facing elder abuse.

June 2017

Power of Dance

This edition covers Budget 2017 and what’s in it for Seniors. You can find out more about how to stop elder abuse. There’s a checklist out to help you make comparisons between retirement villages and an uplifting story about the power of dance.

April 2017

Sue Paterson

This edition outlines how the family violence legislation reforms will help protect older people through changes to protection orders, offers tips for people wanting to work beyond the age of 65, and profiles Senior New Zealander of the year – Sue Paterson.

March 2017

Marita Vandenberg on bike

Find out how the new Enduring Power of Attorney forms are easier to use, what the changes to the Code of Practice to Retirement Villages will mean, and what to look for if you’re considering buying an e-bike.

December 2016

Nanette Nathoo head and shoulders

If you are working and getting NZ Super, find out how that affects your tax. There's also a new tax, finance and benefits hub on the govt.nz website and SuperSeniors Champion Nanette Nathoo (above) reveals how she is working to create safer communities.

October 2016

John Key, Maggie Barry, and Precious McKenzie

The updated Carer’s Guide has been launched, there’s information on CarFit, a free check designed to help older drivers stay safe on the roads, and the Retirement Commissioner explains why younger generations need advice on the importance of having a buffer.

Aug/Sep 2016

Minister at Silver Symposium 2016

The Banking Ombudsman gives you tips on how to avoid scams. If you or a member of your family has dementia and is having difficulty with banking, a new initiative may help, and meet SuperSeniors Champion Margaret Austin.

June/July 2016

Kate and Miranda close up inside

Keep warm this winter with energy efficiency tips and see if you're eligible for free home insulation. Find out the questions you need to be asking about retirement villages while two well-known actors explain why inter-generational living works for them.

April/May 2016

Lance Girling-Butcher at sculpture (Wellington).

An international ageing expert says life is a marathon so have a strategy, the first of the SuperSeniors Champions is announced, how to make your money last as long as you do, and tackling social isolation.

February 2016

Older man has coffee with adviser

A group from a play centre visits a rest home in Palmerston North as connections are made, find out warning signs for elder abuse, and the 18+ card is useful for identity purposes for all ages.

December 2015

Precious McKenzie has back to class

In this bumper Christmas issue you will find some budgeting tips from the Retirement Commissioner, a story on Precious McKenzie's excercise classes and some senior surf lifesavers in Taranaki.

September 2015

Grandparents throwing ball to grandchild

In this issue you’ll find some of the latest news about preventing falls, the new SuperSeniors website and how to access discounts when travelling in Australia.

October 2015

Dominika Zielinska

Unleash the inner festival goer as WOMAD offers the 65+ group special viewing platforms, find out how women can plan to retire with more cash, and tips on how to record family histories.

Previous issues

Previous issues of the SuperGold newsletter are on the SuperGold site.