Who and what are we ?
For statistical information go to the sections which follow the details of what our organisation is about .
Grey Power was originally established in Auckland by a group of Superannuitants who felt they were particularly disadvantaged by the surcharge regime established by the government of the time .
Since that time the aims and objects of the Federation have been greatly expanded with 78 Associations established throughout New Zealand with just a tad over 100,000 members - all these Associations belong to Grey Power New Zealand Federation Inc with headquarters in Auckland .
The office holders of the Federation are elected each year by the representatives of the Associations at the Annual General Meeting so that the Federation is representative of the Associations
Our own Association , "Greypower Christchurch Superannuitants Association ((Inc) " , which along with most other Associations is an Incorporated Society had its 20th Annual General Meeting this June . Our membership is presently some 4400 which is not as high a percentage of the elderly in Christchurch as we would like but new members are joining in a regular pattern so our membership is steadily increasing although the ravages of time does deplete our numbers.
Our activities are mainly in the area of lobbying central and local government and providing assistance to our members with advice when requested - we do not provide services in the form of recommended tradesmen , outings and suchlike activities as these functions are provided more than adequately by Age Concern who have an excellent organisation in Christchurch.
We hold monthly meetings , every third Wednesday at 1.30 pm , at the Cashmere Club , Hunters Terrace, Cashmere where we bring the members who attend up to date with our activities by having some of our committee give a short address - this is followed by either a guest speaker with a topic that is of interest to our members or by a group providing entertainment so that those attending cansing along. .
We do not have an established office as attempts in the past to organise one have not been successful but we do have a Grey Power phone line that our members can ring for assistance with their queries. Although we may not be able to provide advice on all questions we are mostly able to direct the query to someone who can provide the details .
We made contact with our members every Tuesday for seven years through our hour long programme on Plains FM 96.9 starting at 4.00 with a review of topics of the week followed by guest commentators , interspersed with music requested by our members. We have since reliquished that slot as the lady that did the organising is no longer with us
Our community activities mainly centre around our members being volunteers to man the Community Constable’s office in four locations , to take the incoming calls and deal with routine matters to allow the Constable to about in the community .
Our committee meets every month to organise our various activities. A number of sub committees which deal with specific topics like health and welfare etc.. Our health committee , for instance , has regular meetings with a forum of social workers, health professionals and providors and meetings with personnel from the two Hospitals. Also where applicable the HFA to discuss and clarify health queries . It has also been responsible for two petitions to Parliament which have required both written and oral presentations to the Parliamentary Select Committee concerning the lack of funding for home help services and lack of sufficient beds in the winter for Christchurch. We were active in the heart unit debate lobbying Council and Government.
The main activity however is pressing Government for answers on behalf of our members involving either direct contact with some of the fourteen Parliamentarians in the area or writing to the Minister or Department concerned about the problem or query .Back to the start
On the local scene we regularly each year submit commentary on the Council plan and bring before the Council our concerns for the elderly when appropriate .
Some factual information about older people .
Source : Statistics New Zealand .
Unfortunately most New Zealanders know more about the myths of
aging and the negative stereotypes of older people , than the reality .
Here are some facts :
Life Expectancy :
Living situation :
Need for services :
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