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Seven life lessons from the garden

1.       You need a good support system For a plant to grow it needs nurturing and support. This can be in the form of rain, sunshine, fertiliser, trimming and weeding but can also include support from other plants, a good solid foundation and maybe a rock or a fence to …

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Memories from the Garden

I have a strong memory of helping my Grandma in the garden when I was a child. She had a whole flower bed of beautiful pansies of all different colours, they were amazingly bright and colourful, some of them were even stripes of different colours. My favourites were white and …

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A chat with John Collyns from the RVA

Liam Butler interviews John Collyns Executive Director Retirement Villages Association John could Retirement Village Living help take the heat out of the housing crisis? John Collyns: Thousands of new homes need to be built each year to meet the growing number of families desperate for a roof over their heads. The …

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Glorious Gardening

As the warmer weather starts to creep in, it’s the perfect time to get those joints moving again.  What better way to get a bit of extra time in the sun that to invest in growing some of your own fresh produce through a bit of gardening. Gardening is a …

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From the veggie patch..

Well it feels like spring is in the air at last here in Christchurch, and our thoughts turn to the garden – well mine do anyway! This year I am having a go at raising everything from seed as I haven’t done this before , I have succumbed to buying …

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The Garden Shed

There’s often a big assumption that older people like gardening. For many people nothing could be further from the truth. These people may have gardened from necessity when their families were young but now that produce is so readily and cheaply available in the shops then; their predilection for gardening …

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An interview with an Expert Boomer

Liam Butler interviews Expert Boomer Dr Chris Perkins Dr Chris Perkins is a Psychiatrist, ageing specialist and is an Expert Boomer for the Mental Health Foundation’s new www.boomers.org.nz .  It showcases how “Baby boomers support wellbeing by connecting with young people.” What advice do you have for older people who …

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5 years on..

It seems so surreal that 5 years has now passed since we all got that 4.35am wake up. Little did we know the worst was yet to come!   At the time I couldn’t believe how we got off ‘easy’ with no loss of life – how naive! It is …

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Time for a new job?

Liam Butler interviews Jono Naylor MP on older job seekers Jono Naylor you have recently welcomed that there is a lower number of people on benefits and have stated that "there is however still more work to be done therefore we are continuing to help people into work by making …

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