Tag Archives: retirement

Buy now or risk your retirement?

It is the New Zealand dream – home ownership. But for many this is getting more and more out of reach. Rising housing prices, strict mortgage criteria and daunting deposits coupled with rising rent prices has meant that the average kiwi searching for that quarter-acre dream is now fresh outta-luck! …

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Retiring in a War Zone

Sending your mother or father to retirement home was once unthinkable for most Syrians, but almost six years of war and displacement have left many with no other choice. Ashiti, 85, is one of the 140 elderly Syrians being cared for at Dar al-Saada (Home of Happiness) – one of the …

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The picture perfect retirement

When people say you should save for retirement – what does that retirement look like in your head? Is it spending hours and hours lying on white sand beaches reading, travelling the world? Is it getting to spend time tinkering with the odd thing or two and spending time with …

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Superannuation age to gradually rise toward 67 starting in 20 years time

Prime Minister Bill English has made the announcement – the retirement age is raising from 65 to 67. There had been rumblings about it ever since John “I will quit as prime minister before raising the retirement age” Key stepped down at the end of last year. It came as no …

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Untapped potential in the workplace

It is rare that you would be able to get a job these days without having any prior experience. It is odd to think then that the most ‘experienced’ worker’s in our society find it difficult to get a job. The current job market just does not support older adults …

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The future of NZ Super – the big question

Superannuation has been a hot topic over the past few years. In 2014, there were 650,000 over-65s in New Zealand, equating to 14.4 per cent of the population. By 2038, the number of over-65s is projected to almost double to 1.29 million and make up almost 23.3 per cent of …

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Village Living

Even though it’s now February, I still want to wish you a very happy new year and hope that 2016 goes well for you and yours. There has been a big focus in the media over the last couple of weeks on the issue of “social isolation” – loneliness, particularly …

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Retirement?!

Liam Butler interviews former Medical Professor Richard Donald  What have you done to liberate yourself in retirement?  Since my father first started the Aged People’s Welfare Council (now Age Concern) our family have not been shy about discussing the subject of aging. As there is a strong family history of …

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