Newspaper Article 1998 – Grey Power AGM

Grey Power AGM

Elderly can be Bay’s assets

by Caroline Tregurtha

Unless something dramatic happens at the last minute, Newton Angove will be president of Grey Power Hawke’s Bay after the AGM on Wednesday.

On the Grey Power committee for the past three years, Mr Angove felt the local organisation was rudderless after the sudden death last year of President Alan Scott.

Newton Angove is well qualified to take over the helm, with experience including five years Army and Air Force service during WWII, 49 years as a scout leader, 25 years with the St John Ambulance Service, school committee and PTA, a foundation member of Napier Free Kindergarten, secretary of the Haumoana Ratepayers’ Association and service with Civil Defence during the Haumoana floods.

Add to this 12 years on the HB Council For the Disabled, 12 years as a Napier City councillor, two years as president of the HB Cultural Trust, and patron of Birthright Napier.

No wonder he was a recipient of the MBE in 1981 for services to scouting and the disabled, which seems to point to the fact that Mr Angove has what it takes to continue the strong direction of Grey Power in Hawke’s Bay.

“If elected to the office of president of Hawke’s Bay Grey Power, I hope to encourage the team to further the aims and objectives of Grey Power and to exhort others to join,” he said.

“I don’t believe Grey Power should be looked at as a bunch of greedies, but as an extension of the service already given over many years to the Hawke’s Bay we all love

“I hope to invite many more people our own age to retire and live with us here in the best provincial centre in New Zealand.”

“I would also ask the question: Hawke’s Bay elderly, are we assets or liabilities? There are some in our community who believe we are only a liability. To them I say look more closely.”

“Builders, entrepreneurs, health professional, lawyers and accountants are all doing well on the income derived from servicing the elderly,” Mr Angove says.

“Retailers, travel agents, food and wine caterers could do well to look at the elderly as customers.”

“Sports bodies should be asking the older members to become coaches not spectators. A wealth of experience is being under-utilised in our community and a little encouragement would go a long way.

Look at the growth of the Masters Games in New Zealand and overseas.

“Some of the elderly are financially stretched but a large percentage have made some provision. This group will get larger over the next few years, so the entrepreneurs could start looking now,” he says.

Why does the NSW Government and Queensland invite elderly kiwis to retire over there? So does New York, California and Florida.

“Tauranga in New Zealand is making great moves when it comes to retirement villages. Not because the tenants are going to become liabilities, but because they are assets.”

“Come on Hawke’s Bay Chamber of Commerce, and others. Look to your assets, and encourage them to take part in your community.”

“We are not greedy. We are only a photocopy of you in a few years time,” Mr Angove says.

Newton Angove’s special hope for the coming year is to increase the numbers of Grey Power members. At present membership is just ten percent of the 30,000 eligible in Hawke’s Bay. He urges people 50 and over to “not just moan-join and think positively.”

Photo caption – Newton Angove


Wednesday, April 8 at 2pm
Century Theatre, Marine Parade, Napier
Keynote Speaker: Jim McKenzie — National Chairman
How do we join?
Send $8 per person to
Grey Power. Box 876, Hastings
AND Your Birth Date/Phone/Address/Stamped addressed envelope to receive your membership card (which entitles you to many discounts).
A donation very welcome.
Local contacts:
Napier: Viv 835 0341 – Hastings: John 877 7827
Havelock North: Harold 877 5587 – Dannevirke: Glennis 374 7280
Wairoa: Laurie 838 7010
BE THERE: Support the organisation that works for all New Zealanders.

Fisher & Paykel
Mobility scooters
Wheel chairs
Electric reclining hospital beds
Steam vaporisers
Dri sleepers
Peter Sugden
Unichem Pharmacy
Gloucester Street, Taradale.   Phone 844 2673

50 fully service single rooms each with individual toilet facilities
Direct access to the outdoors from all rooms
24 hour staffing
Spacious ground with outdoor furniture
Social activities in the Bill Dobson Centre – craft, music, cards, pottery, indoor bowls, films etc
Meals served in bright and cheerful dining room
Care Manager – Judy Anderson
Phone (06) 844 9903, Fax (06) 844 9973
PO Box 7288, Taradale, Napier

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Grey Power Hawke's Bay

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April 1998

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  • Caroline Tregurtha


Hawke's Bay Sun


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  • Judy Anderson
  • Newton Angove
  • Jim McKenzie
  • Alan Scott

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