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Aims and Objectives

1. To advance, support and protect the welfare and well being of older people.

2. To affirm and protect that statutory right of every New Zealand resident, to a sufficient New Zealand Superannuation entitlement.

3. To strive for a provision of a quality Health Care to all New Zealand residents regardless of income and location.

4. To oppose all discriminatory and disadvantageous legislation affecting rights, security and dignity.

5. To be non aligned with any political party, and to present a strong united lobby to all Parliament and statutory Bodies on matters affecting New Zealanders.

6. To promote and establish links with kindred organizations.

7. To promote recognition of the wide-ranging services provided by senior citizens of New Zealand.

8. To gain recognition as an appropriate voice for all older New Zealanders.

Visual Personality of our Organization

  • Strong and active but not militant

  • Friendly and mature

  • Acting with dignity and integrity

  • Having the wisdom of age

  • Adding to quality of life

  • A positive organisation to be associated with


Over the years Grey Power has had many terrific achievements.

Here are some of them:

  1. Removal of the Surtax

  2. Asset Testing Legislation being Phased Out

  3. Lower doctors’ Fees

  4. Lower Pharmacy Fees

  5. Removal Over 80’s Driving Tests

  6. Removal Simulated Driving Tests by Occupational Therapists

  7. Lower Tariff Electricity

  8. Superannuation Increased to 66% NATOTWW (net after tax ordinary time weekly wage)

  9. Rate Rebate Scheme revitalised and more recently extended to include retirement village residents

  10. Independent Superannuation & Income Centres

  11. Improved Regulations for Rest Homes

  12. Code of Practice for Rest Homes

  13. Abolition of Interest on Student Loans

  14. The National Superannuation Adjustment for the Tax Cuts in the 2008 Budget is a long awaited recognition by a major political party of the plight of the elderly reliant on NZ Superannuation

  15. Hearing aid subsidy increased

  16. Rates Rebate Scheme indexed to CPI. Amount now $580 (originally $500) and threshold now $23,240 (from 20,000 originally)

  17. Spot Audits for Rest Homes

  18. Retention of Graduating Doctors – (Student Loan)

  19. Lowering Electricity Increase for ETS

  20. Retention of SuperGold Card Off-Peak Travel

  21. Retention of SuperGold Card Waiheke Island Ferry Travel

  22. Increased funding for Gloucoma operations

  23. Annual clothing allowance for grandparents raising grandchildren (In conjunction with Grandparents raising Grandchildren)

  24. Winter Energy Payment

  25. Security doors on most Council owned pensioner flats

Committee members (biographies)

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Dr/Prof Victor Luca (President): I am a product of Whakatāne having been born, raised and schooled here. After receiving a B.Sc., BSc.(hons) and PhD from Victoria University of Wellington in the eighties, I spent two years as a research associate at the University of Houston in Texas and six years as a researcher at top Australian Universities. From 1997 to 2009 I was a researcher and research leader at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization and then spent a decade at the Argentine Atomic Energy Commission where I was a research leader and university lecturer. I moved back to my home town at the beginning of 2019 and stood for Mayor and Councillor in September of 2019. I joined Grey Power because I was impressed by what the association has achieved. I am hopeful that I can help to make positive contributions going forward.

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Graeme Weston (Secretary): Bred in Kawerau I spent a chunk of my working life in the Pulp and Paper Industry. By retirement I had been involved in large industrial process plant design - Alumina/Gold/Nickel Refining, Water Treatment. Building computer 3D models led me to interesting contracts around the world. I now live in Ohope taking an interest in harvesting the sunshine to power my home and car. The energy and transport industries are presently being turned upside down. From ICE vehicles to EV's, fossil fired power stations to more renewable electricity. The resistance of the fossil fuel industries to transition to renewables has morphed a positive innovation story into political mayhem. The coal licking Morrison government's demise will now accelerate the transition in Australia which will trickle down to NZ. The Grey Power Energy Advisory Group have a good understanding of what changes are required in the electricity world to benefit all New Zealanders. From energy poverty to solar farms they have been prodding industry, local and national decision makers to make the big switch.

June Goodhew (Treasurer): I live at Coastlands and love my family. I have always enjoyed those who are under pressure, i.e. no employment, or are disadvantaged and not enjoying the life they deserve. Presently working for Christians Against Poverty Debt Centre, enjoyed 27 years as a Budget Advisor (mentor), and 13 years at the Salvation Army – Tutor/Management for Employment Plus. I believe I have something to give Grey Power Committee and know it has opportunities to make changes to the lives of our members.

Maud McKinnon: I began life in Ruatoria and attended Manutahi Native School. That was 80 years ago and the education I received there and at Gisborne High School has set me up for life. About 8 years ago, with prompting from Raewyn Kinglsey-Smith, I joined Grey Power and later became a committee member. You might recognise me, since I am often the tea lady and the kitchen hand. I’m not computer savvy but if you need help my phone number is (07) 3080358. I’ll be there to listen.

Raewyn Kingsley-Smith: Once upon a time, the tallest structures in the cities were the Church Steeples. Then Banks climbed higher only to be overtaken by insurance buildings and these days it is The Sky Tower (Casinos). The biggest thieves of all. This is the Mad World that I rail against. In my short lifetime, I have seen these rapid changes – the youngsters only know today’s world – casinos, money, money, money. Grey Power has a wealth of experience and wisdom and I believe a responsibility to future generations to be the ‘Guardians of Integrity and Good Sense’ (not to let these values be side-lined by the dollar and materialism). I believe that we will need to speak up! We have the ‘votes’ and should ‘care’ about how many ‘babies’ are being tossed out with the bathwater. That’s me.


Mrs Judy Fleming: My first job was at the BNZ and I have worked in admin ever since.  I have been self-employed all my married life 47 years. I have been involved in share-milking and a kiwifruit orchard for 18 years, Allandale Superette in Whakatāne for 11 years and then Cash in Transit Security business for 10 years.  Treasurer for SeniorNet Whakatāne & Whakatāne Country Music Club.  The main reason that I put my hand up for Grey Power was that I didn’t want to see the Whakatāne Branch close?

Sandy Milne: I grew up in Aberdeen where I experienced the ravages of WWII. There I received a baptism of fire in clinical microbiology. I emigrated to New Zealand after the war and have been here ever since. I was initially a laboratory technologist at Whakatāne hospital's pathology laboratory and eventually became manager of that establishment. There, over more than two decades, I ran an efficient pathology laboratory providing services to the hospital and local doctors. In the 1974 I started to become aware of a high incidence of hepatitis in our district and especially in children, and more especially, in Maori children. Although I had solid evidence through rigorous surveillance testing that I had done off my own bat, I was unable to convince New Zealand health authorities that we had a serious problem on our hands. Eventually, the evidence I was to present was so compelling that they could no longer deny the fact that we had an epidemic on our hands and I initiated an vaccination campaign. My efforts were eventually recognized by an MBE. You can read more about me by clicking here here.

Judy Tihi: Judy was born and bred in Ruatoki. She joined the Whakatāne Hospital after leaving school but soon realized that nursing was not for her. She has worked on a tobacco farm in Tākaka, Nelson, cigarette factory in Wellington, mango picking in Darwin and a kiwifruit orchard. At 22 years old, she married Moai Tira Ou Tahi Tihi, a return serviceman of the 28th Maori Battalion. They settled on a 250-acre rehab farm at Nukuhou keeping sheep and dairy cattle. They had two children, a boy and a girl. They later sold the arm and moved to Taneatua where they lived for 40 years until Moai’s death in 2006. Judy sold her house and moved to the RSA flats close to the Whakatāne Hospital. Judy is involved in several organizations, including Kāhanga Reo (Tāneatua), WMWWL chairperson, Kooti Raumgatahi (Kids in Trouble) panel, Tribal Committee Marae delegate, Kaumatua Tepunga Chairperson and RSA Ruatoki Kaumātua. Judy loves sports, netball, hockey, bowls, tennis and cricket where she ended up with two broken fingers. She still plays bowls at the Kawerau club. While she reckons she can’t sing, Judy has been a part of the Whakatāne Country Music for 20 years. She plays the ukulele and was gifted a beautiful Raratongan ukulele. Despite all her commitments, Judy still finds time to relax with her family. She has wicked sense of humour that she inherited from her dad.

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