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Author: Michelle Dellabarca

Steady As You Go – prevents causes of injury

Falls are the number one causes of injury, hospitalisation and even death from injury in New Zealand, particularly for the over 65’s. This is one of the reasons that Aged Concern has developed the Steady as You Go falls prevention programme, in collaboration with Otago University, for older New Zealanders. Steady As You Go© (SAYGo) is Age Concern’s peer-led exercise initiative designed to help older people / kaumātua reduce their likelihood of having a fall. In Coromandel town, classes are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Coromandel Gym. Volunteer Peer Leader, Vicky Macrae started leading...

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Thames-Coromandel Connector Bus

The trial service began on Monday, 18 December, and is running for 13 weeks until Monday, 18 March 2024. Provided by Thames Taxi’s and Coromandel Taxi service, it is available on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Tickets are free and the shuttles hold up to 11 people so booking is essential. • COROMANDEL TOWN BUS STOP: Woollams Avenue carpark • THAMES BUS STOP: 200 Mary Street, outside the Civic Centre TCDC Community Partnerships Coordinator Helen Flynn, says, “As people have told us, being able to access appointments, key services and work is so important.  It also helps reduce...

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From the Bay of Empty to the Town of Plenty

When walking down the main street of Coromandel Town, you might be excused for thinking you are in Paris or Hamburg or even Rome.  The street is buzzing with people and alive with the sound of many different languages. People seem to come in batches – Monday they came from France, Wednesday – Germany. I guess it all depends on what day their plane landed. Although some people are just stopping for lunch on the way to another town, I’m surprised by the number of people who plan to stay in town for 3 to 5 days and use it as a base for their travel around the peninsula –...

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Holidaying in Coromandel Town

Navigating different family customs and traditions with the families of your grandchildren isn’t always easy when they holiday in your home together. One lot of early risers are up at the crack of dawn for an early swim, while the other family moan and groan and cover their ears while trying to sleep till at least 8am. My son leaves his children to be as independent as possible (which involves them making their own breakfast and not clearing up afterwards), while another sibling stressfully helicopters around her children, worried they might set the house on fire while attempting to make...

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