Nowadays you can find Margie and Bill and their wee dog Oscar nestled in their gorgeous apartment at Rawhiti Estate.

Like many people however, Margie and Bill were fairly adamant that they would not move into a retirement village.  But as life tends to do, it takes its twists and turns, and Margie now says that moving into Rawhiti on a spur of the moment decision is something they have not regretted.

Prior to life at Rawhiti Estate, Bill who is a life member of the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron worked with the archives and memorabilia and was well known as the ‘historian’ of the RNZYS.  He is currently keeping an eye on the library that is being converted from the old billiard room at the RNZYS site.

Margie continues to work a few days a week at a beautiful home-ware store in Parnell and has been grateful for the ease with which she can come and go from Rawhiti “I am appreciative of the privacy and independence that we are able to have here, although it has been a change in setting, it is definitely home for us.

“We have been able to make this apartment our place, adding all our own personal touches and another great aspect is that the things like laundry can be taken care of, meaning I don’t need to worry,” says Margie.

Having previously lived on Benson Rd, Margie watched as Rawhiti Estate grew from the ground up, regularly walking past the building site with their dog, who is now a friendly face at Rawhiti.

“It really has been amazing how kind people have been, during the move everyone at Rawhiti was there to help, even though it was a big change, they made us feel very settled,” says Bill.

Margie and Bill enjoy the Tuesday night dinner that Rawhiti puts on for the Independent Apartment residents.

“There is a big gang of us that all get together each Tuesday and we catch up and find out what’s been happening with each other.  There is a great comradery of all the residents,” says Margie.

Prior to life a Rawhiti Estate, Margie and Bill were keen travellers, jetting off every few years to Europe to visit Margie’s daughter who was living in the UK at the time.  Margie says, “I know it’s a classic, but France was our favourite spot to visit, followed closely by England.”

“We love the world and all the sights we have seen; however, it really is special for us that we can continue be at home in our own neighbourhood here in Remuera.”

In her spare time, you can find her playing a beautiful tune on her piano, having a ‘phones-free’ dinner with her family, or taking a relaxing stroll along Tamaki drive. Councillor for Orakei Ward, Desley Simpson believes in the importance of taking time out to unwind and spending time with friends and family, however, don’t be fooled, she is an extremely hardworking woman who is forever putting the needs of her community first. Desley knows her neighbourhood well, having more or less lived in the Orakei Ward area her whole life.

Desley’s favourite aspect of the area is not confined to one thing, in fact she says it really has it all.

“It has wonderful beaches on the northern boundary, a large natural urban wetland, Orakei basin, Pourewa valley, Ōhinerau (Mount Hobson) and a beautiful leafy natural environment.”

Desley said that some of the works going on in the Orakei ward area this year may not seem but very exciting but they will certainly make a difference, these include the Tamaki Drive causeway upgrades, which will raise a section of Tamaki drive up half a metre, a major achievement that will help with flood prevention of the main commuter road. Also underway are the Okahu separation works, which will improve water quality.

“One of the only disadvantages of the older areas of Auckland is the infrastructure that has been in place for many years and hasn’t been upgraded, and with a continuum of extra households and population growth, we need to ensure the below-ground infrastructure is up to servicing this growth, a task that is definitely on our to-do list.

“We have a responsibility to provide a high level of service in a highly populated area,” says Desley.

Desley is this year in the role of Chair of Finance Performance and Value for Money and is also the Chair of the Auckland Domain, Auckland’s oldest park and one of the largest in the city. With this increased responsibility Desley has set herself some large goals, mainly to identify half a billion dollars of savings and efficiencies by the end of the three-year term.

“This term I have been given more responsibility, and I am really looking forward to taking this on to provide results for my local community and for Auckland.

“It is very important for me to show the communities and residents of Auckland that both myself and the council are stepping up to achieve good things for the city. I know I have set a huge goal, but I am confident I can achieve it,” says Desley.

“I also believe everyone is a part of a community and should have their say, it doesn’t matter where they live – I want everyone to know that they have access to the people that represent them at the town table.”

If you would like to get in touch with Desley, please head along to her website:

Desley strongly encourages anyone to reach out and get in contact if they have any questions, concerns or ideas.

Sometimes people can be daunted or overwhelmed with downsizing and moving somewhere new or into a retirement village, however of the transitions that Katie Fitzpatrick and her team from Moving On have assisted with, almost every single person is happy with the move. Having someone there to assist during the moving process really can make a world of difference.

Katie Fitzpatrick’s company Moving On has a clear purpose and vision, which is integrity, respect and genuine care for the people you care about and love.

A multitude of contributing factors pushed Katie into her line of work, and she hasn’t looked back since she started.

A while back, Katie and her family were struck with task of sorting through the belongings of their late mother, she had also had friends who had been through similar situations and she understood first-hand how those in vulnerable situations can be taken advantage of when it comes to packing up a lifetime of belongings and moving.

“I remember when we first started, and a client would relay a story about a vase or a painting we were packing up thinking – imagine if someone did this without appreciating the story and its journey. Everyone has a story to tell -it really doesn’t matter how big or small a life is, it’s still an important tale.

“I am very aware of vulnerability, and there are many people who don’t have family or friends to help them and are dependent on someone to assist. When I was researching and exploring what options were available for seniors I saw that there was a real gap and an opportunity to do this with a lot more sincerity than what was available,” says Katie.

Moving On is a total service. Katie and her team don’t leave until they know their client is sorted, their bed is made, and they can relax.

“I really do get the most enormous satisfaction from my work,’” says Katie.

Katie says she is very strict about who she employs and has a team of people who are naturally empathetic, patient and who understand the importance of the moving process. “I often say to my team how important it is to treat our clients respectfully suggesting that in 30- or 40-years’ time it could be them going through the same process. Treat the client as you would like to be treated.” she says.

Katie’s team really does go above and beyond to deliver an outstanding service. She says the team will always do whatever they can to make things as seamless and easy as possible for their clients, and a lot of the time it is fun too.

“It is always a stressful time, but I like to think we can relieve that and bring a measure of humour and enjoyment to the move.  Both parties get a lot of enjoyment out of the process. It can also be an extremely emotional time if the move is brought about through a series of unfortunate circumstances. We appreciate this and are sensitive to the enormity a move can be.

“We know concerns about moving or decluttering don’t stop at 5pm, so we offer a 24-hour,7 day a week service and we are happy to discuss your move or last-minute details at any time,” she says.

Some initial tips on decluttering and packing up from Katie are to:

  • Start with all your papers and photographs – these are the most important things and can take some time to go through. If anything goes sideways you have the most important things sorted!
  • Label boxes and furniture with coloured stickers. This helps to identify what is going with you and what is going elsewhere.

To find out more about Katie’s business, click here.


Want to learn more about Greek Mythology? There’s a podcast for that. Looking to learn about artificial intelligence? There’s a podcast for that too.

If you’re not familiar with them, podcasts are a pre-recorded audio/radio show published online through platforms such as iTunes and Spotify, and they have become extremely popular in recent times.

Various organisations, experts, celebrities and so on record these conversations or stories and make them available to the whole world to listen to whenever they want. If you own a smart phone there is a specific app that lets you listen to thousands of free podcasts at the touch of a button.

This modern form of entertainment is incredibly diverse and is an easy way to listen and engage with almost any topic you may be interested in, whether it is history, gardening, sport, music, crime, books… there are podcasts on just about everything!

The beauty of podcasts is that you can listen to them almost anywhere, nestled in a comfy armchair, on the bus, or out for a walk. They vary in structure and length, so you easily stop and then start up again where you left off.

Why should you listen?

You’re never too young or too old to continue learning and listening. Podcasts can also make mundane tasks more enjoyable. Whether you’re doing the ironing or getting rid of weeds in the garden, you can listen and learn about the trials and tribulations of Marie Antoinette or get the latest update on the United States presidential race.

So, what should you listen to?

Remember, you can use the search function in the podcast app (all iPhones already have this app installed) to search for just about anything! But to start you off, here are some initial suggestions:

  • Stuff You Missed in History Class (The ‘stuff’ explained in this conversational podcast is unlikely to be found in the average high school history text)
  • BBC Radio – The Essay (essays from leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond)
  • Stuff you should know (If you’ve ever wanted to know about champagne, satanism, the Stonewall Uprising, chaos theory, LSD, El Nino, true crime and Rosa Parks then look no further.
  • Two Cups of Tea (Amazing life stories of great old characters. Host Chris Heath sticks the kettle on and gets to hear the life story of an older legend in their golden years)
  • The Daily (by the New York Times – twenty minutes a day, five days a week
  • Ted Talks (audio recordings from influential videos from expert speakers on education, business, science, tech and creativity)

Three easy steps to get started:

1.       Find the podcasts app on your phone – on Apple phones this is pre-installed and on an Android phone you can find podcasts in the Google Play Music app or you can download castbox or google podcasts for free.

2.       Search for podcast topics you may be interested in –  you can then subscribe to any channels/podcasts you might like to listen to.

3.       Tap an episode to listen and away you go!

These two articles also provide some beginners guide details to podcasts and how to listen:

It’s swimming season, and whether you like to paddle in the pool, jump through the ocean waves or take a dip in the lake, there are many benefits to swimming, so it is a great time to get the bathers out and brush up on your breaststroke. It is one of the best forms of exercise for those who are unable undertake other forms of cardiovascular exercise like walking, running, biking etc.

Spokesperson for The Olympic Pools in Newmarket, Nick Tyrrell says there are many forms of aquatic exercises you can try out, all of which will assist in developing fitness level. Most forms of swimming push your heart rate to between 120-150 bpm which will almost guarantee fitness results.

Nick says, “the fitness benefits reach far and wide…simply beginning with the fact that swimming regularly will make you fitter! By continuously moving your muscles to keep you moving forward, and staying afloat, your body will work overtime, and your heart rate will increase.

“Swimming helps to stretch out your joints, and it improves flexibility. The movements of rotating and twisting and reaching forward are like doing yoga in the water, but with the additional benefit of adding in cardio. Improving flexibility is important for elderly people and can be a huge help for day-to-day activities and general wellbeing.”

Another major benefit of swimming is that it is low impact. Your body is buoyant in water, and that can take much of the pressure of your joints, leaving you free to enjoy the exercise without worrying about the impact, and most of the time it’s fun too! A good idea is to find a swimming partner or someone you can swim with; this helps to keep yourself accountable and keep up the exercise.

If you are a resident at Rawhiti Estate why not take yourself for a dip at the pool on site! Or if you are keen for an outing, the Olympic Pools in Newmarket have slow, medium and fast lanes in their 50m swimming pool to cater to all swim-levels. The Olympic is offering any readers of Rawhiti Estate Newsletter a single free entry to trial the pool (free of charge), simply mention the Newsletter on arrival.

Down at Orakei Bay Village, you will find Silky Otter Cinemas, the new luxury cinema that is redefining the movie-going experience.  The premise upon which the cinema was founded was ‘community’, and anyone who visits the cinema will see and experience the care and thought that has gone into the new complex.

Managing Director of the Otter Group Ahmed Almukhtar, along with a few movie-lover friends, started the cinema after seeing a real need for a local cinema that had its surrounding community in mind. And so, after a lot of hard work, the Orakei Bay Village site opened in September last year.

Ahmed himself has worked in and around the film industry for years, and the Otter Group, which runs Silky Otter, has had decades of experience across the New Zealand cinema industry. The team are always open to new ideas and love to hear what their local movie-goers want to see and experience.

“Our team that works behind the scenes are all passionate about everything film related and want to make sure that our audiences have worry-free movie going experience. One unique aspect of all screenings at Silky Otter is that they are ad-free. All films start at their scheduled time, with only three trailers played before each film, so the audience doesn’t need to sit through half an hour of ads,” says Ahmed.

Another great perk for those over 65 is that Silky Otter Cinemas has a ‘Seniors Club’, the benefits of which include $12 tickets to day-time screenings Monday to Friday, and exclusive discounts on movie snacks.

“We are always keen to hear from those in the community about what they would like to see and experience, we are more than happy to cater to your needs whether it is for an event or private function. For example, if you wanted a special screening for a group of people at a particular time, Silky Otter will work with you to make this happen,” says Ahmed.

The Otter Group are underway with the development of a new 8-screen multiplex in Christchurch, and they have just announced their plans to build another multi-screen cinema in Richmond West, near Nelson.

Ahmed says, “we are really looking forward to expanding Silky Otter across the country to provide a unique movie-going experience for as many Kiwis as we can.”

To sign up to the Silky Otter ‘Seniors Club’, click here.  To view their latest screenings, check out their website here.

The annual Auckland Arts Festival (AAF) is back again, and there is set to be an extravaganza of beautiful and striking performances across the city. The Festival starts on 11 March and runs until 29 March.

David Inns, CEO of the AAF says it is so important for Auckland to host a festival like this each year – socially, economically and culturally.

“The AAF has helped put the city on the map as a destination to celebrate the arts. We showcase international works which would not come to Auckland outside of the festival, and support, develop and present new New Zealand works. Audiences are always amazed by the programme,” says David.

David has been CEO of the AAF since 2009, and prior to this was the chief executive of the New Zealand International Arts Festival. David has seen a lot of growth since 2016 when the AAF moved from a bi-annual event to an annual event.

Once a trumpet player and theatre lover, David and his whole family are involved in the arts in some way and working for the AAF means David gets to do what he enjoys every day.

“Following an early career in education, I’ve worked in the arts sector including Taranaki Arts Festival  and WOMAD, the main and Fringe Festivals in Edinburgh, and with a range of international arts festivals and companies, but of them all, Auckland Arts Festival has been my favourite,” says David.

David says Aucklanders should be excited for the upcoming events.

“From dance to theatre to circus to visual arts, there is something for everyone! The vast programme of more than 40 individual events celebrates people and culture, investigates some of the most important issues facing the world today and offers audiences a chance to escape with a few laughs.”

This year the festival is returning to the Auckland Domain for the first time in three years, with one of the standout performances happening there, which plans to bring magic to the city skies. Aerial spectacular Place des Anges by French company Compaignie Gratte Ciel will be the outdoor event of the summer says David, “it is an evening of pure unadulterated joy under a sky filled with dream like images, angels and acrobats, who will then release tonnes of feathers on the crowd below. It is one not to be missed!”

David’s top suggestions for the residents of Rawhiti and their friends are, Snow White by Ballet Preljocaj, masterminded by acclaimed French choreographer Angelin Preljocaj with costumes by iconic fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier. For lovers of classical music, there is Orlando di Lasso’s heavenly masterpiece Lagrime di San Pietro, performed by Los Angeles Master Chorale’s spine-tingling a cappella performance, directed by leading opera director Peter Sellars. And, a top pick for the festival this year is Barry McGovern in Watt by Samuel Beckett. Watt captures the writer’s dark world view, scintillating humour and delicious wordplay. It will have you in raptures contemplating the absurdity of life.

An underdog performance to see is Dimanche, a theatre show complete with puppets that look at just how some of us do all we can to deny climate change is happening. It is a pure gem of visual storytelling centred on the planet’s climate change crisis.

Another great aspect about the AAF is that last year the Festival introduced the Toitū Te Reo programme strand, as a commitment to the celebration and normalisation of te reo Māori. Included in the Toitū Te Reo programme this year is the free opening night concert Tira in Aotea Square, where Hollie Smith, Hātea Kapa Haka and choirs from around Auckland will lead the crowd in a special performance of Smith’s hit ‘Bathe in The River’, and Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ sung in te reo Māori.

For more information on the Auckland Arts Festival and to purchase tickets, click here.


The latest work by New Zealand’s most successful playwright Sir Roger Hall begins on 11 February at the ASB Waterfront Theatre.

‘Winding Up’ will open Auckland Theatre Company’s’ (ATC) 2020 season, ahead of a North Island tour to Hawkes Bay, Hamilton, New Plymouth and Tauranga in March.

The new comedy features two beloved characters who were at the heart of his smash-hit play, Conjugal Rites, which went on to become a popular British TV series in the 1990s.

Now in their seventies, the two main characters Barry and Gen are coping with failing health, death of friends, estranged family, the need to downsize and planning their funerals.

Sir Roger Hall started out by writing about two characters in their 70s, facing up to life in that decade.

“After a time, I realised that Gen and Barry fitted the situation perfectly. They had worked very well in the original play (Conjugal Rites) – which also went on to TV so I knew their characters well; they had two children, so I didn’t have to create any more, and those children are now of course grown up, and have children of their own (Barry and Gen’s grandchildren). Needless to say, they have to babysit for two of them, perhaps more often than they would like; and the others, they don’t get the chance to babysit them at all,” says Sir Roger.

The play showcases Sir Roger in classic form, demonstrating his inimitable wit and knowing insight. He says audiences can expect a lot of laughs from the show, with some situations being funnier than you might expect.

“I’m sure older New Zealanders will relate to many of the issues. Getting travel insurance with a ‘pre-existing condition’, having a fall (vs falling over), urging a partner to exercise more, baby-sitting grandchildren, getting one’s partner to use their hearing aids, and having to go to funerals. Those are just some of them,” he says.

Gen and Barry, the ‘boomers’ will be played by two of New Zealand’s most celebrated comic actors, Mark Hadlow ONZM (Shortland Street – The Musical, MAMiL, the Hobbit Trilogy) and Alison Quigan QSM (A Shortcut to Happiness, Calendar Girls, Shortland Street) who memorably performed together in ATC’s production of Hall’s Last Legs in 2017.

Director Colin McColl says, “Alison and Mark are great friends and have known each other since their drama school days. They are each superb actors on their own, but put them together and it’s comic dynamite. They have years of experience with Roger Hall’s work and an innate understanding of how his characters are comical but honest.”

Award-winning actor Mark Hadlow is one of New Zealand’s most prominent performers. Lauded widely for his physical comedy, Hadlow’s critically acclaimed one-man show MAMiL has played to sell-out theatres throughout New Zealand. He has performed in over 150 plays, from musical theatre to Shakespeare, and appeared in dozens of films and TV series, including Mortal Engines, The Hobbit trilogy, Meet the Feebles and King Kong. Hadlow was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the arts in 2017.

Alison Quigan’s theatrical experience also spans more than 40 years. In that time, she has acted in and directed over 100 plays, including 15 Roger Halls, and written 13 original works. She is perhaps best known for her work on Shortland Street, playing Yvonne Jeffries from 2004 to 2010, however other acclaimed roles include Cathy in Mum’s Choir and Mattie Fae in August: Osage County. Since 2013, Quigan has been the Performing Arts Manager of the Mangere Arts Centre – Ngā Tohu o Uenuku where she works to support new work with emerging practitioners in South Auckland. She was awarded a Queen’s Service Medal for Services to Theatre in 2001.

For more information on the show and to buy tickets visit

Or, to go in the draw to win a double pass to the show, email Megan at Rawhiti, to enter!

(please use the subject line: Entry to draw for double pass to Winding Up) in your email.

Rawhiti Estate’s final independent living apartments are now selling.

Below are floor plan examples of what we have available. Please call Angus McPhee on 09 522 7001 if you are interested in finding out more information or if you would like to book in a tour.

Click here to view more information and to download the floor plans.

When making a New Year’s Resolution, it can seem like a great idea at the time, however many people tend to fail at their resolution within the first month or so. The key to success usually lies in the intention or the goal. Whether your resolution is a one-off event, or a weekly activity you would like to take up, it is important to choose something you will enjoy or that will make you feel better once you have achieved it.

A new year can call for new beginnings and can be a good starting point to try something new, however there is no reason you shouldn’t dip back to your past for resolution inspiration and choose something you may have already done before. Perhaps it’s pulling out the knitting needles, dusting off the piano, or getting the golf clubs out from the back of the garage. You might be surprised at how well you have retained your skill.

Make sure your ‘resolution’ is attainable, for example it is probably best you don’t write down that you would like to climb Mt Everest when you know that it’s something you realistically couldn’t achieve.

We spoke to some of the team at Rawhiti Estate and asked what their New Year’s Resolutions were for 2020.

Helen Martelli – General Manager

“My New Year’s resolution this year is to spend more time on rest and relaxation and with friends and family.”

Lee Boddington – Receptionist

“Having not been able to train in about 18 months, my new year goal is to run a full marathon by the end of the year. Potentially the Queenstown marathon (November) if I get some sponsorship… otherwise it’ll be the Auckland marathon in October.

“In line with this, and having already started, is a healthier eating plan as the doctors have discovered I have extremely bad cholesterol levels, so we have moved to a Mediterranean diet, and will be starting the exercise and training in January.”

Megan Lewis – Village Lifestyle Coordinator

“My resolution this year is to not have a resolution! I will be busy in full mother-in-law to be/wedding planning mode!”

Resolutions often work best and come to fruition if they are achievable, measurable and relevant to you. Often people will give up because they miss a day or aren’t seeing results, however this should not deter. It can help to ask for support, and you shouldn’t be afraid to do so.

Some ideas:

  • 10-20 minutes of walking per day.
  • Write to a friend or family member every month (there is nothing quite like receiving a personal handwritten letter in the post!).
  • Take up a new hobby or craft – encourage a friend to join you.
  • Join a local book club.

A resolution doesn’t need to be tied to the New Year. So, if you can’t think of anything just yet there is always February, March, or any month for that matter! It is never too late to give something a go.