Seniors minister to talk in Cambridge

Tracey Martin will be in town next week to address a Grey Power meeting.

New Zealand’s Minister for Seniors, Tracey Martin, will attend an open meeting organised by Cambridge Grey Power on October 2.

Cambridge Grey Power president Val Massey said she decided to open the organisation’s regular monthly meeting to the public so locals would have an opportunity to voice their concerns.

“The Minister will first give a bit of a talk, and then we’ll throw it open to questions from the floor,” said Val.  “I think it will provide people with an opportunity to express their concerns to her directly, maybe raise any issues they might have.

“We want to extend the invitation to beyond our membership on this occasion … and anyone from outside Cambridge is welcome to join us this time around.”

Massey thought Cambridge Grey Power was one of the bigger local clubs, with membership of around 380.

Minister Martin’s office said she would address a range of issues but specified that the SuperGold card would be topical on the day, as would the ‘Better Later Life’ positive ageing strategy which is being finalised and would be released on November 1.

The meeting will be held at the Cambridge Health and Community Centre in Taylor St, starting at 1.30pm on Wednesday, October 2.

Cambridge Grey Power head Val Massey has opened the meeting to the public.

Massey suggests that people jot down beforehand any questions they want to ask.

“If anyone wants to email me their questions beforehand, I can ask put them to the Minister on their behalf,” she said.  “That means that people can ask their questions even if they can’t attend the meeting in person.”

Val Massey’s email address is: vlmassey.vm@gmail.com.

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