Events in Thames, Whitianga, Tairua Celebrate Our Older Folk
Events in Thames, Whitianga and Tairua Celebrate Our Older Folk
Whitianga residents aged 65 plus will get their own live local version of the hit TV show New Zealand's Got Talent when the International Day of the Older Person is celebrated on October 1.
Drawing on performers of all ages and various talents, the show takes place at Crossroads Church in Whitianga from 10.30am to 2.30pm. The show 'Whiti City's Got Talent' is not the only attraction on the day - there will be bingo, knitting, neck and shoulder massages, technology demonstrations and spot prizes. Transport is available for a gold coin donation. Phone the ComBus on 866 4993
The event is one of three organised around the District - in Whitianga, Tairua and Thames - and all events are open to residents aged 65 or older for the International Day of Older Persons.
There will be a live radio comedy show at the Thames Civic Centre on October 1 and - a little earlier - a performance in Tairua of the Valley Pipes and Drums Group at Tairua Aged Care this Friday 20 September.
Thames audiences will be transported back in time to the days when radio ruled the waves. It's a chance to laugh at the hilarious 50’s and 60’s adverts and radio comedy, and listen to the best music from these golden years in a live radio show.
To join the Thames event, RSVP to Sharen Landy or Chris Sutton at The Booms on (07) 868 7312 during business hours. Transport to the event is available - call Thames/Hauraki Health and Disability on (07) 868 7099 to book a place.
There will be a performance of the Valley Pipe and Drums Band at Tairua Aged Care from 2.30pm to 3pm, followed by afternoon tea.
In Whitianga, Whiti City's Got Talent organiser Jan-Louise Hamblyn says budding performers were auditioned at Whitianga's Monkey House Theatre and there was a surprising amount of stars uncovered.
"We've turned up some really nice new talent and they're coming along to entertain people on the International Day of Older Persons - if you're of the right age you can just turn up," she explains.
"There's a young singer who is really lovely and a variety act that if we hadn't done the audition, would not have come forward. It's the same sort of thing as [the television show] New Zealand's Got Talent. Sometimes people are a bit shy about coming forward and it's good to be encouraged."
Jan-Louise says the aim was to include intergenerational acts, which means family members have worked together on their performances to ensure a blending of ages have produced the final performance.
The International Day of the Older Person celebrates the 600 million people aged 60 years and over. In Thames-Coromandel we have the highest number of residents aged 65 or over out of the wider Waikato - 21 per cent of our residents - and this number is projected to increase to 27 per cent by 2024.