Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search


Sentinel launches Independence Guide Series

Independence is Growing: Sentinel launches Independence Guide Series at Ellerslie

Recent research by Sentinel, New Zealand’s leading home equity release provider, shows that older New Zealanders view the ability to remain independent in their home as important to their continued well-being.

Based on this research Sentinel is launching the first in a series of Sentinel Independence Guides at this year’s Ellerslie International Flower Show.

Focusing on Independence in the Garden, the guide provides tips on how to adapt the garden to the changing needs and abilities of older gardeners, and features a range of products for the garden which may make gardening more comfortable. Sentinel, an award winner at last year’s Ellerslie Garden Show, has developed the Sentinel Independence Garden for the 2008 event to showcase the suggestions and tips in the Independence Guide.

“Gardening is regularly listed as one of New Zealanders’ top leisure activities and there’s no reason they shouldn’t continue to enjoy it as they age,” says Linda Taylor, Sentinel’s Marketing Director. However with about 50 percent of the population over the age of 60 and virtually all people over the age of 80 experiencing some degree of osteoarthritis (according to Arthritis New Zealand statistics) the bending and stretching most people associate with gardening gets harder and harder. But that doesn’t mean they have to give it up. By highlighting tips and products which can help, homeowners can continue with the hobby they enjoy, while maintaining the look and value of their home.”

The first Independence Guide is already in demand by community groups nationwide, and will be handed out to visitors to the Sentinel Independence Garden. This will be followed in the new year by further Guides, looking at different areas of the home. The Guides will also be available at Mitre 10 stores throughout the country.

“54% of Sentinel clients use some of the funds from their Sentinel Lifetime Loan to make improvements to their home. Often this is in the garden, kitchen or bathroom, and may be to meet changing needs and abilities of the homeowner,” says Mrs Taylor. “The Sentinel Independence Guides are designed to help with this process.”


© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


CTU 2021 Work Life Survey: COVID And Bullying Hit Workplaces Hard, Huge Support For Increased Sick Leave

New data from the CTU’s annual work life survey shows a snapshot of working people’s experiences and outlook heading out of 2020 and into the new year. Concerningly 42% of respondents cite workplace bullying as an issue in their workplace - a number ... More>>

Smelter: Tiwai Deal Gives Time For Managed Transition

Today’s deal between Meridian and Rio Tinto for the Tiwai smelter to remain open another four years provides time for a managed transition for Southland. “The deal provides welcome certainty to the Southland community by protecting jobs and incomes as the region plans for the future. The Government is committed to working on a managed transition with the local community,” Grant Robertson said. More>>


Economy: Strong Job Ad Performance In Quarter Four

SEEK Quarterly Employment Report data shows a positive q/q performance with a 19% national growth in jobs advertised during Q4 2020, which includes October, November and December. Comparing quarter 4, 2020, with the same quarter in 2019 shows that job ad volumes are 7% lower...More>>

NIWA: 2020 - NZ’s 7th-warmest Year On Record

The nationwide average temperature for 2020, calculated using stations in NIWA’s seven-station temperature series which began in 1909, was 13.24°C (0.63°C above the 1981–2010 annual average). New Zealand’s hottest year on record remains 2016, when... More>>

Quotable Value New Zealand: Property Market Set To Cool From Sizzling To Warm In 2021

Nostradamus himself could not have predicted the strange series of events that befell our world in 2020 – nor the wild trajectory of New Zealand’s property market, which has gone from “doom and gloom” to “boom and Zoom” in record time. Even ... More>>

PriceSpy: Research Reveals How Shopping Behaviours Have Changed This Christmas

According to a new survey* from PriceSpy , almost 50 per cent of Kiwis are looking to shop locally this Christmas in light of Covid-19; The research also found consumers are changing their shopping habits, with one in seven (14 per cent) getting super-organised ... More>>