Western Leader : February 16th 2012
www.westernleader.co.nz 7 WESTERN LEADER, FEBRUARY 16, 2012 NEWS Call Kay on (09) 626-8060 to show you the village and our available accommodation options. *To receive your $10,000 cash incentive, you must sign up for an Independent Unit between 15th January and 31st March 2012 and settle by 30th June 2012. Paid on settlement. Happiness is $10,000 cash in your pocket What a great way to start your retirement - a $10,000* cash 'lifestyle bonus' to spend on whatever you please! Ever popular and known as the 'friendly village', Hillsborough Heights is full of fun-loving residents who'll make you feel at home from day one. So come and see our selection of beautifully refurbished independent units and serviced apartments. For example... Unit 182: 2-bedroom unit with a lounge/dining area, sunny north facing with separate garage. Only $345,000 - be quick! Unit 94: 2-bedroom unit in a prime location. Spectacular views and sunny conservatory. $455,000 including garage - superb value! +1-HHV-FEB-WLCL-GEN No slowing down in retirement years John Dallow, 80, is retired and lives in Green Bay with his wife Jennifer. They have four sons, 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He talks to reporter Turei Mackey about his daily life. WEST LIFE Loving life: John Dallow is retired and keeps himself busy with a men's choir, Probus and volunteer work. He also enjoys spending time in his garden. Photo: TUREI MACKEY Go to www.westernleader. co.nz and click on latest edition to see John Dallow talk about keeping active when you're retired. I am usually up early in the morn- ing to make sure the domestic duties around the house are com- plete because my wife is limited by a knee replacement. That means daily tasks like washing, cleaning and shopping are all on my watch. I have been retired for 15 years after working in real estate, for car companies and in the navy. Some people have the notion that there is nothing to do after you retire and that annoys me. There is always something to do in life. I belong to several groups includ- ing the Te Atatu men's choir which I practise with every Tuesday morn- ing. I lead the choir and enjoy explaining the story behind the song to the audience. Being a Gil- bert and Sullivan fan I do solo performances of songs from their musicals like HMS Pinafore. Singing has always been a part of my life thanks largely to my mother. She had a weak heart and was told by doctors to take singing lessons in the belief that it would improve her condition. She dis- covered she had a beautiful voice so music was always around the house while I was growing up. We have 15 members in the choir and two-thirds of the group are now over the age of 80. Proof again that singing is good for your health. We tend to do 35 engagements throughout the year with most of our appearances at retirement villages around Auckland. Along with singing my other main love is the sea which I acquired after I joined the navy aged 15. I was with the navy until the age of 24 and served aboard the HMNZS Taupo during the Korean War. After retiring I took to the seas again, this time with my wife aboard cruise ships, and have done some Coastguard courses to keep connected to the waters. Since 1994 I have also helped as a volunteer crew member on the Wil- liam C Daldy steam tugboat. I know the vessel from my days in the navy. I'm beginning to wind down my involvement aboard the tugboat but I do enjoy greeting passengers and explaining points of interest around the Waitemata Harbour. I also belong to the New Lynn branch of Probus and became presi- dent of the organisation last week. Being president of anything sounds tiresome but since the group only meets once a month it is not too much of a burden. It is a great group to belong to because you get to meet people who have done amazing things in their lives and hear their stories. In the evening I like to sit back and have a relaxing drink with my wife.
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