Senior Chef Social Events in Canterbury


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Thank-you to the 50 plus Senior Chefs who attended our Autumn morning tea on 11 April.  It was a great turn-out with opportunity to catch up with friends and hear our guest speaker Michael Begg, from Community Energy Action.  Michael gave us lots of practical tips and up-to-date information on keeping our homes dry, warm and health.

His top tips included:-

  • Open windows on opposite sides of the house every day for 10 minutes, even in winter.
  • Keep the doors closed to bathroom, laundry and kitchen while you are using them, and if you have an extractor fan, use it!
  • Try to avoid drying clothing inside – this can release up to 3 litres of moisture into the air per load. If you have to dry clothes inside, do so away from living and sleeping areas, with the door shut & window open.
  • Replace downlights with LED-light units
  • Make sure you are using your heat pump on the correct settings:  Don’t use the “Auto” mode, set heat (sunshine) or cool (snowflake).  Keep the fan speed on “Auto” position.

  • The CEA Curtain Bank takes donated curtains and adjusts and lines them to fit your window measurements.  Good quality, lined curtains that fit your windows well are an essential part of a warm, energy efficient home. 

 For more information go to the CEA website



Thank-you to everyone who joined us for our 2000th Senior Chef and Christmas party.  It was lovely to share this celebration with you all.  Bronwen King, our healthy lifestyles team leader, reminded us of these wise words:

"Do not regret growing old - it is an opportunity denied to many", Richard Gere

"Ageing is an extrordinary process, where you become the person you have always been", David Bowie


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Avonhead Tuesday 15 October, 10am - 1pm

Linwood Wednesday 16 October, 10am-1pm

St Albans Friday 18 October, 10am - 1pm

Kaikoura Saturday 19 October, 10am - 1pm


Whangarei Thursday 1 August, 9.30am - 12.30pm, Whangarei Anglican Care 09 437 6397,




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