Alma Ralston celebrates her 100th birthday at the Parklands
Event Centre in Mosgiel yesterday. Photo by Nigel Benson.
There is no big secret to living a long and happy life,
according to Otago's newest centenarian.
''Just living a plain, straight, ordinary, good life,'' Alma
Ralston revealed yesterday.
''That's the only secret. You forget how old you are. When
you get to my age, you go back and start again.''
More than 100 family and friends gathered at the Parklands
Event Centre in Mosgiel yesterday to honour the family
matriarch known as ''Aunty Alma''.
Relatives travelled from all around New Zealand and
Townsville, Sydney and Melbourne in Australia for the
celebration, her great-niece Yvonne Williams, of Gore, said.
Mrs Ralston (nee Turnbull) cut a chocolate birthday cake in
front of a board covered with a century of old photographs of
her and her late husband, Ivan.
She moved into the Birchleigh Rest Home in Mosgiel 10 years
ago, after living most of her life in Allanton.
The party is not over yet for Mrs Ralston, who actually turns
She is expecting ''a few visitors'' to pop in on her at
Chatsford during the day. New Zealand has about 300
centenarians and about six people out of every 100,000 New
Zealanders reach triple figures.
The oldest New Zealander is believed to be Maudie Wilson, who
turned 110 on March 23 after living in Clyde for 75 years and
now lives in an Invercargill rest-home.