Wakatipu Senior Citizens Association life membership award
winners (from left) Karen Bouley, Diana Ball, Graeme
Fraser, Sylvia McDermott and May Sanders, at the
association's 45th anniversary celebration in the rooms in
Memorial St last Wednesday. Photo by James Beech.
The Wakatipu Senior Citizens Association was
congratulated on 45 years of ''great community service and
enjoyment'' by Queenstown Lakes Mayor Vanessa van Uden last
Ms van Uden was a guest at the association's 45th anniversary
celebration, attended by about 50 members and supporters, in
their rooms in Memorial St on Wednesday.
The mayor said in her speech spending lots of time with peers
was one of the great attractions of the association.
While young people could communicate around the world in
seconds, they did so from the anonymous hideaway of computers
and hand-held devices, she said.
''And in turn they're losing the ability to socialise, to
interact, to share time, to learn from each other - just to
be among people, face-to-face.''
Ms van Uden said she wondered if a ''Junior Citizens
Association'' should be set up to invite them in and teach
them how to have a chat.
''I reckon they're so nervous about talking to people you
could turn conversation into Queenstown's latest and most
terrifying extreme activity,'' Ms van Uden said.