Whakatāne District residents over the age of 80 are encouraged to circle Tuesday, 1 December in their calendar for the annual festive morning tea. The occasion, hosted jointly by Whakatāne District Council and Community Boards, is an opportunity to acknowledge the contribution the older generation has made to our communities.

This year’s morning tea will be held in the Reception Lounge at the Whakatāne War Memorial Hall on Tuesday, 1 December, starting at 10 am. Guests can look forward to being served hot beverages and delicious food by Mayor Judy Turner, Councillors and Community Board representatives while enjoying entertainment provided by talented local musician, Wim Pinto.

Mayor Turner says the event, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, is now much-anticipated by members of the community. “It is an absolute pleasure to host the over-80s morning tea, and this year it feels even more special given the challenges we’ve all experienced,” she says. “This wonderful event brings people from all walks of life together to reflect on the year that has been, and also enables elected members to give back to those who have given so much.”

Members of the Floral Arts Society will again lend their artistic flair to style the venue, which is always a highlight for the keen gardeners amongst the guest list. RSVPs are not required, and partners and caregivers of 80-years-plus residents are also welcome to attend. Anyone from outlying communities can contact Janie Storey on 07 306 0500 for help arranging transport to and from the event.

“I encourage anyone in the over-80 age group to join us for this occasion,” says Mayor Turner. “I’m very much looking forward to seeing everyone at this milestone event and catching up over a cuppa.”