Welcome to the October issue of In-Touch with Keystone

Welcome to spring! Since my last newsletter, the days have grown longer and lighter, and the sun is that little bit warmer. It's great to see summer approaching after a long, wet winter. I hope you're doing well and looking forward to the rest of the year as much as I am. Please take some time for yourself to sit back and have a read of this month's article and tidbits of useful information. If you have any feedback, please don't hesitate to get In-Touch!  

What happens when you don't have the right financial protection?

In recent weeks there have been several thought-provoking articles about the importance of being adequately financially prepared for unexpected health events.

Did you know that approximately half of all New Zealanders don't have a will? This article in the New Zealand Herald highlights the importance of estate planning.

Young widow's tale: No will, no money

How would you cope if you became permanently disabled? While many people believe ACC will take care of them, this Stuff article demonstrates that it's not always the case.

Disabled Wellington man spirals into poverty, depression after ACC axes support

Are you part of the 85% of Kiwis who don't have adequate house insurance? Or the 85% who don't have income protection cover? Scoop outlines the three main recommendations made by the Commission for Financial Capability to address New Zealanders' lack of financial resilience.

Kiwis' ‘she’ll be right’ attitude to insurance could backfire

If you've reviewed and updated your insurance with Keystone recently, then you should be adequately protected. But if any of your circumstances have changed since then, it's advisable to revisit your plans. Please have a read of these articles and come back to me if they raise any queries or concerns.

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Upcoming health and awareness events

Personal insurance helps to protect you financially if you suffer from an illness or injury. Knowing more about the conditions that result in insurance claims could help you to avoid them. So, in each issue of In-Touch, we're highlighting some of the great events in our community that help raise awareness of these issues and encourage people to contribute towards research that might help you or your family in the future. Check out what's coming up over the next couple of months:

  • October 1st to 31st - Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Explore the range of activities being held by the Breast Cancer Foundation, including the Pink Ribbon Street Appeal and the Pink Star Walk. Perhaps you can convince your workplace to go pink for a day to help raise funds for this important cause.

  • October 8th to 14th - Mental Health Awareness Week. The Mental Health Foundation is holding a number of events around New Zealand to promote mental health awareness and to help people deal with mental health issues. This year's theme is Let Nature In.

  • October 16th - World Food Day. Find out how the United Nations is working towards the goal of zero hunger by 2030. 

  • November 1st to 30th - Movember. Grow a mo and help raise funds to improve men's health - particularly in the fields of prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.

  • November 25th - White Ribbon Day. Learn how this anti-domestic violence campaign helps to promote healthy relationships within families and encourages men to challenge each other about abusive attitudes and behaviour.

Recipe of the month

Seafood is a fantastic source of low-fat protein and is rich in nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and omega-3 fatty acids. It's also quick to prepare and delicious. If you're looking for a fast, tasty, healthy meal, try this easy seafood chowder recipe from Nadia Lim.

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What's on in Auckland?

With summer just around the corner, there are plenty of interesting and fun things happening in Auckland throughout October and November - click on the links to find out more about each one.

  • The National Basketball League kicks off at home on October 11th when theSky City Breakers open their 2018/2019 season against the Brisbane Bullets at Spark Arena.

  • Celebrate Diwali in Aotea Square on October 20th and 21st. The festivities include music, dance, food, retail stalls and activities for the kids. Also, the international dance spectacular Merchants of Bollywood is on at The Civic from October 18th to 21st.

  • For family fun on Labour weekend (October 19th to 22nd), why not geek out at Armageddon Expo at the Auckland Showgrounds? Try the latest games, shoot it out in the Megazone Laser Tag inflatable maze, meet your favourite TV and film stars, and stock up on toys, collectables and gadgets from the many retailers.

  • Lace up your running shoes for the ASB Auckland Marathon on October 28th. There are five distances from 3km to full marathon, and there are no rules - walk, jog, run or skip while you enjoy the spectacular views. It's not every day you get to run on the Harbour Bridge!

  • Taste Of Auckland has a new location this year, popping up on Queens Wharf from November 1st to 4th. This year, seafood is the highlight, accompanied by music from amazing artists like Hollie Smith, Tami Neilson and Nairobi Trio.

  • Lovers of Asian food will be delighted to hear that the Night Noodle Marketsare returning to Victoria Park from November 23rd to December 2nd. Explore your way through the many food stalls and live performers - entry is free.

Thanks for reading!

It's been a pleasure to bring you this edition of our regular newsletter. If any of your details or circumstances have changed lately, get in touch so we can make sure you're still properly covered. Enjoy the rest of spring and take advantage of the longer, warmer days, and we'll be back soon with the next issue of In-Touch.

Simon Walker