Trav­el­ling the world ‘DO­ING SOME­THING FOR ME’

New Zealand Woman’s Weekly - - CASE STUDY -

Tech­ni­cally speak­ing, when Mag Rahui left her job in ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion, aged 63, she was tak­ing early re­tire­ment. But in re­al­ity, what she did was start on a whole new adventure that has taken her around the world.

Mag (73), who was wid­owed when her two chil­dren were small, en­joyed her work as a school pro­grammes ad­min­is­tra­tor at a university, but de­cided that the time had come “to have a change and do some­thing for me”.

With one of her daugh­ters based in the UK and a de­sire to see more of the world, Mag got a job as a carer to a 98-year-old lady in Buck­ing­hamshire, Eng­land, and on her time off, trav­elled ex­ten­sively.

Dur­ing her two-and-a-half years there, as well as see­ing lots of the UK, she vis­ited Italy, Ice­land, Ire­land, Ger­many, Spain, Greece, Aus­tria, Hun­gary, the Czech Repub­lic and Jor­dan.

“I made the most of my time,” says Mag, who went on ex­cur­sions on her own as well as with fam­ily.

When she returned to New Zealand, she still wasn’t ready to put her feet up, so after do­ing a course, be­gan teach­ing adult lit­er­acy classes. “I did that for a cou­ple of years, but I wasn’t a very good teacher. I was too help­ful,” she says.

Mag now works two days a week do­ing ad­min­is­tra­tion for a busi­ness and also helps out for half a day at the Cit­i­zen’s Ad­vice Bureau.

“I’m not very good at leisure,” she ad­mits. “I’ve worked since I was 16, so I’m used to work­ing.”

Fi­nan­cially, she copes thanks to her earn­ings, plus a su­per­an­nu­a­tion fund she started pay­ing into while she was work­ing in ed­u­ca­tion.

She was able to save a lot of the money she earned as a carer in the UK as her liv­ing ex­penses were cov­ered, and she’s pretty good at not splurging cash.

“I choose not to own a car be­cause they gob­ble money and I’ve never had flash things. My fur­ni­ture is all mis­matched. I haven’t been to a hair­dresser since 1972, so that saves me money.

“The main thing was to make sure I was mort­gage-free. And I am still pay­ing into Ki­wiSaver. Oth­er­wise, I’m a bit cav­a­lier – I’m not a very good plan­ner.”

She’ll prob­a­bly cut back on work­ing for the CAB later this year, when her first grand­child is born – she’s look­ing for­ward to spend­ing time with them. Her only other plan is to keep trav­el­ling for as long as she can. Re­cent over­seas trips have in­cluded Namibia and Mongolia is on her “to do” list.

“I don’t re­ally feel like I am re­tired,” says Mag. “I just feel like I am liv­ing.”

‘ The main thing was to make sure I was mort­gage-free. And I’m still pay­ing into Ki­wiSaver’

Mag on her re­cent trip to Namibia.

GREECE

JOR­DAN

AUS­TRIA

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