Grey Power in Tauranga and Western Bay of Plenty is struggling to fill gaps in its committee with a lack of interest from people willing to step up to key positions.

President Christina Humphreys has stepped down after four years in the job and says the group is finding it difficult to fill the position.

We are the bodyguard of your pension. We are a lobby group, we are an advocate for the elderly.

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The organisation also needed a new secretary and at least two more committee members.

Mrs Humphreys said they were struggling to get people to run for positions for the organisation that helped many older locals in Tauranga and the Western Bay of Plenty.

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"We are the bodyguard of your pension. We are a lobby group, we are an advocate for the elderly," she said.

Mrs Humphreys said her time as president had been very busy.

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"We've really built this association up, we've made it buzz," she said.

"All the politicians know we're here. We are a lobby group, to put all the issues in front of them and lobby and advocate for our 50-plus membership to get things changed."

Mrs Humphreys was moving on to be a zone representative on the national Grey Power board. She said she would be the representative for the Bay of Plenty, Waikato, Gisborne and Wairoa.

Tauranga Grey Power AGM:

* The Tauranga Grey Power AGM will be held today at 1.30pm at Wesley Methodist Church on 13th Ave. Email tgagreypower@gmail.com or call (07) 571 2558 for more information. Non-Grey Power members can attend for a gold coin donation.