When it comes to birthday celebrations, Linda Wiggins could be considered something of an expert. After all, she has celebrated 110 of her own.

Linda Wiggins birth certificate.
Linda Wiggins birth certificate.

On Monday, Linda celebrated her 110th birthday at Marire Home in Stratford where she now lives. With a special morning tea put on to celebrate the occasion, and plenty of balloons and cake present, Linda said she felt "very spoilt" by all the attention and fuss.

While Statistics NZ can't confirm whether Linda is, in fact, the oldest person in New Zealand today, she is certainly one of them.

Linda as a baby in 1908
Linda as a baby in 1908

An online database shows her as being fourth oldest - with three anonymous women ahead of her. The database shows one woman in New Zealand as being 111, and two other ladies having turned 110 recently.

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Linda, who moved to Stratford when she was 99, has five children, 19 grandchildren, 50 great-grandchildren and 49 great-great-grandchildren and says she enjoys seeing her "grandies".

"They're all very special."

Linda married Fred in the 1920s
Linda married Fred in the 1920s

At the birthday celebration, Stratford mayor Neil Volzke said Linda had given a range of advice on how to live a long life over the years. He believed it could best be summarised as "live a good life", something she has certainly done, he added.

Linda and Fred pictured in the 1950s
Linda and Fred pictured in the 1950s

The Stratford Press

has collected some of the advice Linda has given when interviewed over the years:

* "Just be happy, don't let things worry you." (2018)

* "Whatever age you are, you should just try to be a good person, work hard and be honest." (2017)

* "Stay positive and just keep going." (2016)

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* "Living a good, clean life."(2015)

* "Living a farm life, and keep on going." (2013)

Linda is always willing to try new things - pictured her riding a horse in her 90s
Linda is always willing to try new things - pictured her riding a horse in her 90s
Local mayor Neil Volzke attended the 110th birthday
Local mayor Neil Volzke attended the 110th birthday
Linda Wiggins at her birthday morning tea.
Linda Wiggins at her birthday morning tea.
Linda Wiggins is now 110 years old.
Linda Wiggins is now 110 years old.