Centenarian still busy and active at 103

Kiri Te Kanawa resident active and 'as sharp as a tack'

Kiri Te Kanawa resident active and 'as sharp as a tack'

Bunty O'Neill, who turned 103 yesterday, was born in Gisborne on October 8, 1915, as Dorothy Dobson. File picture

Get plenty of fresh air and keep yourself busy, says Gisborne’s eldest resident who celebrated her 103rd birthday yesterday.

Bunty O’Neill was born in Gisborne on October 8, 1915, as Dorothy Dobson.

Mrs O’Neill joked she was past her use-by date but the much-loved mum, family member and resident of Kiri Te Kanawa retirement village is still very active, and "sharp as a tack".

She married farmer, the late Jim O’Neill, and the couple had a daughter Jenny.

They lived and farmed towards the top of the Whanganui River for many years at a settlement called Pipiriki.

Mrs O’Neill said one of the biggest changes she had seen in her 103 years was the advancement of medical science.

And she fondly remembers "the old days" when you could go out, leave your door open and no one would pinch anything.

Get plenty of fresh air and keep yourself busy, says Gisborne’s eldest resident who celebrated her 103rd birthday yesterday.

Bunty O’Neill was born in Gisborne on October 8, 1915, as Dorothy Dobson.

Mrs O’Neill joked she was past her use-by date but the much-loved mum, family member and resident of Kiri Te Kanawa retirement village is still very active, and "sharp as a tack".

She married farmer, the late Jim O’Neill, and the couple had a daughter Jenny.

They lived and farmed towards the top of the Whanganui River for many years at a settlement called Pipiriki.

Mrs O’Neill said one of the biggest changes she had seen in her 103 years was the advancement of medical science.

And she fondly remembers "the old days" when you could go out, leave your door open and no one would pinch anything.

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