Simple life and keeping busy key for 100-year-old living alone off the grid

A carefree life in a retirement home, where everything is done for you, is not the sort of retirement Dori Scott Archer​ wants to live.

“I couldn’t handle it, I’d be bored rigid.”

Despite turning 100 on Sunday, Scott Archer is perfectly happy living on her own in her off-the-grid house in rural Far North, where the nearest neighbour is a 5km drive away.

Although Scott Archer lives alone she said she was never lonely, spending her spare time reading, listening to the radio and writing – having published a book of poetry, a mystery book Tales of Waipunia Bay and a memoir.


She keeps in contact with her family both in New Zealand and abroad, including six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, and she finds companionship at the Kaitāia Seventh-Day Adventist Church​.

Scott Archer had planned to celebrate her birthday with her church family on Saturday and then 12 family members on Sunday, but is now making new plans due to Covid-19 lockdown rules.

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