Health & Lifestyle

Growing old’s not for wimps

Towards the end of this month I am turning 80. I feel like I need to say it often to myself to be convinced that I really will be 80 years old. I don’t know of anyone in my family who has lived to my age and I am grateful for good health and vitality. I...... Read More

Re-learning to sit up straight

Many of us work in desk-based roles that require sitting at desks and workstations for prolonged periods. The postures and practices that you adopt during the day can have a significant impact on your risk of developing pain, fatigue or stress, as well...... Read More

A winter’s tale

As we approach the end of the lambing and calving “spring” period (euphemism for winter), a number of farmers have already told me they are “over it”. It is a time of long work hours and this winter seems to have been particularly...... Read More

Planning your home orchard

At this time of year, the occasional burst of sunshine is enough to create a general rush to garden centres to buy fruit trees and plants. Before you join in, just stop and do a little planning first. The first step is working out what crops will grow...... Read More

Movement on the vines

Spring is a special time, symbolic of rebirth and renewal along with the warming and lengthening days and the promise of summer to come. For those whose living comes from the land, spring marks the beginning of a new year in a very real way. This is the...... Read More

Online safety advice

While so much is positive about today’s technology, the risk of harm has also increased. Now, more than ever, access to content that is violent or pornographic has become easy and we are seeing the effects of this in our work with young people...... Read More

Helping hand for older men

No apologies for returning to the issue of mental health as it constitutes about 15 percent of my workload and is still severely under-resourced, given the scale of the problem. The recent focus on youth suicide has been entirely appropriate but there...... Read More

Time for a change

 One of the great joys of living on the Hibiscus Coast at this time of year is the thought that spring and summer are just around the corner and we will soon be able to hit the beach. This also presents a challenge to many of us as we face the inevitable: ...... Read More

Winter chills

Today it is 13 degrees! Winter is upon us again and I must admit I am one of those people who do not enjoy the cold weather. I find it hard to get and stay warm and am already longing for summer to return. I put it down to being born in Fiji, and a lifetime...... Read More

Stepping stone to adventure

If you see an old grey-haired guy wandering up your street, don’t ring the nearest rest home. It’s probably me. I am, I’m proud to say, in training for a trek to Everest Base Camp in September. This is a long-held dream. I read Edmund...... Read More