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If life is hard, complicated or just

confusing, visit The Loft on the first floor

of Eastgate Shopping Centre and see if

they can help.

The Loft is a collaborative partnership of

community, social and health services that

are focussed on improving the wellbeing

of people in the Christchurch community,

particularly children and their whānau.

The Loft is evolving and improving how

people access and experience social and

community-based support, which can

be a daunting and confusing experience.

Traditionally, people are required to

work out what help they need and then

seek it, often from multiple sources. The

Loft removes those barriers because it

provides an immediate and integrated

response to complex individual, whānau

and community needs, from one place.

The Loft space has been intentionally

designed to encourage and welcome

visitors in manner that is immediate and

mana-enhancing. As one client described

it, “for the first time, I was being listened


People can just walk in the door without

an appointment or even knowing what

service they need – The Loft team helps

them through that process.

The Tautāwhi Manuhiri ensures that

visitors and clients are met with

manaakitanga and aroha; a Navigator

works with the children, adults and

whānau who walk in the door with high

and complex social needs to decide

what will best support them; and Te

Ara Atea – Family Violence Wayfinder

provides immediate, specialist ‘make safe’

interventions for people experiencing

family violence. If the best support is not

available in The Loft, people will be helped

to access it externally.

A recent Loft client said “Everyone

was very friendly, they just all had that

empathy…and then I started getting all the

referrals, and what would be done, and

there were follow-ups. It didn’t feel like,

‘well, here you go and look for it yourself.

It was very proactive. It’s been great.”


0800 TO LOFT

1 ST floor Eastgate Shopping Centre


0800 TO LOFT (86 5638)

“They played a part

in something that

has changed my life.

Without them,

I’d still be suffering.”

Community &

Social Services



OPENING HOURS: Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm

Services currently represented at The Loft are:

• Anger management

• Budgeting advice

• Child health, parenting and community support

• Citizen’s Advice Bureau

• Help to access housing

• Family violence services

• Legal advice

• Refugee and migrant services

• Return-to-work assistance for people with mental

health conditions

• Sexual assault support for people 18 and over

• Small loans (no interest and low interest)

• Social work support

• Specialist peer support

• Support to overcome harm from gambling

(including specialist support for Pasifika people)

OPENING HOURS: Monday – Thursday, 8am – 8pm;

Friday, 8am – 5pm; Saturday, 10am – 4pm

An integrated primary healthcare centre offering general

medical, midwifery, pharmacy, physiotherapy, mental health

and older person’s services is located in an adjacent space.




not exercising enough

New UK research has found that even

people who have been quite inactive much

of their life will benefit from exercise when

they are middle-aged or older.

A Cambridge University team of

researchers examined the relationship

between trends in physical activity levels

over time and mortality risk among adults

in middle age and older.

ExerciseNZ chief executive Richard Beddie

says many Kiwis will be shocked to learn

that New Zealand is the 13th-worst in the

world for physical inactivity and the worst

in the developed world.

“Exercise is the number-one sport in New

Zealand with more than half a million

participants, and growing research

confirms the health benefits of activity for

all Kiwis. But we should be much better

than that in terms of numbers,” Richard


“We have a massive crisis in New Zealand

in terms of people’s inactivity. We urgently

need a co-ordinated approach to solve it,

involving government, local authorities,

schools and workplaces so we can

increase the quality and length of life of all

New Zealanders and reduce the burden on

the public health system.

“The exercise industry is ready and willing

to do its part and we want to present to a

government select committee on how to

address the issue. We need action and we

need it now.”

As countless research studies have

shown, exercise can lower the risk of

cardiovascular disease, cancer and

diabetes, and increase life expectancy.

The UK academic research looked at the

effects that exercise in middle and older

age have on the risk of premature death

and lifespan. It showed that no matter

when anyone starts to exercise in life, they

can still reap the benefits.

Richard agrees it is not too late for the

almost 50 per cent of New Zealanders

that don’t do enough physical activity to

earn the health benefits of exercise.

“World Health Organisation guidelines

say people should exercise 150 minutes

of movement a week, or 30 minutes five

times a week or 90 minutes of moderate

to intense activity a week,” he says.

“The Cambridge research showed that

even those that have been inactive for

much of their lives will make significant

health gains in life expectancy and quality

of life if they start moving more regularly.

“The UK team examined how changes in

exercise levels over time affect a person’s

risk of dying from any cause, as well as

dying from specific conditions — such as

cardiovascular disease.”

The researchers found out how much

exercise older adults need in order to

boost their reasoning skills and their

brains’ processing speed.

Also, the results suggested that even

if someone decided to exercise after

being physically inactive, the benefits for

longevity would still be significant.


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dedicated to local community

“Modern Medicine – Traditional Values”

Serving our community for more than 80 years, Lincoln Medical Centre is

the general practice which has taken care of entire families for generations.

We welcome new patients living or working in our area.

Services available to enrolled patients include:

• GP Services (we can offer consultations in various languages:

French, Mandarin, Filipino, Sinhalese & Spanish)

• online appointment booking • skin checks & minor surgery • travel clinic

• blood tests • children’s clinics • liquid nitrogen clinic with our nurses

• please visit our website for more information

Hours: Mon, Wed & Fri: 8am - 5pm | Tue & Thurs: 8am - 7pm

Sat: 9am - 12pm (excluding Public Holidays)

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Situated in the heart of

Lincoln, Lincoln Medical

Centre is the Family General

Practice that has served

the local community for

generations. At Lincoln

Medical they practise

modern medicine and hold to

traditional values. Their goal is

that patients feel the warmth

and the dedication of the


The team consists of eight

General Practitioners as

well as a team of nurses

and receptionists, who

are committed to helping

meet the needs of enrolled

patients. For urgent care they

provide a doctor dedicated

to emergencies, and specific

children’s clinics.

They also offer extended

evening hours on Tuesdays

and Thursdays, as well as

Saturday mornings for

enrolled patients. For routine

appointments. Patients are

encouraged, when possible,

to book in advance to ensure

they are able to see their

doctor of choice at their

desired time.

They continue to provide

home visits to those facing

long and sometimes

painful illnesses, as well as

collaborating with District

Nurses in the provision of

palliative care. As a team,

they are dedicated to

providing you and your family

with the highest quality care

they possibly can.

At Better Denture we have a range

of services and options available.

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to meet every

family’s needs

When a loved family member passes

away, it is important for those arranging

the funeral to find a funeral director that

meets their needs in every way.

Just Funerals on Blenheim Road is able to

do that, providing a totally professional

funeral service for the bereaved family and

friends. There is a selection of affordable

funeral options available, including burials,

with a price range starting from $1745

for direct cremation, and they also offer

repatriation and burial at sea services.

Steven has the skills to deal with clients

sensitively, first discussing with them what

they would like for their loved one, then

making all the arrangements and guiding

them through the process. He regards it as

a privilege to help families when they are

at their most vulnerable.

Just Funerals was established in

Christchurch 18 months ago, and is a

branch of the well-established, Aucklandbased

Just Funerals. A family business, it is

owned and operated by Steven and Vicky

Davey, together with their son Oliver, who

at 19 is the youngest fully qualified funeral

director in New Zealand.

The Just Funerals website has information

on all their services, then to speak to

Steven, phone 0800 804 663. He is

available 24/7.

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businesses grow and young

jobseekers thrive


through generations

A programme advocating

“Strength in Work” is a “winwin”

for both Canterbury

businesses looking for staff

and local young people

looking for work.

The Mana in Mahi programme,

led by the Ministry of Social

Development, helps young

New Zealanders get valuable,

sought-after skills and

qualifications to kick start

their career.

For employers, taking on a

trainee is a big commitment,

especially for smaller

businesses. Mana in Mahi

helps with the costs of preemployment

and on-the-job


It also provides support to

help them get an industry

training qualification,

including an apprenticeship,

and employees can work

towards incentive payments.

Canterbury Work Services

Manager Simon Scott says

the programme is a “win-win”

for both the employer and


“This is a great opportunity

for you to grow your business

with support from us – and

we also support your new


Not only does Mana in Mahi

help businesses gain skilled

and knowledgeable people,

it also helps the wider

Canterbury community by

giving our young people a

kick-start to achieve their

training and career goals.

“Mana in Mahi can help you

make a difference for young

people. Helping a jobseeker

find work can be incredibly

rewarding for both the

employee and the employer,”

Scott said.

“Together, we can help build

a better long term future for


For more information on how

this could help you into work,

or help you hire some talented

staff, talk to your local Work

and Income work broker, email

us at Mana_in_Mahi@msd.

govt.nz or call us on 0800

778 008.

The iconic Rawleighs brand has

been known for generations in

New Zealand, and Christchurch

distributor Fiona Head is

thrilled to represent it.

Originally from Hawkes

Bay, Fiona came to

Christchurch for

work in 2015, and

says that’s when

she rediscovered

Rawleighs after

40 years.

“My mother and


used to buy

Rawleighs,” Fiona

says, “but I hadn’t

had any other contact

with the products until I joined

up with the company. I became

a master distributor in 2017

and since then I haven’t looked


Fiona’s distribution area covers

most areas of Christchurch

as well as Oamaru, with the

product range including

everything from medicinal

items through to home care

and personal care products,

and spices for cooking.

“Rawleighs is a tried and

trusted name that has

been in the market for

over 100 years. Their

products are all

top quality, and

they really work,”

Fiona says.

“They are


priced too, and

they last for years.”

Customers are

invited to call round to

see the full range of products

on display and available for

purchase at Fiona’s home.

She also has catalogues for

customers to take home for

future reference. Her address

is 283 Woolridge Road,

Bishopdale, phone 550 1544, or

022 086 7300.

Now available in Christchurch and surrounding areas!

For catalogue/pricelist, contact us.

Independent Rawleighs Distributor

Fiona Head, 283 Woolridge Road, Harewood, Christchurch 8051

Ph: 03 550 1544 Mob: 022 086 7300 E: bandovar@orcon.net.nz




for tiny babies


good for brain function

The knitting group Pod-Cast-

On meets every Monday,

10am-11.30am at the WEA

on Gloucester Street. Led by

experienced and passionate

knitter Kazuko, this group

produces much-needed pure

wool knitwear for babies in

the Christchurch Neonatal


While knitting, they listen to

and discuss a podcast chosen

by the group. By the end of

last term more than 40 items

of clothing had been lovingly

stitched and taken to the

hospital. Mostly vests and

jumpers, they are used during

the babies’ stay in hospital

and go into take-home packs

for new families.

Pure New Zealand wool

keeps little ones warmest in

winter and the knitters like

to think that the love poured

into each item helps too. The

group is free to attend (they

just ask for a $2 donation

towards buying wool), with

experienced and novice

knitters all welcome. If you are

a keen knitter looking for an

outlet for your knitting, or are

eager to learn, why not join

them. Donations of pure wool

also gratefully received.

Pod-Cast-On is one of over

40 courses and events in

the Education Programme

at the Canterbury Workers

Educational Association

(WEA), located on Gloucester

Street, opposite the Art

Gallery. From arts to current

affairs, dance to philosophy, it

has something for everyone.

Visit www.cwea.org.nz or drop

in and pick up a timetable.

Did you know that musical

training can change brain

structure and function for the

better? It can also improve

long-term memory and lead

to better brain development,

particularly for those starting


So, why wait? Join the

Christchurch School of

Music. CSM is a not-for-profit

organisation with a strong

focus on community. Catering

for ages from two to 92, they

have something for everyone.

For the young ones there are

pre-school and junior classes

– ‘Take off with Music’, where

four and a half year-olds can

start on Suzuki strings, while

at age six the recorder is a

great instrument to learn.

There is a fantastic deal for

beginner recorder players –

just $52 for a year of tuition

including a recorder and a

book. New enrolments are

being taken now for Term 3.

Older children and adults

may opt for group or

individual lessons on a

specific instrument (including

voice). With six orchestras,

two concert bands, a Big

Band, a jazz combo, six

wind ensembles, rock

bands, two choirs, chamber

groups, a Samba band and a

guitar ensemble there is an

ensemble to suit all levels and


If affordability is an issue,

CSM may be able to offer a

discount through funding

provided by the Rata


To find out more about CSM,

or to enrol, got to www.csm.





59 Gloucester Street, Christchurch,

03 3660285



ONE-STOP-SHOP for disability

information & help

Why is it some people rarely

if ever get sick? In many cases

they are giving their body

what it requires for optimum

immune function. Some of

the factors we need to look

at to improve our immune &

overall health are: Sleep – Are

you getting enough deep

restorative sleep on a regular

basis. Nutrition – Are you

receiving all the nutrients your

body requires? It may be you

are eating a well-balanced

diet but you may not be

absorbing all the nutrients

you need due to a poorly

functioning digestive system.

Elimination – It is important to

clear waste products from the

body efficiently.

Toxins make a good

environment for microorganisms

(viruses) to breed.

Natural Environment – Try

to be outdoors in a natural

environment on a regular

basis. Sunlight is essential for

Vitamin D production in the

body. Vitamin D is essential

for a healthy immune function

as well as many other body


It is also a good idea to

support the immune system

directly by taking a good

immune tonic.

This should include the herbs

Echinacea & olive leaf.

Propolis also gives excellent

immune support when taken

regularly. Vitamin C & D as

well as Zinc are needed in

sufficient amounts for a

strong immune system.

These are general guidelines

however everyone is different.

It is best to come in to see us

& talk to our Natural Health

Advisers & Medical Herbalists

in store so we can suggest

the most suitable products

for your particular needs.

Consultations are available

if you require more in depth

support with any health

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For anyone with a disability

or impairment, whether it

is temporary or permanent,

finding the right people to

provide help can be difficult

and frustrating.

Aspire Canterbury, a not-forprofit

organisation established

over 30 years ago, specialises

in providing information and

services for the disabled, and

connecting clients with the

support and help they need

to live as independently as


“Our aim is to encourage

independent living for

anyone with disabilities,” says

manager Julie Paalvast.

“We help them navigate the

information about anything

they need and want in their

daily lives by connecting



If you are looking for un-bias advice, products

for hire or sale, or the discounted taxi scheme

– contact our team today!

Disability Information: Offering un-biased advice

to assist people in the navigation of organisation’s or


Mobile Service: Connecting with communities.

Fun interactive presentations of our information,

services and easier living equipment. We come to you!

Shop and Hire: Shop on-line or visit us in our shop

at 314 Worcester Street. Plenty of free parking.

Total Mobility Discounted Taxi Service: A

scheme which provides 50% discounts on taxi

journeys to eligible people in the Christchurch area

who, due to health conditions, are unable to access

public transport. Contact us on 03 366 9093.

them with the organisations

that are set up to meet those

needs. We’re a one-stop-shop

for them.”

For the elderly, who have

been busy and active all their

lives, having reduced mobility

through health or an accident

can be difficult to deal with.

Aspire Canterbury helps them

retain their independence

and remain living at home

by providing wheelchairs,

walkers and ramps for hire

or purchase, and as an

approved Total Mobility

agency, provides half-price

taxi fares so they can continue

to do their shopping and visit

friends and family.

The organisation’s mobile van

travels to centres right around

Canterbury. Ph 03-366-9093

A not-for-profit with over 30-years’ experience

providing unbiased knowledge and services. Aspire

enable social freedom and independence to people,

their families and whanau, who live

with any impairment.

314 Worcester Street,

Linwood, Christchurch

Ph: 03 366 6189

Freephone: 0800 347 242

Ph: (Total Mobility) 03 366 9093

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Volunteer surgeon Ian Bradford

in the Charity Hospital’s busy

Colonoscopy clinic.


in need

The Canterbury Charity Hospital is the only

one of its kind in New Zealand and provides

free day surgery, medical

treatments, dentistry, oral surgery and

counselling to Cantabrians in need and has

had over 17,000 patient visits since it first

opened its doors in 2007.

To be eligible to be seen at the Charity

Hospital, patients have been turned down

by the public health system, do not have

medical insurance or the means to pay for

their treatment privately. Patients also need

a referral from their General Practitioner or


The hospital’s services are frequently

updated depending on need and currently

include colonoscopy (acute and screening),

gynaecology and women’s health, general

surgery (abdominal, rectal), oral surgery and

dentistry, counselling (self-referral), orthopaedics

(upper and lower limb), cataracts,

urology and varicose veins.

The Charity Hospital’s busy Colonoscopy

service fills an unmet need in the public

health system by providing free screening

to men and women aged under 50 with

rectal bleeding; one of the main symptoms

of colorectal cancer, as they are not seen by

the CDHB.

The Canterbury Charity Hospital also provides

professional training, development and

education for clinicians and also provides

work experience for student nurses and

other health professionals. Their interactive

technology in both the general surgery theatre

and the Colonoscopy theatre enables

them to run educational seminars.

The hospital also has a community room

which is available for like-minded community

groups to use for free including first aid

and resuscitation courses.

The Canterbury Charity Hospital Trust does

not receive any Government funding and

relies on fundraising events, donations,

charitable organisations and bequests to

raise the $800,000 required to run its free


The hard work and dedication of around

300 volunteers is the reason that the hospital

can provide all its treatments and counselling

for free. These volunteers include

surgeons, dentists, anaesthetists, nurses,

technicians, denture makers, gardeners,

administration and other support staff who

all give generously of their time.

To donate, find out more about the current

services on offer or to enquire about gifting

your skills then please visit the hospital website

at www.charityhospital.org.nz or email

us at reception@charityhospital.org.nz.



The Canterbury Charity Hospital may be able to help you if you...

• Have a letter from the CDHB saying you have been declined treatment

• Do not have medical insurance

• Cannot afford treatment privately (means tested)

• Have a referral from your doctor

Our current services are free and include...

• Colonoscopy

• Gynaecology and women’s health

• General surgery

• Orthopaedics

• Urology

• Cataracts

• Varicose veins

We also provide some oral surgery and dentistry services with a

dentist’s referral and counselling by self-referral.

The Charity Hospital does not receive any Government funding.

To find out more or to make a donation visit www.charityhospital.org.nz



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products for sale or hire

When little ones come to stay, it can be

tricky getting hold of everything you

need. Highchairs, portacots, buggies

and carseats are all important pieces

of equipment to ensure a comfortable

stay, but not necessarily things we have

sitting around at home, if we don’t have

young children ourselves. Baby On The

Move have the answer, offering long or

short term hire of exactly these types

of products, and can also help with

professional installation of the carseats,

ensuring that our young visitors are both

comfortable and safe.

Baby On The Move started in

Christchurch more than 20 years

ago. With 16 franchises thoughout

New Zealand, including two here in

Christchurch, they provide a range of

high quality baby equipment for hire and

sale. Whether you need a portacot for a

weekend visit, or a full nursery set-up for


family visiting for a month or more, Baby

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Carseats for young children are a very

specific safety requirement which

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babies and children of different ages,

check that you have the correct fittings

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the experts.

As well as offering short or long term

hire options, Baby On The Move are

also retailers, stocking a wide range of

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toys, and everything you need for babies

and young children. If you are caring for

littlies on a regular basis, it may make

sense to purchase certain items, and once

again, Baby On The Move can provide

sensible advice in choosing quality

products. With carseats purchased or

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with diabetes

Diabetes Christchurch Inc is a support

organisation for people living in the

Canterbury region that have diabetes, as

well as their family and friends.

They offer support, information, advocacy

and non-clinical education on all aspects

of diabetes. Their diabetes shop has a

wide range of medical products including

blood glucose testing metres, blood

glucose test strips, lancets, fingerpickers,

ketone test strips, diabetes cookbooks,

hypo treatments, medical grade shoes and

socks, travel bags, the popular Jok ‘n’ Al

sauces and toppings, sugar-free treats and

diabetes and gluten-free recipe books.

Diabetes Christchurch membership offers

you contact with other people with this

chronic condition, and exercise and

activities with their age-related support

groups and discounted shop products.

You can contact the office/shop on

925-9972 – they are located at 21 Carlyle

Street, Sydenham, with good parking.

The friendly staff can help you find further

information about different aspects of

diabetes care or make an appointment for

the subsidised podiatry toenail clipping

service, or you may like to attend various

group education classes for Type 2, or a

supermarket tour. The society occasionally

arranges social outings and functions

for members and the general public,

open meetings with diabetes-related

guest speakers and a High Tea party in

November for members aged over 80.

You can become involved with the

diabetes awareness programmes or other

fundraising and volunteer activities in

your area. Please see the calendar of

events on the website and Facebook page.

The website www.diabeteschristchurch.

co.nz has links to lots of information,

other diabetes services, or you can use

the online shop to purchase a range of

diabetes products.

Information Centre and Library:

Thesociety shop is open Monday to

Friday from 9am to 4pm. They have a

good library of pamphlets, books and

magazines, food, exercise and other

related diabetes issues. All members

receive a copy of their Viewpoint

newsletter, which includes information

and education on all aspects of diabetes

and updates on local events, as well as

local, national and international diabetes


Diabetes Christchurch Inc would love to

include your stories about diabetes in this

so please email Lynne, the manager at



Helping to support all people

with diabetes by providing

information, diabetes

medical products, support,

advocacy and education.

Phone or call in:

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Sydenham, Christchurch 8023

Open 9am-4pm Monday to Friday

PHONE: 925 9972




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Doctor choice means patient

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Open from 8.15am to 5.30

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your appointment. Repeat

prescription requests

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medications in between

your medication review

appointments may also be

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The purpose-built, recently

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patients with electronic

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Specialist services include

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New patient enrolments

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Make Hoon Hay Medical

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Conveniently located

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Richard Suckling


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Optometrists Richard

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offer full eye examinations

to check vision and eye

health, including retinal

photography, and they

check for glaucoma, cataract

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Eyesight is precious, and they

encourage everyone to have

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Appointments can be made

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vital to detect glaucoma

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Thousands of New Zealanders

are right now at risk of going

blind. It is estimated 115,000

Kiwis over the age of 40 have

glaucoma, but only half of them

know it.

That leaves 57,500 people who

could potentially lose their


Glaucoma is the leading cause

of preventable blindness in

New Zealand, so Glaucoma

New Zealand has been urging

people to get behind its annual

July appeal.

Now in its 11th year, the annual

appeal, Light up Glaucoma,

raises awareness and funds to

help Glaucoma New Zealand

continue its sight-saving work.

Glaucoma is the name given

to a group of diseases that

damage the eye’s optic nerve.

The nerve fibres progressively

die taking away the peripheral

vision first. Therefore, there are

no symptoms until the disease

is quite advanced.

The most common form

of glaucoma is open-angle

glaucoma, which is hereditary.

A family history of glaucoma

can increase your risk of

the disease tenfold. As New

Zealand’s population ages,

more people will be at risk

of developing glaucoma.

Currently one in 10 people over

the age of 70 have glaucoma.

Worldwide, 4.5 per cent of the

population has glaucoma - 64

million people - and that’s

expected to grow to 111.8

million worldwide by 2040.

Early detection is


While the statistics are

sobering, Glaucoma New

Zealand chair Professor Helen

Danesh-Meyer says with early

detection and treatment,

blindness from glaucoma can

be prevented with medication,

surgery and laser treatment.

“That’s why it’s so important

to raise awareness about

glaucoma and remind people

of the importance of getting

regular eye examinations,

because it could potentially

save the sight of thousands

of people,” Professor Danesh-

Meyer says.

Known as the silent thief of

sight, glaucoma has no early


“By the time you do notice

symptoms, it’s too late because

irreversible damage has already

been done to your eyes. Our

annual appeal raises awareness

about how crucial it is to get

regular eye examinations to

help stop people unnecessarily

losing their sight.”

When to get


Glaucoma New Zealand

recommends people have

an eye examination by the

age of 45 then every five

years after that until age 60.

After 60, examinations are

recommended every three


Those with risk factors such as

a family history of glaucoma or

steroid use should be examined

earlier. Anyone who notices a

change in their eyesight should

book an eye examination as

soon as possible.




into a shell

Do you have a family member who

is starting to shy away from family

gatherings? Are they saying “Nah”,

more often than “Yeah”, when a social

function is suggested? They may not

want to admit it, but they may have

developed a problem with their hearing.

Retreating into your shell is a common

coping mechanism for those with

hearing difficulties.

The most common type of hearing loss

is due to gradual damage to minute

nerve endings in the inner ear. This

causes a reduction of speech clarity,

with the beginning and endings of

words or sentences dropping away.

This is incredibly frustrating, as it can

sound like people are not speaking

clearly. The biggest problem, however,

is that background noise can be heard

just as loud as always, meaning that

understanding conversation in a group

or social situation can be very difficult.

As a rule, most people do not like to

admit to having hearing difficulties, so

when in a situation where conversation

is becoming hard to follow, most people

will try to bluff their way through, nod

and smile and hope they get away with

it. Trying to make out what is being

said in such a situation is very mentally

tiring, so you can understand why a

future invitation to such an event may be

turned down.

The team at Hear Again see this pattern

repeated time and time again and can

always help. A hearing test is simple and

painless and gives a quick clarification

om whether you have a hearing issue.

There are very discreet hearing aids

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when in place. And with prices starting

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there are options to suit every pocket.

The friendly, professional team at Hear

Again don’t bite, and will help you find

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budget. You never know, they may even

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