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business 15 years ago; in fact, the
internet was only just starting to take
off. But, now, they have more first-time
cyclists and people with differing levels
of ability joining their South Island
“So much has changed since then in
terms of technology. We used to post
people information packs and they
would send us a cheque for payment.
Everything took a lot longer and was
more labour intensive.”
PureTrails’ original bike tour focused
on the Otago Rail Trail. This was
the main trip for the first five to six
years; however, the company now
offers 12 different tour options which
cover most of the South Island. These
include traverses of the Southern
Alps, the West Coast Wilderness Trail,
Queenstown Trail, Canterbury High
Country Trail and a wine tasting tour
of the Marlborough region.
Hilary says the government-led New
Zealand Cycle Trail initiative (Nga
Haerenga) which began in 2009 to
provide a safe and sustainable way to
explore the country, while generating
environmental, economic and social
benefits for local communities, has
changed the way people travel.
“It’s an amazing initiative which means
we can safely explore magical places
throughout New Zealand. The trails
also provide fantastic infrastructure
in terms of food, transport and
“Being able to use locally owned
accommodation and hospitality
providers is important to us and
our clients. It provides a much more
real experience with genuine local
knowledge and hospitality.”
PureTrails’ tours are usually six days,
with most tour participants in the
60+ age bracket. Sixty per cent of the
company’s clients are New Zealanders,
mainly from the North Island, with 35
per cent Australians and the remaining
five per cent a mix of British, American
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“We have around 70 bikes of our
own and then hire about 600 bikes
per season. Tours generally run from
October to May to take advantage of
the warmer weather.”
Advances in e-bike technology have
made it easier and more accessible for
people of different abilities to enjoy a
cycle tour together, along with those
who may not have the same level of
fitness due to health issues.
“Technology is such an equaliser and
I love that e-bikes allow people to
continue biking for many more years
than a traditional bike, even after
having surgery for hips or knees. We
have clients aged in their late 80s who
are still going strong on their e-bikes.
If you’re not a confident biker, or a
couple or friends at different levels,
then an e-bike can also be the perfect
option to allow you to both enjoy the
Digital connectivity is also important
for clients wanting to connect with
friends or family during their tour and
a reliable Wi-Fi connection is vital at
accommodation stops along the way.
“Clients expect fast and reliable Wi-
Fi so they can share their photos and
videos via social media, and they are
also keen to check in with friends and
family. “What’s the Wi-Fi code?” is one
of the first questions people ask when
we get to our accommodation each
Hilary says while digital connectivity
has improved along some trails, other
areas still have a way to go; especially
in Canterbury’s back country and
some parts of rural Kaikoura.
Hilary sees a bright future ahead for
her business with the development
of more cycle trails throughout the
country backed by increased demand
for more active holidays and continued
growth for the e-bike market.
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Wednesday nights at PT50.
“West Coast dance is a swing type style and is
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and Wednesday nights, from 8-9. Everyone is
invited,” Patrick says.
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It’s the official dance of the American state of
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Come on in and join them – the first night is
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The band’s existing hall was damaged
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James Hay Theatre Tickets available at Ticketek
Sunday 10 November, 2.00pm
Ashburton Trust Event Centre Tickets available at TicketDirect
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his voice to help Woolston Brass raise
funds for the new band hall. The
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8 November at the Christchurch James
Hay Theatre and Sunday 10 November
at the Ashburton Trust Event Centre
will feature tenor classics such as
traditional Irish ballad Danny Boy
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by Italian composer Dalla, the famous
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Barber of Seville. Woolston Brass will
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Phoenix Rising and the movement
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ashes of destruction.
“I’m excited to perform with the
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November. I’ve always admired their
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and am honoured to be part of their
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The sole focus of our trust is to make an influential
difference and contribution toward the reduction
of road trauma in our communities. The scale and
magnitude of road crashes is far too great on a
socio and economic impact.
How did this idea arise?
Unfortunately, in 2003 I was involved in two
serious road crashes and two further subsequent
crashes in 2007 and 2013 which I sustained some
significant injuries. I found there was a need for
support services for those who had been affected
by road traffic related trauma. We were initially
founded to provide a service for those who did
not meet the criteria for counselling support
under ACC and to promote education to industry
professionals. This is the first Charitable Trust of its
kind in New Zealand.
What are some highlights through the years?
We have provided services for hundreds of road
2016 it was a privilege to develop New Zealand’s
first Road Accident Remembrance Day which is
an annual large public event to acknowledge those
in our community who have impacted by road
trauma and provides the opportunity to focus on
road safety – which prevents such tragedies on our
2017 it was really humbling to found the
Canterbury Road Trauma Awards which now coinsides
with our Road Accident Remembrance Day.
This year these two events will be held on Saturday,
9 November 2019 in North Hagley Park at 2.00pm.
2019 we were proud to launch ‘Local Legends’ who
are local ambassadors who promote and endorse
the Canterbury Road Trauma Awards. We are also
hosting our first official event, tailored towards
men ‘Men of Impact’, held at Benny’s Barbershop
on Tuesday, 5 November at 6.00pm, it’s so vital we
continue to have influential and inspirational role
models in our lives. We established the Road Shows
‘Road Trauma in our Community’ which provides
stories of recovery, inspiration and support to
our rural communities. It is important we engage
directly with the communities most deeply
2020 will be a big year for us, it is our ten year
anniversary and will be nationalising our Awards.
We will continue to focus on our Road Shows ‘Road
Trauma in our Community’ expanding across
many districts in the Canterbury community and
beyond. We are also hosting our Corporate Charity
Golf Tournament on Thursday, 19 March at the
Russley Golf Club.
“Out of tragedy you can find inspiration and
compassion, it’s really a huge privilege to make
an influential difference to the lives of others and
to create a platform for others to ‘have a voice’.
Thank you to the Police, Fire and Emergency, St.
John, New Zealand Transport Agency, Canterbury
District Health Board, Canterbury Charity Hospital
and Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue Trust,
counsellors and medical professionals and so many
others who support and dedicated their careers
to those who have unfortunately been impacted a
road trauma accident. It is so comforting knowing
there are support services who are there at the time
of the accident and throughout each individual’s
recovery.” says Sarah Dean.
Contact Road Traffic Accident Trust – www.
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At a time when we are living longer and healthier lives it is
also the case that the glue that formerly kept families together
and in communication with one another has been stretched to
The Care of the Children Act 2004 recognised this evolving
family dynamic and the Act ensures that children have a way
to maintain and develop a relationship with all wider family
members including Grandparents.
A frequent issue arising for grandparents can be contact
with their grandchildren in circumstances where either
their child or their child’s partner becomes disenchanted
with them and/or their partner and as a consequence stops
contact with grandparents. Alternately it may be that one of
the grandparents’ children is a disinterested parent and that
provides a block on communication and contact.
It will come as no surprise and perhaps some satisfaction
that both the Courts and Oranga Tamariki have recognised
the increasingly important role played by grandparents in
the lives of their grandchildren. In a Rotorua case in 2008
Judge Mackenzie noted that grandparents can “offer benefits
to children different from parents, often because of life
experiences and also because of greater availability of time”.
In the Nelson Family Court Judge Russell commented “As
I have said in a number of cases, it takes “a village to raise a
child”, and good grandparents can teach children much about
life which the children’s own parents cannot. They come from
a different generation and can teach children matters from a
different perspective than can the children’s own parents.”
This brief commentary is directed to contact as distinct from
day to day care (or what used to be called “custody”). In the
case of contact then, grandparents have a right to apply to
Court, subject to leave being granted. It would be unusual
for the Courts not to grant leave in circumstances where
grandparents are clearly motivated by a genuine interest
in their grandchild and had a desire to have a meaningful
relationship with them.
Before applying to the Court
grandparents would need to go through
a process known as FDR (Family
Dispute Resolution). That requires the
parties to mediate with the parents
of the child with a view to reaching a
satisfactory outcome. That process can
take up to 6 weeks and does have a cost.
If the matter is unable to be resolved
at the FDR stage, then an application
can be made to the Court for contact
and at the same time an application
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application of the legislation and how
to provide a pathway for you to either
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24. Two times (5)
25. Molasses (7)
26. Monday to Friday (8)
27. Chief of the Greek gods (4)
13. Devil-may-care (8)
15. Lufthansa, for example (7)
17. Red gems (6)
18. Deserving (6)
20. Very much (2,3)
22. When expected (2,3)
23.Put away for storage (4)
6 EXERCISES TO HELP SCIATICA
RECLINING PIGEON POSE
Pigeon pose is a common yoga pose. It works
to open the hips. There are multiple versions
of this stretch. The first is a starting version
known as the reclining pigeon pose. If you are
just starting your treatment, you should try the
reclining pose first.
1. While on your back, bring your right leg up
to a right angle. Clasp both hands behind the
thigh, locking your fingers.
2. Lift your left leg and place your right ankle
on top of the left knee.
3. Hold the position for a moment. This helps
stretch the tiny piriformis muscle, which
sometimes becomes inflamed and presses
against the sciatic nerve, causing pain.
4. Do the same exercise with the other leg.
Once you can do the reclining version without
pain, work with your health care professional
on sitting and forward versions of pigeon pose.
SITTING PIGEON POSE
1. Sit on the floor with your legs stretched out
straight in front of you.
2. Bend your right leg, putting your right ankle
on top of the left knee.
3. Lean forward and allow your upper body to
reach toward your thigh.
4. Hold for 15 to 30 seconds. This stretches the
glutes and lower back.
5. Repeat on the other side.
FORWARD PIGEON POSE
1. Kneel on the floor on all fours.
2. Pick up your right leg and move it forward
on the ground in front of your body. Your lower
leg should be on the ground, horizontal to the
body. Your right foot should be in front of your
right knee while your right knee stays to the
3. Stretch the left leg out all the way behind
you on the floor, with the top of the foot on the
ground and toes pointing back.
4. Shift your body weight gradually from
your arms to your legs so that your legs are
supporting your weight. Sit up straight with
your hands on either side of your legs.
5. Take a deep breath. While exhaling, lean
your upper body forward over your front leg.
Support your weight with your arms as much as
6. Repeat on the other side.
KNEE TO OPPOSITE
This simple stretch helps relieve sciatica pain by
loosening your gluteal and piriformis muscles,
which can become inflamed and press against
the sciatic nerve.
1. Lie on your back with your legs extended
and your feet flexed upward.
2. Bend your right leg and clasp your hands
around the knee.
3. Gently pull your right leg across your body
toward your left shoulder. Hold it there for 30
seconds. Remember to pull your knee only as
far as it will comfortably go. You should feel a
relieving stretch in your muscle, not pain.
4. Push your knee so your leg returns to its
5. Repeat for a total of 3 reps, and then switch
SITTING SPINAL STRETCH
Sciatica pain is triggered when vertebrae in the
spine compress. This stretch helps create space
in the spine to relieve pressure on the sciatic
1. Sit on the ground with your legs extended
straight out with your feet flexed upward.
2. Bend your right knee and place your foot
flat on the floor on the outside of your opposite
3. Place your left elbow on the outside of your
right knee to help you gently turn your body
toward the right.
4. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat three times,
then switch sides.
This stretch can help ease pain and tightness in
the hamstring caused by sciatica.
1. Place your right foot on an elevated surface
at or below your hip level. This could be a chair,
ottoman, or step on a staircase. Flex your foot
so your toes and leg are straight. If your knee
tends to hyperextend, keep a slight bend in it.
2. Bend your body forward slightly toward
your foot. The further you go, the deeper the
stretch. Do not push so far that you feel pain.
3. Release the hip of your raised leg downward
as opposed to lifting it up. If you need help
easing your hip down, loop a yoga strap or long
exercise band over your right thigh and under
your left foot.
4. Hold for at least 30 seconds, and then repeat
on the other side.
EXERCISE WITH CARE
Be cautious and work with the flexibility of your
body. If you attend a class or watch YouTube
videos, those people have been practicing for a
while. Don’t compare yourself or push yourself.
Flow with your body and if you have kind of
pain, you should stop. You can try again at
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Yoga New Zealand (YogaNZ), the national
yoga body for yoga in Aotearoa New Zealand,
was relaunched yesterday.
First established by Yoga Australia three years
ago, it is now operationally supported by
With its own national yoga council guiding its
operation, YogaNZ becomes 100 percent New
Zealand run and operated, ExerciseNZ chief
executive Richard Beddie says.
“We support all forms of movement and
physical activity. We know hundreds of
thousands of Kiwis regularly practice yoga
and the numbers have more than doubled in
the last 10 years. Twenty years ago, it would
have been a small fraction of one percent.
“We are backing YogaNZ as part of the
greater physical activity and movement space,
and their annual event, the hauora yoga
conference is now part of YogaNZ’s offering.
“YogaNZ also now links with global yoga
networks and initiatives to pursue best
practice and facilitate the two-way sharing
of knowledge. This significantly helps to
enhance the international standing of yoga in
Aotearoa New Zealand.
“Yoga is practised by more than 100,000
Kiwis at more than 500 yoga studios and
classes around New Zealand, making it one
of the fastest growing physical activities in the
Yoga is valuable as an activity in its own
right, as well as being complementary to
other exercise activities. It is common now
for regular gym users to add yoga into their
In addition to benefiting the physical body,
yoga also has a profound effect on mental
and emotional health, including our ability
to maintain equanimity in a world constantly
pulling us in so many different directions.
Yoga creates a bridge of care, affecting all
aspects of our health and bringing us to a
place of optimal health.
“Studies show that yoga may help improve
mental health, heart health, which is an
essential component of overall health
reduce several risk factors for heart disease
and improve heart conditions alone or in
combination with a healthy lifestyle,” Beddie
YogaNZ Council chair Heather Robinson
says yoga therapy is now a growing activity
where experienced yoga teachers with
additional training as specialists teach yoga
in a therapeutic setting, often as helpful
support to medical and other complementary
“Yoga also improves quality of life. It is
becoming increasingly common as an adjunct
therapy to improve well-being for many
“Relief from stress is also a key factor. Yoga
improves the body, calms the mind and helps
bring balance into our lives.
“Stress is almost a given in a developed
country and, as a result, the mindful
component of yoga is so beneficial and
desired. While yoga can vary in physical
intensity, it always provides people with the
best methods of being mindful, which is
something that so many people benefit from
and seek in today’s busy lifestyles,” Robinson
For further information contact Richard
Beddie on 027 5205744
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The attendees and teachers of the
September 2019 Dangerous Decibels
“New Zealand is heading towards
more than one in five kiwis having
often preventable hearing loss due to
noise, particularly from such activities
as extra loud music players, concerts
and music, particularly when delivered
through headphones and ear buds
from YouTube and Bluetooth.” Says
Tony Rush, President of Hearing NZ
Dangerous Decibels is a course which
enables educators to run trainings in
colleges, schools and kindergartens
on the dangers of excess noise, the
irrevocable damage to hearing it
can cause, and on how to protect
yourself and your hearing health.
More importantly, according to Dr
David Welch, both the course and the
ultimate experience in classes around
the country is designed to be fun.
“It’s the fun and interaction that excites
the imagination and creates deeper
learning that can stay with children
over time”, according to Dr Welch. “It’s
the fun and deep understanding that
The Dangerous Decibels (or DD)
course is a joint venture between
Auckland University and Hearing New
Zealand. DD was originally created
by a number of North American
Universities and has been developed
further in New Zealand and Singapore.
The sixteen attendees on the twoday
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throughout the country. The DD team
involves experts in Audiology, Health
and Safety, Auditory Physiology, and
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Riley, from Hearing NZ who may
well be the world’s most experienced
DD Educator: she has taught
approximately 19,000 people.
Carolynne Riley not only works
as a Hearing Educator at Hearing
Hastings but is the Frontline staff
representative on the National Board
at Hearing NZ. Carolynne believes
“education is the direction we need to
go in to reduce the incidence of noise
induced hearing loss (NIHL). NIHL
is easily preventable; the DD training
delivers this message in an interactive
and memorable way. Our hearing is
precious but when it’s gone, it’s gone, it
doesn’t come back!”
Students discover just how important
it can be to “Turn it Down!”, “Walk
Away” and how to “Protect Ears”. With
the help of scientific tools, students
measure sound and learn about
decibels. They explore sound, the way
it travels, and how they can
protect their hearing for
years to come!
One attendee, commented
that “The Dangerous
programme is a valuable
tool to have, it helps us to
educate people (young and
old) to protect their hearing
because once it’s gone it
won’t come back.”
Noise induced hearing
loss can be prevented.
Bring the Dangerous
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