Health & Lifestyle

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

Tangy on toast

 Citrus is the star of winter. When not a lot else is in season, it is sweet, colourful and cheap. Citrus trees can produce big crops and many people who have them in their gardens are faced with the “problem” of how to eat it all! If...... Read More

Aging myths

I am still perplexed at how, in our supposed evolved society, we undervalue our aging populations’ ability to contribute to society. It defies logic! When you have accumulated a lifetime of skills, knowledge and wisdom, society says you are less...... Read More

Measuring a fever

My kids aren’t babies anymore. However, I still remember those days vividly –especially the things you experience with your first child. The worry about whether or not you are doing the right thing, and when medical help is needed. A fever...... Read More

Terrific tools

I had a moment of nostalgia last week. While pruning the grapevines, I literally stumbled over my old secateurs that I had lost during the summer prune. These Felco 2 secateurs have been my trusty companion for more than three decades now; still with...... Read More