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Feb 20, 2024
Health

New face at funerals

He began working as a grave-digger so attended many funerals. “I was always asking questions about how things were done, and I never lost interest. I saw how important it was to the families to do things properly, to feel they had done the very best for their loved ones.” Matt was 20 when he trained and became a certified Funeral Director. A sense of adventure took Matt to Finland where he continued to practice his profession. “I met a guy from Hamilton, New Zealand and he always talked about how beautiful this country is.  So I decided to give it a go.”  He moved to New Zealand seven ye…

Feb 20, 2024
Health

A challenging time for Whitianga Continuing Care

Six of the 44 residents in this aged care residential facility died, during an outbreak of the flu like symptoms in this brief period of time. It was not covid. Every resident with the flu symptoms was tested and all the tests were negative. The property is owned and operated by Oceania Healthcare. There are 44 Oceania Homes of this kind across New Zealand and this very sad turn of events has not occurred in any of their other facilities. The Informer contacted their Group General Manager Sales and Service, Anita Hawthorne. “We are very relieved and satisfied that the facility is now all …

Feb 20, 2024
Health

Life-saving service we can’t do without

The service is grateful for the government’s support in helping cover our operational costs. The total cost of a mission is about $8,000 per hour. Specifically, Te Whatu Ora or ACC helps cover this cost dependent on whether it’s an accident or medical emergency.

Feb 6, 2024
Food and Drink

Blueberries for Health: The tastiest one’s are grown in Coroglen

I normally buy them at a supermarket. The problem is they are always sour! Yuk – teeth on edge! But, that all changed when I met Wendy Sherriff on a stall at the Whitianga Saturday Morning Market. Seeing the blueberries piled up in plastic containers I asked could I taste a couple. Eureka! They were sweet. My mouth could hardly believe it. Their appearance was exactly the same as the supermarket product but their taste was sublimely different. I have since asked Wendy why this was so? She doesn’t know why. “We just grow them,” she says. Did Wendy and Kelly add some sweetener in the soil …

Jan 23, 2024

Driving the Waka Ora Health Shuttle

BY STAN STEWART Jeremy Andrews has been a volunteer driver for Whitianga’s Waka Ora Health Shuttle (part of St John’s Ambulance) for years. Here is how he started.   Most of his working life was spent in the ‘pre press’ industry. By the time retirement came, and with his wife Lynnette, he was ready for a change. They looked to relocate out of Auckland. Their search was unhurried and finally they chose Whitianga. For both of them, it seemed like the best option for their retirement life.  They bought a house in Whitianga and their new life in ‘paradise’ began. Lyn…

Jan 23, 2024
Health

Tim Baker and Kiwis For Good:

A Journey of Redemption, Hope and Empowerment Kiwis For Good are hitting the streets of Whitianga this summer to raise funds for their counselling services and a new documentary “One Last Story” Founder and Managing Director of Kiwis For Good, Tim Baker, reached out to The Informer about the work of their organisation.    “We recently partnered with the world’s largest online counselling service, BetterHelp, which has 30,000 counsellors and counting,” says Tim. “The counsellors can be based in New Zealand, Australia, the U.S, U.K. or Canada and are connected to peo…

Jan 23, 2024
Health

Another chance at life: An appreciation for the fragility of our lives

Having already navigated the complexities of a challenging past, fate had another chapter in store for her. As she was doing kipping pull ups (a routine exercise that she did frequently with her legs in a band to assist her posture and momentum) it immediately turned into a life-altering moment.

Jan 16, 2024

Fighting for a Connecting communities across the Coromandel Peninsula longer life.

This family raised a lot of money through a raffle. Grant, Michelle and Zoe Grant were touched by the plight of Marianne Harwood and her family. Zoe had come home from school to tell her parents that her friend’s Mum could die of stage four ovarian cancer.  Marianne Harwood was informed that the treatment she was receiving  for her stage four ovarian cancer was no longer working. She was given three months to live. A non-government funded treatment would help extend her life – a combination of immune therapy and chemotherapy. Zoe and her Mum and Dad set about doing something practica…