Eastern Courier : April 1st 2011
6 EASTERN COURIER, APRIL 1, 2011 NEWS gardenexpo.co.nz BUY TICKETS ONLINE AT Bright ideas for your garden BUY from gardening specialists SEE stage demonstrations LEARN from the experts PLUS SEE beautiful floral displays A new event for Auckland! Organised by: Supported by: April 8 -- 10, 2011 Ellerslie Racecourse, Auckland Open 10am -- 4.30pm Admission charges apply Tel: 0800 399 378 FREE PARKING TM Kitchen Tel: 272 8252 Fax: 272 8661 EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org 9 Barmac Place, East Tamaki www.tangming.co.nz Showroom Open Hours: Mon-Fri 9.30am-5.30pm, Sat 10.30am-3.30pm WHERE GREAT KITCHENS ALWAYS COST LESS! KITCHEN VANITY LAUNDRY WARDROBES 3387470AA DHB faces up to rise in diabetes Managing diabetes is a challenging goal for a health board contending with a rapidly rising number of cases. We have a long way to go because the popu- lation growth and dis- ease prevalence is run- ning ahead of us, Counties Manukau chief medical officer Don Mackie says. Improving diabetes and cardiovascular ser- vices is one of six Health Ministry targets to improve performance of all district health boards in six key areas. In the latest quarterly results Counties Manu- kau scored 73 percent progress. This was measured by target indicators of increasing the number of cardiovascular disease risk assessments of eli- gible adults, raising the number of diabetes sufferers who attend free annual checks and increasing the number of sufferers who manage the disease well. We ve done a lot of work identifying where the unmet need is, Dr Mackie says. It s a big one for us because it s only going to be more of a problem as time goes by. Dr Mackie says dia- betes has a devastating long-term effect and places a huge strain on health budgets. We have a piece of regional planning going on which will provide a consistent approach between the DHBs with all the facets of diabetes care, Dr Mackie says. Racing ahead at age 91 Racing ahead: Bruce Christopher, a member of the Manukau City Veterans Cycle Club, is the oldest sponsored cyclist in New Zealand. Photos: HINERANGI VAIMOSO Old school: The vintage Italian cycling shoes Bruce Christopher prefers. By HINERANGI VAIMOSO He might be 91 but the oldest sponsored cyclist in New Zealand clearly recalls the day he rode his first bike. Bruce Christopher was about eight and had seen a man park his bicycle outside the local general store near his home in Rotorua so he jumped on and gave it a spin. I was hooked from then on, he says. The Mt Roskill resi- dent still rides a steady 40km every week in rural Papakura as the oldest member of the Manukau City Veterans Cycle Club. I must admit I don t get as motivated as I used to. I liked the days when I had people in my age range to race against. I do it for the camaraderie these days. Mr Christopher was gifted a $4000 bike from Avanti and Cycle City in Manukau for his 90th birthday, making him the oldest sponsored cyc- list in New Zealand. He bought his first bike when he was 14. It was made by the Can- adian National Cycle Company and he earned it by sweeping offices in central Auckland after school. Doctors told me I d eventually get arthritis. That was 40 years ago and it hasn t happened yet, he says. He has even been knocked off his bike by a car when he was younger. There are a few plates and screws here and there and I m on all sorts of funny heart pills but I m still getting by. Mr Christopher recom- mends cycling as a body and soul-preserving sport with plenty of fresh air and competition from the younger ones within the club. I love to see that girls have taken up the sport to such an extent these days, he says. It s especially pleasing because his wife, a keen athlete when she was alive, was often frowned upon for being a cyclist. A number of people back then would say girls shouldn t be riding bikes in that position. That attitude has really changed over the years and I m pleased. The veteran cyclists get together every Sunday around 8am, set- ting off from Ardmore Hall on the corner of Papakura-Clevedon and Burnside roads. Full membership is available to anyone over the age of 30 but people are welcome to become an associate member. Riders are able to take on distances between 25km and 80km. The group was formed in 1992 to meet the needs of veteran cyclists in south Auckland. While the turnout varies each week, it s not unusual for the club to host 120 riders on a Sunday from across Auckland. Mr Christopher is more than happy to make the journey to Papakura every week with his bike dismantled on the car s backseat. Club president Kelvin McAnulty says the club s youngest member is in his early 30s and many members are in their 40s. They usually join when the kids are grown up and off doing their own thing so they re then able to get back out riding again, he says. Go to cycleclub.co.nz for more details on how to join the Manukau City Veterans Cycle Club.
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