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Lions can fund
Old money is helping
fund Kiwi kids.
For the past two years
Lions clubs have col-
lected 14 tonnes of old
money and foreign cur-
rency for youth cam-
paign Heads Up for Kids.
Lions is now calling for
The project helps
young people to to live
their dreams, establish
life-goals and reach their
full potential within a
Dozens of students
have received funding to
attend education pro-
grammes, such as the
Hillary Step Programme
at the Sir Edmund Hil-
lary Outdoor Pursuits
Centre, Outward Bound
and Spirit of Adventure.
Simon Hayes, Heads
Up for Kids chairman
and member of Queens-
town Lions Club says
funding is not just for
outdoor activities, but
arts, music, sports and
academia as well.
Funding is available to
both individuals and
groups aged 18 years or
Go to lionsclubs.org.nz/
oldmoney or email
Buck brings himself back to health
Top form: At the peak of his fitness, Buck leads the haka for the All Blacks against Argentina in Dunedin in 1989.
Photo: BRUCE JARVIS/PHOTOSPORT
Man up: Buck Shelford wants men to
man up about their health, get fit, eat
well and go to the doctor once a year.
Go to whangareinews.co.nz to
see a video of Buck leading the
haka. Click latest edition.
By JO BELWORTHY
It s time for men to front up about
Former All Black captain and
rugby hero Buck Shelford has
survived cancer and regained his
health after a massive weight gain.
Both those experiences have
prompted him to reach out to Kiwi
men to take charge of their own
While his book, Buck Up, The
Real Guide to Getting Healthy and
Living Longer documents Buck s
personal experiences, his big mis-
sion now is to guide New Zealand
men to better-quality lives.
The book is full of statistics that
make sombre reading.
And the main thing that stands
out is that men are not stacking up
compared to women in the mortality
rates, especially Maori men who are
dying 10 years earlier than their
The man-to-man advice manual
is men s stuff .
Show it to women, but only if they
are temporarily sworn-in as honor-
ary men, he says tongue in cheek.
It s great reading, a combination
of understandable scientific facts
helped along by highly regarded
sports scientist Dr Grant Schofield,
interspersed with Buck s personal
experiences, and tips for a healthier
life -- exercise, sports nutrition, los-
ing weight, mental toughness, lead-
ership, going to the doctor, growing
old, stress, man flu, sex, and
Buck played 48 games for the All
Blacks, 31 as captain, including 14
tests -- all of which were undefeated.
He has faced more than his fair
share of battles on the field -- he s
got an arthritic knee, his neck s
never been the same since a front-
on hit in a game against Ireland
and his right trapezius doesn t work
When he sought medical help for
a constantly weepy eye, he was in
for an even bigger battle.
By the time the mass behind his
eye was diagnosed as non-Hodgkin
lymphoma, the cancer had already
spread throughout his body.
But in the same determined man-
ner he had led his beloved rugby
teams to victory, Buck faced his ill-
It was time to front , he says.
He remembers 2007 as the year
he fought cancer and after six
months of a combination of chemo-
therapy, naturopathic treatment
and good food, the tumours were
By Christmas he was feeling bet-
ter and looking forward to nailing
it completely .
At the time of writing his book
the cancer has been gone for five
Lymphoma can be treated if
caught early enough, but he says a
lot of people don t go to the doctor
because they re scared of finding
But you need to know what
you ve got and move on -- rather
than too late and not going to live.
He has the same philosophy
about weight loss, deal with it and
The former super-fit rugby hero
piled on 25 kilos in the time he was
a publican and it wasn t a good look.
His wife Joanne recalls: (He was)
tired, grumpy, unmotivated and
probably sick of hearing me say,
come for a run, let s go to the gym,
what about a bike ride ?
A phone call from a weight-loss
company changed everything and
since he accepted the challenge to
lose weight, Buck has never looked
He is passionate about fitness
and getting the word out to men
that they don t have to die young
and they can have a good quality of
life if they eat well and exercise.
When we get into our 50s it
becomes harder to shift weight and
I think we just have to be a little
tougher on ourselves -- once we ve
knocked the first brick wall and the
soreness is gone from the gym, the
weight starts to drop.
He says after competitive sport
most people put on between 1.5kg
and 2kg a year, which over their
lifetime means they can become
20kg heavier than they were in
He says exercise is medicine.
Thirty to 40 minutes a day is
good for the body, spirit and soul.
It s your investment in health and if
we have got health then we can
have a good life.
He urges men to go to the doctor
on a regular basis.
Eat healthy wholesome food that
your grandmother would recognise,
with Sara Brill,
Northland Regional Council
Blue periwinkle's pretty appearance belies serious pest status
Invasive species: Blue periwinkle,
The bright blue flowers of this
invasive perennial bloom during
Like so many invasive species,
blue periwinkle was introduced as
a pretty garden plant.
It is now thriving in the wild.
Blue periwinkle doesn t set seed
in New Zealand but is spread by
stem fragments, including dump-
ing of garden waste.
It is tricky to pull out as its
stems are very wiry and tough to
break. Chemical control may take a
bit of follow-up.
For small areas, you can run a
sharp spade just under the soil sur-
face to chip it off at the roots. Allow
all vegetation to dry out completely
in the sun before composting.
Covering the area with black
plastic for a year may also work,
especially if it s in a sunny spot.
For larger infestations, spraying
is a more effective option.
Spray with 200-300 millilitres of
glyphosate (eg Round-up), one
gram metsulfuron-methyl (eg
Escort) and 10ml penetrant in 10
litres of water. Take care to spray
only the foliage as metsulfuron can
transfer in soil.
Spraying is best done in spring
or autumn. Follow-up treatment
may be needed.
For more information about pest
animals or plants in your back yard
contact the Northland Regional
Council on 0800 002 004 and ask to
speak to a biosecurity officer, or
Sara Brill profiles a pest plant or
animal each month.
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