New Plymouth photographer Helen Wilkin is part of a small group of New Zealand and Australian photographers who are working together to raise funds for the Women’s Cancer Foundation. They are capturing the loving connection between mother and daughter.
“It’s so important to capture these moments while we can. We just don’t know what will happen in the future and if we will ever get this opportunity again,” said Wilkin owner of Helenjoy Photography.
While photographers are donating their talents and time a participation fee of $51is going directly to the Women’s Cancer Foundation.
“The simple things in life that we take for granted. Family and friends back home, fresh fruit and vegetables, trees, grass, running water, rain and a comfortable bed.”
These are the things that Anthony Powell misses when he returns time and again to work in the Antarctica.
At 52 years old he has just completed his 8th summer and 10th winter down there and is now faced with entering back into society.
“Once you spend a decent amount of time there, you can have trouble re-adjusting when you return to normal life. Being bombarded by noise and advertising, being stuck in traffic, seeing crowds of faces you do not recognise, breathing in city smog or even having too many choices at the supermarket.”
This is the follow up to my previous article about discovering I had a cancerous mole and its prompt removal. PLEASE take care this summer and slip, slop, slap!
“About 250 New Zealanders will die from melanoma each year and about one in fifteen white skinned New Zealanders are expected to develop melanoma in their lifetime. Melanoma is the least common but the most serious form of skin cancer. New Zealand has one of the highest melanoma death rates in the world.
“If melanoma is diagnosed and treated early the treatment is usually successful.”
October is Save Kiwi Month and our national icon needs your support so generations to come can get to meet them.
Kiwis for kiwi Executive Director Michelle Impey explains the role they have in helping to save the kiwi population.
“It is the national campaign to raise awareness of the plight of kiwi, and to raise funds to support work being done on the ground to save them. It is led by Kiwis for kiwi, an independent charity that supports community-led kiwi conservation projects nationally by raising and distributing funds.”
Here in Taranaki our little guy Rockstar is probably one of the better known success stories thanks to the donations and support from the kiwi community.
“Rockstar had an unusual start to life. He’s the only kiwi we know of to have hatched in a car. He was collected from a nest by Taranaki Kiwi Trust, who you have helped to support, when he had started to break through his egg and rushed to Kiwi Encounter in Rotorua. By the time he arrived, he was fully hatched!”, says Michelle Impey.
Carol Robertson’s fantasy themed Cinderella cake won top honours at the New Zealand Chefs Association National Salon held in Auckland.
A score of 98 out of 100 not only earned Carol a gold medal in the Celebration Cake Open section but also the top honour in her class.
“We were at the prize-giving and eventually I realised my name hadn’t been called. I knew that there were four golds awarded.
“The next thing I heard was ‘and the winner of the class is Carol Robertson all the way from New Plymouth!’ I was beaming, I just couldn’t stop smiling. I was on cloud nine. Gavin was over the moon, he was just so happy for me!”
Carol then had to wait to receive her score in the mail and received more astonishing news.
“I wasn’t expecting 100 points but to get 98 was just amazing. I have never got 98 before. That is the highest score I have ever got. I just went into shock again.”
An amazing presentation from a group of school students was the final act for phase one of Project Hotspot.
Project Hotspot is run through schools and supported by scientist and community groups.
Students from Highlands Intermediate School and Oakura School have been working on their action plans with the Project Hotspot Team.
The children formed groups and started their research of investigating potential threats to species within the Tapuae Marine Reserve.
The Taranaki based Participatory Science Platform (PSP) project is driven by Nga Motu Marine Reserve Society and funded via Curious Minds Taranaki which is administered locally by VTL.
The PSP is currently being piloted in three areas: South Auckland, Taranaki and Otago. It is an initiative under A Nation of Curious Minds, a Government programme to encourage all New Zealanders to get involved with science and technology.