NZ Lifestyle Block - - Contents - Nadene Hall, Ed­i­tor

IF YOU ask New Zealan­ders who their he­roes are, my guess is sport­ing su­per­stars are high on the list.

My child­hood hero was crick­eter Martin Crowe. I had his book. My aunt took me to see him play at Eden Park. My cousin made me a t-shirt that said ‘I Love Martin Crowe’.

I got to meet him as an adult. Never meet your he­roes they say, but I feel so lucky to have met mine. He was a lov­ing and kind man. Rest in peace Martin.

These days my he­roes are very dif­fer­ent. They are the peo­ple who do things ev­ery day to make our world a bet­ter place for all of us, and they tackle the re­ally hard stuff. One is co­me­dian Mike King and his work on sui­cide pre­ven­tion with the Key To Life char­i­ta­ble trust (www.key­to­life.org.nz). I lost a great friend this year and I des­per­ately wish I had known about how de­pres­sion in men can present so dif­fer­ently to what I thought, some­thing I read about on their web­site when it was too late. I miss you so much John.

This year I also dis­cov­ered an­other great New Zealand hero, and you’ll get to meet him on page 12. He is some­one who has spent his whole life – from age five or so – work­ing to love, hon­our and pro­tect the na­tive trees we are so lucky to have in this coun­try. Af­ter­wards, I couldn’t stop read­ing about this self-ef­fac­ing man who shares the sto­ries and his­tory of our coun­try and its peo­ple through trees. He’s also per­son­ally contributed to sav­ing species like the cab­bage tree, po­hutukawa and rata. It is a truly heroic ef­fort to me. Thank you Philip.

This mighty to­tara hasn’t fallen, but it’s pretty windswept on its hill site near banks penin­sula.

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