Flying a health mes­sage into the Tararuas

The Horowhenua Mail - - CONVERSATIONS - PIERS FULLER

It’s the fi­nal part of a tril­ogy aimed at im­prov­ing the health of men.

Dr Dave Bald­win will go to great lengths to get his men’s health mes­sage out there.

Ear­lier this week the ‘‘Bulls Flying Doc­tor’’ hired a he­li­copter to fly signed copies of his book to sev­eral huts in the Tararuas.

Bald­win does noth­ing by halves and this lat­est mis­sion aims to get copies of The Bush­man’s Bi­ble into tramp­ing huts all across New Zealand and he has en­listed flying buddies around the coun­try to help him com­plete it.

Em­ploy­ing Carter­ton’s Amal­ga­mated Heli­copters to fly a group up to some of the Tararuas most re­mote lo­ca­tions, Bald­win took copies of his book and wrote tai­lored mes­sages in each one and left them in the huts.

Bald­win said na­ture does some­thing spe­cial for most peo­ple and helps them con­nect with who they re­ally are.

This is Bald­win’s third book of his Healthy Bas­tards cam­paign. The Bush­man’s Bi­ble looks beyond the material world at re­li­gion, for those who at­tend the ‘‘big blue’’ tem­ple in the moun­tains and bush, rather than con­ven­tional churches and tem­ples in the city.

It’s the fi­nal part of a tril­ogy aimed at im­prov­ing the health of men he­si­tant to ask for help, specif­i­cally those in ru­ral and iso­lated ar­eas.

Bald­win said he had met peo­ple who were not ‘‘re­li­gious’’, but in touch with their spir­i­tu­al­ity. Some of them men­tioned they were in­ter­ested in go­ing to church, if only it wasn’t called ‘‘church’’.

Kahun­gunu ki Wairarapa representative Ra Smith, DOC ranger Joe Hansen, and two Stuff jour­nal­ists were along for the ride on Mon­day. It was also a chance for DOC to carry out some of its work by up­dat­ing in­for­ma­tion in the huts and fur­ther­ing some of its com­mu­nity well-be­ing goals.

DOC’s Healthy Na­ture, Healthy Peo­ple move­ment is about pro­mot­ing and strength­en­ing the con­nec­tion be­tween health, well­be­ing and na­ture.

District op­er­a­tions man­ager Kathy Houka­mau said as part of this move­ment in New Zealand, DOC and the Men­tal Health Foun­da­tion have part­nered to raise aware­ness about the pos­i­tive ef­fects of get­ting out into na­ture for your men­tal health and well­be­ing.

PIERS FULLER/STUFF

Dr Dave Bald­win at Kime hut in the Tararuas with copies of The Bush­man’s Bi­ble.

Carter­ton pi­lot Ja­son Diedrichs flew a team up to de­liver the books to huts.

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