Flying a health message into the Tararuas
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.
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.