Hair­cuts from the heart

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story’’.

‘‘The pur­pose is to start a con­ver­sa­tion within our com­mu­ni­ties of­men in re­gards to their well­be­ing and use those con­ver­sa­tions not only to de­velop stronger, health­ier com­mu­ni­ties but also to gather in­for­ma­tion vi­tal in cre­at­ing nor­malcy around men­tal health,’’ Dow­dall said.

Aside from con­ver­sa­tion and anal­y­sis, each client would also be pro­vided with di­rec­tion and in­for­ma­tion around risk man­age­ment.

‘‘It is of vi­tal im­por­tance that we ad­dress the is­sue of sui­cide rates among New Zealan­ders, par­tic­u­larly in the ru­ral sec­tor.’’

Any vouch­ers or goods re­ceived along the way will be auc­tioned on­line with all pro­ceeds go­ing to­wards Life­line Aotearoa.

Through­out the jour­ney, Dow­dall will be record­ing ev­ery shave, cut and con­ver­sa­tion with the in­ten­tion to cre­ate a ‘‘Net­flix­wor­thy’’ doc­u­men­tary se­ries.

‘‘We are want­ing to bring a nar­ra­tive to an era,’’ he said.

To com­plete his mis­sion, Dow­dall re­quires the sup­port of those equally as in­vested in im­prov­ing the qual­ity of life for men in­new Zealand. ❚ For more on the project visit face­book.com/ The­barter­bar­ber.

Sam Dow­dall cut Welling­ton Mayor Justin Lester’s hair be­fore he left his day job to travel the coun­try in an old Bed­ford am­bu­lance. ROBERT KITCHIN/STUFF

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