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CHRISTCHURCH - Prostate Cancer National Conference 2021

Sunday, 2nd May 2021
8.30am - 4.30pm

Rydges Latimer,
Christchurch

Tickets: $45

In recent years the number of men diagnosed with prostate cancer has shown a significant increase, the reasons for which are not all that clear. One possible explanation is the increasing awareness of prostate cancer among Kiwi men, and as a Foundation we will take some credit for this with our increasing effectiveness in this area.

While the number of diagnoses increases, the death rate is decreasing, meaning more men are surviving their encounter with the disease, and for many this means living with the outcomes of treatments and ongoing medications. This poses issues for many men – it’s all about survivorship and maintaining a good quality of life.

This year’s conference will address this key topic of “survivorship” and our keynote speakers will provide some real solutions to the questions men, and their families have, about making the most of life following a prostate cancer diagnosis.

For more information or a copy of the programme, please visit here.

NELSON/TASMAN - Living Wood Fair 2021

9am-6pm
Sat, 17th & Sun, 18th April

Tōtara Whenua, East Tākaka, Golden Bay

The Living Wood Fair features a world of wood and abundant creativity in beautiful Golden Bay on 17th & 18th April from 9am ‘til 6pm. This is a wonderful start to the school holidays with plenty of kids activities: They can explore woodworking skills; bushcrafts and adventure skills, listen to stories, learn about taonga pūoro and discover their wildling within. And kids under 16 are free.

There are workshops for parents and children together, some workshops for experienced woodworkers or you can simply explore the markets; enjoy the music, various woodwork activities, and arts and crafts with a refreshing drink and delicious food. 

The Living Wood Fair focuses on building awareness, creating change and sharing knowledge around forestry, building and the environment. Activities have four main themes: All aspects of Forestry and Silviculture; Environmental Stewardship; Creative Arts, Wood and Bush Crafts and Natural Building.

Host Graeme Scott will run a workshop on Traditional Timber Frame Joinery, and other workshops include Light Earth Building; Earth Building; and Retrofitting Earthen Materials. Christchurch craft facilitators from Rekindle return to the event, hosting workshops featuring many ways to transform local resources through skills such as Basket Weaving, Carving Beads, Eco-Printing, Making String, Green Woodworking and Spoon Carving for both young and old. The green-fingered can discover many new skills with workshops on Medicinal Herbs, Fruit-Tree Pruning, Whittling Flowers and Foraging and Cooking, or learn how to make Fire with Friction!

We are thrilled to announce that renowned artists Robin Slow, Brian Flintoff, Bob Bickerton, Ariana Tikao, Holly Tikao-Weir and Solomon Rahui are collaborating to bring art, music and storytelling to the Living Wood Fair, as they play and talk about Taonga Pūoro, the traditional musical instruments of Māori. They will present several sessions, including a workshop on how to make two of the taonga pūoro and a short presentation for children exploring some of the instruments featured in creation stories and other ancient tales.

There will be Building and Forestry Forums with experts from around the country as well as talks on Continual Canopy Forestry, Potential Plantation Timber Species, Straw Bale Construction, Hempcrete, Ecosystem Management and Farming in 2030.

An exciting new addition this year is the creation of land based environmental artworks by an enthusiastic team of seven locals, using natural materials such as wood offcuts, bamboo and rocks.

Many talented artists will showcase their crafts: Local blacksmith Pat Baker from Hell's Kitchen Forges, Renford Crump’s hugely popular Bush Crafts; the Wellington Woodworking Friends Collective; Hawke’s Bay instrument maker Phill Jones; Warwick Lilley, a chainsaw carver from Rotorua and Deborah Walsh, a weaving artist from Nelson.

As in previous years there will be a collaboration with Fairholme Gallery across the road from the fairgrounds. Brian Flintoff and Robin Slow have created an exhibition of paintings and carvings which will be on display. A number of established artists and student furniture makers from the Nelson Centre of Fine Woodworking will be showcasing their work in the heritage homestead gallery and gardens.

The Living Wood Fair is proudly supported by Creative New Zealand, Tasman District Council; Creative Communities; Te Uru Rākau [Forestry NZ] and the Roots Bar, Takaka.

Tickets are available from Eventfinda until 16th April at 1pm. $25 + bf for a daily pass; $40+bf for the weekend, concession $15+bf per day. Kids under 16 are free. Workshop fees are add-on tickets. Get in early as workshops sell out quickly. 

WELLINGTON - Parent Adolescent Information Evening

13th April 2021

Upper Hutt Cossie Club
11 Logan St., Upper Hutt

$15 via Eventbrite

Come along to this Fund Raiser for amazing 'Fuel the Need' Charity. Kathryn Berkett will cover the changes that are actually happening in the adolescent brain, and what impact this can have on their behaviours. Understanding why this is all happening can help us, as adults, to respond in a way that can help households be less conflicting. Kathryn has her Masters in Educational Psychology, and has been training nationally and internationally for over 20 years. Kathryn has two of her own gorgeous adolescents that help her keep this information grounded. Come along to hear some of the most useful information you will ever learn.

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