Waitaki Herald : October 15th 2014
6 WAITAKI HERALD, OCTOBER 15, 2014 NEWS Weeding out scrub: Weed control work is under way at Cape Wanbrow. Photo: DANIEL BIRCHFIELD/FAIRFAX NZ Weed control starts at Cape Wanbrow F ollowing the successful completion of forest harvesting and firewood gathering on Cape Wanbrow, the Waitaki District Council is now preparing the area for replanting. Council parks officer Mike Kwant says the first phase is to start weed control spraying. ‘‘The work will start the week commencing Monday, October 13 with spraying to control scrub weeds, but operations will avoid spraying native species which have started to regenerate and will not harm existing grass cover. The optimal conditions for spraying are normally in the early morning due to calm winds and spraying will only occur during weekdays with the cape remaining open to the public during weekends.’’ Signs will be placed at entry points advising people of when spraying operations are taking place. The spraying will ensure weeds are controlled and beneficial plants are retained until future plantings of native and exotic species commence. The past few months have seen a lot of activity on the cape with the harvesting of trees, collection of free firewood, the redevelopment of mountain biking tracks and now preparation for planting. ‘‘Mountain Biking North Otago have worked hard to reinstall tracks as Cape Wanbrow is a popular mountain biking destination for cyclists,’’ Kwant says. ‘‘We are aware of the disrup- tion caused to the public during this time and appreciate their patience while this work is being undertaken.’’ Not a healthy bunch: A survey by life insurance provider Sovereign has found more than half of New Zealanders feel as a nation, the country isn’t very healthy. Is New Zealand a healthy place? A lifestyle survey conducted by life insurance company Sovereign has found almost half of Otago and Southland residents surveyed don’t consider New Zealand a healthy place. The survey covers aspects such as health and happiness, nutrition, exercise and sleep patterns. When asked if they think New Zealand is a healthy nation, 49 per cent, the highest in the country, said they didn’t think so. However, people from Otago and Southland rate themselves 7.7 out of 10 in terms of having a healthy lifestyle. A total of 53 per cent also believe their lifestyle is above average compared with other New Zealanders, with 41 per cent saying it’s on par and 6 per cent saying it’s below. Only 25 per cent of Otago and Southland residents think they are more healthy than a year ago, the lowest in the country. A total of 64 per cent think their health levels are the same, while 11 per cent think they’re worse. As far as nutrition is concerned, 57 per cent of Otago/Southland residents believe eating well has the biggest impact on good health, with just 29 per cent, the lowest in the country, believing happiness has the greatest impact. They were most likely in New Zealand to agree they eat five-plus servings of fruit and vegetables daily (74 per cent). A third aren’t satisfied with their exercise routine, with lack of time, motivation and work commitments being the top three barriers preventing those from Otago/Southland from exercising. A quarter say they don’t get a good night’s sleep regularly, with 17 per cent having insomnia in the past 12 months and 58 per cent experiencing broken sleep in the past year. Nationally, Sovereign chief medi- cal officer Dr John Mayhew says most New Zealanders feel their health is above average. ‘‘Our latest research revealed 57 per cent of Kiwis think that New Zealand, as a nation, is not very healthy but 53 per cent believe they live a healthier lifestyle than the average New Zealander so it doesn’t apply to them.’’ He says healthy communities place ‘‘fewer burdens’’ on the public health system and healthy people are happier and have better wellbeing.
October 8th 2014
October 22nd 2014