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Beck Eleven

When Beck Eleven, a columnist for The Press in Christchurch, wrote a frank, honest blog about…

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Elisha Fleming

Nelson teenager Elisha Fleming is a rising star in the Young Enterprise world, but a venture with a…

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Imogen Holmstead-Scott & Emerald Wafer

How can you support a friend who has an eating disorder? That question bothered Imogen…

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An Abbeyfield way of life

Meet friends Don and Tony, who met as Abbeyfield residents four years ago.Their one-bed studios come…

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Pacific social housing

Laying the foundations for wellbeing in your later years: Take a piece of neglected land in South…

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The Dallows: Capturing tales

The Dallows are a West Auckland family that play together and stay together: on stage and in real…

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Sunny outlook for older flatters

Going flatting in her 80s wasn’t exactly part of her life plan, but to Edith, the opportunity to…

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Good life at Kaumatua Village

Charlotte and 93-year-old father Herbie, who is blind and has Parkinson’s disease, are enjoying…

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Early adopters give rave reviews

At 62 and 66, partners Helen Cresswell and and Jill Freeman are not your stereotypical retirement…

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Making it work after life's upsets

Susan Fowke and cat Freddy are 2 of the younger residents of Leighton House, a Gisborne rest home…

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Riverside feeds the soul

If anyone knows about community living it's Colin Cole. Born at the Riverside community near Motueka…

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Countryside & community

For Amrita, renting a cottage at Riverside has meant being surrounded by beautiful countryside which…

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Whatever it takes

A visitor to Ahuriri is assured of a warm welcome.The four permanent residents of this supported…

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Mary: Mamas know best

From small beginnings 20 years ago, the Pacifica Arts Centre has developed into a vibrant,…

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Would you like skills with that

There aren’t many places where you can learn a new skill and get a free feed at the same time. But…

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Kev: Sharing in the joy of the snow

As a keen skier for most of his 57 years, Kevin (Kev) Harris uses his expertise in the snow to help…

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Ask a SuperGran

A group of women sit around a large table, knitting or crocheting. There’s an atmosphere of quiet…

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The sandwich generation

Jo laughs when she thinks of her earlier fantasies of herself in retirement. The actual picture is…

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Undoing a garden together

Classroom theory flies out the window when Kirsten helps her 80-year-old father make a major change.

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Joy from raising mokopuna

Josie might be forgiven for wanting a little time to herself now she’s 67 and have a bit of a rest…

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Creating a village together

Laurel Stowell and Richard Thompson can recall conversations with friends over the years about how…

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Areta: Whanau is everything

"Care for yourself, care about yourself," is Areta’s advice when asked about successful ageing.

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Continuing the challenges

Wayne Leong knows what it’s like to be a stranger in a strange land. But he’s always been up for…

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Tufuga: A voice for her people

Her full name is Tufuga Holatu Lagatule and at 75 she has a lot to be proud of.…

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The next adventure

Having a tranquil place to come home to is important to Northland clinical psychologist Margaretanne…

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Malcolm: Man on a mission

“At age 43 I crashed and burned,” says Malcolm Dixon. That was almost 25 years ago, and at the…

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Bryan: Busier than ever

Bryan Moore is never one to wake up asking himself what to do with the day. The retired veterinary…

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Rob: The company of others

Rob Calder is strongly connected with a number of communities. As a gay man he’s been a long-time…

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Renovating people & houses

Ruth Brown remembers lying in bed with tonsillitis and waiting for the doctor. When he arrived, he…

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Dr Judith Davey

An ‘honorary’ boomer (she was born during World War II in England), Dr Judith Davey is Senior…

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Rau Hoskins, MArch (Hons)

“Prior to urbanisation it was a lot easier to maintain integrated whānau units where older people…

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Professors Christine Stephens and Fiona Alpass

More housing needed to support good mental health.

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Dr Kay Saville-Smith

Unlike their great grandparents' generation in which many people were dead by the age of 60, today's…

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Dr Cherryl Waerea-i-te-rangi Smith

Life and work are closely interwoven for Dr Cherryl Waerea-i-te-rangi Smith. She's a grandmother of…

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Dr Ngaire Kerse

Fifty-something Ngaire Kerse can't wait to be old.

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Dr Chris Perkins

Psychiatrist , ageing specialist and baby boomer Chris Perkins has her own "ways to wellbeing" that…

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Dr Juliet Batten

Dr Juliet Batten, author and psychotherapist, helps us prepare for our later years with these…

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Vesna Aroha Radonich

Personal fitness trainer Vesna Aroha Radonich is an inspiration to many different people.

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Ange Sampson

Ange Sampson was diagnosed with depression (and later anxiety) when she was 18, just after she…

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Jana Lucas

Jana Lucas first started showing symptoms of bipolar when she was 17, living in Bristol.…

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Lance Elliot

I was 25 years old when I was first diagnosed with schizophrenia.…

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Maria Hogan*

My name is Maria. In November 2003, I was diagnosed with bipolar affective disorder.

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Robyn Yousef

Symptoms of bipolar disorder first came to light for Robyn Yousef as a teenager. Determined to keep…

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Shane Egen & Joanne Lind-Egen

Everyone except their doctor said it couldn’t work; two people with bipolar living together.

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Andrew Blythe

Andrew Blythe has been interested in art and writing for as long as he can remember.…

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Tracee Te Moananui

At the age of 37 Tracee Te Moananui became unwell.…

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Darcey Jane

When I was given my first diagnosis (borderline personality disorder), I was halfway through a…

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Chris McMurray

Rapper and performance poet Chris McMurray is drawing on his personal experiences to help challenge…

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Guy Baker

Guy Baker’s road into depression was fraught with drinking (which masked his symptoms), difficulty…

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Colleen McClure

Cantabrian Colleen McClure shares her story about her husband’s passing just hours before the…

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Maria Thackwell

Cantabrian Maria Thackwell describes how she fell apart after the earthquakes and what helped her…

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Helena Sonar

Helena Sonar is young and vibrant and enjoys dedicating her time to peer support. She also has…

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Denny Anker

Writing in my diary helped me process the magnitude of the September 2010 quake.…

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Colin Slade

When Colin Slade talks about the stigma experienced by suicide survivors, he's speaking from…

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Wang Xiu Ying*

I come from Hong Kong. As a result of family tragedies and discrimination by others, my mental…

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Bronson Price

Bronson Price hopes his music might help any listeners contemplating suicide to think again. The…

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Louis Harrison-Aydon

I was in the music department at school, which was located in the basement of the bus exchange, when…

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Hinemoana

I had my first episode of depression when I was 14. My parents had split up; me and mum went to live…

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Ben Lockie

Ben Lockie has everything he could wish for in life: a beautiful wife, fantastic kids, a home, and a…

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Duncan Woods

One drizzly afternoon in 2010, Christchurch teacher Duncan Woods was out running when he spotted…

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Katie Christison

Nearly every time Katie Christison has ever felt low, she’s either dyed her hair or got an “out…

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Kade Nightingale and Jeremy Rolston

Comedy act Kade Nightingale and Jeremy Rolston have more than just their stand-up profession in…

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Gary Watts

Gary Watts was 12 years old when he first had symptoms of depression.

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Celia Painter & Abbie Krieble

Good things come from bad experiences. That’s what 17-year-old Celia Painter believes after her…

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Amy Evans

At a very young age Amy Evans experienced emotional and physical neglect, as well as sexual abuse…

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Meagan Francis

Meagan Francis, 33, first experienced mental distress when she was 18 years old after moving away…

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