Troubled league star Kevin Locke speaks out about ‘tough times’ battling depression

The numbers of rugby league players seeking mental health counselling have tripled in two years, as sports codes are forced to provide mental health support for young men who have been professionals since their teens. During his six years in the Warriors, troubled league player Kevin Locke battled severe depression and attempted suicide three times. “Depression Read More …

Innovative gym turning lives around

Two hundred people joined Patu Gym on its opening day in Napier last month, thanks to word-of-mouth from its foundation gym’s members. Patu Aotearoa’s first gym opened in Hastings three years ago and its group exercise programmes, designed for Maori and Pasifika fighting obesity, have struck a chord. It won six months’ business mentoring through Read More …

Cancer checks get brothers pedalling

A team of Maori and Pasifika cyclists are on the road raising awareness of cancer. The Uso Bike Ride will eventually cover from Bluff to Cape Reinga. This week they’re traveling from Feilding to Hastings. Project leader Talalelei Taufale says they want to raise awareness of the importance of having health checks and the benefits Read More …