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fitness gurus swear
by them and many
New Zealanders are
flocking to get one.
trackers are modern
pedometers which do far more than
simply count how many steps a person
takes each day.
There is a plethora of the colourful
watches and wristbands on the market,
as sported by the likes of Gwyneth
Paltrow, Kanye West and Serena
Features vary but many trackers tally
calories burned, distance travelled, monitor
sleep patterns and record heart rates and
Paired via Bluetooth with a companion
web account or mobile app, they can
display this data in graphs.
They range in price from around $100
up to several hundred for a smart-watch
Auckland health and fitness consultant
Lee-Anne Wann has been wearing a
Garmin Vivofit activity tracker since
June last year, and her average daily steps
climbed from 8000 to 18,000.
Ms Wann said the fitness tracker
motivated her to be more active without
creating an obsession.
“(Activity) makes a huge difference to
the food you choose to eat, how you feel,
your mood and how you look, and we
Ms Wann said that inactive people,
particularly those in sedentary jobs, would
be unaware how badly the lack of exercise
was affecting their health.
She was shocked recently to discover
after an all-day university lecture she had
walked only 2000 steps. It corresponded
with tiredness, irritability and a craving for
junk food, Ms Wann said.
“It was a real eye-opener. When you
have one of these on you actually make a
concerted effort to move.”
The average person walks about 3500
steps a day, but research shows that hitting
10,000 improves health.
Ms Wann competes with her friends
and clients for best daily tallies, with one
totalling 23,000 steps in one day.
Garmin regional sales representative
Shannon Rea said he had lost 19kg since
he joined the company and was given a
Vivofit in May last year.
Mr Rea said the fitness trackers
motivated people to lose weight and
inspired better overall health through
automatic and personal goal setting.
He said the Vivofit had been hugely
popular since its launch in New Zealand
last April and each day about 7000 were
sold across Australasia.
Other fitness trackers on the market
include the Garmin Vivosmart, Fitbit
Flex, Fitbit Charge, Tom Tom GPS Sport
Watches, Sony Smart Band, Polar Loop
Activity Tracker, Jawbone UP24, and Nike
Fuel Band SE.
There is no rest for this mother who is
motivated to move every time she sees
Ami Kelly is more active than ever
thanks to a fitness tracker she says
motivates her to keep moving.
The Auckland mother-of-two has been
wearing a Garmin Vivofit for seven
months and some days notches up more
than 20,000 steps.
Mrs Kelly, from the North Shore, already
trains regularly at the gym but said the
fitness tracker prompts her to move hourly
if she has been inactive.
“It actually motivates me when the red
line comes on. I never thought it would
work but I actually get off my butt and go
and do something like walk around the
The red bar on the display screen
reminds Mrs Kelly she has been sitting
down for a lengthy period.
That motivation was the biggest
benefit, according to Mrs Kelly, who said
knowing how many steps she had walked
in a day, distance travelled and calories
burned was interesting but not essential
to remaining fit.
“It’s really positive re-enforcement. You
get quite a sense of achievement,” she
Mrs Kelly, a self-confessed fitness junkie,
colour co-ordinates the Vivofit wristbands
with her clothing and keeps the sleek-
fitting watch on day and night.
She said her sister, who recently had
a baby, had used a fitness tracker to get
Some of the options
Garmin Vivofit, $129: Learns your
activity level by assigning personalised
daily steps, one year battery life, water
resistant up to 50m.
Sony Smart Band, $139: Waterproof,
wearable 24/7, vibrating alert, Bluetooth.
Fitbit Flex, $159: During the day, it
tracks steps, distance, and calories burned.
At night, it tracks your sleep quality and
wakes you in the morning.
Tom Tom GPS Sport from $199:
Track time, distance and pace on an extra-
large, high resolution display, one button
control, also tracks treadmills.
Jawbone UP24, $179: Real-time
updates on your progress; new app displays
movement and sleep details.
— N Z ME-New Zealand Herald
4 - Friday, January 16, 2015
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uLetters to the editor
1547 - Ivan the Terrible is crowned Russia’s
1793 - Free immigrant settlers from England
arrive in Sydney.
1816 - Portugal’s South American colony,
Brazil, becomes a kingdom.
1917 - Germans propose in a telegram that
Mexico become Germany ’s ally with a view to
recovering Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona.
The telegram is intercepted, hastening the US
entry into World War I.
1920 - Prohibition, the legal prevention
of the manufacture, sale, or transportation
of alcoholic drinks, begins as the 18th
Amendment to the US Constitution takes
effect. It is later repealed.
1925 - Leon Trotsky is dismissed from
chairmanship of Russia’s Revolutionary
1964 - Thirteen Arab nations, meeting in
Cairo, agree to set up military command
to strengthen Arab position on
problems related to Israel.
1969 - Soviet cosmonauts achieve
first link-up of two manned
spaceships while in orbit around
1979 - In the face of growing
unrest, Shah Mohammed Reza
Pahlavi flees Iran, never to return.
uWest Coast yesteryear
uToday in history
Richard Savage, English author (1697-1743);
Niccolo Piccinni, Italian musician (1728-
1800); Lorraine Bayly, Australian actress
(1937-); John Carpenter, US film director
(1948-); Debbie Allen, US actress/dancer/
choreographer (1950-); Sade, US
singer (1959-); Joel Fitzgibbon,
former Defence Minister (1962-);
Maxine Jones, US R and B singer
(1966-); Greg Page, Australian
musician and actor (The Wiggles)
(1972-); Kate Moss, English model
(1974-); FKA twigs, British musician
“ I am a believer in punctuality, though it
makes me very lonely.” — E V Lucas, English
writer and publisher (1868-1938).
“If another member of the Church sins against
you, go and point out the fault when the two of
you are alone. If the member listens to you, you
have regained that one.” —Matthew 18:15
A former Blaketown
woman and her
son, who now
reside in Nelson,
won the £12,000 major prize in the Golden
Kiwi lottery drawn this morning. They are
Mrs Laura Gillgan(nee Smith) and her son
Mrs Gilligan’s father, the late Mr P G Smith,
conducted a barber’s business in Boundary
Street, opposite D uncan McLean’s for many
years. Mrs Gilligan’s brother, Mr Jack Smith,
resides in High Street, Greymouth. Her
husband is Mr Arthur Gilligan, who was born
West Coast patrons won £95 today, the chief
prize being one of £50.
After three years at the Greymouth Marist
Brothers’ High School, Rev Brother Mark has
been transferred to Gisborne. He will take up
a similar position at the Marist Brothers’ High
During his term in Greymouth, Brother
Mark, a post-primary teacher, has closely
followed cricket and rugby. This season he was
selector and coach of the West Coast colts’
Rev Brother Peter John is also understood to
be transferring, but no replacement details were
What kind of drink for teenage parties at this
time of year? The answer is a punchbowl with
plenty of character but no built-in risks.
1⁄2 cup honey or sugar, 3⁄4 cup water, 12 cloves,
1 teaspoon cinnamon, 2 cups orange juice, 1 1⁄2
cups soda water, 1 tray of ice cubes.
Boil together honey, water, c loves and
cinnamon for five minutes. Strain and cool.
Add orange juice and soda water. Poor over ice.
This makes 4-5 cups.
uFood for thought
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Opposition health spokeswoman
Annette King’s crocodile tears about DHB
funding (Greymouth Star, January 8) raise
two major points.
Firstly, it was Mrs King as health
minister who set up DHBs in a way that
merely put a veneer of democracy and
local representation on a process driven
from Wellington and which is at the heart
of the problem. If there was any shred of
democracy in the DHB boards process
at local level, surely the elected board
members would be shouting from the
rooftops, ‘why not Reser ve Bank funding?’
The reality is that the boards are in effect a
dictatorship controlled from afar.
Secondly, Mrs King, just like Tony
Ryall, Bill English and their innumerable
bureaucratic toadies, either does not
understand how much unnecessary loan
costs are helping to financially cripple
DHBs — or she knows but is, like her
parliamentary colleagues, totally wedded
to the crazy financial system which has
such a stranglehold on society.
Having stated, ‘It is time the
Government reassessed the way funding
is allocated’, why doesn’t Mrs King
advocate what is, to anyone with the
slightest understanding of the loans
millstone around DHBs’ necks, loans at
minimal (management cost only) interest
through the Reser ve Bank? If she does not
understand the matter, I refer her to the
provisions of the Finance Act which spell
out in terms surely understandable — even
to MPs — that government ministers are
entitled to arrange funding through any
organisation they choose (Reser ve Bank
included) provided it is in the public
interest (no pun intended).
For the West Coast, that would mean
savings of tens of millions of dollars on
the proposed Greymouth Hospital rebuild
There is, of course, another possibility
— that behind the scenes, Labour are just
as set on eventual privatisation of health
ser vices as National. And the modus
operandi? Bankrupt the DHB boards,
blame the board members for allowing
this to happen, and tell the public that
privatisation is the only answer.
No wonder the previous Health Minister
Tony Ryall abandoned ship re the public
health system, and is now seeking his
fortune in what he gleefully described as
the ‘dynamic’ private health sector.
A plague on all their houses.
NZ Democrats for Social Credit
I see another article equating health
funding restrictions with diminished
ser vices. Costs can easily be constrained
by improving the quality, training and the
efficiency of existing ser vices.
Evidence presented at a recent coroner’s
hearing demonstrates many of the
systemic failures. An inefficient system
denied this patient access to a surgical
procedure described as “easy ” by an expert
with necessary skills. Instead the patient
was made to undergo alternative surgical
procedures every two to three weeks at a
much greater cost and little use to him.
Events leading to the patient ’s death
were similar. While the DHB supposedly
employs specialists to be on call 24/7, the
specialist on-call did not see this patient
in a timely manner and did not have
the necessary expertise. Had a specialist
with appropriate training been used,
the hospital admission could have been
avoided. Instead, I believe the patient was
subjected to unnecessary and expensive
inter vention which cost him his life.
Claimed expertise should be backed by
training. Ser vice and accountability should
match the high pay packets.
An incident investigation system
which lacks competency and integrity
is a key barrier for improvement of
clinical standards and clinician training.
Documents shown at the coroner’s inquest
showed that faulty findings of the internal
investigation were not just due to lack of
competence of the process.
Two reports from one expert were
presented with the second rewritten
for judiciary processes with a comment
about a serious error missing from the
second letter. While the existing system of
governance and regulation paid for by the
public allows this, how long will it remain
acceptable to the public?
Ashburton College is celebrating its 50th
jubilee from March 13-15, 2015.
We are looking for ward to a great
reunion of former students, staff, board of
governors and board members, including
those from our two predecessor schools
— Technical/Hakatere College and
Ashburton High School. Please spread
the word to any you know who may be
For registrations of interest in attending
e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or
phone 03 308 4193, ext 812 or 027 247
For information check the college
or Facebook: Ashburton College Jubilee,
or contact Sheena Tyrrell on 03 308
4193, ext 812 or 027 247 8003, or e-mail
Doug Innes was an identity in his own
right, a loyal West Coaster, private but
public, and a perfect gentleman who
enjoyed people and never spoke ill of
Doug was the younger son of Harold
and Anna Innes and was raised in the
original family home at South Beach,
along with his older brother, Ian.
The family moved to the Twelve Mile
for a period, living in one of the gold
dredge houses, and then moved to
Blaketown prior to living in Mawhera
Quay before taking up residence atop
Doug spent most of his life in the house
on the hill and soon gave neighbourhood
watch, looking out over the Greymouth
port and business area.
On leaving school in 1944 he worked
for Brown and Walters, where he ser ved
his trade as a motor mechanic. Doug left
Brown and Walters in 1953 to work as a
ships engineer on the Zephyr II, based in
Auckland and Wellington, working the
South Westland seas while carting cargo
down to Jackson Bay and returning with
shiploads of silver pine posts back up to
the North Island.
He later worked for Westland
Transport for 20 years as a driver
mechanic covering the West Coast
highways, travelling to Westport and
South Westland, with regular trips
to Picton, Blenheim, Cromwell and
In later years Doug worked for the
Greymouth Timber Company, where he
built the filleting yard.
He was a keen deer shooter and
supplemented his income by hunting the
tops. Whitebaiting on the Grey River
was another seasonal passion.
Doug enjoyed a social beer, a laugh, a
game of darts and a flutter at the TAB
and he will long be remembered for his
splendid karaoke cover versions of Frank
Sinatra’s Mac the Knife and New York,
“A real gentleman and never said a bad
word against anybody,” Ken Russell said.
“A very popular and wonderful man,
genuine to the core — he always got a
big hug from the ladies.”
Douglas Thomas Innes
Keeping pace with personal activity trackers
PICTURE: Getty Images
A Wellograph watch and activity tracker.
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