Central Leader : March 25th 2011
3 CENTRAL LEADER, MARCH 25, 2011 NEWS Shop online now! www.tilesonline.co.nz Residential & Commercial Tiling Waterproofing Complete Bathroom Refits Antislip Tile Treatments Maintenance & Repairs All work Guaranteed If you can dream it we can create it FREE Tile Cleaning kit valued at $100 with every tile laying job booked in March* * Jobs must be valued at over $1000 to apply Phone: 0508 TILEMAN 0508 845 3626 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Sa a d d i a ckla d! Ph pr m i d 30 April. Wi r will b draw a d c ac d by 2 May. J i w a d y 'll g i h draw wi 1 3 Ph 4 ! Wi Tiki Taane's healing song for the Starship kids FROM Page 1 Little Charlie is the apple of his dad s eye. He jumps on stage at gigs all kitted up in big earmuffs and is a bit of a crowd pleaser. He s part of the band, Tiki says. The 34-year-old art- ist s latest album In the World of Light is sitting at number one in the New Zealand music charts. All proceeds from the lullaby, when it s bought from Tiki s website, go towards the Starship Air Ambulance service which flies medi- cal experts to emerg- encies around the country. It flew patients out of the disaster zone in the first 48 hours after the Christchurch earth- quake last month. Go to www.central leader.co.nz to see a video of the song and the website www.tikidub. comtobuyacopyofthe song. Racing ahead at age 91 By HINERANGI VAIMOSO Racing ahead: Bruce Christopher, a member of the Manukau City Veterans Cycle Club, is the oldest sponsored cyclist in New Zealand. Inset: The vintage Italian cycling shoes Bruce Christopher prefers to use. Photos: HINERANGI VAIMOSO HE MIGHT be 91 but the oldest sponsored cyclist in New Zealand clearly recalls the day he rode his first bike. Bruce Christopher was about eight and had seen a man park his bicycle outside the local general store near his home in Rotorua so he jumped on and gave it a spin. I was hooked from then on, he says. The Mt Roskill resi- dent still rides a steady 40km every week in rural Papakura as the oldest member of the Manukau City Veterans Cycle Club. I must admit I don t get as motivated as I used to, he says with a laugh. I liked the days when I had people in my age range to race against. I do it for the camaraderie these days. Mr Christopher was gifted a $4000 bike from Avanti and Cycle City in Manukau for his 90th birthday, making him the oldest sponsored cyc- list in New Zealand. He bought his first bike when he was 14. It was a model made by the Canadian National Cycle Company and he earned it by sweeping offices in central Auckland after school. Doctors told me I d eventually get arthritis. That was 40 years ago and it hasn t happened yet, he says. He has even been knocked off his bike by a car when he was younger. There are a few plates and screws here and there and I m on all sorts of funny heart pills but I m still getting by. Mr Christopher recom- mends cycling as a body and soul-preserving sport with plenty of fresh air and healthy competition from the younger ones within the club. I love to see that girls have taken up the sport to such an extent these days, he says. That s especially pleasing because his wife, a keen athlete when she was alive, was often frowned upon for being a female cyclist. A number of people back then would say girls shouldn t be riding bikes in that position, Mr Christopher says. That attitude has really changed over the years and I m pleased. The veteran cyclists get together every Sunday around 8am, set- ting off from Ardmore Hall on the corner of Papakura-Clevedon and Burnside roads.. Full membership is available to anyone over the age of 30 but people are welcome to become an associate member. Riders are able to take on distances between 25km and 80km. The group was formed in 1992 to meet the needs of veteran cyclists in south Auckland. While the turnout varies each week, it s not unusual for the club to host 120 riders on a Sunday from all across Auckland. Mr Christopher is more than happy to make the journey to rural Papakura every week with his trusty bike dismantled on the back seat of his car. Club president Kelvin McAnulty says the club s youngest member is in his early 30s and many of the members are in their 40s. They usually join when the kids are grown up and off doing their own thing so they re then able to get back out riding again, he says. Go to cycleclub.co.nz for more details on how to join the Manukau City Veterans Cycle Club.
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