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With winter sports fast approaching many people are
training hard to refresh skills and increase fitness so they can
get the most out of there bodies to enable them to play at
Sure, all the skills and fitness training is great but it’s only
as good as the functional capability of your body. If your
nervous system (brain, spinal cord, spinal nerves and
peripheral nerves) is unable to process the appropriate
information at the right time and send that information to
the appropriate place in your body then you will be unable to
perform to your potential.
The main area this process breaks down is in the spine which
surrounds the spinal cord. When the joints in the spine are
not working correctly inflammation of the tissues around
the spine can put pressure on the spinal nerves causing
interference of the information flow from the brain to the
body. This is where your chiropractor comes in, they are
trained to locate, analyse and correct these areas in the spine
that aren’t functioning correctly. These areas in the spine that
aren’t working properly are called vertebral subluxations.
With the interference (vertebral subluxation) corrected your
body has the ability to function at a higher ability.
Any advantage you can gain over your competitors is
crucial, so see a chiropractor today and allow your body to
function to its potential and gain that advantage over your
Call King Country Chiropractic today to see how we can help!
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In February we celebrated World Spey Day.
We offered free cat and kitten desexing for
the whole day, sponsored by Kitty Korner
and Atkinsons vets. Very shortly after being
advertised, all spaces were gone!
Kitty Korner’s regular cheap desexing has been
equally successful over the past year, thanks to
the regular funding we receive from PAWS.
What does surprise me however, is the amount
of undesexed cats still in Te Kuiti. As soon as
something is advertised as ‘free,’ they all appear.
So, this got me thinking, say you treat yourself
to a few coffees or cigarettes a week. Add these
up and you would soon have enough for our $30
special desexing fee.
Desexing makes your cat want to stay home
more, avoids fighting and the inevitable abscess
resulting in a vet bill and the possibility of
Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, not to mention
stopping the large amount of kittens born each
We have people who say they can’t afford to
desex their pet but maybe they should look
at their spending and do something positive
for their pet. If you can’t afford the vet and the
responsibilities you have as a pet owner, perhaps
you should not own a pet.
WHY DESEX YOUR CAT?
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TWO descendants of the man who discovered
Waitomo’s Aranui Cave visited the natural wonder
for the first time last month.
Aucklander Sheela Prakash, the great-gran-
daughter of Ruruku Aranui and her daughter
Anita, were guided through the cave by Dave Wil-
liams of Otorohanga.
“They were overwhelmed by the beauty of the
big cave, with its colony of native New Zealand
cave weta and stunning stalactites, stalagmites,
flowstones and decorative formations,” says Mr
“They described it as a very special experience.”
The Waitomo Glowworm and Ruakuri caves
had been known to Maori for centuries and were
already opened by Europeans for tourism when, in
November 1910, Aranui discovered the cave which
was later named after him.
He was hunting pigs when he came across a
narrow opening on a steep hillside.
Inside the cavern he struck a match and was
horrified by what appeared to be ‘Te Taipo’ (bad
goblins or supernatural visitors not of human
origin that haunt the living).
In fact, the objects were huge limestone forma-
tions hanging from the cave’s roof.
As word of the new cave spread as far as London,
Aranui became famous and he played a starring
role in the official opening by the Minister of Ag-
riculture and Tourist Resorts Thomas Mackenzie
on February 14, 1911.
In his opening speech the minister said “the cave
would compare with any similar natural beauty in
any part of the world”.
According to Waitomo Caves’ historian Robert
Arrell, the cave was supposed to be called ‘Ngu-
tuhihi’ (beak of the stitch bird) – the Maori name
of the hill the cave is under.
However, Mr Mackenzie found the word difficult
to pronounce and having taken a great liking over
lunch to Aranui in his stylish three-piece suit and
dark glasses, the minister decided on the spot it
should be named after its discoverer.
At the time The Auckland Star reported “En-
thusiastic cheers were given for the minister and
“The cave is about a quarter of a mile long and
already the department has made it possible for
tourists to explore it in comparative comfort by
means of ladders. It is magnificent and is sure to
EMOTIONAL VISIT: Sheela Prakash, the great-grandaughter of Ruruku Aranui who dis-
covered Aranui Cave at Waitomo, and her daughter Anita of Auckland were guided through
the cave by Dave Williams of Otorohanga last month. They described it as a very special
become one of the most
The opening was
GRAND OPENING: Ruruku Aranui (circled) in a stylish dark suit with fob chain and dark
glasses who discovered the cave named after him in 1910 was the centre of attention at the
grand opening by the Minister of Agriculture and Tourism Thomas Mackenzie (white beard
and white hat, left of Aranui). PHOTOS SUPPLIED
marked by “. . . Miss Mackenzie who broke a bottle
of George Doulet 1904 at the rocky mouth, and in
sympathy many mouths watered also for Waitomo
is in the ‘dry area’ and more than one regretful
sigh was heaved at the loss of so much excellent
champagne on such a hot and dusty day, with the
smoke of bush fires all around”.
Mr Williams, who has a degree in geology, be-
came caves manager in 1978.
Eight years later, after the Government re-
turned the caves to Maori, he was made general
manager, in charge of the hotel, the tavern and
overseeing cave operations for six years.
He first came into contact with Sheela and Anita
Pradesh while employed by the Otorohanga Dis-
trict Council as community facilities officer.
Upkeep of the district’s cemetery was among
his duties and he met them when the family re-
quested the planting of melia trees as a memorial
to a loved one.
Now a casual guide at Aranui Cave, he was de-
lighted to meet them again last month and learn
the women are descendants of Aranui.
“It was lovely to make a big fuss of them and
take them through the cave for the first time,”
says Mr Williams.
“The tour was an emotional experience for them
visits his cave
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