Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search

 


Accident A Springboard To Life-Changing Study


Media Release

Accident A Springboard To Life-Changing Study


At the time, badly breaking a wrist was a huge setback for Daniel Goldsmith, a freezing worker at a Hastings meat plant.

The accident meant multiple surgeries and over a year off work but, as it’s played out, it’s transformed the fitness enthusiast’s life. Daniel turned to study, completed EIT’s Certificate in Health Promotion and now has a new career supporting others wanting to improve their health.

Daniel has always been into health and fitness but says he had a narrow view of what constituted good health.

“I thought it was about being fit and eating well. I learned it was more holistic, and that it was also about having a healthy mind and nurturing family life. I think the EIT tutors were good at explaining that in the context of Aotearoa.”

Launching into study, Daniel knew where he was headed.

“I wanted a job in a hauora and to help whanau by supporting the work of a healthy lifestyle service.”

Part of a three-member team at Te Kupenga Hauora o Ahuriri in Napier, the 30-year-old is based in the Sale Street gym helping whanau working on their fitness.

The Government-funded hauora provides free health and social services to Maori.

“It’s a very good facility and I love the job,” Daniel enthuses. “Those taking part seem to enjoy working with me. The circuits are changed to make the sessions interesting and to keep them coming back, and we’re also doing a bit of boxing.”

Of Ngati Porou descent, Daniel has family in Gisborne but he’s lived most of his life in Napier and attended Napier Boy’s High School.

Being a freezing worker for much of his life was “alright”, he says. “I never enjoyed the work, but it paid well and helped me move between different works.”

The broken wrist was the result of a fall and, as a result, Daniel went onto ACC.

“I spent a year in and out of surgery and it still wasn’t right,” he says of his severely damaged hand. “It was looking like another operation and another year off work and I felt I might as well do something, which was to go back to school.

“The year off had given me time to think that I didn’t want to be a freezing worker for the rest of my life. From one terrible injury came all these good things.”

Te Kupenga Hauora o Ahuriri has close to 60 clients –most are referred by their GPs, while the rest are “walk-ins” who have heard about the service and are friends or family of staff. All are screened to ensure they meet the service’s criteria.

“We focus on being a healthy lifestyle service rather than a weight loss centre,” Daniel points out. “In some cases it’s about getting blood pressure down, in others it may be about breaking a pattern of sitting on the couch all day watching TV.

“The clients are meeting people, some are making lifetime friends through the service. Everyone with us wants to help – they make the job.”




Daniel Goldsmith loves his work with clients using the gym at Te Kupenga Hauora o Ahuriri.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
Culture: Rare Hundertwasser Conservation Posters Found After 40 Years

When Jan and Arnold Heine put a roll of conservation posters into storage in 1974 they had no idea that 42 years later they would be collectors items. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: The Stolen Island: Searching for ‘Ata by Scott Hamilton

Reviewed by Michael Horowitz
Located even further south than temperate Noumea, Tonga’s tiny island of ‘Ata might have become the jewel of the kingdom’s burgeoning tourist industry. Imagine a Tongan resort that would not only be mild in winter, but pleasant in summer. More>>

Reviewed by Michael Horowitz
Located even further south than temperate Noumea, Tonga’s tiny island of ‘Ata might have become the jewel of the kingdom’s burgeoning tourist industry. Imagine a Tongan resort that would not only be mild in winter, but pleasant in summer. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: No Pretence. No Bullshit. Fine Poem.

John Dickson doesn’t publish much; never has. Indeed, this new collection is his first such in 18 years. As he wryly and dryly states,

I’ve published two slim volumes, and spent all
My time working on the next.
(from Wasp p.67) More>>

Scoop Review of Books: Extraordinary Anywhere: Essays On Place From Aotearoa NZ

The New Zealand landscape undoubtedly is very beautiful, but so is the British one, and my attachment to this country is much more about some particular places, and the memories and emotions that in them combine, than it is about the landscape as a whole. More>>

Canonisation Fodder: Suzanne Aubert Declared ‘Venerable’

Suzanne Aubert, the founder of the Sisters of Compassion New Zealand’s home grown order of Sisters, has been declared ‘venerable’, a major milestone on the path to sainthood in the Catholic Church. More>>

“I Have Not Performed Well Enough”: Ernie Merrick Leaving Wellington Phoenix

Ernie Merrick has stepped down from his position as Wellington Phoenix FC Head Coach. The club would like to thank Ernie for his contribution to Wellington Phoenix and wish him all the best in his future endeavours. More>>

Ray Columbus: NZ Music Icon Passes Away

60s New Zealand music Icon Ray Columbus has passed away peacefully at his home north of Auckland... Ray Columbus enjoyed more than three decades at the top of NZ entertainment as a singer, songwriter, bandleader, music manager and TV star. More>>

Review: Bernard Herrmann's Scores For 'Vertigo' & 'Psycho'

Howard Davis: The NZSO's adventurousness was richly-rewarded, as the deeply appreciative Wellington audience was given the opportunity not only to see a couple of Alfred Hitchcock's greatest films, but also to hear fine renditions of two of Bernard Herrmann's most accomplished film scores. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Education
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news