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Chathams5PROSTABLOG NZ: A Chatham Island gale whips up the tail feathers on a passing Weka – but men on the island were far from ruffled by the visit of the NZ Prostate Cancer Foundation team last weekend.

They turned out in big numbers to hear the prostate cancer message from the team, whose visit to the island is being reported by Whitireia journalism student Carl Suurmond (who took these pictures). SEE PICTURES HERE>

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CHATHAMS WELCOME: Dene Ainsworth (white hair), urologist David Mason and his colleague arriving at Waitangi airport on Friday.

Carl tagged along with the foundation’s Dene Ainsworth, two Hawkes Bay urologists and a filmcrew from Maori TV, who all flew to the islands on Friday and were due back today.

The men spoke about the risks of prostate cancer to meetings organised by Chathams health worker Joe Tapara.

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WILD COAST: Carl Suurmond at Petre Bay, which forms half the main Chatham Island's west coast.

Here’s Carl’s first impressions:

Things are going well here, although the weather has not been the best (set to change to less rain tomorrow (Sunday).

Had to take advantage of a one-hour break in the rain and get some footage of the scenic reserve that is behind the lodge.  Amazing place. The people are really great, as well.

I passed on a boozy night at the local with some friendly young fishermen we met at the Kaingaroa Harbour Social Club, where we had a barbeque.

The presentations went well today, with a large turn out at Kaingaroa.  Good questions were asked and it seemed beneficial to all those who attended.

Dene has been great, and I admire his passion and enjoy his informative presentations where I have learnt a fair bit myself.

Maori Television has been doing a fair bit of filming and I have observed a few techniques.  Kelvin and Ash are really nice guys.

The Urology team from the Hawkes Bay, Dave(Mason) and Daniel, are also really great guys, who answer questions well and are fun to be around.

I’m not sure if there will be any testing, though. The PSA machine is here, but they say it hasn’t been trialled yet.

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One of the meeting venues.

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chathamsMAPPROSTABLOG NZ: Men on the isolated Chathams – 10 small islands 800km east of NZ – are getting the message about prostate cancer this weekend.

Prostate Cancer Foundation board member Dene Ainsworth (Te Ati-awa), who has taken a prostate team there to talk to the men and test those who want it, says they are getting good attendances at their meetings.

In an email to his wife, Jan, back on the Kapiti Coast north of Wellington, he wrote today:

We drove to Kaingaroa, a 1hr 45min drive, and we spoke to 13 men there.

Again, a good turnout, as there is only 30 people, total, that live there.

It was a lively meeting, with predominantly fishermen who called a spade a f***n shovel, so there was some lively debate, aided by one of the guys celebrating his birthday and being reasonably well-lubricated when he arrived.

The team – there for just the weekend and heading home tomorrow – includes Napier urologist David Mason and a colleague, Maori TV, and a Whitireia Journalism School student, Carl Suurmond.

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