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Bulls rose to the occasion
By DENISE GUNN
In full bloom: The Bulls Town Hall bloomed with colour during last week's 134th
Bulls Rose Show.
Roses and floral displays covering
an entire spectrum of colours, and
all shapes and sizes, filled the Bulls
They were plucked for display
during last week's annual Bulls
Organised by the Lower
Rangitikei Rose Society, the annual
event attracts competitors from all
over the Manawatu and Rangitikei.
Chief rose steward Jo Rangooni
said there was an excellent quality
of roses this year.
We also had excellent partici-
pation, particularly from young
people. It is fantastic to have these
people coming in.''
Seven judges assessed the range
of exhibits this year.
I think they [the judges] were
really impressed,'' said Mrs
We have some unbelievable tal-
ent in little communities.''
In 1877, the first flower show held
in Bulls, was promoted by the post-
master James Stevens. An autumn
flower show held in Marton, and
spring flower show held in Bulls,
both organised by the Rangitikei
Horticultural Society followed.
Eventually the Bulls Flower Show
became an annual event where
roses were exhibited. This event
was first termed a rose show'' in
The 100th Bulls Rose Show held
in November 1977, attracted
visitors from all over New Zealand
and also included international
Now into its 134th year, the Bulls
Rose Show is considered to be the
longest continuous running show in
New Zealand. Mrs Rangooni said
there has been excellent community
support for setting up the show.
Helping others a natural career path
Helping hands: A career change later in life has
led Ayvonne Hook to pursue her natural empathy
for helping people.
Photo: SANDRA CROSBIE
By SANDRA CROSBIE
Ayvonne Hook is an advocate for changing
careers later in life. After raising her family
and working in clerical work
for decades, she saw a woman
providing a back-rub service
and made enquiries.
That chance meeting led
her to buying a Great Kiwi
Back-rub franchise in 2003.
While originally expecting
to work part-time, Ayvonne
now runs her own business,
Hooked on Health, and is a qualified health
The on-site chair massage is a health
maintenance service focussing on back, neck,
arms and shoulders,'' Ayvonne said.
Clients wanted more in-depth treatment so
I would refer them on to Noleen Bankers, a
qualified massage therapist. I was sending
her so many clients so that told me I had to
become qualified myself.''
This led Ayvonne on a path on continual
professional development and training. Dur-
ing four years she travelled to Wellington to
complete her Diploma in Therapeutic Mass-
age. To complete this diploma
she chose to study Bowen
therapy as an optional mod-
After my first class I just
clicked' with what Bowen was
all about. Bowen works on the
central nervous system and
focuses on re-balancing the
whole body and past traumas.
It activates proprioceptor within muscles.''
In 2007 Ayvonne started practicing Bowen.
From originally carrying out 100 per cent
massage, she is now practising 80 per cent
Bowen Therapy and 20 per cent massage.
The reason for its popularity is that it has
quicker results with less trauma and is less
invasive than massage. I am not a healer. I do
the Bowen moves, which sets the body up to
heal itself by opening up the neural pathways.
It is amazing work.''
To those who know Ayvonne, it is not sur-
prising that she has immersed herself into a
She admits she has an inherent caring
nature. She grew up with three siblings who
had disabilities and at a young age she joined
St John and is still actively involved with
them today. She has also been involved with
IHC, the Scouting movement and Rotary,
among many others.
It was one of her former Venturer Scouts
who designed her logo and branding.
I decided on having a branding so people
would realise I am a serious professional. The
green and brown colours reflect are natural
You are never too old to learn or to take up
studying. I was able to study amongst young
people while still running a household. I
believe things happen when they are sup-
posed to and that out of adversity comes a
Ayvonne has continued with her study as it
is a requirement of the three New Zealand
professional organisations she belongs to:
Massage New Zealand, NZ Bowen Therapy
Inc and NZ Charter of Health Professionals.
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