For Ken Te Tau, losing a foot meant gaining a second chance at life, as his amputation opened the way to new opportunities. But Ken also helps others by giving them hope and he now sees himself as someone who weaves people together. Ken offers peer support to fellow amputees in Aotearoa and gives amputees overseas a new life by recycling prostheses for charity Take My Hands. As a cultural adviser he brings Pākehā into the Māori world, as a musician he inspires Pink Floyd fans.
The most dangerous thing in the Solomon Islands these days isn’t a rebel alliance; it’s a sugar-heavy diet. We talk to Janette Searle about the very real dangers of the Solomon’s diabetes epidemic and how our partner charity Take My Hands are fighting hard to keep patients well cared for.