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We hope you're all safe and well after the earthquakes and flooding. We're all good here at Clive's Chemist with only a few things tumbling off the shelves. Check out our clean up efforts on our Facebook page. Of course, we know that this is a very stressful time for many, with all the clean up needed and continuing aftershocks cause distress.


These situations can often lead to high blood pressure, so this month Clive's blog focuses on how to find out if you suffer from high blood pressure, and how to cope with it. 

Do you have High Blood Pressure?

Blood pressure check

Did you know?
20% of kiwi adults have high blood pressure.

Just as pressure is required to get water through pipes, we need blood pressure to circulate blood around our body. However high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, may eventually cause health problems such as:

  • heart disease
  • stroke
  • heart failure
  • kidney failure

    Take advantage of our free blood pressure checks at the pharmacy for all of November and we'll let you know if you're in the 20% and what you should do next. Read more about high blood pressure and how to treat this condition.

    The Science of Blood Pressure

    Blood Pressure

    If you lined up all the blood vessels in your body, they’d be 60 thousand miles long. And every day, they carry the equivalent of over two thousand gallons of blood to the body’s tissues. What effect does this pressure have on the walls of the blood vessels? Check out this video from TED-Ed for more facts on blood pressure.

    Create Christmas Memories


    For lots of us, January brings more than just a new year. It also brings bills—lots of bills. And the ghosts of Christmas past hit hard when you put your holiday on plastic or drain your savings account to buy the “perfect” gift.

    That’s why it’s much better to start planning now, before the real Christmas craze ramps up.


    Making a Christmas budget now might sound crazy but it will allow you to finish the year with no extra financial frustration. Don't let the pressure of Christmas spending send you into a tail spin.
    The simple way to manage the pressure is to plan how much you have to spend.  Then allocate some money to gifts, food, drink, outings and parties (And stick to the plan!). Come January, you will only have pleasant memories and not be caught paying off your purchases well into the New Year.

    At Clive's Chemist, there are gifts for every budget and new stock arrives every day. We also offer a special collection of gifts for under $10.00. Buying early ensures the best selection, and helps you stick to your budget with no last-minute panic buying.

    Clive's Happy Thought: ­What Makes a Community Sing?


    I always try to be positive about Wainuiomata, but I realise there is a problem with how our town is perceived by people outside our valley, and unfortunately by some who live here.