Wind a blow for rooftop rib­bons

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Jo­ce­lyn Rein

The ap­pear­ance of white rib­bons out­side Auck­land Hospi­tal was short-lived thanks to strong wind ear­lier this week.

The large rib­bons were to be hung from the top of the hospi­tal’s sup­port build­ing this week in hon­our of White Rib­bon Day on Tues­day.

But they had to be taken down on Mon­day night af­ter they were dam­aged by high winds.

They were re-hung on Tues­day morn­ing but had to be taken down for a sec­ond time af­ter more strong winds and com­plaints from pa­tients they were mak­ing too much noise.

Auck­land District Health Board clin­i­cal ser­vices gen­eral man­ager Kay Hy­man says a small num­ber of pa­tient com­plaints were re­ceived from the Ta­maki Ward, which houses new moth­ers and ba­bies.

She says by the time the com­plaints were re­ceived, the rib­bons were al­ready be­ing taken down.

“It’s a real pity the high winds have im­pacted on the pro­mo­tion of this great cam­paign and we are sorry some pa­tients were dis­turbed by noise cre­ated by the ad­verse weather.”

The rib­bons were de­signed to pro­mote White Rib­bon Day, the in­ter­na­tional day for the elim­i­na­tion of vi­o­lence against women.

Ms Hy­man says the board is very ac­tive in work­ing to pre­vent fam­ily vi­o­lence within the com­mu­nity.

“The white rib­bons are a vis­ual re­minder of the prob­lem and the board’s com­mit­ment to do all it can to pre­vent it.”

Metser­vice fore­caster Oliver Druce says a front went through Auck­land on Mon­day evening with strong to gale force north east­er­lies but there were no re­ports of dam­age.

He says wind gusts at Auck­land air­port reached 70kmh.

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