Wind a blow for rooftop ribbons
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.