Central Otago Mirror - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - Deb­bie Jamieson

We have had in­cred­i­ble dis­plays of kind­ness and com­pas­sion in our com­mu­ni­ties in the last few days.

In Queen­stown hun­dreds of peo­ple marched in sup­port of the Wi­jerathne fam­ily and ex­pressed their hor­ror at the in­jus­tice of a sys­tem that would see this fam­ily sent to Sri Lanka.

For many chil­dren and adults it was the first time they had marched. Cer­tainly it is very un­usual to see the peo­ple of Queen­stown so moved by an is­sue they have en­gaged in a pub­lic protest.

Over the hill in Roxburgh, where the town has es­sen­tially been cut off by wa­ter, mud and rocks, re­porter Jo McKen­zieMcLean also wants to give a shout out to the amaz­ing com­mu­nity.

Peo­ple were pour­ing in from around the re­gion to help with the clean up and check on the el­derly. There were neigh­bours help­ing neigh­bours and even the use of power, wifi, an ap­ple and wa­ter from lim­ited sup­plies for Jo from a kind shop owner.

We are so proud to be part of these com­mu­ni­ties.

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