Gar­den me­mo­rial

Hon­our­ing two spe­cial women

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

The an­niver­sary of Christchurch’s earth­quake on Fe­bru­ary 22 was es­pe­cially poignant for Har­bourview rest home res­i­dents who lost a care­giver in the quake, and soon af­ter­wards lost their head of staff to can­cer.

A me­mo­rial gar­den has been planted in mem­ory the two women.

Filipino care­giver Lalaine Agatep died in Christchurch’s Can­ter­bury TV build­ing dur­ing the Fe­bru­ary quake while at­tend­ing an English lan­guage course.

The gar­den had been the brain­child of for­mer Har­bourview fa­cil­i­ties man­ager Geral­dine Steven­son, who died of can­cer last July.

Scented herbs, flow­er­ing trees and a foun­tain will give res­i­dents a space for re­flec­tion and re­lax­ation, fa­cil­i­ties man­ager Shane Whaanga says.

Dozens of res­i­dents and staff wear­ing red rosettes gath­ered un­der shel­ter in the driv­ing rain on Fe­bru­ary 22 to hon­our Ms Agatep and Mrs Steven­son.

A kowhai tree was planted in their mem­ory by Ms Agatep’s sis­ter Leila Gar­cia and Mrs Steven­son’s hus­band David Steven­son.

We re­mem­ber: From left, deputy mayor Liz Kelly, Leila Gar­cia, sis­ter of care­giver Lalaine Agatep, who died in the Christchurch earth­quake, David Steven­son, hus­band of Har­bourview fa­cil­ity man­ager Geral­dine Steven­son who died of can­cer last July, and Har­bourview fa­cil­ity man­ager Shane Whaanga.

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