Clean up com­mended

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

Ed­i­tor,

He mihi whaanui tenei ki a koutou i hui tahi i runga i te reo karanga o to tatau Paa Harakeke.

Heart­felt greet­ings to all of the peo­ple of the Porirua com­mu­nity and oth­ers who trav­elled from Ro­torua and Hast­ings to take part in the Can­nons Creek Lakes Re­serve Paa Harakeke clean-up on April 14 to 15.

The day started with a mihi whakatau from Taku Parai which led to very en­light­en­ing shar­ing from John Hodges and Tangi Robin­son re­gard­ing the whaka­papa and the plant­ing of the var­i­ous flax plants. Many dif­fer­ent or­gan­i­sa­tions par­tic­i­pated in­clud­ing Friends of Te Maara Roa, PD Cor­rec­tions work­ers, Te Wananga o Aotearoa, Whi­tireia Polytech­nic and Porirua City Coun­cil.

These groups are ac­knowl­edged for their gen­eros­ity whether it was through re­sources or time spent on the event.

Nu­mer­ous con­nec­tions were cre­ated through this com­mu­nity ini­tia­tive and the event was truly felt on many lev­els.

The clean-up of the Paa Harakeke was a tes­ti­mony to the amount of peo­ple who care and trea­sure this beau­ti­ful ‘‘hid­den jewel’’ in Can­nons Creek.

The call will go out again to clean the Paa Harakeke, so all in­ter­ested peo­ple please sup­port this mean­ing­ful event. NGA KAI RARANGA O PORIRUA

(Weavers of Porirua) putting them in dan­ger not to.

I was di­ag­nosed with asthma when I was nine; there was no treat­ment for it then so I just had to live with it.

Just be­fore I turned 50, I went to my doc­tor with what I thought was the flu, which I had fre­quently dur­ing au­tumn and win­ter.

I was rushed into a room to use a ne­bu­liser af­ter blow­ing into a peak flow me­ter (never seen ei­ther one be­fore) and I was told if I had been any lower on the me­ter I would have been rushed to hospi­tal.

I freaked out for about three days af­ter this, think­ing I could have died like my youngest daugh­ter 11 years ear­lier when she was 13.

She had an at­tack when she was nine, one at 11, and I think be­cause she had seen her older brother strug­gling with his asthma, she was fright­ened when she had an at­tack at 13.

Two weeks later, af­ter she had re­cov­ered she stayed home with a throat in­fec­tion.

She went to the doc­tor on a Fri­day, again Satur­day and died Satur­day night with an asth­matic spasm caused by bac­te­rial asthma.

It took only four bouts with the first three two years apart to kill an oth­er­wise per­fectly healthy young girl.

There was more knowl­edge and pub­lic­ity about asthma by the time I turned 50 but there are a lot of peo­ple out there with no per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence of it who don’t re­alise how dan­ger­ous it is. I coped be­cause I had to.

Any­way, Selina Paul’s lit­tle boy at three is too young to de­velop the sur­vival skills we had to learn in my day.

We hear a lot about abused chil­dren nowa­days. This mother is try­ing her best to save hers; she de­serves a help­ing hand. ROSE­MARY ARTHUR, Taka­puwahia

(Let­ter abridged)

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