Ac­tions of van­dals hard to fig­ure out

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION/NEWS -

Call me weird or old­fash­ioned, and I will ac­cept it if you can ex­plain to me one thing: why do some peo­ple con­sider it their priv­i­lege to de­stroy or dis­fig­ure other peo­ple’s prop­erty? What do they get out of it? On a cou­ple of days last month I went down to Aotea La­goon for my daily walk and found a heap of gera­ni­ums and other plants had been pulled up and thrown on the path.

Bits of the plants could be seen on the rocks at the side of the la­goon, so the dam­age was ob­vi­ously van­dal­ism.

I was an­gry. What had the flow­ers done to the per­pe­tra­tors, I won­der?

Had they called them names, per­haps, or re­fused to hand over their money?

Be­sides, why spoil the ef­forts of the coun­cil peo­ple who work so hard to keep our public spa­ces beau­ti­ful?

This con­duct is not only inane, but in­sane.

It’s like tag­ging. What pur­pose does such mind­less scrawl­ing serve for any­one, the tag­ger or the owner of the tagged prop­erty?

Of course, the peo­ple who do such things gen­er­ally do them at night when most other peo­ple are not around to see them.

If they are so proud of their artis­tic en­deav­ours, surely they would do them in the full light of day so ev­ery­one could watch them.

But enough about such id­iocy, though I could go on for longer.

I re­cently at­tended a meet­ing about a New Zealand First­pro­posed bill that ad­vo­cates for three free doc­tor vis­its per year for Su­per Gold card­hold­ers.

As we all know, chil­dren up to the age of 13 will be able to go to the doc­tor free from July 1, and we heartily ap­plaud that move.

But there are many se­niors also who ex­ist from hand to mouth, fort­night to fort­night, not know­ing whether they will be able to pay all their bills as well as eat healthily in the rec­om­mended fash­ion (have you no­ticed how ex­pen­sive th­ese rec­om­mended items of diet are get­ting?), let alone af­ford a visit to the doc­tor.

Late last year, I con­ducted a sur­vey of DHBs re­gard­ing the num­bers of peo­ple aged 65-plus who had pre­sented at hos­pi­tals with symptoms of mal­nu­tri­tion.

While sev­eral DHBs had not kept such statis­tics – I rec­om­mended they start, con­sid­er­ing the pro­jected in­crease in the num­bers of the el­derly – those that did pro­vided some very in­ter­est­ing fig­ures.

With re­gard to the pos­si­ble free vis­its to the doc­tor, would this not be a much more eco­nom­i­cal use of health dol­lars than keep­ing an el­derly per­son in hos­pi­tal be­cause he/she could not af­ford an ad­e­quate diet?

Last month, we en­joyed a very in­for­ma­tive talk from Pa­nia Houka­mau-Nga­heu and Joan Ward from MSD se­nior ser­vices.

This month, to in­form our newer mem­bers, we will have a pre­sen­ta­tion on Grey Power – what it is, what it does, its aims and scope.

To make us a vi­brant or­gan­i­sa­tion, we need our mem­bers’ in­put, so come along and share your con­cerns and in­ter­ests.

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