Mem­o­ries of 1955 flood

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

I was very in­ter­ested to see the pho­tos of the 1976 flood­ing at Porirua sta­tion.

I won­der if any­one has a pic­ture of the flood of 1955 in the same place.

I think there was one in The Evening Post.

The bridge in those days was closer to the old sta­tion and there was a row of small shops with wooden ve­ran­dahs.

It was on July 18 and we be­came wor­ried be­cause I was nine months preg­nant and right on my de­liv­ery date.

We packed up our young son and all we would need for the new baby into our Austin 7, and left to stay with my mum and dad in Strath­more.

My hus­band in­tended to re­turn to our home in Ti­tahi Bay and to work, but was turned back where the round­about is now.

My sec­ond son was born in Welling­ton Hos­pi­tal in the early hours of July 19, so I have the mem­o­ries but not a pic­ture.

was ‘‘Car­ing for the en­vi­ron­ment’’, as John Horn­blow claims (May 26).

I sus­pect that he prob­a­bly works for one of the agen­cies hell bent on load­ing up the en­vi­ron­ment and us with can­cer­form­ing pes­ti­cides.

It is not only Porirua City Coun­cil that uses gly­cophos­phate, but also the re­gional coun­cil.

Watch out the con­cerned Bay res­i­dent, Mr Grace, be­cause they even use a he­li­copter to spray it on Whi­tireia Park.

Who knows how far this par­tic­u­lar mat­ter trav­els, or its ef­fect on the park fauna and public health?

The whole thing seems a bit dodgy – I have even wit­nessed spray­ing tak­ing place when peo­ple have been walk­ing around the park.

The big­gest id­iocy is that it is an on­go­ing cy­cle as the fast­grow­ing ‘‘weed’’ species are the first to re­colonise if ar­eas are not im­me­di­ately re-planted.

Porirua City Coun­cil is even go­ing to spray the es­tu­ary, which has high eco­log­i­cal value.

This spray­ing of toxic pes­ti­cides all seems like a dogma where peo­ple are un­able to see rea­son.

How did we ever sur­vive with­out it, and prob­a­bly with a lower can­cer rate in the pop­u­la­tion at that!

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