Bak­ing to say thanks for help


‘‘It was an awe­some way to say thanks for mak­ing ac­cess for a lot of peo­ple avail­able - and in ap­palling weather.’’

Whitby res­i­dents Lucy Ste­wart and Me­lanie Gor­don didn’t know each other when they de­cided to rally the com­mu­nity to­gether to say thanks to a help­ing hand.

Dur­ing the Novem­ber 15 floods the dip in Dis­cov­ery Dr, out­side Whitby Lakes Re­tire­ment Vil­lage in Porirua, was filled with wa­ter and stopped mo­torists in their tracks.

So the re­tire­ment vil­lage opened its road­way, which is usu­ally pri­vate, and vil­lage staff and vol­un­teers redi­rected traf­fic through Newhaven and Gan­net Way, mean­ing mo­torists could get home safely.

Through Face­book, Ste­wart and Gor­don or­gan­ised a morn­ing tea on Thurs­day at the re­tire­ment vil­lage as a thank you for its help.

‘‘Luck­ily Lucy jumped at the chance to help out and make it hap­pen,’’ Gor­don said.

‘‘I didn’t even know Me­lanie. It was her idea, I just helped put it out there,’’ Ste­wart said.

‘‘[It was an] awe­some way to say thanks for mak­ing ac­cess for a lot of peo­ple avail­able - and in ap­palling weather.’’

Den­nis Cas­sells-Min­noch was one of the res­i­dents who got out in the rain to re­di­rect traf­fic, call­ing him­self ‘‘the un­of­fi­cial stop-go man’’.

‘‘Some­one had to get out there and do it - it was ut­ter chaos.’’

Coun­cil­lor Anita Baker also as­sisted in di­rect­ing traf­fic through the vil­lage and praised the res­i­dents that stood in the rain di­vert­ing cars.

‘‘They didn’t have to do that, but it was just a nice thing to do for the com­mu­nity’’.

Other parts of Porirua had to be closed off due to the ex­treme weather and many had to find tem­po­rary ac­com­mo­da­tion for the night

Po­lice Se­nior Sergeant Mal­colm La­mont also praised Whitby Lakes’ help.

‘‘It freed the po­lice up from stand­ing on the cor­ner and di­rect­ing traf­fic, mean­ing we could re­spond to other emer­gen­cies.’’

Whitby Lakes Re­tire­ment Vil­lage res­i­dents were hum­bled by the ges­ture and en­joyed the spread put on for them.

Newly elected mayor Mike Tana came along to thank the res­i­dents for their help and apol­o­gise for the im­pact on their home.

Res­i­dents say thank you, let­ters P16.


Or­gan­is­ers Me­lanie Gor­don and Lucy Ste­wart with do­nated bak­ing.

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