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.