Thanks to all those who came to my aid

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On Fri­day June 23, when I was pick­ing up my two great­grand­chil­dren from Ka­panui School, I tripped and fell onto the foot­path. I suf­fered a gash to the head and dam­age to my hands and knees.

I want to sin­cerely thank those peo­ple who im­me­di­ately took care of me.

Gina and Finella ap­plied pres­sure to the bleed­ing artery and cov­ered me with a blan­ket. When it started to rain they cov­ered me with um­brel­las. Aaron Wagstaff called an am­bu­lance and phoned Tr­ish Hal­bert to pick up the girls. He stayed with me and made calls again when the am­bu­lance hadn’t ar­rived af­ter 20 min­utes.

We were then able to de­cide that it was nec­es­sary to go to the Waikanae Health Cen­tre. Tr­ish Hal­bert had phoned her daugh­ter to pick up the girls so that she could take me to the med­i­cal cen­tre. I re­ceived ex­cel­lent treat­ment there and Tr­ish took me home.

There were other peo­ple, like Mr Brun­ton from Ka­panui School, who also helped. The chil­dren im­pressed me. As their par­ents were help­ing me, they were quiet and did what we asked of them.

I felt to­tally safe and sup­ported by all you peo­ple and I am­most grate­ful.

Kay Walker

Waikanae

AN UNHAPPYMIX

Our Otak­iMP Nathan Guy made the point sev­eral weeks ago that his elec­torate has one of the great­est num­ber of se­nior cit­i­zens of any in the coun­try.

Un­for­tu­nately, the lo­cal coun­cil are not tak­ing that into ac­count when bud­get­ing for the up­grade of lo­cal streets and foot­paths, es­pe­cially in Otaki.

A very ob­vi­ous ex­am­ple of this is Mill Rd/Main St, which is the busiest street in Otaki and, more im­por­tantly, has the busiest foot­paths, which are in poor con­di­tion, with power poles down one side with rough tar-seal be­tween them with a vari­able width.

The coun­cil did en­deav­our to im­prove mat­ters by paint­ing cy­cle lanes each side, but un­for­tu­nately most cy­clists don’t use those, es­pe­cially chil­dren whose par­ents in­sist that they ride on the foot­paths, which by name are for us to walk on, not for cy­clists.

In any event, chil­dren rid­ing be­tween el­derly peo­ple, in many cases us­ing walk­ing sticks, is a very poor mix­ture in­deed.

Some weeks ago, I saw two Otaki Col­lege lads rac­ing through the Main St shops, one on a bike on the foot­path close to the shops and one driv­ing a car on the street.

Par­ents, please un­der­stand that when you pur­chase your child a push bike you are pro­vid­ing your child with a po­ten­tially deadly piece of equip­ment for which you are re­spon­si­ble.

We are in­clined to think of chil­dren in th­ese sit­u­a­tions, but adults are also dan­ger­ous on bikes and tend to dodge be­tween peo­ple on foot­paths, and don’t give a damn, and ex­pect us to get out of their space as they see it.

I be­lieve that push bikes should be reg­is­tered and carry a num­ber plate like other road users to en­able bad be­hav­iour to be re­ported, which I am­sure would make a dif­fer­ence.

Trevor Hurli­man

Otaki

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PHOTO: CHRIS­TINE CHEYNE

Cy­clists should be on roads, not on foot­paths.

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