Thanks to ev­ery­one who helped with head in­jury fundraiser

Matamata Chronicle - - Opinion -

I would like to thank all who helped with my fundraiser for The Head In­jury Net­work For Kiwis.

To my fam­ily who sat with me in the main street on Thurs­day, I re­ally ap­pre­ci­ated it very much.

Also thanks for col­lect­ing money from busi­nesses and to those busi­nesses and peo­ple who sup­ported the cause, I am grate­ful and your do­na­tions will be well ap­plied.

I ap­pre­ci­ate the peo­ple who spread the word about my fundraiser, es­pe­cially be­ing such short no­tice. It has raised aware­ness about the ef­fects of head in­jury and the fact that there is sup­port there when needed.

No way can I for­get the Mata­mata Chron­i­cle for end­less sup­port, from pub­lish­ing my story to the col­lec­tion you took for me. Much thanks to a great team.

Also to Na­tional Bank staff who counted the do­na­tions, the BNZ staff for let­ting me sit out­side the bank and the Mata­mata-Pi­ako Dis­trict Coun­cil for ap­prov­ing my last­minute fundraiser. Con­grat­u­la­tions to John Lewis (ticket 18F) who won the $50 meat pack.

I was very pleased that peo­ple said they would now make sure they wore their hel­mets when cy­cling.

I wanted to raise aware­ness and I have suc­ceeded some­what in do­ing just that.

Also to those peo­ple who of­fered help to me next year should I do an­other fundraiser, I will def­i­nitely need you and will ad­ver­tise in the pa­per closer to the time.

The to­tal raised was $266.80, re­ally good for a first time.

Ev­ery­one take care, you only get one brain, don’t take it for granted.

Thank you Mata­mata, what a kind and car­ing com­mu­nity I live in. Ev­ery­one, with­out ex­cep­tion, we came across was friendly, help­ful and most of all gave their time gra­ciously.

We had some very in­ter­est­ing con­ver­sa­tions and I would like to con­grat­u­late Mata­mata.

Very re­fresh­ing and we will spread the word and def­i­nitely re­turn shortly. PS: I took a copy of the Mata­mata Chron­i­cle – the pa­per is of ex­cel­lent qual­ity; pho­tos and writ­ing clear, and good con­tent. Even though we know hardly any­one there (ex­cept an ex-Te Awa­mutu man pic­tured, Ja­cob Hen­der­son) it was in­ter­est­ing and read­able. Again, con­grat­u­la­tions.

I have also wit­nessed on mul­ti­ple oc­ca­sions po­lice at­ten­dance at the skate park be­cause of fight­ing and smash­ing bot­tles.

I’m not sure why this area de­serves $50,000 to up­grade when the peo­ple us­ing it don’t show any re­spect for what they have, or other peo­ple with their chil­dren try­ing to use the area.

I am not say­ing they don’t de­serve it at all but maybe they should have to earn an up­grade rather then just be given it, by be­ing given the re­spon­si­bil­ity to keep the area tidy and free from pub­lic dis­tur­bance. who can give us bet­ter po­lit­i­cal out­comes for New Zealand and im­prove liv­ing stan­dard for New Zealan­ders ?

It’s time to look closely at the qual­ity of politi­cians at all lev­els.

We need qual­ity po­lit­i­cal in­cum­bents.

Any Prime Min­is­ter must have pre­vi­ously been a chief ex­ec­u­tive of a ma­jor New Zealand com­pany that was a leader in its field and re­turned net prof­its to New Zealand for more than 10 years.

No back­bench MP should have less than a post-de­gree qual­i­fi­ca­tion and held se­nior man­age­rial po­si­tions in New Zealand-owned com­pa­nies for at least five years.

No min­is­ter can hold a port­fo­lio un­less they are highly qual­i­fied in the sub­ject.

For ex­am­ple the Min­is­ter of Health must have been a con­sul­tant for say 10 years, Min­is­ter of Trans­port must hold all classes of driv­ing li­cences plus all the en­dorse­ments and have no con­vic­tions or de­merit points and have worked as a full­time truck/bus driver, cap­tained a deep sea con­tainer ves­sel, driven a train and tram, and pi­loted sev­eral ver­sions of air­craft.

All other min­is­ters would be re­quired to be sim­i­larly qual­i­fied.

Af­ter all, politi­cians want qual­ity teach­ers skilled in their sub­jects and hold post-de­gree qual­i­fi­ca­tions so why shouldn’t we ex­pect the same of the politi­cians/ min­is­ters?

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