The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS - – Lisa

There’s been some pe­cu­liar hap­pen­ings in our neigh­bour­hood in the past week.

You may have seen peo­ple walk­ing around star­ing at their smart­phones in a trance, loi­ter­ing out­side shops or mon­u­ments or pulling up out­side ran­dom houses in your street. Don’t worry, they’re prob­a­bly just play­ing the new Poke­mon GO game. It’s a smart­phone app that re­quires you to chase Poke­mon, or ‘pocket mon­sters’, around real life streets and ‘catch’ them to earn points.

It’s been quite in­ter­est­ing to see how many peo­ple are play­ing and how it’s brought so many in the com­mu­nity to­gether.

But we must not for­get about those in our com­mu­nity who are not out in the streets wan­der­ing around.

As our front page story dis­cusses this week, there’s so many elderly peo­ple who ex­pe­ri­ence so­cial iso­la­tion in their homes, and who of­ten die alone. We should all be mak­ing an ef­fort to get in touch with our neigh­bours and look out for each other.

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