A mud­pool changed my life

Waikato Times - - Front Page - Benn Bath­gate

It wasn’t just boil­ing mud and steam that erupted into Su­san Gedye’s life when a mud­pool un­ex­pect­edly opened up in her Ro­torua gar­den, there were ‘‘beau­ti­ful things’’ too.

Gedye’s Meade St home made na­tional head­lines last year when in the early hours of June 25, a newly formed mud­pool ex­ploded into life. When Stuff first spoke to Gedyes, just a few hours af­ter the ini­tial erup­tion, it was with a back­drop of bub­bling noise, huge vents of steam and hot mud be­ing flung into the air.

Speak­ing again re­cently, just a few feet away from the now dor­mant crater, Gedye’s said there had been no in­di­ca­tion ahead of the erup­tion that thanks to what she now be­lieves was a com­bi­na­tion of Mother Na­ture and God’s plan, her life was about to change. It all started at around 2am with the house shak­ing in what she be­lieved at the time was an earth­quake. Then she looked out of her kitchen win­dow.

‘‘Huge pile of steam, shak­ing house, I grabbed the kids to get out.’’ She said she phoned Ro­torua Lakes Coun­cil and within ten min­utes their geother­mal in­spec­tor Peter Brown­bridge was on the scene, and he had words of re­as­sur­ance that the mud­pool was un­likely to swal­low the house. De­spite those words Gedye ad­mits it was ‘‘a long night’’.

‘‘It was shak­ing the bed all night so it was hard to sleep.’’ By morn­ing, with the mud­pool con­tin­u­ing to ex­pand, the ad­vice had changed. ‘‘Me and Peter were stand­ing down here and look­ing at the prop­erty and both said yeah, it’s time to go,’’ she said. ‘‘It was grow­ing by the hour.’’ Even on that ini­tial morn­ing, Gedye dealt with the un­ex­pected erup­tion with good hu­mour – at one point telling as­sem­bled me­dia she should start charg­ing cu­ri­ous tourists who had also been vis­it­ing the site.

‘‘At first it was scary, but rather spec­tac­u­lar as well,’’ she said. She cited an ad­di­tional rea­son for her calm de­meanour too.

‘‘Fun­nily enough I guess my faith in God is what grounds me and I knew I had to just get on with it. Couldn’t just sit around and feel sorry for my­self.’’ Speak­ing months af­ter the event, Gedye said she now be­lieves the mud­pool, and her move back to her fa­ther Wayne’s house, was ‘‘part of the plan’’.

Can­cer, and old age, had robbed him of his wife, best friend and fa­ther. ‘‘I was a bit wor­ried about him. I could feel he wasn’t OK and the grief was start­ing to hap­pen,’’ she said. Her daugh­ter’s pres­ence has been par­tic­u­larly up­lift­ing she said, and for all of the whanau.

‘‘To have her grow up with her grand­fa­ther, there’s a real beauty to that. Beau­ti­ful things have come from it,’’ she said.


Su­san Gedye in front of the now dor­mant mud­pool that forced her from her Ro­torua home back in June. In­set: The mud­pool that ex­ploded into life in Gedye’s gar­den.

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