Manukau Courier : March 1st 2011
6 MANUKAU COURIER, MARCH 1, 2011 NEWS PLEASE CHECK THE EXPIRY DATE ON YOUR NEW ZEALAND FIREARMS LICENCE. If you wish to continue shooting, you must apply to renew your licence before this date, or You may surrender your licence at any time before the expiry date. You need to do one of these things before the expiry date. If you have changed address since your firearms licence was issued, you are required by law to let us know. Complete your details in the space provided and send to your nearest Arms Office (local Police can provide the location). Or, visit our website at www.police.govt.nz and use the link provided to update your address. Firearms Licence Holder NOTIFICATION OF CHANGE OF ADDRESS (please print) Surname Date of Birth Forename(s) Licence Number New Address Phone Signature Date ROSS ROBERTSON MP for Manukau East firstname.lastname@example.org Please phone for an appointment Otahuhu Town Hall Monday 9am-12pm OFFICES AT: 1/30 Kolmar Road, Papatoetoe Ph 278 9972 Fax 278 9971 7 Fulton Crescent, Otara. Ph 274 9231 Fax 274 9579 3339947AA Old Papatoetoe is as MAD as a MARCH hare We are giving away 4 weekly prizes of $1000 of New World Vouchers. Total Value $4000 BeintoWIN To enter just spend $20 or more at participating businesse Promotion runs from March 1st -- 31st You'll be MAD if you don't take advantage. (conditions apply) 3542662AA es Dine with a sports star If you've ever wanted to rub shoulders with celebrities now is your chance. The Crackerjack Kids Champions Dinner is being held on Thursday night and diners can meet leading sports personalities including All Blacks coach Graham Henry. The event raises money for the Cracker- jack Kids programme which helps instil im- portant values in schoolchildren. The event will be held at 7pm at the Heritage Hotel in the city. For tickets email info@quan tumsport.co.nz or phone 307-0323 for details. Terror in the home of the brave Brave mayor: Bob Parker. Christchurch has a new and totally justified in- word. That word is hero''. In a city on its knees after a terrible continu- ing ordeal, uncountable stories of courage are everywhere -- in the flattened buildings which have still to give up their dead, in the tire- less search teams from around the globe who have flown in to burrow into the twisted steel and balance precariously on the heaps of rubble which were so recently thriving businesses. Courage is there too in the accounts of those who stopped to help others in trouble in those first terrible seconds -- and some who died with those they sought to aid. It's there in the tired but determined voices of battered survivors who are simply trying -- often ignoring the obvious -- to just get on with their lives, no matter how impossible that now seems. It was there in the drawn face of a young son, comforting his sister as they sat in solitary vigil amid the rubble, waiting for the mother who would never clam- ber out of the crushed and smoking television building. You could sense confi- dent courage and deter- mination in the voices with familiar accents of men just off the planes from distant cities, tell- ing of experiences in places like Haiti. They quickly assembled their high-tech gear, intent on getting into the chaos to relieve tired New Zea- land crews who had slog- ged through the early days and nights of the crisis. There was too an image of the world being a huge village as teams from Japan and China took up the challenge, drawn by double facts -- that they had special experience and that young students from their countries were in the wreckage. They were confident that they could pick up where others had worked before them, since rescue teams around the world train according to ident- ical manuals from the UN. In all this, one man has reflected and inspired a city in agony -- the mayor Bob Parker. His was the voice of leadership, urging team- work and compassion, telling those who depended on his energy and good judgement that he too shared their fear. His calm assurance, his carefully worded advice went out to the people who so wisely re- elected him for what -- unbeknown to them or him -- would be even greater horror than the first quake last Sept- ember. He told the people of the city on that first day: I know you're suffering in every way but you have to believe me when Isaywecandoit,wecan get through this by lean- ing on each other and finding a strength we didn't know we had.'' All the time, he was nursing what may be broken ribs from being thrown across his office in the first seconds of the horror. I watched him on TV with family visitors from the UK who had been scheduled to be in Christchurch this week. One was David Flet- cher, a recently retired emergency planning officer for Plymouth, a city with a population of a quarter of a million -- and the added compli- cation of being the home port for Britain's nuclear submarines plus with other hazards. He had high specialist and personal praise for Bob Parker's messages to the people of Christ- church, notably on that first night. He said: Mayor Parker's performance, particularly through the early stages of the disas- ter, was a template of excellence for anyone anywhere in the world coping with a natural or man-made disaster. The way he priorit- ised his advice and the quality and sensitivity inherent in all he said -- plus his excellent deliv- ery dealing with New Zealand and world media -- were masterly.'' More than the mayor picked up the needs of the moment. Some in very simple ways. One man, fearing that emergency workers and police in the danger zone night need sustenance, called on corporates who gave tea and coffee, pet- rol stations provided milk. He put his father's old icecream van back on the road and toured the cordons with cuppas until his stock ran out. A caller to National Radio offered help for new or pregnant mothers in his suburb, picking up formula and medical supplies for them from pharmacies -- on his bike. Then thousands of young people revealed the real face of their gen- eration when the Student Army invaded suburbs to help clear the liquefaction muck aro- und homes, particularly of the elderly. Herds of Canterbury farmers -- the Farmy Army'' -- have driven in with their trusty tractors to help. And the navy had all hands to the ovens producing meals for the badly hit people of Lyttelton and the army searchers. All this while at the ruins of Christchurch cathedral heroic sear- chers drove wide steel pipes into the wreckage. Then they crawled through, using them as protective screens, to force a way into the rubble-filled, battered building which for so long has been the heart of a proud city. And will be in the future -- Bob Parker and dean Peter Beck, for- merly of Auckland's St Matthew's-in-the-city, are emphatic the cathedral will rise again. It will have new dead to mourn, grateful sur- vivors to give thanks, modern good Samaritans to be remembered in Christchurch -- city of heroes.
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