Eastern Courier : March 4th 2011
3 EASTERN COURIER, MARCH 4, 2011 NEWS BOTANY STORE ONLY 09 271 4494 www.countrytheme.co.nz Te Ir it angi Dr iv e Chapel Roa d Orniston Road MITRE10 MEGA BOTANY JUNCTION SUNDAY, 13 MARCH 2011 Leave the city behind you and join us out in the paddock for some FREE family fun! Experience the sights, sounds and smells of farming. BILL AND LYN CASHMORE Cashmore Farms 3,000 acre hill country sheep and beef farm 389 Kawakawa-Orere Road 20 minutes east of Clevedon on the road between Kawakawa Bay and Orere Point Five shearers shearing 2,000 sheep Interactive activities for children Working dog demonstrations Native bush walks 4X4 wheel drive trips from stream to sky 10am -- 3pm Visit www.farmday.org.nz for maps, directions and further information FARM DAY is a national agricultural event coordinated and hosted by Federated Farmers of New Zealand Supported by the Government s Sustainable Farming Fund AuthorisedbyJLRoss,117Baverstock Rd, Dannemora, Auckland www.jami-leeross.com | Follow me on Twitter : www.twitter.com/jamileeross Follow me on Facebook: www.facebook.com/jami.lee.ross Vote Jami-Lee Ross on 5 March Keep Botany's strong voice in John Key's Government Jami-Lee Ross FOR BOTANY I'm proud to be representing National in my home electorate of Botany for the up-coming by- election. I want a brighter future for us all. One that includes a strong economy, a safe community and smar ter public ser vices. If you do too, then please give me your suppor t on 5 March. I will work hard within John Key's Government and continue delivering for Botany. Home comfort for victims Hospitality appreciated: Anisha Khambatta was one of many eastern suburbs residents who welcomed Christchurch earthquake victims into their home. Photo: NICOLA WILLIAMS By NICOLA WILLIAMS An overwhelming sense of helpless- ness swept most people when they heard about the devastating Christ- church earthquake. But some found a tangible way to assist by offering accommodation to Cantabrians who needed it. Anisha Khambatta's home was one of the 88 offered by eastern suburbs residents. Her family hosted three Israeli travellers in their 20s. One of the men was trapped under rubble for 30 minutes and suffered a broken leg. He returned to Israel the next day but the other two stayed several days before continuing their travels. The trio was brought to Auckland by Victim Support using a database of names to match people with accommodation offered. Miss Khambatta says it's obvious her visitors were deeply affected. The girl works in search and res- cue in the air force at home and she's been quite upset that she hasn't been able to be more proactive in helping. It was really emotional to hear her say something like that,'' the Bucklands Beach resident says. She said she just wanted to run into the cathedral and help these people but the police wouldn't let her, Miss Khambatta says. She was so upset and in tears, it shows how it affects people who don't live here. The one who had broken his leg was rather traumatised. The next morning when we were having breakfast he said he didn't care about money anymore, his life had a lot more meaning to it. I could see the shakiness on his face and hear it in his voice, he was silent for a long time after we asked him questions and that told me so much.'' Miss Khambatta says she was lucky to have the opportunity to give them a bed. For me it's been really powerful, I watched the news and wanted to help.'' Her lounge was turned into a makeshift bedroom with mattresses on the floor. She says they swapped email addresses and plan to keep in touch. Indian-born Miss Khambatta says she became a New Zealand citi- zen last year and the way people have reacted to the quake makes her proud to be a New Zealander. I feel so proud and patriotic, if anything good has come out of it, it's my pride in being a New Zea- lander.'' Memorial cross is under repair A memorial cross to honour road crash vic- tims has been gathering cobwebs instead of tributes. The cross was a coun- cil road safety team initiative which invited Counties Manukau residents who had lost loved ones to inscribe messages on plaques to place on the memorial. The cross was dis- played at the Manukau City Council building in March last year followed by a month at police headquarters while a permanent home was found. Calls to the new Auck- land Council revealed it had been misplaced. When the cross was located a spokesperson said there was nowhere to put it and it needed to be cleaned of vandalism. A resident who contri- buted a plaque was dis- appointed the cross was not being given the respect it deserved. She says until some- one is affected by such a loss they don't realise the importance of the trib- ute. A council spokes- person says it's unfort- unate the cross was dam- aged while on display. We understand how significant the memorial cross was for the families who shared their stories and sent in plaques. Auckland Transport is making repairs so that the plaques can go on display again.''
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