The week has again had a few bad events happen:
A Christchurch resident visiting the area has passed away on the weekend. There are no suspicious circumstances here. Our thoughts are with the man’s family and friends at this difficult time.
Two family harm incidents have occurred. We do encourage that any issues you have at home are discussed with any agency that you are happy to talk to. The list is a long one. It could be your General Practitioner, your church leaders, Community Networks, Jigsaw, Oranga Tamariki, Police, your family group and friends, your peers, or a helpline. It could be whoever will listen to you and let you have a voice and air your problems to.
A drink driver was very lucky to keep his licence on Friday after blowing just under the legal limit for an adult. He got a $250.00 fine and 50 demerits.
It took more than a bucket of water at the Lake Hawea Fire on Friday:
I cannot tell you how proud I am of watching an army get together and fight the fire with more fury than a Hollywood film maker could have produced.
Fire appliances from many other towns, helicopter pilots with amazing skills, local contractors with water trucks, water pumps, generators and locals helping people evacuate. People rushing out to Lake Hawea checking on others with offers of accommodation, blankets and food. Delta with the electricity and roading contractors from Queenstown.
These men and women put in many hours to save the forest and 5 homes. I cannot imagine what it would have looked like if it happened in say 4 weeks time, with the dry winds to come.
To those volunteers and to those who produced an array of food and drink for them, I would think that the community has to take their hats off to you.
For those who have volunteers at their work sites. Thank you very much for allowing your staff to step away from work and be “Bloody Legends”.
There is a lead of enquiry for the cause of the fire that Police are chasing up.
Let’s have a quiet week.