Posts by Hebe

  • Hard News: #eqnz: Okay?,

    It’s sure a relief to find PAS descending into silliness. I feel anything but silly. Going out and getting prepared – again. Amazing how much crap the 25-litre water container tap collects in three years, how the food expires and the chocolate is eaten, the batteries are borrowed, and where the hell did most of the torches go?

    This series of earthquakes, and the alarming GNS forecast yesterday, has demolished any lurking idea I had that the earthquakes may have quieted for Christchurch and surrounds. The country is in a time of stronger seismic activity than has been the case for many human-scale years, and we must learn to live with it, or leave.

    It feels like another loss of innocence, and while I am so thankful that St Martins wasn’t literally at the centre of it this time, I also hurt badly for those living through the hammering and constant aftershocks: survivor’s guilt.

    It is also strange being able to watch it all unfold on the internet and on television – in 2011 we had little idea of what was happening 15 minutes away in town because our internet, power and water was down for what seemed like a long time. We were focused on survival and caring for our near-teen children. Now we watch live; and sons are about to start their final NCEA exams. Their teenage years lived out in a quaked city: I am deeply sorrowful about that, more than almost anything else.

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  • Hard News: Be careful what you wish for, in reply to Gareth,

    Mine also. Thanks for the optimism.

    Russell: thanks for your coherent thoughts. I slept well because I have consciously distanced myself from this race. Nothing to be done about it but garden: the fig tree is figging.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music! It's us, as culture, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Paddy’s place?

    Yes, and that is the Regent dome. It looks great in the massive garden.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music! It's us, as culture,

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    Indians basking in the sun at the Smash Palace bike show today. (Previous messy)

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    The Inidians basked in the sun at the Smash Palace bike show today.

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  • Hard News: On seclusion rooms,

    All this is part of piece, isn’t it? The abysmal failure of the New Zealand educational system to adopt progressive ways of recognising, teaching and funding students with needs different to the great mass.

    My hearts bleeds for those parents and caregivers of children with severe needs.

    My two sons are about to finish Year 13, having much lesser learning difficulties but which have impeded their lives, and it is only in the last three years after massive separate battles for both that any help has been forthcoming.

    Some teachers have been helpful, but powerless to make a difference. Othere have been actively obstructive because they did not believe that dyspraxia, dyscalculia or Auditory Processing Disorder existed or were posing enough difficulties for my kids “compared with others who need a lot of help”.

    Yeah I’m angry. Still. And once my life’s other great catfight is over – insurance for a house wrecked by the Christchurch earthquakes – I’m going back to trying to ensure other children do not go through what mine have.

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  • Speaker: Christchurch: We're not…,

    Yo. Over-cap. At last. Five years and seven months on.

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  • Access: Help a kid have a heavy blanket,

    A simple and elegant solution. Nicola is a gem.

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  • Speaker: Christchurch: We're not…,

    Good friend and former Christchurch Mayor Garry Moore battles on with Southern Response, the government’s AMI bail-out vehicle. SR appears to be an extended form of hell, according to so many people on the help pages.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=11719369

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  • Speaker: Christchurch: We're not…, in reply to Moz,

    Hah! I had to look closely at my post to figure out what you meant.

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