There is an Autumn feeling to the air, signalling the change of season, which is a great time to remind everyone to check their smoke detectors, or if you don’t have any to stress how important they are in saving lives. In the Healy household we recently upgraded our smoke detectors to ones that talked to each other wirelessly, which had the bonus of an afternoon’s entertainment with one of us up a ladder pressing the test button while the other ran round the house to see if they really were talking to each other.
By the time you read this the Brigade would have attended the Oratia School Fair on the 27th March with a couple of the fun FENZ educational trailers.
Also getting out in the community are several of our Brigade Members who are training for the Firefighter Sky Tower Stair Challenge. The challenge raises money for Leukaemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand. They will be climbing 1,103 steps across 51 flights wearing 25kgs of structural fire fighting gear. You may spot them training out at the Nihotupu Dam.
The Challenge takes place on 22nd May 2021, if you would like to support the team please visit:
Thank you to Watercare for supporting the team by allowing access to their stairs for training.
The Library is open again. What a difference new carpet, curtains and paint do to a place! It looks so bright and clean, I don’t think we realised how badly it was in need of re- decorating.
We hope you and your friends will come along to see us soon, we will be ordering some new books shortly.
2020 though was different. Plans were interrupted worldwide and all of our lives were affected in some way. For the Association it has meant less opportunity to hire out the hall resulting in less revenue to fund the upkeep and running of it. The Executive managed the situation well as the results clearly show.
The Meet the Candidates evening was a great success so a big thank you from the Committee to the candidates and to those residents who attended. Under level 2.5 we were limited to 52 seated with the candidates on stage and we were full. In fact we set up an extra 7 in the hallway.
The candidates spoke well and we had a good variety of questions that kept the evening alive for 90 minutes. The candidates were most appreciative of the opportunity and we hope that those residents who attended found it informative. Happy voting.
Parker Rd resident Penelope Sparks was lucky enough to have this beautiful kaka visit recently, contentedly feeding on kowhai flowers in her garden. Thank you for the photo Penny, he or she is certainly a very fine specimen!