Waiheke Marketplace : September 21st 2011
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Seaside Sanctuary Like many other residents, I am saddened our one and only resthome is about to close its doors. I am a caregiver by profession. From an educational point of view the word cared means: Community, Aroha, Respect, Elderly, Dignified -- CARED. What is going to happen to our elderly who are in their twilight years? Who knows? Nobody does at present -- that s bad. I have had the great fortune to have cared for two great local identities on Waiheke -- one was Beth Drummond who resided all her life in Cowes Bay. Beth Drummond married our first policeman. She had longevity because she was a very religious lady. I so enjoyed reading her the bible each morning. Beth transported herself over to Rotoroa Island and taught music -- Beth was a carer. Another great identity from days gone by was Dixie Day. I was fortunate to care for her too. She was also a carer. These two women have passed on with a lot of love and dignity from their extended community. Can we say the residents at the Seaside Sanctuary can have the same experience? I don t think so. Could our Rotary fraternity put their time, expertise and community obligation together and help? We now need to perhaps address a public meeting and debate all avenues so that either a new resthome is constructed in an appropriate situation, or the feasibility of a new hospice is considered as an option. If I were a local councillor I would be voting for both options, and the sooner the better. Dale Fleetwood Ostend Resthome closure Can anyone feel untouched by the imminent closure of Seaside Sanctuary? We don t have to be old or approaching old age to feel the fear of what may lie in store for us if or when we do get old. So sad that these elderly residents are suddenly living with that very fear as they have to move, with what appears to be indecent haste, to a place they don t know, a place where in all likelihood they will be isolated from family, any friends and all things familiar -- a terrifying and unjust way to live out what is left of their lives. If they are not suffering from the later stages of dementia -- as is often the case with the elderly -- then they will knowingly be scared, confused and very unhappy. No one likes change forced upon them but it is especially cruel and frightening when it happens to a section of a community unable to fend for themselves. Is this how we should treat our elderly? Is it how will we be judged as individuals, a community and a nation if we can t or don t find a kind solution to this? Many of these people have given years of service to their community out of obligation and duty. They didn t ask for anything in return but don t we now have an obligation, a duty to treat them kindly and fairly? Isn t it what we would hope for ourselves in old age? Isn t this what we all want at any age -- to be treated kindly and fairly? I don t have a solution. There are so many things that would have to be taken into account, so many compliances to be met and the issue is no doubt much wider than keeping Seaside Sanctuary as is or having something similar. Perhaps we need a larger more flexible facility, inclusive of services like Meals on Wheels (another service that will have to be moved due to the closure of Seaside Sanctuary). I would love to have the bottle to say to the scarily wealthy among us: Come on mate, you are needed, please help. This might be your greatest opportunity to make a difference to your fellow man. I probably don t have the bottle but one thing I can and will do is write to my MP Nikki Kaye to voice my concern. I would urge you to do the same. Jenness Reeve Surfdale Street art I would like to thank all those involved in the success of the Red Shed In From the Street workshops and exhibition. For four weeks in August, artist mentors dedicated their time to teaching eight teenagers skills to transform their graffiti ideas into saleable work for the Red Shed Gallery exhibition. The students learnt how to draw, stencil, screenprint and use spray techniques. The resulting exhibition is a stunning testament to street-style art as a viable art form and a fantastic way for young people to express themselves. Some of the students attended as part of their restorative justice programme and Waiheke police youth officer Roger Matteson has confirmed our initiative has helped turn around some of the students involved. We were even more delighted when the Artworks Trust asked mentor Justin Beaver and the newly formed Red Shed Street Art Crew to create a street art-style mural to brighten up the Artworks courtyard. Upcycle member Nora West made the suggestion to the trust with the support of Hazel Rachtman and for this we are very grateful. The council contributed a small amount, $440, towards the paint and the painters who worked tirelessly to create the mural before the launch of the Rugby World Cup. The budget of $2000 was for the entire Artworks complex for Rugby World Cup decorations and not specifically for our project. Our community placing trust and faith in our young people and their skills in this internationally renowned form of art has helped push these youngsters further on a positive path. The Red Shed believes that through positive mentorship young people can be channelled to express themselves in a positive way within our community and has applied for six months funding from Creative Communities to extend our youth art programme in 2012. We believe it takes a community to teach young people to reach their potential and appreciate the support the Waiheke community has shown our young artists. As a show of our appreciation we have donated 10 percent of the profits from our exhibition to Friends of the Street. Bea Lorimer Red Shed Arts Trust Rugby balls-up Artworks Community Theatre would like to apologise to all the people who came to the theatre for the few rugby games that we were unable to have live on the big screen because of technical challenges. We d also like to thank those who came to all the games we have screened live and to invite all of you back to the theatre for the rest of them -- now that our technical glitches are worked out. It s pretty amazing watching the action ona9x4-metre screen. Bring the family and support your favourite teams -- and your community theatre. Coverage generally starts a half- hour before the first game of the day (see www.SKYTV.co.nz for schedule). Admission is by koha, the cafe ´ will be open, and everyone is most welcome. Dee Austring Booking manager Artworks Community Theatre Dune planting Thanks to all who came between showers to help with the dune planting at Palm Beach on Sunday. Despite the weather, we had a great turnout and just completed the task as the hail began to fall. Thanks too to the council who provided the plants and sausages and an especially big thank you to Gary Wilton for assisting us to make it happen and for manning the barbecue. Margaret Peacocke Students' cook-up On September 7 and 8,Waiheke High School s senior hospitality students were given the opportunity to cook and present their menu focused on the theme Eat Local, Eat in Season for their final NCEA assessment. The venue was Food Embassy in Ostend. Chef Tony Moss and business partner Barbara Palmer supported the students to present their menu to a high cuisine standard. All profits go towards scholarships for the top hospitality students. As the school s food and hospitality teacher, I believe we must inspire for our students to aspire. We have awesome food and hospitality talents within our local industry and whanau. Huhanna Davis Waiheke High School LETTER RULES Letters of 150 words or less can be emailed to editor@waiheke marketplace.co.nz or sent to Editor, Waiheke Market- place, PO Box 185, Oneroa, Waiheke Island 1840, by Monday morning, 9am. Full name, address and phone number should be given. Only the name and suburb will be published. We prefer letters about local issues. We discourage personal attacks -- try to advance the debate. The editor reserves the right to edit, abridge or withhold correspon- dence without explanation. Letters may be referred to others for right of reply.
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