Letters: Arthritis appeal backed by many

Last updated 10:17 17/10/2012

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Arthritis appeal backed by many

I am writing to express the gratitude of Arthritis New Zealand to the many volunteers, members, businesses and donors who contributed to the success of our recent annual appeal.

Your donations will help us support the 530,000 New Zealanders who are living with arthritis.

While Arthritis New Zealand is a national organisation, we continue to provide seminars and clinics in communities throughout New Zealand.

Advice is also available during business hours on our toll free line: 0800 663 463.

Donations are still being counted, so at the time of writing, the total is not available. While our street collection has finished, you can still support our work with a $20 donation by phoning 0900 333 20. Or you can donate through our website: www.arthritis.org.nz .

Thank you again for your support.

Sandra Kirby

Arthritis New Zealand chief executive

Support thanks

The Hutton's Shearwater Charitable Trust would like to take this opportunity to thank the many people who made our recent Welcome Home Hutton's event the success it was.

The trust continues to be humbled by the amount of support we receive for the protection of the Kaikoura titi.

It was a great day, which started with a working bee at Te Rae O Atiu (Peninsula colony) of dedicated volunteers willing to share their time and energy in such a great location, for a great cause. Many thanks to you all; you achieved a lot that morning.

A big thanks also to Mike Morrissey from the Department of Conservation who had the site all ready to go for us.

The day continued with the community street party to Welcome Home The Hutton's.

This only came together thanks to a band of hard-working folk; Hutton's Trustees, Pam Whitehead of BNZ and her team, Doug O'Callahan and his wonderfully organised Kaikoura Hop, Brett Cowan of the Department of Conservation, the local schools and Kapa Haka group, the Blue FM, the Kaikoura Star, Kaikoura Bakery, Steve Mansfield, Kaikoura Whale Watch, the musicians, the businesses/groups who had stalls, and no doubt many more.

Our apologies if we have left someone off the list; it's not intentional.

So a huge thank you from the Hutton's Shearwater Charitable Trust. Your support is appreciated. We look forward to seeing you again soon. The Hutton's Shearwater Charitable Trust.

Pool solution

The pools development on the peninsula has been on the table at the council for about five years.

I see now that the committee fronting this proposal are requesting money from the Kaikoura District Council (community) to continue with feasibility studies and such like.

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While this major and quite possibly not financially viable development is being discussed, the community goes without a covered/heated pool for year-round swimming and enjoyment. Also there appears to be no guarantee given that there will be a lap pool included with this development.

One alternative option may be to reline and upgrade the existing Lions pool. This and covering/heating may be able to be done at a realistic cost and time span leaving us with a more than adequate facility on a beautiful site. Potentially, could hot pools and a cafe be added to this site down the track?

If you are not travelling to Blenheim to use the pool facilities there, you will most likely know someone who is.

I think, why wait for a project that may never be financially viable and may never happen when our community, the children, aunties, uncles, parents, grandparents and neighbours do not have a swimming facility to use year round, right now?

Leo Harnett Jr

- Kaikoura Star

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