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Containing fear THE idea of a deadly and con- tagious virus with no cure avail- able is terrifying. So imagine the courage it would take to nurse a neighbour who is sick from the Ebola virus, or bury your highly infectious wife, husband, child, sister or brother. That is exactly what 1800 Red Cross volunteers are doing right now in West Africa. They are going door-to-door to help their communities sur- vive an Ebola outbreak that has claimed more than 1400 lives and infected more than 2600 people in four countries. The number of deaths is grow- ing by the day and each death is entirely preventable. Red Cross is educating mil- lions of people to prevent further infections. Volunteers are helping their neighbours to bury their loved ones safely. Emergency hospitals are being set up in towns where clinics are overflowing with peo- ple sick from Ebola. This is fast becoming more than a major health emergency. Due to the health crisis, many communities are having diffi- culty accessing essential services, such as food and water. We can all lend a hand to control this terrible virus. I ask all New Zealanders to please consider donating to the Ebola Outbreak 2014 Appeal online at redcross.org.nz. Peter Walton, Head of international programme, Australian Red Cross Frustrating process IN SEPTEMBER 2005, the Manukau City Council’s How- ick Community Board accepted a council officer’s proposal to replace the Emilia Maud Nixon Garden of Memories torere. Photographs presented to the board proved that the building was only superficially fire dam- aged, not burnt to the ground as claimed. The timber floor joists and subframe were undamaged, and beyond the front three metres of the 10m x 5m timber building, not even the plastic spouting or roof paint had been damaged. Repair only required rebuild- ing the front 3m above the sub- frame, including a narrow front porch/entrance and light inter- nal partition wall, replacing a window, exterior light, interior lining, vinyl floor covering, and all interior fittings. Smoke damage and associated odour throughout the building also needed clearing. Two independent repair and reinstatement proposals were presented and recommended to the board, with both generously assessed at a $50,000 total. That would have provided full reinstatement within a matter of weeks and with all materials and equipment being transported to the building site, would not cause damage to existing trees, gardens, paving or paths. Although the council’s pro- posal assumed council require- ments could be met, the preliminary estimated $718,000 cost did not include a predictable staircase or lift, sewage disposal, showers, overnight occupancy requirements, off-street parking, GST, and specifically excluded the extensive whare approach paving and external seating, which would inevitably increase the cost. The council’s legal and admin- istration costs associated with this project must be astronomic. Now, more than 10 years after the fire, the new two-storey building that serves no better purpose than the single-level one it replaces, is about to be opened (Times, August 20). No acceptable explanation of what happened to the Emilia Maud Nixon Garden of Memo- ries miniature whare, Fencible Cottage or bridge has ever been provided. Today’s Emilia Maud Nixon Garden of Memories, without a bridge and Fencible Cottage, is nothing but a fading memory. The project has been an utter disgrace, a huge waste of rate- payer funds and is a large monu- ment to Manukau City Council incompetence. To the Manukau City Council and Howick Community Board of 2005, on behalf of the late Russell Wylie and others who expressed concern, I say we told you so. Colin Adams, Howick Letters to the Editor can be sent to: The Editor, Times Newspapers, PO Box 259-243, Botany, Auckland 2163 or by email to email@example.com or fax (09) 271-8073. Letters should not exceed 200 words and should carry the name, residential address and contact telephone number of the author. Nom de plumes not accepted. THE Howick Bridge Club recently held its annual fundraising tournament supporting Totara Hospice South Auckland and has presented a cheque for just over $7000. The success of the annual event is a credit to all concerned, says the club’s lynchpin fundraiser, Mary Wood. “Special thanks go to the many local businesses that each year donate vouchers, tickets and many varied items for use in the silent auction. “ This is a reflection of the strong Howick community spirit, without their support and of the many club volunteers that gave their time there would be no event,” she says. Community spirited Club Mary Wood, of the Howick Bridge Club, hands over the cheque to Jennifer Kent of Totara Hospice. Photo supplied Letters to the Editor Featured letter each week will receive a Times pen.
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