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over the keys
By RACHEL MACDONALD
KEY PARTY: Excited winner Rea Rewiri-White receives the
key to her new car from "Starship kid" Jock Mowat.
RANGIORA WOMAN Rea Rewiri-White couldn t
believe her eyes when a $2 scratch n win showed
her that she had won a brand new car.
She had bought the ticket from The Warehouse on
High St, in support of Auckland s Starship Chil-
dren s Hospital air ambulance service.
These things never happen. I m so glad the lad at
The Warehouse prompted me to buy the ticket at the
counter -- it s amazing to win a brand new car.
And I m thrilled the competition supports Star-
ship, as they do a wonderful job looking after kids
from all over the country, she said.
Giving her the keys to the $23,900 Skoda was
Greta Valley s Jock Mowat, who turned nine this
week -- a birthday his parents once thought he would
And he has Starship to thank for that.
Jock had been unwell throughout the winter of
2010 and was admitted to Christchurch Hospital
just before the September earthquake hit.
He was found to have a racing heart and the
surgical team needed to relieve the fluid build-up.
He was transferred by the Starship National Air
Ambulance Service to Auckland two days after the
quake, and after two weeks of testing, he was found
to have myelodysplastic syndrome -- a blood con-
dition, which in his case was a malignant precursor
Jock was in Starship for six months to the day.
He received a bone marrow transplant just before
the second Canterbury earthquake, but this was
He underwent an urgent second transplant from a
donor in Germany and spent his seventh birthday in
That was fun. We had a party in the playroom in
the oncology ward, Jock said.
To begin with, he was back up in Auckland every
month to be reviewed, then every two months.
He now has to go back every six months, which
shows how well he is doing, said his father, Rich.
More than 131,000 scratch 'n' win tickets were sold
at The Warehouse stores between March 27 and April
20, raising $262,410 to help the Starship National Air
Ambulance Service continue flying children from all
over the country to Auckland for lifesaving care.
Very welcoming community
SCHOOL COFFEE FIX:
Amberley School parent
Liz James says she loved
the canteen. ''I look
forward to Fridays, I get
my coffee and go to
By CATE BROUGHTON
ON A wet and windy Friday morning,
Amberley School mum and volunteer
barista Michelle Jerebine is getting the
coffee machine going in the school s
Red Canteen. Teachers and parents
pop in to the refurbished old school
hall and order their lattes, flat whites
and cappuccinos on the way to the
More parents will trickle in after
assembly and take time to catch up
with other parents.
The canteen, set up to help families
who had moved to Amberley following
the Canterbury earthquakes, has been
a huge success, principal Kev O Hall-
A group of ladies got together and
called for volunteers. We painted it all
up and spruced it up with new curtains
and someone donated a little coffee
type serving bar.
The donation of a coffee machine by
Hummingbird coffee -- and the barista
expertise of two parents -- saw the cen-
tre launched at the beginning of the
first term last year.
It s a very welcoming community. I
just find it a delight to be part of, and
as part of our community outreach we
established this drop-in centre and it s
been a great success.
The school is now hoping to get fund-
ing to make more improvements.
By CATE BROUGHTON
HURUNUI RESIDENTS affected by
the Canterbury earthquakes believe
they have been sidelined by the
Canterbury Earthquake Recovery
Authority (CERA) and many social
agencies, a post earthquake survey has
The Hurunui District Council survey
asked residents and social services
agencies how they had fared during
and after the earthquakes, with res-
ponses from 222 households and 84
social agencies serving the region.
The region s exclusion from the
CERA Act meant it had not received
social monitoring and services made
available to Christchurch, Selwyn and
Waimakariri residents, Hurunui social
development adviser Sonny Whitelaw
Ms Whitelaw did the survey to
gather information about the social
needs of the community, and was sur-
prised by the extent of post-earthquake
Those impacted included residents
who had lived in the region before the
quakes and those who had made the
Hurunui home in their aftermath.
About 400 Earthquake Commission
(EQC) claims had been lodged from the
region, and several homes had been
written off as a result of the earth-
quakes, Ms Whitelaw said.
Areas around Amberley were
damaged and we ve had elderly people
who were told by EQC inspectors they
didn t have earthquake damage
because they were outside the CERA
Many Hurunui residents didn t even
put in a claim as they didn t feel they
had a right to , Ms Whitelaw said.
There is an enormous burden of
guilt because everyone in Christchurch
and Kaiapoi and Pines Beach is much
worse off, so there is a real sense of
we re country people, we re resilient,
we ll cope .
Another ongoing impact related to
the population shift, with many people
fleeing Christchurch and settling in
the Hurunui, she said.
Many people found the region could
be much more isolating than an urban
environment, especially if stuck at
home with no car.
Many of the social services surveyed
confirmed the social needs of the dis-
trict were high -- but also admitted
they did not have adequate resources.
One example of post-quake stress
was domestic violence, with police
reporting daily callouts to incidents.
The survey highlighted the need for
additional support services in the
region, but also that empowering
smaller community groups is the best
way to address these needs , Ms
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