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Living it up and loving it
Be our guests: Students from Christchurch have been enjoying an all-expenses paid week of treats in Hawke's Bay.
Sponsors and supporters of the Birthright Hawke's Bay project included: Pak 'N Save
Hastings, Electrical Process Development Ltd, Havelock North Intermediate School, B
Wallis, Revive Hair Professionals, A Robinson, Dwyer & Associates, Waipukurau Rotary
Club, Havelock North Lioness Club, Ahuriri Rotary, Napier Host Lions, Napier Medical
Centre, Gardiner Knobloch, Grow Human Resources, Unichem Marewa Pharmacy,
Rescom Security Systems, J Butcher, Fountain Court Motel, Hastings Heretaunga Lions,
Laser Force, Office Products Depot, Mitre 10 Mega Napier, Toops, Raupare Gardens, Bay
Cuisine and St Joseph's Maori Girls' College.
It's more than awesome, you can't
really put words to it.
Parent John Sanders.
Climbing the walls: Christchurch nine-year-old
Logan Cain at Kiwi Adventure in Ahuriri.
By NEILL GORDON
When you ve been sharing a portaloo with
200 other households for months, it s hard
to underestimate the simple pleasure of
flushing, says Christchurch man John
Flush toilets and tap water that doesn t
reek of chlorine were top of Mr Sanders list
of enjoyable novelties on a trip to Hawke s
Bay last week.
Mr Sanders twin boys, Kyle and Luke,
were among 40 students from Linwood
Avenue School flown to Hawke s Bay to be
spoilt rotten, courtesy of the not-for-profit
Birthright Hawke s Bay Child and Family
Care Trust. Some children on the trip had
been living in a garage with their family,
others were out of their homes and one was
living in one room with their family at a
friend s house. Birthright chief executive
Jane Wilson said the organisation wanted
to do something after the September quake,
and the February quake had increased the
It s just been magic, Ms Wilson says.
She knew what the exercise had cost
Birthright, but I m not saying; it s just
about the kids .
We ve got some sponsorship but, if you
think about airfares and buses, we haven t
covered the whole lot. Birthright will pick
up what s left.
One of the key sponsors was Mark Town-
Treweek, of Stoney Creek Ranch, who pro-
vided accommodation for the group for four
You wonder what you can do for people
in Christchurch and this seemed like the
right thing, he said.
Jane asked me about running the camp
and I scratched my head; we try and do one
free camp a year. To confirm it I prayed
about it first and then I phoned all our
suppliers and said If we do a camp, what
would you charge us and all of them said
Those suppliers were Toops, Raupare
Gardens, who provided fresh fruit and veg,
and Bay Cuisine, who provided all the
John Sanders, a solo parent, says the trip
was a big deal for his twins and their
I ve got Kyle and he s a rough and tum-
ble boy and the aftershocks didn t really
faze him at first at all. Luke, on the other
hand, he s a bit softer and he got real upset,
but it s got to the point now even Kyle s like
that. I have to go in at night time and calm
them back down and what have you. It s
virtually every night.
They might only be 3 or 4 [on the Richter
scale] but they might as well be at 10
because the ground s so loose already.
The Sanders home is in the hard-hit sub-
urb of Bexley. John expects to find out in
the next few days whether the Government
will allow homes to remain there.
The Sanders got electricity back a month
ago after two months of torches and
barbecues and until a fortnight ago they
were sharing a portaloo with 200 other
households. Now they have a chemical
His seven-year-old home suffered no
structural damage in the February 22
earthquake but the rear of his section sunk,
so that he can now stand in his backyard
and touch the guttering and his driveway
tilts towards the back, flooding his garage
when it rains.
He has three sets of aluminium doors in
the house but the only one that will open is
the front door which is still sticking, but if
you give it a good pull you can get in and
I went to bed last night without a torch!
Without the water bottles filled because
you don t know where your next drink of
water is coming from. These are things we
haven t had to worry about since we ve been
The kids getting a chance to come up
and get away from that for a while is going
to be so good for them. They re getting
treated to so many things, it s just amazing.
It s more than awesome, you can t really
put words to it.
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