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Spread a little random kindness
Ripple effect: Sisters Marilyn and Faye get into the spirit of Random Acts of
Kindness Day, which falls on Thursday.
It s not often you see parking
wardens putting money into
meters, but on Random Acts of
Kindness Day, all sorts of
unusual things can happen.
RAK encourages people to
think of something kind to do for
others and it doesn t have to cost
anything, says Napier in the City
manager Meg Rodel.
It could be something as
simple as paying someone a com-
pliment, letting someone into
traffic or opening a door -- modest
It s remarkable how well this
day has taken off and it s a great
reminder that we don t have to
stick with just one day a year to
The thing people find most
difficult is to RAK total
strangers, and for the stranger to
We re not used to being shown
kindness by strangers and that s
a challenge for us as a com-
munity -- engaging with a
stranger can really make their
day -- and yours too!
Napier Mayor Barbara Arnott
is getting into the spirit of the
day and will be quietly buying
coffees for strangers, and
retailers in the city are busy
planning how they will make the
day special for shoppers.
Businesses and community
groups all have their own ways of
celebrating kindness. You ve
been RAK d cards will be
handed to those receiving kind-
ness, in the hope that they will
pass the card to another in a
ripple effect .
In Britain this year there s
been a big drive to show kindness
to others, because of the
recession and the fact that people
are having a tough time, Ms
Rodel says, but the point is, we
shouldn t only do it when it s a
tough time and we shouldn t only
A lot of people do show kind-
ness all the time but an official
day and a card to give someone
helps to bridge that gap or awk-
wardness for some people in
It s a win-win.
The person you bless with
something feels good and you feel
good because you gave -- it takes
the focus off self.
I was asked recently, Don t
you think it s done its dash?
When has kindness ever done
Random Acts of Kindness Day is
tomorrow, September 1.
Go ahead and make someone's
day -- you never know when it will
come back to you.
Fish out of water
A toxic algal bloom at Lake Tutira
might mean a Father s Day fly fish-
ing event is restricted to dry land.
Tests on the toxicity of the lake
nearer to September 4 will deter-
mine if it is fit for recreation on the
day, says Hawke s Bay Regional
Council community engagement co-
ordinator Anita Murrell.
People have been warned to stay
away from the lake by the Hawke s
Bay District Health Board s Public
Health Unit, which says the algal
bloom poses serious health risks for
any recreational activity.
People should not swim or pursue
any other recreational activities
which will involve contact with the
water or use lake water for drinking
or cooking until further notice, the
unit s advice warns.
The fly fishing event is the first in
the regional council and Department
of Conservation s popular spring-
summer Walk and Talk series.
The Take Your Dad Fishing for
Fathers Day event is on Sunday
September 4, from 10am to noon.
Staff from Hawke s Bay Fish &
Game, Department of Conservation,
the regional council and Hamill s will
be on site to teach basic fly fishing
techniques, and share special tips,
Ms Murrell says.
introductory tramp for first-time
walkers to Sunrise Hut in October, a
more demanding walk around
Morere Hot Springs Reserve in
February, and a small group visit in
March to Cape Kidnappers to learn
more about the work of volunteers at
the nature reserve.
In November, a Walk and Talk
will be held around Waitangi
wetland near Awatoto in association
with Hawke s Bay Museum and Art
Gallery s national conference to com-
memorate the bicentenary of the
birth of William Colenso.
To book a place on a Walk and
Talk event, contact the regional
council, or Hawke s Bay Museum for
the Colenso walk.
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