Western Leader : March 1st 2011
5 WESTERN LEADER, MARCH 1, 2011 NEWS Proudly 100% NZ owned and operated and supporting the Community since 1971 www.madbutcher.co.nz Offers valid from Mon 28th Feb - Sun 6th Mar. All Stores Open 7 Days FRESH PORK ROASTS only5 $ .99 kilo Save $5.30kg o our everyday low price! Fresh Pork Loin Chops only9 kilo .99 $ only3 $ .99 kilo Mad Butcher Pork Flavoured Sausages Fresh NZ Pork Prices Slashed! Fresh Pork Slices only9 kilo .99 $ Biscuits now available in all stores! Save $2.50kg o our everyday low price! Includes bone in leg & shoulder roasts! Terror in the home of the brave Brave mayor: Bob Parker. Christchurch has a new and totally justified in- word. That word is hero''. In a city on its knees after a terrible continu- ing ordeal, uncountable stories of courage are everywhere -- in the flattened buildings which have still to give up their dead, in the tire- less search teams from around the globe who have flown in to burrow into the twisted steel and balance precariously on the heaps of rubble which were so recently thriving businesses. Courage is there too in the accounts of those who stopped to help others in trouble in those first terrible seconds -- and some who died with those they sought to aid. It's there in the tired but determined voices of battered survivors who are simply trying -- often ignoring the obvious -- to just get on with their lives, no matter how impossible that now seems. It was there in the drawn face of a young son, comforting his sister as they sat in solitary vigil amid the rubble, waiting for the mother who would never clam- ber out of the crushed and smoking television building. You could sense confi- dent courage and deter- mination in the voices with familiar accents of men just off the planes from distant cities, tell- ing of experiences in places like Haiti. They quickly assembled their high-tech gear, intent on getting into the chaos to relieve tired New Zea- land crews who had slog- ged through the early days and nights of the crisis. There was too an image of the world being a huge village as teams from Japan and China took up the challenge, drawn by double facts -- that they had special experience and that young students from their countries were in the wreckage. They were confident that they could pick up where others had worked before them, since rescue teams around the world train according to ident- ical manuals from the UN. In all this, one man has reflected and inspired a city in agony -- the mayor Bob Parker. His was the voice of leadership, urging team- work and compassion, telling those who depended on his energy and good judgement that he too shared their fear. His calm assurance, his carefully-worded advice went out to the people who so wisely re- elected him for what -- unbeknown to them or him -- would be even greater horror than the first quake last Sept- ember. He told the people of the city on that first day: I know you're suffering in every way but you have to believe me when Isaywecandoit,wecan get through this by lean- ing on each other and finding a strength we didn't know we had.'' All the time, he was nursing what may be broken ribs from being thrown across his office in the first seconds of the horror. I watched him on TV with family visitors from the UK who had been scheduled to be in Christchurch this week. One was David Flet- cher, a recently retired emergency planning officer for Plymouth, a city with a population of a quarter of a million -- and the added compli- cation of being the home port for Britain's nuclear submarines plus with other hazards. He had high specialist and personal praise for Bob Parker's messages to the people of Christ- church, notably on that first night. He said: Mayor Parker's performance, particularly through the early stages of the disas- ter, was a template of excellence for anyone anywhere in the world coping with a natural or man-made disaster. The way he priorit- ised his advice and the quality and sensitivity inherent in all he said -- plus his excellent deliv- ery dealing with New Zealand and world media -- were masterly.'' Others also picked up the needs of the moment. Some in very simple ways. One man, fearing that emergency workers and police in the danger zone night need sustenance, called on corporates who gave tea and coffee while petrol stations provided milk. He put his father's old icecream van back on the road and toured the cordons with cuppas until his stock ran out. A caller to National Radio offered help for new or pregnant mothers in his suburb, picking up formula and medical supplies for them from pharmacies -- on his bike. Then thousands of young people revealed the real face of their gen- eration when the Student Army invaded suburbs to help clear the liquefaction muck around homes, particu- larly of the elderly. Herds of Canterbury farmers -- the Farmy Army'' -- have drven in with their trusty tractors to help. And the navy had all hands to the ovens producing meals for the badly-hit people of Lyttelton and the army searchers. All this while at the ruins of Christchurch cathedral heroic searchers drove wide steel pipes into the wreckage. Then they crawled through, using them as protective screens, to force a way into the rubble-filled, battered building which for so long has been the heart of a proud city. And it will be in the future -- Bob Parker and dean Peter Beck, for- merly of Auckland's St Matthew's-in-the-city, are emphatic the cathedral will rise again. It will have new dead to mourn, grateful sur- vivors to give thanks and modern good Samaritans to be remembered in Christchurch -- city of heroes.
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