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GOING BEYOND THE EDGE
Nervously, I approached the edge of
the hole. I found the cold wind emanat-
ing from the huge gaping maw quite a
relief as I was sweating, having to wear
all my gear for both the abseil and the
caving to follow. The mantra for hook-
ing on to the rope went through my
head so many times I started to doubt
it. So, I looked at it as if I was sitting
down on my lounge room floor and felt
sure I had it right.
The next stage was to turn my back
on the hole, lean onto the gear and sit.
My legs struggled with the messages
from the brain but they finally obeyed
and I began my descent into the abyss.
My legs stayed on the wall for 80 me-
tres until I came to the overhang. At
that point I was hanging in the cold,
damp and darkening air beginning to
enjoy myself and run through the de-
I was so focussed on the descent I
forgot to look around, so I stopped
and leaned back into the harness and
enjoyed the marvel that is Harwood's
Hole, a 357 metre deep Karst lime-
stone cave/hole near Takaka in the
south island. The misty light coming
through the trees above and the sound
of the water rushing in the stream be-
low was stunning.
I kept descending and finally landed
on the rock floor stunned at the size
of the boulders. They had looked like
pebbles from the top of the entrance
so far above.
It took 10 minutes for my eyes to pick
out the next abseiler so far above me.
30 minutes later she was gasping with
delight on the stream bed beside me.
That is definitely one of the highlights
of my life, which I remember with much
pleasure. I know I could do it again,
even though it would be a bit harder to
get out through the cave system that
followed with my knees the way they
are. But, what made it a highlight, and
how did I get to have that experience?
I was inspired to get out and try things
by one of my high school teachers. He
was an avid supporter of the adage, 'if
you don't try it, you won't know'. I know
for a fact that he was responsible for
many of the things I have tried in my
life. He inspired me to challenge my
confortable thoughts and experiences
and for that, I am eternally grateful.
I have tried to return the favour to
many children in my teaching career
and do it still to this day.
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Made it: Sandy Edwards has juggled raising six children with following her teenage dream to be a hairdresser. She
describes her do as a ''Sandy special'' -- a disconnected, asymmetrical bob.
Photo: MURRAY WILSON
Dream comes true
By JUDITH LACY
Since Sandy Edwards was young
she has enjoyed styling hair and
hoped to do a hairdressing ap-
prenticeship when she left school.
But becoming a mother at 17
put her dreams on hold.
Six children and 21 years later,
Miss Edwards has completed her
national certificate in hairdress-
ing and is a senior creative stylist
at Hamish's Hairdressing on
In 2007, when her youngest
child was four months old, Miss
Edwards started training at The
Hairdressing College in Palmer-
ston North. During her break she
would run to Jack's daycare to
Partner Brad was keen for ano-
ther child and they made the
decision Jack would be a daycare
baby and Miss Edwards would
train while he was a bub.
After the 40-week course she
was selected to do work experi-
ence at Hamish's and then in
April 2008 went full time. Like all
apprentices she started as a
sweeping diva'' -- sweeping,
shampooing, folding towels, pre-
It's those behind-the-scenes
jobs that make the front run,'' she
An apprentice plays a really
crucial role in a working salon.''
Each Friday for three years
Hamish's owner Natalie Anderson
would train Miss Edwards. There
was also off-the-job training and
Miss Edwards, 38, said she has
learnt a lot about herself during
the journey -- how to deal with
pressure, present herself in a con-
fident way and relate to clients
with so many different persona-
She describes her personality as
bubbly, energetic, with a touch of
There's a little bit of mad in
there, you can't forget that,'' the
All her children live at her
Mount Stewart home -- sons aged
20, 17, 11 and 4, and 13 and six-
She considers having her
children the biggest achievement
of her life.
Her partner and older children
all muck in to do what needs to be
done to get through the day; that
leads to what needs to be done to
get through the week.
It's definitely a team effort, it's
not just me.''
Miss Edwards' fascination with
hair began in her early teens -- she
starting playing with her hair and
doing her friends' hair, then she
would practise on her daughter.
Despite the relatively late start
and all the training, Miss Ed-
wards said it was worth it and the
creative aspect of hairdressing
was what she expected.
It's the best job in the world
that you get to make people beau-
tiful and feel good about them-
selves. That's the part I love.''
Miss Edwards describes staff at
Hamish's as her second family.
I feel that they all nurtured me
to complete my final [assessment]
. . .IfIfeelunconfidentorabit
worried they have been able to
build me up and make me feel OK,
that I can do it.''
Hokowhitu Village Centre celebrates first birthday
Celebration: People have been
meeting, chatting, reading and
learning for a year at Hokowhitu
Village Centre. Pictured cutting
the first birthday chocolate cake
on Thursday are president
Margaret Gregory, left, and patron
Lynne Vautier. I know we are just
going to keep on because this is
where the fun is,'' Mrs Gregory
said. The centre lends books and
is a meeting place for a variety of
groups, including U3A, conver-
sational English for Bhutanese
migrants and book groups.
It's a brilliant concept and it is
just brilliant that we have been
able to do it.''
People from different walks of
life whose paths had not crossed
during their careers were meeting.
It's been a lovely coming
together of all sorts of people.''
Photo: WARWICK SMITH
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