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My Tui quote for the beginning of 2012 -- The
best summer ever .
Well, maybe the weather has been a bit
patchy (he says as the mercury rises to a staggering
17 degrees Celsius on a balmy Saturday afternoon!).
But, hey, summer is just beginning and surely
conditions will entice us to our lakes, rivers and
beaches in the good old tradition of a Kiwi summer.
While we might grumble about the weather
occasionally, there is a lot we have to be thankful for
in New Zealand with so many beaches, rivers and
lakes on our doorstep.
An island nation blessed with natural water
resources, our key wealth generator is water.
With direct links to tourism and agriculture, water
is a key part of what gives these industries their
competitive edge globally.
The cultural, spiritual and emotional values of
water are deeply ingrained in our national psyche.
So it s not surprising water and our relationship
with it makes the news regularly.
Be it pollution concerns, drownings or ships and
whales running aground, what s going on in and
around our water is never far from the headlines.
Many of you will know that regional councils are
responsible for managing our rivers and lakes. From
flood management to controlling water use, the old
H2O accounts for about 80 per cent of Horizons busi-
What isn t commonly known is that regional
councils also have responsibilities for coastal areas.
Our rivers ultimately surrender to the sea so man-
aging the impacts of what comes from the land via
our rivers to the sea is a big challenge.
But for most of you, you simply want to know that
it s OK to swim, and thankfully in our region it is.
How do we know? We monitor our beaches
throughout summer and post the information on the
web for you to see for yourself.
But our interest isn t only about making sure the
water is clean.
Recently Horizons helped fund the Himatangi surf
lifesavers, something we are proud to do given the
tragic incidents of drownings we see each year in this
So when summer does finally grace us with its
presence and we all head to our favourite spot by the
water, take a moment to reflect on how lucky we are
to be able to do that because in many places in the
world you simply can t!
It's the little things that get to you
By MICHELLE GREY
Imentioned two weeks ago that
I m re-experiencing the Com-
plaint Free World Challenge.
It is going great, helping me focus
on the words coming out of my
mouth, which obviously affects the
thoughts in my head.
I do have to say though that I ve
only managed a couple of days (and
not consecutively) totally complaint
It s the little things that get me
and usually only once or twice a
day, like this experience last week.
It s 7.30am, I m at the shop
(having really enjoyed walking
there) and I m in the bathroom
washing my hands when I glance in
the mirror and realise I forgot to put
my makeup on.
This is quite a biggy for me as I
always wear makeup to work.
Believe me, there is a noticeable
difference in appearance when I
mirror and exclaim !#@* (I am not
allowed to write what I actually
exclaimed) and there went another
complaint free day.
I didn t allow myself to complain
for the rest of the day because I d
already blown it, because that isn t
in the spirit of it, at all.
I actually managed to go the rest
of the day without a word of com-
plaint until I glanced down the hall-
way out the back about 4pm and
realised I d left the tap running in
the sink and flooded the whole back
Without thinking I made another
one of those exclamations and began
running around like a chicken with
its head cut off looking for towels to
soak it all up, while tending
customers in the shop.
The really interesting thing about
all this for me is that I didn t rush
home and put my makeup on (which
I once would have). I decided that I
needed to get over myself and
makeup and that I looked just fine.
I enjoyed a good laugh about it
with a few customers and my friend
Cathy made some smart comment
about writing about it in my column
and what do you know!
And after the initial three or four
minutes of panic over the flooding
and only one exclamation, I just got
on with what needed to be done and
rang Peter and my wonderful friend
Viv, both of whom came to the res-
I know these are tiny little blips
in any day and you may think they
don t rate mentioning. But these
little things are what make up most
of our days and how we respond to
them is what really helps shape our
approach to life and how we choose
to live it.
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