Hey neighbours – to ALL of you – who passed by the Kelston Community Centre, Great North Road today - Waitangi Day - between 3:30pm and about 5pm
– PAST the woman with the car broken down in the medium strip – on Waitangi Day
– ALL of you – two lanes - between let’s see – texted my friend from Kelston countdown at 3:52pm – paid for petrol (low petrol light came on after just dropping her off home, just down the road) at 4:59pm – so a HOUR
– more than - HOUR AND A HALF – she told me she had been there for half an hour – told me I was the first one to stop to help
– a LOT of traffic going by - two lanes each side…
- wasn’t me – wasn’t my car – was a fellow kiwi in need
(was complete stranger, now new friend) - lovely woman - Marama
– she said I was the first to stop in half an hour…
what is wrong with the rest of you?? – esp the ones who just beeped!
We got her battery started
(kiwi chicks – we know how to do this ( – and change a tire)
- she had a battery charger – I had jumper leads
– got it started time and time again – revevved it – would just die – in the middle of acceleration - fine - dead - would start - wouldn't start -
- we gave up in the end – (plan B – asking a kiwi bloke for help – failed)
– so plan c – pushed it off the middle of the road through two lanes of traffic
*thank you* to Angela who DID stop at this point and helped us get it through two lanes of traffic – from the middle of the road (on the medium strip)
Yellow lines - on both sides - every direction –
luckily I had lived just there, a few houses up - a few years back –
was actually on the way to visit former neighbour – left it on her property, off the road (since yellow lines) knocked and knocked to ask permission – she wasn’t home (left notes & texted her)
as for the rest of you… esp the ones who just *beeped*...
- I could clearly see her and her car from a distance - we BOTH had our hazard lights on – in medium strip – two lanes - what the….
luckily was going to visit this former neighbour, lovely woman in her 90s – she wasn’t home, left the car outside her place, sent her a text, left a note in her letterbox & left a message under the windscreen for her –
and dropped Marama off home
Had started to write a facebook post this morning before visiting a friend – what it means to be a kiwi – since this is Waitangi Day – to me it means community – helping each other out…
– had written – “we’ve come a long way as a country – still have a long way to go in many ways, we should however give credit where credit is due”
– credit to Marama for her positive attitude in the face of such a challenging situation, kiwi chicks eh! outstanding!
and credit to Angela – older kiwi - pakeha woman - what an angel coming to help – thank you!
As for the rest of you… very disappointed!
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