A fused spine had Chrissy Lurman hunched over staring at the ground.
After surgery, she can look forward again.
Read more about the 33-year-old Hamilton mum here.
Skateboarders are now apparently welcome in central Hamilton.
Board riding in the CBD used to be classed as a nuisance behaviour - along with others such as begging, urinating and defecating.
However, Hamilton City Council has now changed its mind - and a bylaw. Read more here.
Do you think skateboarding in the CBD is a nuisance?
52.6% Yes, only pedestrians should be on footpaths.52.6% Complete
39.5% No, it's a fun way to get around.39.5% Complete
7.9% Other - explain in the comments.7.9% Complete