Crowds out in Waikanae’s Mahara Place
By Ann David
This year, the Waikanae Easter Market seemed better than ever.
The good weather helped. People with children, carers with charges, owners with dogs, friends, buddies and mates, locals and out-of-towners thronged Mahara Place and spilled over the edges in amicable curiosity.
No-one came to buy anything specific.
Everyone came to see what there was to buy.
Our stall was sandwiched between two delightful neighbours – one selling a comprehensive array of beautiful semi-precious stones and the other selling a heavenly-smelling selection of cooking spices.
End of Life Choice supporters
By comparison with their joy and appeal to the senses, we were less colourful, less aromatic and a lot more serious. We are the End of Life Choice supporters.
Yes, that contentious bill that now sits in parliament in between the first and second readings, being mulled over by the justice select committee who must sift through some 30,000 submissions, draw conclusions and write a report to table in parliament by 13th September.
But the good public at the Easter Market engaged with us almost without interruption.
We had nothing but information to offer, but still they stopped, they read, they spoke and sympathised and told their own stories of unhappy deaths and . . . promised to learn about the End of Life Choice bill before writing to their MP.
AGM coming up
The End of Life Choice Society’s Kapiti-Horowhenua branch will be holding its AGM
- on Saturday 28th April
- at the Senior Citizens Club, Ocean Road, Paraparaumu Beach.
After a short business segment, we’ll be dissecting the End of Life Choice bill in Q&A format. All welcome.