Pam Watson Dies

Pam Watson , the woman who cared while others only stared, has died.

For decades, Pamela Watson, originally from the King Country, housed homeless men in  rundown houses in Paraparaumu.

On Friday, May 25, she died at Wellington Hospital, aged 77.

Her husband Andrew predeceased her by some years.

Her funeral notice describes Pam as “a big hearted woman with boundless compassion”.

Her funeral Service is scheduled to be held in Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, 29 Parata Street, Waikanae, today, May 31, followed by her burial at Whenua Tapu  cemetery.

Arson left five homeless

Gutted: The Matai Rd boarded house destroyed by fire yesterday morning.
Gutted: The Matai Rd boarded house destroyed by fire …

Five people have been left homeless after arson turned their Raumati house into a ball of flames .

Police said a resident from the Matai Rd, Raumati, property  has been arrested in connection to the fire, after he made a 111 call to report it, just after 1am yesterday.

He was expected to appear in Porirua District Court . The fire was ”very intense”, and well involved when the fire service reached the scene, Paraparaumu Fire Brigade station officer John Arthur said, and the five occupants home when it started were lucky to escape.

Homeless: Residents have been left homeless, including George, left and Noel, right, with boarding house owner Pamela Watson
(Photo:  Residents left homeless, including George, left and Noel, right, with boarding house owner Pamela Watson. Photo, Stuff)

”They were very lucky that they all got out, one of the residents must have woke up and alerted the others, there were no fire alarms. The fire was started in the bedroom of the man who was arrested”, he said.

”It was very intense, flames coming out of just about every window, they were going up over the top of the roof,” Mr Arthur said.

”There’s not much left there.”

Pam Watson said she ran the residence for people who might not be able to find homes elsewhere.

One resident has been at the house, which she calls a community house, for 25 years.

Mrs Watson was appealing for public help to reconnect outbuildings at the property to the power supply to make them habitable, and to help demolish the burned main building and rebuild it.

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