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Cancer victim ready
for the next battle
Ever so grateful: Judy Arbery of Papakura touched hearts with her story of battling both
cancer and a debilitating social welfare system.
By HINERANGI VAIMOSO
Thanks to a well-balanced diet and
more peace of mind, Judy Arbery is
ready to take the next step in her fight
against a massive brain tumour.
The Papakura woman s struggle
against the cancer and what she calls a
debilitating social welfare system fea-
tured on the front page of the Papa-
kura Courier in April.
The 41-year-old and her husband
James told of how they receive a total
of $530 a week between them to cover
rent, utilities and hospital visits. Food
was usually the last priority and the
family were often left with less than
$20 to spend on groceries.
The Arberys story struck a chord
with the local community who
inundated the family with gifts of food,
money and vouchers to help ease the
family s pressure.
It s just amazing to see there are
still people like this out there, ready
and willing to help out a perfect
stranger, Judy says.
We are just completely blown away
by their generosity. It s truly amazing.
After living off sausages and bread
for so long, the family now have a
balanced diet of meat, fresh fruit and
And the change in diet has helped
immensely, Mrs Arbery says.
I m going to be able to start another
round of chemotherapy soon which is
great. I couldn t before because I had a
low platelet count but with all the good
food, my health has been boosted, she
Mr Arbery takes fulltime care of his
wife and says the support has helped in
more ways than one.
We were able to pay some bills and
get the car sorted which is a relief, he
I m definitely just feeling better in
myself thanks to all of that and the
fresh produce. We ve definitely got a bit
of bounce back.
Mrs Arbery says they ve even
managed to buy some of the basic win-
ter essentials such as slippers and hot
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Harbour groups welcome forum plan
By FAITH THUMATH
Groups dedicated to the care
and management of the Manu-
kau Harbour could soon have
one voice with the Franklin-
driven creation of a harbour
For the first time, the land
bordering the harbour is under
the jurisdiction of one council
and Franklin Local Board
chairman Andrew Baker says
it s the perfect opportunity for
Franklin members have met
other board members whose
areas neighbour the harbour
and they ve unanimously
agreed to create the forum.
Now each board needs to
formally support its establish-
ment and nominate two rep-
It s early days for the forum
and its goals still need to be
formalised. But Mr Baker says
the boards see it as taking on a
holistic management of the har-
bour and acting as a platform
for the many smaller groups
that use and care for it.
There s so many little organ-
isations that have been working
under the old local authorities.
You ve got the ones in One-
hunga, the ones in Waiuku, the
ones in Waitakere that have
worked away. Now s a really
good opportunity to give those
groups a political organisation
to report to, he says.
It s almost a bonding
together of all those groups and
using the forum for some politi-
One of those groups is the
Mudlarks, a group of volunteers
that works tirelessly on a barge
on the Waiuku Estuary to
During the past year they
have destroyed three hectares
of mangroves and the waterway
into Waiuku has opened signifi-
Mudlark Dave Gribble says
although they prefer action to
talking, they see the forum as a
I think it s a good thing that
we can get everyone working
together to achieve a common
aim of cleaning up the Manu-
kau and returning it to its for-
mer glory -- it s always been our
dream to see the harbour
cleared and used like the Waite-
Some people believe the
mangroves should not be
removed and the forum could
also provide a place for dis-
cussion of differing views, Mr
The forum also has the sup-
port of local iwi.
Karl Flavell of Ngati Te Ata
has told the board the iwi were
engaged with the Crown on
claims related to the harbour,
which they hope to have com-
pleted by July.
The claims aren t about own-
ership but management and
seeing the harbour cleaned up
and any step towards that was
welcomed, Mr Flavell says.
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