Caught the Nigel Latta special on 'Christchurch coping with the aftermath of the quakes' TV one 20 00 hrs tonight.
Jeez that guy resonates as someone who lives in my world and talks sense that anyone can understand.
His common sense shines through and I loved his comments "all children will not need counseling", "best to attempt regaining and holding a sense of normality for kids", "try and avoid stress display by adults around children", all very rational advice.
The way he got alongside the troubled kids was quite inspiring. He seems to get to their level and draw them out with down to earth techniques so naturally. As one who employed the good Dr Spock as our guide to raising kids, Nigel seems so much more relevant.
A large proportion of the people I contact these days are getting close to the edge and his presentation, although clearly put together before the current upsurge of seismic activity (three little tremors while putting this post together) was very timely as the media whip up talk of abandoning ship and encourage the very natural frustration at the time delay on the plans for what areas will be abandoned for remediation. Yes it is tough particularly on those with equity at risk, there will be losses that wont be covered by EQC and the Insurance industry but talk of anything other than clearance while we have 5 and 6 richter events occurring are mindless and of no help at all. SWMBO was surfing around and caught Campbell with Gerry Brownlie, his white knuckles on the mike shaft and the mike threatening the Ministers face was not a good look.
We woke with a very sharp 5 this morning at 06 27 hrs. The total events on Geonet since Sept is closing in on 7500 and coping mechanisms are weaker now than at any time in the nearly 10 months since Sept 4th and that seems so long ago now.