It's a soggy day in Havelock North but the locals still ventured out-of-doors with the promise of free soup: a truckload donated by Hastings' own Wattie's. Given the recent problems with the contaminated water supply, it's nice to have a kind gesture come our way. Chicken soup - good for the soul and whatever else ails you.
I suppose it might add insult to injury, getting rained on while the water is infected with campylobacter although I would say those who have rain collection barrels are feeling a little relief right now. There's something to be said for Emergency Preparedness and having a good supply of food and water on hand.
National MP Craig Foss was there in the middle of it all, handing out soup to people of all ages and backgrounds. If there's one great equaliser it's adversity and people were taking cans to deliver to those unable to make it to the New World Supermarket carpark this morning. Steve and I snagged an extra dozen to distribute to our neighbours, most of whom are elderly.
Does it help with the Village's water problems? No. But it does give you a nice warm fuzzy feeling that someone is thinking "Hey - we know you're there."
Thank you, kind folks from Wattie's, The Hits Hawke's Bay and Mr. Foss: we appreciate your time and generosity. The people of Havelock North are warming their hands and tummies with chicken soup today.