A note from Emma’s desk

My little-big brother turned 16 last weekend. I can’t remember when he went from being a kid to a young man, but all of a sudden, he has a beard.

I have heart palpitations over the fact that he now can go for his driver license—can he even do his own washing?

I do feel slightly sorry for my little bro (when I say little, I am only referring to his age, as he is a good foot taller than me and still growing), as his birthday is so close to Christmas.

I dislike to admit it, but I have become one of ‘those’ people. Yes, I have combined his birthday and Christmas present into one.

It is not because I am being lazy, it is just he so hard to buy for! What do you get a moody teenage boy? Well, so far it is socks and underwear ( I can admit this as I know for a fact that he doesn’t read my column) and it looks like that is all he is getting at the moment, as when I ask, the response I get is a shrug of the shoulders.

We are on the home stretch for the Christmas parades, with just the Port Waikato one to go this weekend. Again, Waiuku was amazing, and some real thought went into the floats this year.

Special mention must go to team at Te Kahui Iti Nei O Te Kopu. Their float was awesome and a huge amount of effort went into making the truck fully part of it. Following the direct quote from the late Dame Nganeko Minhinnick—‘A clearer, healthier environment for all man kind,’ they were Guardians of the Future.

They expressed how they were using the morals of their ancestors to help protect the environment for future generations to enjoy. It was so neat seeing the whole whanau involved, and I am sure that Dame Nganeko would have been proud to see her environmental kaitiaki legacy continue to be so strong in her community.

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