E te whānau, e ōku hoa – kia ora koutou katoa.
Firstly I would like to thank the following people for their time and commitment in making this website a reality: Hineihaea Murphy – Haemata, Dave Moskovitz – Think Tank Consultants and Jenny Doherty – About Image.
I have now been in prison here in Argentina for over 6 months. In many ways it still feels surreal. To my daughter, sister and niece whom without their daily phone calls I know this time would have been unbearable; to the rest of my whānau and friends who have offered support both emotionally and financially – I will be forever in your debt.
My days inside here follow a self-imposed routine. During the week I always get up at 6.30am which ensures I get the shower first and then I am ready for my first phone call at 7.15am. Although the work I am doing is extremely mundane, I never miss a day and I am always ready and waiting at 8.30am when they let us out to begin our day. Lunch is from 12pm till 2pm (I’ve never ever had such a long lunch break!!) and I finish at 4.30pm and am back to the pavilion to await my next phone call.
I attend as many exercise programmes as I can, and the bonus is that they are during working hours and I still get paid! My exercise regime includes aerobics, yoga and lots of walking for over an hour each day, either around the gymnasium or up and down my pavilion corridor more than 200 times….yes, I count each length.
As could be expected, the food here leaves a lot to be desired. But as I am now being paid (around 800-1000 pesos/month which is equivalent of about NZ$200-250), I am able to supplement my food with yoghurt, eggs, sausages, wholemeal bread and the occasional lolly or two!!
I miss everyone desperately but I am committed to staying positive and focused on my return which is truly made easier by all of you.
I hope that with the establishment of this website, we can all help to raise awareness of the dangers of the internet and to know that we may possibly stop other woman from falling into the same situation as myself, almost makes this worth it (although my whānau would definitely disagree).
With my most heartfelt thanks to each and everyone who have posted messages, sent letters, emails and made phone calls – you are all my inspiration.
Aroha tino nui
Hokia ki ngā maunga kia purea ai koe e ngā hau a Tāwhirimātea.
‘Return to your mountains so that you may be blessed with the winds of Tāwhirimātea’.