July 2012

Hōngongoi 2012

E te whānau, e oku hoa, kia ora koutou katoa.

Hard to believe we are half way through the year, with only one more month of winter left.  While still no news on when the date for my appeal will be heard I remain positive and focussed and will continue to do so regardless of the outcome. As with most things here in Argentina and the prison the usual response to anything is Espera – Wait.

We seem to be waiting for many things but most importantly waiting for the day of our return to our homes.  One of the girls in my pavilion left last week and should now be back in her country.  She was one of the lucky ones as she left the day after her sentence was completed.

While on the theme of things not making sense – the postal service and charges here are very strange.  As I’ve said before, I write to my grandson every week and it used to cost $9.50 peso to post my letter.  About a month ago it went up to $11.50 peso. OK, I understand inflation etc however, the next week it cost $19.50 peso, the week after that, wait for it…..$24.50 peso. But just last week, it was back to $11.50 peso.  No-one can explain why the different prices!!!!

Delivery times vary as well, both going from and coming to Argentina.  A package from home can take anywhere from 2 weeks, at best, and up to 6 weeks.  At worst, sometimes they don’t even make it.  However, I would like to thank those friends and whānau for my recent packages and letters that did arrive safely…..I’m most grateful.

Over the past month, thanks to our English Literature teacher, I’ve watched two movies in English.  The first was Little Women, a wonderful story of the love of family and, in particular, the love between four sisters during the period of the American Civil War.

The second was Invictus – a movie about Nelson Mandela’s determination to unite his country through the game of rugby.  One of his quotes at that time which resonated with me was “Forgiveness liberates the soul”.  Mandela is a true leader in every sense of the word, and the day we watched the movie was the day after he celebrated his 94th birthday.   “Thank you Mandela, you are an inspiration”.

Finally, it’s so good to be able to watch some of the Olympics.  Each time I see NZ featuring in an event – win or lose – I’m overwhelmed with the pride I feel about where I come from.  Go Aotearoa!!!!!

Until next month, may you all enjoy the last weeks of winter and look forward to warmer days ahead.

Ngā mihi aroha ki a koutou katoa.










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