Time to show civic spirit
Daily we are being confronted by media platforms regarding the coronavirus pandemic, producing uncertainty, fear and panic in some members of our community.
The fact that we are living in challenging times does not mean we surrender to our most basic human instincts of self-survival.
In times of crises we need to be calm, cool and collected. Listen to expert advice, desist from spreading gossip and fake news, and take full responsibly for ourselves, our loved ones and our neighbours.
This is not the first time our nation and community have faced and overcome a national emergency nor will it be the last. Coronavirus will pass. It may take some time, but it will.
What the cost in human and other terms will be remains to be seen. Meantime we all need to practise a bit of self-discipline and common sense, and be rigorous in matters of personal hygiene and cleanliness.
Better still, if you can help out someone in need of basic assistance and support, all well and good.
When push comes to shove, Kiwis are renowned for their public and civic spirit. Is that time now?
Wally Te Ua