It's nearly election time here in New Zealand
and it's difficult to decide who to vote for.
Really there just doesn't seem to be a compelling reason
to choose one side above another.
Maybe I'm missing something.
It's really hard for me to not want to vote for John Key though.
Let me tell you why.
On the 22 February 2011 after the earthquake,
after I had sat on the grass for hours and comforted hysterical children,
after I had dug my car out of liquification
and carried my mother in law down her drive to my car.
After I had found a route home
that didn't include cracks that I thought the car would fall down,
and after I found out that my children were actually still alive.
After I found a spot on the neighbour's lawn for the kiddies
and put nana in a comfy chair.
After all that, I walked down the street and into my house.
I opened the door to utter chaos.
The contents of the cupboards were on the floor,
furniture was upended,
the walls were cracked and dust and mess was everywhere.
I stood in the disaster and I finally started crying and swearing.
And at that point I thought, we are going to loose everything,
there is no way we can pull our business through this.
It's over. We won't make it.
However within the first two weeks,
John Key authorised for payments to be made to businesses,
it was a simple uncomplicated process
and we were able to pay our staff.
We received three payments and our business was saved from certain doom.
I understand that the Government has made a lot of decisions
that are unpopular. I understand that a lot of people are hurting.
But I can't help but remember what they did for us and many like us,
making a quick decision that would protect the infrastructure of Christchurch,
without that, we would have lost a lot more businesses like ours,
and a lot more people would have been hurting.
It's hard to forget that.