A simple gift of a high-vis vest has meant a community guardian can continue her vital work safely.
Ōtaki Police recently received numerous phone calls regarding a woman sweeping leaves close to the verge on Freemans Road.
The drivers were concerned for the woman’s safety as where she was sweeping meant they had to swerve to avoid her.
Local officers Constable Josh Furze and Senior Constable Juan Agnew attended and found 72-year-old Catherine Martin clearing a mass of leaf litter and rubbish from the gutters.
After giving Catherine some safety advice to help her continue her selfless work, it got Josh and Juan thinking about what more they could do. They headed back to the station and returned a short time later with a non-branded high-vis vest that they gifted to her so she could be more easily seen.
“Catherine was over the moon with the vest and instantly put it on," says Josh.
“She was super thankful and we had to tell her several times that it was now hers to keep to ensure her safety while carrying out the amazing job she was doing."