Rodney Times : January 11th 2011
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Call the Blind & Awning experts now to book your free in-home consultation, measure and quote Work for Maori rewarded Family health: Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit Naida Glavish, centre, with Maori Party co-leaders Tariana Turia and Pita Sharples. She was attending a meeting to advance the Whanau Ora programme. By MIKE BISHARA NAIDA Glavish still does not know who nominated her for the Officer of the New Zea- land Order of Merit she received in the New Year's Honours. There is little doubt though that the Runanga o Ngati Whatua Trust chairwoman is a worthy recipient of the award. From the early 1980s she has been involved in Maori affairs in education and health. She says she is using her position with one of the country's largest Maori tribes to shake off the inheritance of distrust and build bridges for development. One of the biggest chal- lenges is to combat negative perceptions, and I have con- centrated a lot of my energy to building up trust,'' Ms Glavish says. It's a team effort and with iwi chairs across the country we are fully engaged with a range of issues from dealing with the Maori Party to Wai- tangi claims and government issues like the situation with Corrections.'' Ms Glavish has turned down approaches to enter the political fray. I believe I can be of more service to our people on the ground than in the ivory towers of Parliament. I have learned over the years that the real power is on the ground among the flax bushes,'' she says. Ms Glavish first came to public attention in 1984 when as a tolls operator she was ordered to stop answering the phone with a cheery kia ora'' and use only English when talking to customers. The order was soon rescinded but it marked a sea change in attitude to Maori culture and set a young Ms Glavish on the road to public service. She was approached by Ngati Whatua in 1986 to join 40 other fluent Maori speakers to spend a year learning to become teachers at the Ata Kura training col- lege of the Auckland College of Education. Then came an appointment to Henderson High School which had a high percentage of Maori students. I got the leading truants and those who came to school mainly to use the bunsen burners to light their cigarettes,'' she recalls. She threw out classroom desks, put mattresses on the floor and set about teaching her assorted crew to take ownership of their culture. It was wonderful. Their first exam was to host all the teachers, their parents and friends from the marae and school. It was an immense success in building their con- fidence and from then on my role was one of guidance rather than teaching.'' By the third year her guid- ance'' had the class writing and performing a play totally in Maori. In 1990 Ngati Whatua again approached her saying it was time to take her cul- tural skills into the health world, where she has remained for the past 21 years. She is general manager of Maori health and chief adviser on tikanga at the Auckland District Health Board. Six years ago Ms Glavish was elected chairwoman of the Ngati Whatua trust board. IN BRIEF Tragic death The life of professional rugby league hopeful Ryan Gibbons was celebrated yesterday after a tragic accident last Wednesday. The 19-year-old Stanmore Bay resident was staying with family at Pinewoods Motor Camp in Red Beach and on January 5 was a passenger in a car which went off a private road down a 25-metre cliff. The driver survived, police say. Ryan worked as a home ventilation system installer and played league for the Hibiscus Coast Raiders Club, which hosted his funeral service. He represented New Zealand in the under-11 and under-19 touch teams. Two injured A Nissan Silvia split in two after colliding with a Waste Management truck on State Highway 17 in Albany last Friday afternoon. Two people in the car were critically injured, police say. Albany Hill was closed from the bottom near The Avenue, to the top, near Hobson Rd. Road blocked A boat and trailer flipped on the northern motorway between Bawden Rd and Oteha Valley Rd in Dairy Flat last week. The vehicle blocked much of the road and caused considerable congestion to south-bound motorists. . Traffic woes State highways north and south-bound experienced the usual traffic congestion during the holidays. Police warned of heavy traffic congestion on State Highway 1 between the Northern Motorway Service Centre and Oteha Valley Rd on the evening of January 5 caused by a car accident. Congestion in the Dome Valley on SH1 on December 31 and on January 6, along with delays between Kaipara Flats Rd and Warkworth on the afternoon of January 8 were also reported. On December 29 SH1 near Dome Valley was closed for a time after a three-car crash. Forensic dentist recognised in New Year honours Dr Warren Bell The difficult task of helping identify disaster victims from dental evidence has earned Dr Warren Bell of Te Arai Pt a New Year honour. The Mangawhai dentist, who also practises in Auck- land, has been made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to forensic dentistry. He has been involved since the late 1980s, prompted by a move to improve response and methods after the 1979 Erebus disaster in which an Air New Zealand DC-10 with 257 passengers and crew crashed into Mt Erebus in the Antarctic during a scenic flight. Until last year Dr Bell was a member of a New Zealand rapid response team which he helped establish. Led by police, it includes specialists who can respond within 24 hours to international disas- ters like tsunamis where Kiwis may be involved. Because the team works in an often inhospitable and dif- ficult environment, members are replaced on the job after some weeks. The New Zealand forensic team is reputed to be one of the best in the world, demonstrated in taking a leading role alongside Aust- ralian and Dutch teams in the 2004 Thailand Boxing Day tsunami. Dr Bell was appointed den- tal adviser to the Auckland police region in 1991, helping identify bodies associated with police and coronial cases. He was on the team that established the New Zealand Disaster Victim Identification Unit in 2003, leading and training a group of forensic dentists. Dr Bell has dedicated many voluntary hours to such work, and lectured and attended conferences internationally often at his own expense. This has allowed him to pro- vide cutting-edge information back to New Zealand practitioners. As a result of Dr Bell's vision and training, a pool of quality forensic dentists was available to be deployed to assist with the 2009 Mel- bourne bush fires,'' his citation says. Dr Bell says he is very humbled by his honour.
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