Central Leader : January 11th 2013
www.centralleader.co.nz 3 CENTRAL LEADER, JANUARY 11, 2013 NEWS Special for this weekend from: 11 Jan - 13 Jan 2013 Open 7 days 9am-9pm Add: 446-450 Manukau Rd, Epsom, Auckland (opposite Alexandra Park) WE ARE HERE Alexandra Park Green Ln West Manukau Road Fruit & Vegetables Meat Fish & Seafood Phone: 09 631 7278 Tomatoes Blue Berries New Season Potatoes Bananas $0.99/bag (1 kg per bag) 3 for$5 $2 Each $6.99/bag (10kg per bag) $1.29/kg Salmon Fillet Skin On $19.99/kg Tuna Loin $19.99/kg Cooked Prawn Cutlets Premium Prawn (Peeled & Deveined Tail/On) $7.49/bag (450g per bag) Cooked Prawn Meat Premium Prawn (Peeled & Deveined Tail-Off) $4.99/bag (450g per bag) Pork Loin Chop Skin On Pork Loin Chop Skin Off Pork Leg Roast Beef Sirloin $8.99/kg $9.99/kg $5.99/kg $18.99/kg Gender was no bar to newly named dame A dame: Justice Judith Potter. Photo: MARTIN HUNTER Humble: Anand Naidu, Queen's Service Medal. Justice Judith Potter was appointed a Dame Com- panion of The New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to the judiciary. Dame Judith was a judge of the New Zealand High Court from 1997 until 2012. She was the first female president of the New Zealand Law Society and was appoin- ted a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in 1994 for services to the legal profession. The Epsom resident says New Zealand has led the way for women in the legal pro- fession but believes there is room for improvement. We have been a leader since giving women the right to vote in 1893. In my practising time, which is over 50 years, I have seen many changes but it is still a challenge to see women at the top of the legal pro- fession,'' she says. During her career her roles have included being a direc- tor of the Electricity Corpor- ation, a director of the New Zealand Guardian Trust Company and chairwoman of the Broadcasting Standards Authority. Following her retirement from the New Zealand High Court Dame Judith took her expertise to the Pacific Islands. In 2012 she was appointed a Judge of the High Court of the Cook Islands and the Court of Appeal of the Pitcairn Islands. Nilima Venkatakrishnan has been a volunteer com- munity co-ordinator for the Ministry of Social Develop- ment's Office for Senior Citizens since 2006. Mrs Ven- katakrishnan was appointed a Member of The New Zea- land Order of Merit for services to senior citizens and the Indian community. Since 1998, she has been actively involved in com- munity projects focusing on providing good quality aged- care services, specifically for older Indian adults and their families living in Auckland. The Mt Roskill resident has delivered Positive Ageing programmes and worked with Housing New Zealand to facilitate the resettlement of older people. Her contributions have allowed older Indian and South Indian communities in Auckland to feel welcomed, engaged and able to contrib- ute to their communities. Long-serving community worker Anand Naidu was awarded the Queen's Service Medal for services to the Indian community. Mr Naidu started doing community work upon his arrival from Fiji in 1987 when he joined the Auckland Ramayan Sanstha Trust in Mangere. He was a member until 2000, serving as president for the last five years. Through the trust he fund- raised to build a community hall in South Auckland. The Mt Roskill resident was appointed a Justice of the Peace in 2000. In the same year he joined the Waitakere Indian Associ- ation, where he served as a spokesman on reducing fam- ily violence. His other work includes helping establish the Waita- kere Language and Culture School and the Waitakere Youth and Sports Group. Mr Naidu says he felt most humbled'' and acknow- ledged the immense support he has received from his fam- ily and friends. We'll profile more New Year honours recipients in a coming issue. Encouraging leadership By DANIELLE STREET Power shift: Sign language user Sonia Pivac recently graduated from a leadership course designed to empower disabled people in the community. FOR Sonia Pivac being deaf is a culture. As a proud sign language user Ms Pivac aligns the struggles of the deaf com- munity with those of immigrants looking to break down barriers of communi- cation. For Deaf people, our issues are often around access to information in a language we use and under- stand fully. So in this sense we often have more in com- mon with Maori or migrant groups than those with dis- abilities,'' she says. Ms Pivac recently graduated from Be.Leader- ship, a unique course geared towards helping people with disabilities establish stronger leadership roles in the com- munity. She says the deaf com- munity doesn't usually associate ourselves with the disability community as much as people might think'', but the broader concept of Be.Leadership and its philos- ophy of accessibility and inclusion is what led to her enrolling in the year-long course. Born hearing impaired, Ms Pivac was lucky enough to be raised in a deaf family that utilised New Zealand Sign Language, making her child- hood experiences much like anyone else's. However, once I walk through the front door this all changed, and access to infor- mation via NZSL was very rare,'' she says. Looking back that fuelled my desire to improve access and resources for the Deaf community, which is what I am doing now.'' The Kingsland resident is creative director for the Deaf- radio organisation, a deaf-run creative hub that aims to facilitate the spread of sign language. Deafradio is the perfect place to spark my spirit of innovation, which gives me a rare opportunity to work on these unique projects and to shape things for the benefit of the Deaf community especially.'' Ms Pivac says the Be.Leadership course equips participants with the tools to move deaf and disabled com- munities forward. In reality there are very few disabled people in posi- tions of wider societal res- ponsibility or power. If we are to address this lack of opportunity, we need to start by empowering these people to lead in areas they are likely to have more know- ledge about, and that's being disabled or otherwise unique in a society rarely set up to consider these differences.'' The Be.Leadership course was started by a Wellington- based organisation in 2010. It was established to address the lack of leadership development among people with disabilities, programme manager Lesley Slade says. Each intake has around 20 participants from varying ethnic, geographical and sec- tor backgrounds. They come together each month for a few days to engage in rigorous conver- sation, reflection and in- depth inquiry into the nature of leadership. We explore New Zealand from every facet you can imagine through a leadership and accessibility lens,'' Ms Slade says. Visit beaccessible.org.nz to find out more about the Be.Leadership course and how to enrol for 2013.
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