Central Leader : January 16th 2013
www.centralleader.co.nz 4 CENTRAL LEADER, JANUARY 16, 2013 NEWS +1-7SV-ALL-JAN This beautiful retirement village at No 7 St Vincent Avenue is neatly tucked away behind the vibrant main street of Auckland's finest suburb, Remuera. Set amongst magnificent lush gardens, it combines the grandeur of yesteryear with the latest services and amenities of today, the result being a very comfortable, relaxed and luxurious lifestyle. Beautiful apartments, with easy access to the superb common areas and leisure facilities, are now available from $653,000 to $893,000. Open to view Friday 18th & Saturday 19th January, 12pm - 4pm QUIETLY FIVE-STAR 7 St Vincent Avenue, Remuera 09 520 3123 www.7saintvincent.co.nz Nominee says he's the wrong man Local hero: I Have A Dream New Zealand founder Scott Gilmour with some of the youngsters involved in the Mt Roskill- based programme. Mr Gilmour is a semifinalist in the 2013 Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Local Hero Awards. By JOE DAWSON A decade after setting up the New Zealand branch of the I Have A Dream youth trust Scott Gilmour is up for an honour in a nationwide award. But the Mt Roskill businessman and patron says his nomination as a local hero in the Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Award is a source of extreme annoyance'' for him. I Have A Dream has spent the last decade working closely to help a group of Mt Roskill youngsters through school and while Mr Gil- mour is happy the trust is getting some deflected recognition as a result of his nomination he insists the real plaudits should go to the staff and volunteers who keep the organisation running. Mr Gilmour was nominated by I Have A Dream project co-ordinator Ant Backhouse and is the semifinal- ist in the category. It's Ant who should be getting the recognition,'' Mr Gilmour says. I brought the idea home from the States but for the last 10 years Ant has been shoulder-to-shoulder with me. The kids have all got cellphones and get in touch with him at all hours. He just does so much and puts in so much heart, love and time. The idea is one thing, but the time is another thing.'' The I Have A Dream programme aims to help youngsters from the decile one Wesley Primary School in Mt Roskill to stay in school before offering them assistance through higher education. Mentors may find themselves knocking on doors to make sure their charges are getting to school, or leading a party on a tramping expedition. Each project selects one entire year level from the school, not just the talented kids or the troubled kids, and works with that same group of children for several years. Ten years in the first group is turning 18 and doing well, Mr Gilmour says, but the milestone is not one the team is dwelling on. We had a momentary pause to reflect on it. We've been quite successful and the kids are doing quite well so we are happy with our achievement. But we've only been working with a small group and there might be hundreds if not thousands who could use the programme.'' Indeed the trust is in the process of developing a business plan to make it more broadly impactful''. We've got some ideas on how to scale this out,'' Mr Gilmour says. Part of it is resourcing. We need money and it is out there, but it's more the people like Ant that can dedicate that much time and ener- gy. The big thing is consistency.'' Finalists for the Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Local Hero award will be announced on Friday. Tattoo, clay art collide Earth's energy and fire are at the core of an exhibition which sees clay and tattoo art forms collide. The exhibition, named Ruaumoko after the Maori god of earthquakes and volcanic activity, is inspired by the con- nection between clay and tat- too artists with reference to Auckland's own volcanic land- scape and history. Ta Moko artist Maia Gibbs' work focuses on the myth of Ruaumoko and how this brought about the first sacred forms of tattoo. I have been lucky enough to have seen and been in- volved with some of New Zea- land's leading contemporary Maori artists and this has had a big influence on my art prac- tice and the way that I think about my work.'' Exhibition co-ordinator and clay artist Noelle Jakeman says the exhibition will sup- port Red Cross' relief efforts. Donations can be made at each show and 10 per cent from each artwork sold will be go directly to the organisation. Mata-Kiore Ta Moko Studio, 246B Hobson St, until February 1. Ph Thomas Clark, 379 7857 or 021 184 2697, for hours.
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