Charles Finny
Jan10

Charles Finny

Finny’s last hurrah By Kate Pierson ‘This too shall pass’ is an apt expression for life. The transitory nature of our existence means events, situations, status and commitment will come and go, as pre-empted or organic change draws us into a new phase of experience. After dedicating five and a half years to his current position, Charles Finny is in a process of transition, moving towards a new experience. Finny is the leader of a...

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Annah Stretton
Jan10

Annah Stretton

A Cut Above By Bridget Gourlay It’s a success story that sounds a bit too out-there to believe. A young mum from rural Waikato starts a fashion line from a dairy farm and within a year it makes a million dollars. Not only does the small town girl continue her fashion success, but she goes on to launch a magazine, a business network, a mentoring programme and to work tirelessly for a range of charities. Regardless of how...

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John Walker
Jan10

John Walker

Field of dreams By Bridget Gourlay Sir John Walker could have taken his medals, his prestige and his earnings from his business and enjoyed his later years. He is not a well man, and no one would have begrudged him a quiet, middle class life, building a nest egg with his wife. Instead Sir John Walker has spent the past few decades battling for a better life and a better community in Manurewa for some of New Zealand’s poorest young...

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Jenny Shipley
Jan10

Jenny Shipley

New horizons By Bridget Gourlay July, 1971. A young Jenny Shipley is in her final year of teacher’s college in Christchurch. Halfway across the world in Beijing, Henry Kissenger, on behalf of the President of the United States, has feigned food poisoning while on a trip to Pakistan and is secretly meeting with the Chinese Premier. Until then, China had been closed off since the early 1950s due to decades of Western colonisation and...

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Phillip Mills
Jan10

Phillip Mills

Body corporate By Melinda Collins The thus far futile search for immortality, or at least the extension of life, is nothing new. Although there is no elixir, a healthy diet and exercise is the closest formula we have to a fountain of youth. The hunter-gatherer lifestyle of our forebears demanded peak physical performance and, while the pursuit is no longer subsistence-driven, fitness has lost none of its appeal. Although the...

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Crisis Control
Jan10

Crisis Control

By Bridget Gourlay When it comes to natural disasters, arguably the most important thing is not the damage that’s done, but how we recover from it. Many Cantabrians showed their true colours after the earthquake. Sleep-deprived and nervous from the unrelenting aftershocks, we made donations to relief funds, de-silted our elderly neighbours’ backyards and baked cakes for those living in shelters. Like or loathe Mayor Bob Parker, the...

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