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Ph 537 0444 121425 Est. 1972 By MARIANNE KELLY IT’S time to light the grass ﬁres and help communities to help themselves, says one of New Zealand’s major phi- lanthropists. During a speech to GETBA (Greater East Tamaki Business Association), businessman Owen Glenn said a blueprint was needed for action, but should not be put together by the Government. “We must choose what action is to be taken so that communities can help them- selves,” he said. His Glenn Family Founda- tion has for more than 30 years donated about $33 million to causes throughout the world. He immigrated to New Zealand with his family from Kolkata (Calcutta), India, in 1952, at the age of 12 and pur- sued a career which culmi- nated in the formation of OTS Logistics Group, which he sold this year. Inﬂuenced by the years he lived in Otara, he launched an $8m pilot project in July and tagged $80m aimed at building better lives in Otara. It covers education, sport and family well-being. “When I lived there, I asked myself what I was doing living in state housing in this coun- try,” said Mr Glenn. “It was the type of environ- ment where one neighbour put his children in an [unlit] incin- erator to discipline them, while another one made his children stay naked on the frozen lawn to toughen them up. “I landed in Australia with $76 and two kids. What moti- vated me was hunger and wel- fare of my family. I didn’t want a life of penury.” After spending many years living overseas, Mr Glenn has returned to New Zealand determined to help make the country “more liveable”. “I’m a New Zealander by choice. I applied for citizen- ship when I was 21 and we all have to want to make it the best country in the world to live in. “New Zealand will never take on the giants of industry in the northern hemisphere and we will never balance the books by borrowing from Aus- sie banks. “But we can harness what we do by forming integrated units of self-supporting aware- ness to make the country more liveable.” As part of the Otara project, Mr Glenn has also launched an independent inquiry to estab- lish why domestic violence and child abuse remains such a major issue in Aotearoa. “The inquiry,” he says, “will identify problems not identi- ﬁed by the Government. “We’ll encourage victims to tell their stories and draw on that. We’ll also inject interna- tional expertise. “I have no preconception of what we’ll come up with. All I know is the problems are increasing. The United Nations has identiﬁed New Zealand as the ﬁ fth worst country in the world for abuse and violence. “The police say only 20 per cent of violence is reported, so someone is getting bashed up as we speak.” The police, he says, are in an invidious position because they’re at the community coal face, but also work for govern- ment ministers. “They see the carnage and it affects them because they’re all New Zealand citizens,” says Mr Glenn, one of the owners of the Vodafone NZ Warriors Rugby League Club. Among the projects the Otara initiative will tackle are: Help Otara Health develop ■ a families’ centre, extend- ing the work of neighbour- hood support groups and the Kaitohutohu Home Visiting Service. Support Eastern Women’s ■ Refuge in Pakuranga and its associated Men’s Caucus to establish a men’s rehabilita- tion centre and programmes for violent men wanting to change. Introduce a Coaching Boys ■ Into Men programme for coaches and trainers in Otara to help boys understand vio- lence on or off the ﬁeld is not okay. Support Sistema Aotearoa ■ to foster teamwork, pride and aspiration in Otara children by learning to play music and promote the same values in the community. Community leadership encouraged By REBECCA GARDINER BEATLES mania is taking over a church as part of a popular singing group’s 40- year anniversary celebration. Bruce and Sue Murray, of the City of Auckland Singers, have seen four decades come and go in the group formerly known as the Bruce Murray Singers. After all these years, the Farm Cove couple is still singing from the same song sheet and looking forward to marking the special milestone with fellow singers. “Here we are in 2012 and we can hardly believe it’s been 40 years,” says Sue, the singers’ conductor and musical director. “We’ve been in it longer than we’ve been married.” An afternoon concert is being held at St Columba Church in Botany on October 28 and will feature a Beatles medley that will delight fans of John, Paul, George and Ringo. Other popular music including the Pink Panther theme and James Bond movie tunes will be showcased at the performance, which the Murrays promise will have “something for everyone”. Four decades of harmony MILESTONE: Bruce and Sue Murray, of the City of Auckland Singers, are celebrating the group's 40th anniversary with a special concert. Times photo Wayne Martin PRIVATE BENEFACTOR: Businessman Owen Glenn wants communities to help themselves. Photo supplied / Mike Farrelly T ➤ urntoPage2 T ➤ urntoPage3 We are local! Voted best all round community newspaper -- Community Newspaper Association 2011 www.times.co.nz • 271 8000 THE ANSWER TO YOUR BEAUTY PRAYERS. www.beautybible.co.nz new zealand's leading beauty website expert advice, beauty reviews, tips & tricks, product & salon listings SHOP ONLINE FOR AN EXTENSIVE RANGE OF MAKEUP & BEAUTY PRODUCTS... Skincare, Makeup, Hair, Age Defying, Bath & Body, Fragrance, Tools Brands include: Thin Lizzy, Trilogy, Bio Oil, Elizabeth Arden, OPI, Living Nature, butter LONDON, Pure Fiji, Sukin, Karen Murrell Make friends SELWYN Seniors, Flat Bush, is a friendly and welcoming group which meets every Friday at 9.30am at St Paul’s Church, Chapel Road. Enjoy the company and make new friends, gentle exercise, stimulat- ing activities and morning tea, all welcome. For enquiries, phone Jill on 533-7947. Art and dance KIDS after school art classes, acrylic painting afternoon, and evening classes available, also Bol- lywood dancing and Indian cook- ing classes. Term four art and dance classes in Pakuranga. For bookings and details, phone Anju on 576-2677. Clearance sale POHUTUKAWA Coast Presby- terian Church, 54 Second View Avenue, Beachlands, is holding a clearance sale on October 20 start- ing at 8am. Books, bouncy castle, toys, lucky dip, white elephant, raffes, jewellery, sausage sizzle. Phone Marjorie on 536-6990. Space A NEW morning session begins on October 18 for mainly frst time mothers with babies born since the beginning of June. For enquir- ies and to enrol, phone Barbara on 576-7817. New Probus club THE new Combined Probus Club of Ormiston holds its frst meet- ing on October 18 at Flat Bush Old School Hall at 10am. Active retired 55-plus women and men are wel- come to attend. Phone Mike on 273-0076 or 021-772-478. Friendship club BUCKLANDS Beach Senior Citi- zens Friendship Club meets at War Memorial Hall, Wharf Road, on the frst and third Friday of each month at 12.45pm until 3pm for entertainment, bingo, games and trips. Afternoon tea $3. On October 19, Graham Grace of the fre serv- ice gives a talk. Phone Rosemary on 532-8510 or Olive on 534-6938. Men's Probus PAKURANGA Men’s Probus Club meets at Pakuranga Bowling Club, Lloyd Elsmore Park, on October 19 from 10am to noon. The speaker is talking about “Civil Defence – pre- paring”. Visitors welcome. Phone Eric on 534-4912. Classy crafts ON OCTOBER 20, crafters Alison Smith, with unique felted garments including felt-on-silk scarves in fabulous colour combinations, and Verna Poltegys with Kiwiana placemats, runners, micromits etc and fabric children’s books (ABC, 123 and nursery rhymes) will be at Classy Crafts from 9am to 1pm inside All Saints Community Cen- tre, 30 Cook Street Howick. Medical lecture AUCKLAND Medical Research Foundation is holding a free pub- lic lecture on October 24 at 7pm at the University of Auckland Medical School, AMRF Auditorium, 85 Park Road, Grafton. Professor John Fra- ser speaks on “Infectious disease: past lessons and future strategies. For enquiries, phone Kathleen 923-1701. Garden club FLAT Bush Garden Club meets on October 24, 7.30pm at St Paul’s Church Hall, Chapel Road. Guest speaker Glenn Poffey talks about caring for orchids. Trading table, supper, raffe, all welcome. Phone Jill 533-7947 or Pat 250-1447. Diabetes support BOTANY Howick Pakuranga Dia- betes Support Group meets on October 24, 7.30pm at the Salvation Army Rooms, 298 Ti Rakau Drive, Botany. The guest speaker will be a doctor talking about medications and other related subjects. Phone Geoff on 271-1034. LINE UP: Counties Manukau East Police community constables, from left, Darrin Heaven, Garry Boles, Merv Hotter, Pat Hellier, and sergeant Paul Devane, were thanked for their service to the community at the new Howick police station on Fencible Drive, which was blessed in a ceremony on Monday, attended by the district commander, Superintendent John Tims, and eastern area commander, inspector Jim Searle. Times photo Chris Harrowell VILLAGE VOICE is a free community notice-board for non-pro t groups. Send notices to firstname.lastname@example.org, fax 271 8073, post to PO Box 259-243 Botany, Auckland 2163 or drop into our o ce at Times House, 50 Stonedon Dr, East Tamaki.
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