May 28, 2014
Unsung heroes the Pride of New Zealand
A Hawkes Bay community activist is encouraging Maori to nominate some of the unsung heroes around them for this year’s Pride of New Zealand Awards.
Tareha O’Reilly from the Kuaka Project says building whanau and communities is a long term effort that needs to be made by lots of people, in the same way the kuaka or godwits support each other to travel halfway around the planet.
He says it’s the sort of effort put in by members of the Hawkes Bay nanny brigade such as Minnie Ratima, who has led the fighting against synthetic cannabis in the Napier suburb of Maraenui.
"She’s a humble person who doesn’t like the big stage. She connects to the people, the rural to urban people who have been urbanised and lost that sense of support in that community, and she has brought a bit of that into her mahi," Mr O'Reilly says.
People can be nominated at the Pride of New Zealand website until June 15.
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