Manukau Courier : December 17th 2010
2 MANUKAU COURIER, DECEMBER 17, 2010 NEWS THIS SATURDAY 18TH DECEMBER 6PM - MIDNIGHT Next week Xmas Eve Party Friday 24th December Free live entertainment, 200 stalls, 50 food stalls, Xmas bargains, arts n crafts, fashionware, antiques, electronic games, rides. All weather, in the carpark under The Warehouse, Westfield Pakuranga Plaza Phone 576 5223 or 027 689 9520 (Next week Friday Xmas Eve party 24 Dec) 3378677AA 3362798AA 391 NEILSON ST, PENROSE MT SMART STADIUM END Beautiful Gift Ideas Stunning Artificial Christmas Trees Elegant Accessories to decorate your home One off samples, seconds, excess stock. NEW STOCK COMING OUT DAILY IMPORTERS CLEARANCE at the CHRISTMAS OUTLET SHOP PENROSE OPEN 6 DAYS Monday to Friday 9-5pm Saturdays 9am to 3pm FINAL WEEK Call Window Answers now For a free measure and quote Tel: 836 6222 20K Te Pai Place, Henderson Blinds Vertical • Holland • Venetian • Wooden • Sunscreen Buy direct from the factory TIMBER SALE UP TO 60% OFF RRP • Australian Design Award • Uniline's Unique 5 Year Warranty Conditions Apply 50% on the retail price Save up to www.windowanswers.co.nz or email firstname.lastname@example.org IN958369 Great contributions Stephen Boxer A man who spends his life trying to get serious youth offenders back on track has been shortlisted for the New Zealander of the Year title. Manurewa's Stephen Boxer, who featured in the Manukau Courier last Friday, is one of three finalists selected for the award. Mr Boxer was picked from a list of 10 semifinalists. The awards recog- nise, encourage and reward remarkable individuals, organis- ations and community groups who inspire Kiwis through their commitment, hard work and achievement. Fifteen finalists in five categories have been selected from hundreds of nomin- ations. Mr Boxer is a finalist alongside Untouched World founder and chief executive Peri Drysdale who is a pion- eer of sustainable bus- iness practice and pro- fessor Sir Paul Calla- ghan who has achieved world-wide recognition as a physicist. Award winners will be announced at a gala dinner in Auckland on February 2. Wall's choice historic day for Maori women Listen to Willie Jackson on Monday at 10am on Radio Waatea 603AM Maori women politicians are making their mark in Parlia- ment. John Key recently promoted list MP Hekia Parata to Cabinet. She's a great talent and in the recent Mana byelection got within 1000 votes of the Labour candidate -- an out- standing result given that Mana is one of Labour's safest seats. Parata's been a high flyer in the public sector for some years now and many say that she has the talent to go all the way to the top. Then for the first time in the history of the Labour Party, a Maori was selected in a safe general seat. This happened last Sunday when Labour's Manurewa electorate picked Louisa Wall to take over from the incum- bent MP George Hawkins. Wall is an outstanding can- didate. She is a health profes- sional and an exceptional sportswoman, having repres- ented New Zealand in netball and rugby and is also a for- mer MP. She will have no problem winning the Manurewa seat because it's one of the safest Labour seats in the country. Wall's selection though was a surprise on a number of counts. First, history was against her winning the nomination as Labour had never given any Maori a chance in one of their safe general seats. Second, the powerful Engineers Union looked like it had the nomination sewn up with its candidate Jerome Mika and third, as an openly gay lesbian, it was going to take some courage from the traditionally gutless Labour Party for her to win the nomi- nation in such a strong blue collar seat. Manurewa is hardly an area that is renowned for its support of gay rights or hero parades. As well as this, Labour has been desperately trying to remodel itself, the last Clark government received huge criticism for pandering to the politically correct, women and gay community. So the smart money in Manurewa was on the Engineers Union getting its candidate Mika through. While Wall was without doubt the top candidate credentials-wise, the reality of politics means that she will now be a target for those who will say that Labour is no dif- ferent now than when Helen Clark was leading the party and that it will never return to its grassroots. Time will tell how Wall's selection will affect the Labour Party nationally but for the moment it's good news for Maori women. Parata's Women's Affairs and Ethnic Affairs minis- terial appointment means we now have four Maori women ministers in government -- Tariana Turia, Paula Ben- nett, Georgina Te Heuheu and Hekia Parata -- which is amazing to say the least. And the selection of Louisa Wall caps off an historic fortnight for Maori women.
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