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More westies to be honoured on Walkway of Fame

Media release

3 June 2008

More westies to be honoured on Walkway of Fame

Three more of Waitakere’s most famous and high-achieving citizens are to be inducted into the “Walkway of Fame” in Henderson.

After public nominations, motor sport driver Paul Radisich, actor and entertainer Oscar Kightley and international fashion designer Karen Walker, will be inducted into the walkway, located outside the Civic Centre in Henderson Valley Road, Henderson.

Their hand and footprints will be etched on granite slabs and placed into the walkway in a ceremony on June 7th, 11am

Radisich, who was born and raised in Henderson, is a previous FIA Touring Car world champion and winner of numerous touring car and grand prix titles.

Kightley, from Te Atatu, is a former student of Kelston Boys’ High. He is a 2006 New Zealand Laureate winner and is probably best known as one of the creators of the television series Bro Town and acclaimed movie Sione’s Wedding.

Walker, who lives at Bethells, is an international fashion designer, whose collections have featured at New York Fashion Week. Her designs have gained a growing reputation and popularity with international celebrities such as Cate Blanchett, Liv Tyler and Madonna.

Waitakere Mayor Bob Harvey says they are “typical westies”.

“They are strong, talented and committed people who are true role models for young people,” he says.

It is the sixth year that “iconic westies” have been included in the walkway. The latest inductees join the likes of sports people Beatrice Faumuina, Michael Jones and Roy Williams. Also in the walkway are the likes of musician Neil Finn, Chief Justice Sian Elias and author Maurice Shadbolt.

Applications are now being called from residents for nominations for the 2008 inductees to the Walkway of Fame. Applications can be made online at www.waitakere.govt.nz or by completing nomination forms, which will shortly appear in local newspapers. Nominations close on 30th July.


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