Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


Arthritis Awards recognise special New Zealanders

Media Release

7 November 2012


Arthritis Awards recognise special New Zealanders

Five people’s incredible efforts with and for arthritis were acknowledged by the Governor-General of New Zealand, Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae, who hosted the Arthritis New Zealand biennial awards at Government House on Saturday. A pharmaceutical company and a charitable gaming trust were also acknowledged for their corporate support at the awards.

Chief Executive Sandra Kirby says the awards recognise major contributions that have been made to the lives of more than 530,000 New Zealanders who are living with arthritis.

The Young Achiever’s Award, which identifies the achievements and potential of a young person affected by arthritis, was awarded to aspiring professional racing driver Matt Lockwood, who recently won the inaugural V8 Challenge Cup at Pukekohe. Matt, who is now 24, was first diagnosed with arthritis at the age of 8, and has been an extraordinary ambassador for Arthritis New Zealand for the last two years.

The Premier Award, which recognises those who have been diagnosed as having arthritis and have been able to achieve goals and act as a role model for others, was awarded to Clare Richards of Christchurch. Since being diagnosed with arthritis in 1980, Clare has demonstrated considerable courage and determination to manage her home, family and run a variety of support groups.

The Distinguished Service Award, which acknowledges volunteers who have made outstanding contributions to the work of Arthritis New Zealand, was awarded to Professor Colin Green, who has been a valuable member of the Arthritis New Zealand Research Grants Committee for over six years providing expert advice on research grant proposals.

The Business Development Awards, which recognise significant financial/resource contributions that have had a major impact on the growth of the organisation at a national level, were awarded to Abbott Laboratories NZ Ltd (Abbott), which has supported Arthritis New Zealand in a variety of different ways over a number of years, primarily supporting its awareness campaigns and ensuring its inclusion at conference events; and Pub Charity Inc, which has supported Arthritis New Zealand’s osteoarthritis awareness campaign, in the knowledge this would make a ‘real difference to the lives of many New Zealanders’.

Honorary Life Membership was awarded to Els Dutton at the Arthritis New Zealand AGM earlier in the day. Her certificate was also presented at the ceremony. Honorary Life Memberships identify individuals who have rendered outstanding service to Arthritis New Zealand.

“Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in New Zealand and the awardees have contributed in a major way to raise awareness of this chronic condition”, says Ms Kirby.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
Review: Howard Davis On Olivier Assayas' 'Personal Shopper'

Olivier Assayas’ Personal Shopper is stylish, mysterious, and very strange indeed. It manages to be both ghost story and suspense thriller, yet also a portrait of numbed loneliness and ennui , held together by an peculiarly inexpressive performance from ... More>>

Howard Davis: Never Too Old To Rock & Roll - Jethro Tull

As Greil Marcus recently observed in an NYRB review of Robbie Robertson's autobiographical Testimony, in rock and roll there is always an origin story. In the case of Jethro Tull founder Ian Anderson, he claims to have been influenced by his father's big band and jazz record collections and the emergence of rock music in the 1950s, but became disenchanted with the "show biz" style of early US stars like Elvis Presley... More>>

October: Alice Cooper Returns To NZ

It was March 1977 when Alice Cooper undertook his first ever concert tour of New Zealand – and broke attendance records. 40 years on and this revered entertainer continues to surprise and exude danger at every turn, thrilling audiences globally! More>>

ALSO:

Howard Davis Review: The Contemporary Relevance Of Denial

Denial has all the hallmarks of a riveting courtroom drama. Based on a 1996 British libel case that author David Irving brought against Lipstadt, the movie has been criticized as flat and stagey, but it nonetheless conveys a visceral clarity of vision and sense of overwhelming urgency. More>>

Obituary: John Clarke Dies Aged 68

Andrew Little: “I grew up with Fred Dagg and I am devastated by John Clarke’s death. He taught us to laugh at ourselves and more importantly laugh at our politicians.” More>>

ALSO:

Howard Davis: Colin McCahon's 'on Going Out With The Tide'

Curated by Wystan Curnow and Robert Leonard, On Going Out with the Tide features major works that have been assembled from public and private collections across New Zealand and Australia. It focusses on McCahon’s evolving engagement with Māori subjects and themes, ranging from early treatments of koru imagery to later history paintings which refer to Māori prophets and investigate land-rights issues. More>>

Howard Davis: Rodger Fox Gets Out The Funk

By now a living New Zealand legend, band leader and trombonist Rodger Fox has performed with some of the biggest names in the jazz business, including Louie Bellson, Bill Reichenbach, Chuck Findley, Randy Crawford, Bobby Shew, Lanny Morgan, Bruce Paulson, Diane Schuur, Arturo Sandoval, David Clayton-Thomas, and Joe Williams, to name only a few. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news