Thursday June 8, 2017
inbrief news Variety Appeal For the month of June Variety will be appealing for emergency winter funding for children. Variety provides tailored, flexible support to disadvantaged children in New Zealand. The charity works alongside schools, community agencies, social workers and healthcare professionals to identify children in need. Visit variety.org.nz for more information or text GIVE to 5144 to donate $3.
Awards of Excellence The top lifeguards, volunteers and sports people from Surf Life Saving Clubs along the Capital Coast will be celebrated this month at the annual Awards of Excellence. The finalists have been announced ahead of the ceremony which will take place on Saturday June 10. Finalists include Lyall Bay’s Sam Richardson for Lifeguard of the Year, Andrew Bates for Volunteer of the Year and Maranui’s Paula Wood for Volunteer of the Year.
Poetry at The Fringe A free poetry event will be taking place at The Fringe on Allen Street on Sunday, June 18 from 4pm to 6pm. The guest poet will be Don Franks and guest musician will be Jemima Rose. There will be an open mic from 4pm.
Queen’s Birthday Honours
A life of supporting refugees By Emma McAuliffe
A Hataitai woman who has dedicated her life to supporting refugees has been awarded The Queen’s Service Medal. Annie Coates has been involved in supporting refugees, particularly from South East Asia, and helping them settle in New Zealand since the mid-1980s. She worked as an English as second language teacher at the Wellington High School Community Education Centre for 17 years. She has been chair of the Wellington Myanmar Community, through which she was involved in a wide range of events from cultural festivals to local sports tournaments and regular pre-school playgroups for young mothers. Mrs Coates was also involved in the establishment of the New Horizons for Women organisation in the early 1990s, which was set up to raise funds for scholarships for
women who had not been able to undertake tertiary education. She has been a member of Pan Pacific and South East Asian Women’s Association for 30 years and has served as vice president and president and as vice president for the Pacific Region on the International Board. Mrs Coates said she was “surprised, humbled and honoured” to have received the award. “Without the support of friends and families and members of my women’s association I wouldn’t be able to do any of the work. “The award should go to the whole group. “It was really a surprise,” she said. Mrs Coates has previously won the Kiwibank Local Hero Award in 2013 and the Prime Minister’s Social Hero Award in 2009. “ I fe el qu it e ove rwhelmed. “I do what I love to do. “I’m a people person, so when I see the needs
Annie Coates (centre) has spent her life helping refugees from South East Asia. PHOTO: Supplied.
I just bring the idea to the group and they make it happen. “I have so much I have learned,
I want to pass it on, the things I enjoy and love about this country,” Mrs Coates said.
Dedication to music earns honour A man who has spent his life dedicated to music has been awarded The Queen’s Service Medal. Newtown’s Timothy Sander has been a member of the Kapiti Pipes and Drums Pipe Band since 1970 and has contributed to many performances, competitions and
community events throughout New Zealand and overseas. He has been a key member of the band and has led it in more than 30 Anzac parades in the Wellington area. He has volunteered his time to teach music in his local community and has instructed hundreds of community pa-
rades. Mr Sander has represented New Zealand in several overseas Pipe Band Championships. He has been a member of the Kapiti Caledonian Society for more than 30 years and has directed, produced and performed in musicals, Scot-
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