Wednesday May 16, 2018
Award-winning local student recognised Sam Harris of Khandallah has been awarded a $6000 Freemasons University Scholarship.
He is in his final year of a Bachelor of Commerce at the Victoria University of Welling-
Sam Harris of Khandallah, who has been awarded a $6000 Freemasons University Scholarship. He is seen here on the day of the award at Parliament Buildings, hosted by Ohariu MP Greg O ‘Connor with Freemason Morris Robertson of Ngaio. PHOTO: Supplied
ton, majoring in commercial law and accounting and hopes to become a chartered accountant and work in financial assurance or management consulting. The reason for that is, he says, to change for the better the way businesses in New Zealand operate. As a first step, he is starting a graduate role with PricewaterhouseCoopers in July. Such an aim requires a balance of business and interpersonal skills. He also has a community focus, and helps with the welfare of the animals at SPCA. While Fitness Manager at Cityfitness, he worked with Heart Foundation NZ to raise money and engage with the community.
As Sam climbs the business ladder, he says he will stay rooted in his community. He is on the executive of Ignite Consultants, also working as its operations and commercial manager. Sam was involved in one of its consultancy services to not-for-profit organisations, including Pomegranate Kitchen, which employs refugees. Over two months Sam helped them to integrate and adapt to life in New Zealand. Sam has also worked in the business advisory services team at accountancy company BDO. In a recent role as a mortgage broker assistant with a mortgage brokerage firm, Sam helped first home buyers get on the property ladder.
Scholarship for young vet with high ideals Colleen Lynch of Khandallah was awarded a $10,000 Lawson-Smith Freemasons Education Trust veterinary scholarship at Parliament last Tuesday, May 8. In the final year of a Bachelor of Veterinary Science at Massey University, Colleen is well on the way to becoming a vet. Pathology is Colleen’s big passion and the crossover between human and veterinary medicine with emerging diseases which affect humans is her major interest. Colleen hopes to work in mixed animal practice for several years and then complete further study in veterinary pathology, probably in the form of an overseas residency. Long-term, she aims to work in academia and teach pathology to veterinary students. In 2017, Colleen spent two weeks volunteering as part of the Safari4UVet programme
in Chintsa in Eastern Cape province, South Africa. The programme provides basic veterinary care to disadvantaged communities that cannot afford or access such care. Colleen mainly gave anti-parasitic treatments to pets, roaming animals in the community, and farm animals. Colleen’s experiences exposed her to a much wider range of diseases than are found in New Zealand. Having witnessed how veterinary medicine delivers huge value beyond the health benefits to the animal being treated, her interest in pathology was sparked. She says she will continue to use a rounded, “ecosystem” approach to animal care in her career. Colleen’s other big interest is Irish dancing and she has performed for many community groups, including at school fairs, cultural events, and re-
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‘A little bit of a do’ at rugby club The Johnsonville Rugby Club’s big screen will be used for a very different replay to the usual sports events on the morning of Sunday May 20. At 11am, there will be a High Tea and celebration of Harry and Meghan’s Nuptials, complete with spot prizes. You’re invited to put on your best frock and fancy hat for the free showing. It is a traditional “Bring a Plate” event (with decadent High Tea tasty treats to share of course). And don’t forget your own fancy teacup, saucer and fancy plate “Invite your mum, sisters, daughter, aunties, cousins, friends,” the organisers say. (And the bar will be open.)
Prepare for emergency Got your 200L emergency water tank yet? If not, you’ll have a chance to buy one, or more, between 11.30am to 12.30pm on Saturday May 19. Northern Ward councillors will be selling them for $110 each outside Newlands New World. To ensure one is reserved for you, pre-order and pre-pay by emailing malcolm.sparrow@wcc. govt.nz Mention the name of ‘your’ school or church in the Northern Suburbs in your email, and $10 from each tank sale will be donated to your school or church.
Responses to 10-year-plan Colleen Lynch of Khandallah, with her hands firmly on the tools of her trade, a ‘vet field kit’ and gumboots. She is with Jenny Weston, Dean of Veterinary Science at Massey University and Mark Winger, Freemasons Grand Master. PHOTO supplied.
tirement villages. At university she also spent several years volunteering as a writer and editor
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By 10.30am yesterday May 15, there had been 1696 responses to the draft Wellington 10-year-plan, which was open for submissions until midnight on Tuesday. Of those responses, 75 per cent supported spending more on the priority areas identified in the plan and most placed Resilience and Environment as the priority they would tackle first.
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Independent Herald 16-05-18