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Wednesday October 10, 2018

Ex-Newlands girl on global initiative

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Former Newlands college student Lilly Marie Taylor has been selected to represent New Zealand in a global initiative. Lilly says the initiative aims to increase the influence and impact of underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering, math and medicine (STEMM) and in the decision making that shapes the health of our planet. “There are six of us from Team Kiwi aka The Frozen Ferns, and we will join 90 other woman from 33 countries in this journey,” she says. “As part of the programme we’ll be travelling to Antarctica on a three-week journey to complete our Homeward

Lilly Marie Taylor is off to represent New Zealand in a global initiative. PHOTO: Supplied

Bound leadership training. “Here, we will work together to develop individual

strategies for scientific outreach, using the amazing backdrop of Antarctica to engage our communities, empower women and other minority groups in STEMM, promote and influence global scientific policy to make a difference especially around climate change and emphasis our connection to earth and role as kaitiaki.” Being selected to be part of the team one of three New Zealand based woman and one of six Kiwis in total for Homeward Bound I she couldn’t believe it. “As a Maori woman, who left school at 15 and spent most of my youth as a meta-

phorical suitcase moving between homes and minimum wage jobs, I never imagined I could be here, doing a PhD in chemistry and now going to Antarctica with a bunch of amazing female scientists.” “Having come from a background that is all too familiar for many of our kiwi youth, I want to use the tools and networks built on the Homeward Bound programme to make STEMM more accessible. It’s important for both our future prosperity and for our environment. If we create equal opportunity across all levels of STEMM we empower people to learn, think, ask questions and seek answers,” Lilly says.

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On October 10, at 4pm, Lorrimer and Ian McAlister of Tauranga and members of their family will be part of a group at Glenside paying respects at the memorial of the Unknown Pioneer Woman. Lorrimer, with her 40 years experience in genealogy, is keen to discover if the unknown pioneer could be her great great great grandmother Janet Reid (nee Glen). Section 24 at the Halfway, now known as Glenside, was settled in 1840 by Scotsman Adam Reid and his wife Janet, as well as their seven-month-old daughter Margaret. Sadly, Janet lived only a few months longer and was buried in an unmarked grave. Two years later, on October 10 1842, Bishop Selwyn is known to have held a memorial service for an unnamed woman at a burial site in the area. The site was then marked but its exact location, and confirmation of the

From left are Jess, Shaun Dean and baby Colton Hunter, Lorrimer and Ian McAlister and Nikki Hunter. PHOTO supplied.

woman’s name, was lost. It has become known as the memorial of the Unknown Pioneer Woman. Last year, after the construction of the Westchester link road, a possible site was found and a memorial ceremony held there at 4pm, the time recorded for Bishop Selwyn’s first service 175 years before. This year, Lorrimer, her husband and her two eldest grandsons and their wives will be

there on October 10. In what is a massive coincidence, last year, unknowing of likely family connection, they had both bought homes in Grenada Village and Newlands respectively . Dean and Nikki’s one-year-old son Colton, the sixth generation descendant of Janet and Adam Reid, will also be there to honour their ancestor. Lorrimer wishes there is some way she could know exactly where the grave is, and if it is in

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fact her ancestor. “I’ve had my DNA done” she says, in hope that will help the mystery to be solved at some stage in the future. Last year, Lorrimer’s second cousin Joyce Brown of Pirongia visited Glenside too. Since then she has published “The History of the Locker Family in New Zealand”. It includes the history of the Reid family and the memorial to the Unknown Pioneer Woman.

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