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Local Hero awards loom
for big-hearted O'Keefe
Recognition: Henare O'Keefe never gives up battling for his patch in Hastings.
Hastings councillor and ardent
Flaxmere supporter Henare
O Keefe has made the final three
in the 2012 national Local Hero
The overall winner will be
announced at the 2012 New
Zealander of the Year Gala on
February 12 in Auckland.
Mr O Keefe is up against some
strong competition including
Christchurch man John
Hartnell, heavily involved in
post-earthquake cleanup and
recovery, and Bernie Monk, who
was the spokesman for the Pike
River mining tragedy families.
Mr O Keefe s citation said his
experience of growing up in a
lower socio-economic household
had stirred his deep commitment
to uplifting and inspiring his
Henare seeks to reverse nega-
tive social statistics and is
dedicated to combating family
violence, mentoring youth, and
assisting in the reintegration of
Already the recipient of a
Queen s Service Medal for
services to Maori and the com-
munity, Mr O Keefe has worked
to stamp out violence in the
family and community through
the New Zealand Police Youth
In 2008, in response to an act
of violence against one of his own
family members, he organised
the Enough is Enough hikoi to
galvanise community action.
More than 3000 people joined
him on his march from Flaxmere
to the centre of Hastings.
A Justice of the Peace, in 2010
Mr O Keefe was recognised with
a Lloyd Morgan Lions Clubs
Charitable Trust Honoured
Membership -- only the second
time in its 30-year history to be
given to a non-member.
Hastings mayor Lawrence
Yule said: Henare s mantra is
what can I do to help others? He
gives from his heart and commits
all his time and energy to help-
A finalist in the Senior New
Zealander of the Year category is
Napier s Pat Magill.
His citation said he had made
an immense contribution to
Napier. In the 1980s he was part
of a group that invited academics
to study and make recommenda-
tions to develop and expand the
community sector in the city.
This led to the development of
Citizens Advice and 200 Neigh-
bourhood Support groups in
Mr Magill also set up the
Napier Pilot City Trust as a
vehicle to undertake many of the
other recommendations. He had
led or assisted in the organis-
ation of a range of events, includ-
ing an annual Unity Week
celebration, Unity Walk, Pilot
City Awards, Robson Lecture,
Treaty of Waitangi workshops,
community seminars, court sup-
port and children s holiday
The three finalists in the over-
all New Zealander of the year,
awarded for major contribution
to the nation, outstanding ser-
vice to the country and inspi-
ration through achievement are
Dame Suzie Moncreiff, an
entrepreneur in the arts, Nelson,
Sir Richard Taylor, of Weta film
industry fame, Wellington, and
Dr Sharad Paul, medical doctor
who has invented skin grafting
Bid to tackle twin health 'evils'
The twin evils of alcohol and tobacco are being
targeted by Health Hawke s Bay this year -- with
the organisation saying too many women are
supping too much wine while preparing dinner.
On New Year s Eve the Hawke s Bay primary
health organisation (PHO) announced it would
focus on increasing the help available to those who
want to quit smoking, and raising awareness of
the problems associated with alcohol abuse.
The alcohol awareness project will concentrate
on helping primary health care professionals such
as GPs better identify patients who are drinking
too much, said project manager Sarah Mulcahy.
Evidence shows we can make a real difference
for people with alcohol problems if they feel they
can discuss their concerns in an environment they
trust and get support from their doctor or nurse,
Ms Mulcahy said.
The training wold give practitioners the skills to
be able to ask the right questions , and advice on
how to suggest drinking can be modified, said
facilitator Trish Gledhill.
The PHO said overuse of alcohol could creep up
on drinkers, and often practitioners were unaware
of the harm being caused.
We re seeing professional women getting into a
routine of having glasses of wine while they cook
dinner, and not being aware of the need to modify
The drive to escalate support for those wanting
to give up smoking came as the Government
raised the excise tax on tobacco for the third time
Packets of 20 tailor-made cigarettes now cost an
average $15, while a cheap pack of 30 has
breached the $20 mark.
According to a national health survey, Hawke s
Bay had one of the highest percentage of smokers
in New Zealand, 24.2 per cent compared to an
average 19.1 per cent, said PHO chief executive
As well as the traditional support tools such as
nicotine patches, lozenges and gum, available
from doctors and pharmacists and Quitline,
Hawke s Bay smokers wanting to give up now
have access to group-based support .
The PHO is trialing three groups, based at The
Doctors Napier, Hastings Health Centre and
Wairoa Medical Centre.
Anyone can attend these groups and can be
referred through their own doctor, said promotion
co-ordinator Sue Taaffe.
Smoking killed 171,000 New Zealanders
between 1950 and 2000. The PHO said a large
range of problems could be blamed on alcohol
abuse, including reduced mental or physical
health, relationship breakdowns, employment
problems and financial difficulties.
but few jobs
Wattie s is in the midst of relocating
tomato sauce production from Australia
to Hawke s Bay, but an increase in
production is unlikely to lead to an
influx of new jobs.
The production of beetroot, sauce
toppings and some canned meals is
being moved across the Tasman to
Hawke s Bay.
The company laid off 146 workers in
its Victoria factory this month, with a
date for increased production in the
Hastings factory not yet announced.
The move will add 30,000 tonnes to
the Hastings factory s output, an
increase of between 10 and 15 per cent.
It is not expected that the increased
production will lead to many more jobs.
The Hastings factory, which already
employs 500 fulltime and 800 seasonal
workers, will supply Heinz and Wattie s
tomato sauces for both New Zealand
and Australian markets.
Last year, Heinz Wattie s regional
chief executive Nigel Comer said:
While a small number of new
positions will be created, the Hastings
facilities have the infrastructure to
absorb the additional volumes into cur-
Heinz Wattie s moved production of
tomato sauce in plastic bottles from
New Zealand to Australia in 2000.
Heinz Wattie s is a giant food producer
in New Zealand, with revenues of more
than $735 million in the past financial
year. Heinz, with global sales of
US$10.7 billion a year, bought Wattie s
20 years ago for about US$300m.
More companies could be coming,
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