2017 Metlifecare Senior New Zealander of the Year – Finalists
Metlifecare are proud sponsors of these prestigious awards and on Wednesday the 22 February at 7pm, the 2017 New Zealander of the Year awards night will be televised live from The Langham Hotel on TVNZ OnDemand. Join us in ‘honouring the best of us’ from the comfort of your couch by following this simple guide.
Below are the three amazing finalists who have been recognised for their achievements and are eligible for the title of 2017 Metlifecare Senior New Zealander of the Year. Who would you like to see win this title?
Elaine has served in a voluntary capacity as a Trustee of the Taranaki Arts Festival for 25 years and for 15 of those as Trust Chair moulding the trust from presenting a regional arts festival once every two years into a professional organisation that is nationally recognised. The Trust organises WOMAD, an International Festival that celebrates, music, food and cultures from around the world attracting 40.000 people attending over a three-day period with a budget of $3 million and contributes $12 million into the local economy.
Elaine was the initiator of the Powerco Garden Festival, which celebrates Taranaki’s garden heritage The Festival has become New Zealand’s leading Garden festival with over 40 private gardens open to the public along with a wide range of horticulture and garden events. The Trust has also developed Tropfest a free completive event for short filmmakers held in February each year.
Elaine’s leadership abilities have not only ensured that the Arts Trust is a vibrant organisation but many others. She continues to chair a wide range of community organisations, including Taranaki Community Health Trust, Volunteering New Plymouth, and Dress for Success, Taranaki Computer Trust and Taranaki Employment Foundation, as well as Patron of New Plymouth Riding for the Disabled.
Blinded by an accident at age twelve, Ivan has confronted many challenges. Attending the School for the blind in Parnell, Auckland, he mastered Braille which set him on a journey of learning. His mother would spell Spanish text out letter by letter so he could write it down in Braille.
He joined a Brass band then learnt guitar and took up judo for 20 years and was competitive in New Zealand, Hong Kong and London.
Ivan achieved a BA degree in Spanish, Psychology and Economic history, a Masters of Commerce from Auckland University and a business degree from Massey. He also has a horticultural diploma.
In 1969, he received a scholarship to study in London and later in Hong Kong, completing a Diploma of Acupuncture before returning home in 1974. He is a founder of the NZ register of acupuncturists and continues treating his 14,000 patients 42 years later. Ivan was also given a Health Industry’s lifetime achievers award.
Ivan imported products to aid severely disabled patients and talking computers for the blind to help them with employment and education. He developed the Reo Voice Amplifier to assist Parkinson sufferers exporting them to USA and Australia.
Products were supplied to DHB’s, rest homes, charities and trusts, special needs schools, private clients and professionals throughout NZ for 25 years.
Being a radio ham and having an interest in electronics helped him develop the K-Sonar which aids blind people to detect obstacles in their way.
Ivan is an outstanding achiever who is not daunted by disability – who has influenced and assisted thousands of people with his knowledge and experience. He is a person who has committed himself to helping others and is always a passionate advocate of education.
Sue Paterson is a living legend in the dance and arts sector in New Zealand from her beginnings as the manager of Limbs Dance Company to her taking the reins at the Royal New Zealand Ballet Company and more recently at the New Zealand Festival where, as the Executive Director, she has built the festival into an event that bought more than $100 million into Wellington last year.
She has been inspirational with positivity, enthusiasm and brilliance as an arts manager creating enormous impact in leading New Zealand arts organisations, producing astonishing financial turnarounds, audience growth and clever programming with great ideas and a great understanding and experience of touring New Zealand, successfully delivering four New Zealand Festivals, five Jazz Festivals, four Lexus Song Quests and the exceptionally successful Edinburgh Tattoo.
Sue has belief in the arts and is patient, creating better lives for those who participate and witness great art a true taonga of the arts, a passionate women of influence and a proud New Zealander.