Kapi-Mana News : January 10th 2012
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Photo: FAIRFAX Dr David Wratt, QSO You won't find a more modest award recipient than Tawa cli- mate change scientist Dr David Wratt. He is quick to point out he owes much to his colleagues for the honours he has received, from being on the panel which won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize to being admitted as a companion of the Queen's Service Order at New Year, the highest honour a local person has received this year. It's recognising the work not just that I do, but that the scientists in New Zealand are doing,'' he says. Parliament's honours selectors make up for his modesty, how- ever, commending Dr Wratt for communicating complicated cli- mate science concepts in access- ible ways to New Zealand and international audiences. Dr Wratt is chief climate change scientist at the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (Niwa) and a specialist in New Zealand and Pacific climate change issues. He sits on the Intergovernmen- tal Panel on Climate Change, which won the Nobel jointly with former US vice president Al Gore. You might say I got a four- thousandth of the Nobel Peace Prize. I was just one of the many many people involved,'' he says. Closer to home, Dr Wratt was pivotal in establishing the New Zealand Climate Change Centre in 2008. He is director of a joint research initiative between Crown Research Institutes and Canter- bury and Victoria universities. While much of his research might go over New Zealanders' heads, Dr Wratt is dedicated to reaching ordinary Kiwis with cli- mate change information. He is a trustee of the non-profit Hikurangi Foundation, which spreads practical climate change messages, such as helping real estate agents to promote the value of home insulation. It's nice to be involved with a group that's looking for solutions,'' he says. Lua Lepaio, MNZM Tokelau community leader Lua Lepaio's family are not sure who nominated him for a New Year's honour, but it was likely to be a member of Porirua's Tokelauan community, to whom he dedicated much of his life. The Tokelau-born Cannons Creek man was admitted at New Year as a Member of the New Zea- land Order of Merit for his services to the Tokelauan com- munity. Sadly, Mr Lepaio died of a brain haemorrhage on Boxing Day, aged 76, before the awards were made public. His family read the letter announcing his award to him while he was unconscious in hos- pital, but don't know if he heard them. A family man, modest but out- spoken about community issues, Mr Lepaio leaves behind six chil- dren, 14 grandchildren, one great- grandchild and his wife of 46 years, Miliga Lepaio. He will be mourned by many, especially New Zealand's 7000 Tokelauans. In the 1970s Mr Lepaio championed an initiative to promote Tokelau culture and language through the Tokelau Easter Tournament, a sports and cultural competition which attracts thousands of Tokelauans from as far as Australia, Hawaii and Tokelau every three years. He helped many Tokelauan immigrants to settle into Porirua. He led the construction of the first Tokelauan community hall, Bedford St's Matauala, in 1985. He was a deacon in the Church of Christ the King in Cannons Creek and gave countless hours to his church community. Mr Lepaio was a key contributor to the 2008 book on Tokelau traditional fish- ing, Hikuleo: o te Papa o Tautai, and was a member of Mafutaga o Toeaina o Atafu I Matauala, the Tokelau Leadership Group. He was on the board of Kenepuru's mental health clinic Vakaola. Mr Lepaio served the wider community from 1992 to 1998 as a Porirua City councillor. He loved the Tokelau com- munity. Not just them, but Pacific Islanders, tangata whenua, and Europeans,'' his sister-in-law Teina Samoa says. He was a good friend and a most respected man in our community and family, and we miss him very much.'' Roger Gascoigne, MNZM Former TV personality Roger Gascoigne hasn't lost any of the skills that made him one of New Zealand's best-loved TV pres- enters in the 1970s and 1980s -- he uses them all every day in his job as a Te Papa tour guide. It's the adrenaline, you see -- it's like doing tours here at Te Papa. You really are in perform- ance mode,'' he says.
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