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North Shore Times : April 17th 2014
Auckland’s most powerful media NETWORK Unbeatable coverage of Thursday, April 17, 2014 808,000 readers 15+ Ph 09 525 0666 Source: Nielsen CMI Q3 2011–Q2 2012 Rally to help fire victims By KATASHA MCCULLOUGH THE community has rallied to support families whose Housing New Zealand flats were destroyed by a fire. De Paul House gifted the families with new clothing, bedding, shoes and towels after all their belongings were lost in the blaze. A Tongan family of five that lived in the downstairs flat was also given a cash donation by the Tongan Methodist Church. Minister Tevita Finau visited the family and alerted community and social development charity Lifewise to the situation. De Paul House volunteer and housing co-ordinator Lesley Farmer says they were also able to help two other families affected by the fire. ‘‘We are very fortunate to have the support of a generous local com- munity who regularly donate good quality new and used clothing, household goods and furniture.’’ A team of volunteers work each week to sort out the goods. De Paul House is an emergency housing centre on Onewa Rd and has been providing temporary homes and support to families for more than 25 years. The fire engulfed two of the Cadness St flats in Northcote at about 9.40pm on April 6. The Fire Service suspects the blaze was started by a cigarette. Senior fire risk manager Shaun Pilgrim says the whole building was gutted. ‘‘It’ll be completely uninhabitable for quite a while.’’ The Tongan family is staying with the father’s uncle in Glenfield until a place to live is found. Finau says they intend to keep helping with shelter, food and necessities. ‘‘They are very grateful for the help from the church and especially De Paul House.’’ Farmer says De Paul House is desperate for good quality bedding to help support low income families in the leadup to winter. Blankets, duvet inners, pillows and linen are all needed. ❚ Call De Paul House on 480 5959 if you can help. Former swimmer dips her toe into new pool after graduation By KATASHA McCULLOUGH It’s out of the pool and into the business world for Olympic swimmer Amaka Gessler. The 23-year-old graduated from Massey University with a bachelor of science and is now focused on a future in business. It’s been a ‘‘crazy’’ five-year journey for Gessler who had to juggle her studies with swimming. She won a silver medal in the I wanted to have that campus experience, get involved in the nitty gritty and give back to Massey. –AmakaGessler ❛ Bright future: CommonwealthGames medallist Amaka Gessler graduated with a bachelor of science from Massey University. 2010 Commonwealth Games and competed in the 2012 Olympics. Gessler originally planned to complete a bachelor of design but decided she couldn’t make the degree work with her swimming. She switched to science and intended to major in biology, an interest sparked by her parents who are both doctors. But the compul- sory three-hour lab sessions clashed with her swimming schedule. Finally she settled on a psychology major, but it was a single business paper that captured her attention. ‘‘I totally just fell in love with it,’’ she says. Gessler threw herself into univer- sity life after retiring from her 14-year competitive swimming career at the start of last year. ‘‘I wanted to have that campus experience, get involved in the nitty gritty and give back to Massey,’’ she says. She joined five different student +FREE FUN groups, ranging from the investing club to the gardening club. Gessler’s entrepreneurial skills won her a Student Enterprise Award, meaning she could develop website noticebug.co.nz with help from Massey University’s business incubator, the ecentre. The ecentre is now supporting her latest venture, Entrepreneur Networking with a Twist. Gessler is running the group through meetup.com and Facebook. She runs events where entrepreneurs can meet and not just socialise, but actually get into teams and try working together to solve problems. Gessler says the Kiwi startup community needs more openness and people helping each other out. ‘‘It’s so much harder to do it alone and I think New Zealand could really take on the world if we learn to use our two degrees of separation to our advantage.’’ Gessler starts work as a business development co-ordinator at the end of April. She says the support Massey gives athletes is really special because she was able to complete papers via distance learning and even sat exams overseas. Gessler says staff recognised she was passionate about learning. ‘‘That’s what I’ll miss about Massey, the open door policy and the willingness of the lecturers to teach above and beyond the course.’’ More than 1100 Massey Univer- sity graduands paraded through Takapuna to be capped in one of six ceremonies at the Bruce Mason Centre. Massey marks 50 years as a uni- versity this year and the Albany campus celebrates its 21st birthday. 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