Northern News : January 19th 2011
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 215 Kerikeri Road, Stone Store Basin, Kerikeri 09 407 8479 www.thepeartree.co.nz Our Shout! Thursday 20th & Friday 21th January from 5 - 7pm Blacksmith's Bar We've turned the old Blacksmith's Shed into a bar. To celebrate we're running an extra special happy hour on Thursday 20th & Friday 21th January from5-7pm.There'll be $5 wines and it's our shout for the bar snacks. Buy a handle of Monteith's Original and we'll shout you the second one FREE! High-flyer: Taheke resident Sarah Davies has landed top jobs at the YWCA. Photo: CHARLOTTE THORNTON A passion for people By RICHARD EDMONDSON A RURAL retreat near Kaikohe may seem an unlikely launch pad for a high-flying career in the global women's rights and leadership movement. But living in Taheke hasn't clipped the wings of Sarah Davies, whose work as a YWCA volunteer led to top jobs with the non-govern- mental women's organisation. A one-year internship at the YWCA's world headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, in 2007 turned into a job that included res- ponsibility for young women's lead- ership initiatives in six countries. It has been an amazing few years learning about community development from a global perspec- tive,'' Sarah says. The 29-year-old was offered the role of executive director at the YWCA of Aotearoa New Zealand while in Geneva and took up the position last year. The international experience put me in good stead to return home and lead the national organisation.'' Sarah has now been appointed to a judging panel for an international award named after former United Nations human rights high com- missioner Mary Robinson who was Ireland's first woman president. I will be one of the judges selecting some of the top youth human rights activists.'' Deciding to leave her job in Geneva wasn't easy for Sarah who was vice-chairperson of a United Nations youth committee. A personal highlight was spend- ing time in Kenya and South Africa, because I had a lot of exposure to the issue of HIV and AIDS and that was an eye-opener for me.'' Sarah calls the Far North her home, despite being born in Chile and educated in Masterton and Auckland where she gained a bach- elor of communications degree at AUT. I spent a few years in Kaikohe working at the district court and then the Northland Region Cor- rections Facility and this part of my life left me with a deep desire to return and make a difference.'' She is keen to help tackle Northland's social problems and lives with parents Rae and Vivienne Davies at their lodge Wildspur when she isn't travelling for work. After all these amazing opportunities, it's my time to give back to my community. I refuse to be one of those people who sit on the couch and grumble about the state of the nation.'' She also hopes to become National's Northland electorate candidate when MP John Carter retires next year. I think I will always have a pos- ition where I'm advocating for people and communities. At the end of the day, people are my passion.''
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