Eastern Courier : January 14th 2011
3 EASTERN COURIER, JANUARY 14, 2011 NEWS THIS SATURDAY (and every Saturday) 6PM -- MIDNIGHT 200 Amazing stalls • Food, Fashion, Fun 50 Authentic food stalls, cooking up tasty "street snacks" and delicacies from around the world Free live entertainment. (All weather fully undercover) Phone 09 576 5223 or 027 689 9520 www.aucklandnightmarket.co.nz TM Kitchen Tel: 272 8252 Fax: 272 8661 EMAIL: email@example.com 9 Barmac Place, East Tamaki www.tangming.co.nz Showroom Open Hours: Mon-Fri 9.30am-5.30pm, Sat 10.30am-3.30pm WHERE GREAT KITCHENS ALWAYS COST LESS! KITCHEN VANITY LAUNDRY WARDROBES 3387470AA Hero of the community Prestigious honour: Kit Wong was awarded a Queen's Service Medal. Photo: NICOLA WILLIAMS By NICOLA WILLIAMS ' I have been in real estate and property management but they can't give me the satisfaction of working for the community. ' Kit Wong KIT WONG'S reward for years of service comes in the satisfaction he gets from helping others. The New Year honours recipient says he is humbled'' to be awarded a Queen's Service Medal for service to business and the community. It's exciting that my efforts were recognised and I was overwhelmed by all the congratulations messages I received,'' he says. Mr Wong was instrumental in forming the Somerville Multicultural Business Cen- tre in Howick in 1992 to help migrants establish busi- nesses. He has been involved in starting a number of com- munity organisations includ- ing the Rotary Club of Somerville, the City of Manu- kau Education Trust and the South Manukau Education Trust. Mr Wong is also involved in the Chinese New Settler Trust and the Asian Com- munity Advisory Group for Manukau Institute of Tech- nology and is a senior mem- ber of the Property Institute of New Zealand. In 2008 he was inducted into the Manukau City Coun- cil Hall of Fame. He says family support has enabled him to get involved with so many organisations. I need to thank my wife, she always laughs that my main job is my community work not my business,'' Mr Wong says. He became passionate about helping migrants after finding little practical assist- ance was available when he moved here from Hong Kong in 1987. Money is not my main objective, I try to live a mean- ingful life, to help people and promote better cultural understanding,'' he says. I have tried to create har- monious community relations between the new migrants and the community. I have been a member of the Manukau City Council economic steering committee for about five years.'' Mr Wong says he can't put a price on the value of volunteering. I have been in real estate and property man- agement but they can't give me the satisfaction of work- ing for the community. The Chinese New Settler Trust now has eight centres in Auckland and every week we have cultural classes and activities for elderly people. Some of the local kiwis are learning Chinese as well so we feel good that we can proudly show them the cul- ture.'' He is proud of his contri- bution as trust chairman. I could use my experience and knowledge to fully utilise the resources.'' Mr Wong will receive his medal in Wellington in April. It will be quite humbling and I will be very proud to wear it, but there are a lot of other unsung heroes in the community as well.'' Medal recipient focuses on community-minded business New Year honour: Founding member and Greater East Tamaki Business Association chairwoman Elspeth Mount is a Queen's Service Medal recipient in the New Year honours. Photo: KRISTINA RAPLEY By KRISTINA RAPLEY ' When I first got the letter I didn't quite realise the enormity of it -- I thought why me? After the initial shock I just thought how absolutely marvellous. It's a huge honour. ' -- Elspeth Mount Business and community are two important words in Elspeth Mount's vocabulary. She was awarded a Queen's Service Medal in the New Year honours for her involvement in the Greater East Tamaki Business Association. The St Heliers resident says she's only just coming to terms with it all now. When I first got the letter I didn't quite realise the enormity of it -- I thought why me? After the initial shock I just thought how absolutely marvellous. It's a huge honour.'' Mrs Mount has a back- ground in teaching and busi- ness and was one of the founding members of the association in 1994 represen- ting Manukau Institute of Technology where she worked in business develop- ment. She has chaired the association for several years after serving on the execu- tive committee. East Tamaki is one of the fastest growing commercial industrial areas in Auck- land. The association operated as a voluntary subscription- based organisation for 15 years and became a Busi- ness Improvement District in 2009, meaning every busi- ness and property owner in the area has automatic membership. It provides a business directory, business re- sources, and news and advo- cacy to about 1800 compan- ies.The association also works alongside police and the Ministry of Justice to pre- vent crime. There has been a 50 percent reduction in busi- ness burglaries since its crime prevention pro- gramme started in 2006. People don't think busi- nesses are community- minded, but they are very much so,'' Mrs Mount says. We have both big and small businesses here and they have all given their time and energy, and are prepared to give generously to help build a better com- munity. This is an award for a community really, a tremen- dous community.''
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