‘uncle bill’ _ the gisborne herald

As a young man he helped to build around 100 bridges in the Tairawhiti district, and as a mature man he’s built many a ‘bridge’ to help people out of dire circumstances.

Known universally as ‘Uncle Bill’, the 79-year-old was named as one of Gisborne’s local heroes in the 2017 Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Awards for a lifetime of tireless community work.

Born at Waipiro Bay on the East Coast, Bill’s father was a Scotsman who worked as a blacksmith at Tokomaru Bay, and his mother was Ngati Porou and Te Aitanga Mahaki from Tikapa.

“When dad went to enrol me at Tokomaru Bay Public School, the school master there said I couldn’t attend the school because I was Maori.


Pure yoga west He said I had to go to a native school across the road.

“I had one year at Whatatutu School and then went to Puha School. Hot yoga studios in las vegas Mum had to go to work so I lived with my Aunty Mabel Rutene. Morarji desai national institute of yoga new delhi I had a very happy childhood. Yoga poses for sleep apnea Puha was a wonderful place to grow up.”

“I got a job as a sheepo in a shearing gang for the next three years, bringing the sheep from the yards to the shed. Yoga today promo code There were 18 farms at Mangatu so there was always plenty of work for young fellas in those days.

“I also cut fence posts and strainers for the fencers. Yoga studio app android It was a good life and I enjoyed the outside work. Yoga styles for beginners It was challenging and I had great people teaching me.”

“We built more than 100 bridges in and around Gisborne, including in the Waioeka Gorge, at Matawai and Motu and in remote areas like the Waikura Valley. Yoga poses for abs for beginners We built swing bridges too like the one at Te Hou Station at Mangatu.”

“I had never been out of work so I didn’t realise how high the level of unemployment was in the district. Yoga dance I was to target the long-term unemployed (LTU) some of whom had not worked for 10 years or more.

“The National Government was in power at the time and there was very little trade training available and not much incentive to work for those on a benefit.

“Bill is such a gentle, kind, intelligent man, he won their respect. Yoga west He has a special way with people, young and old. Hatha yoga dvd download They all called him ‘Uncle Bill’, even the tough gang members he worked with,” she said.

Bill says: “Just as we were beginning to make some progress, the government pulled the plug. Importance of yoga and meditation in life They wanted quick results which we couldn’t deliver. Sangha yoga studio The system let us down badly.”

Along with Richard Brooking at the Employment Service, Bill came up with the Paint the Town initiative to provide employment for hard-to-place, LTU clients like gang members.

“If shop-owners provided the paint, we supplied the labour. Meditation music We had a lot of interest but some of the councillors were not happy with the concept,” he says.

“On day 1, we helped them get to know who they were and how important they were; on day 2 we looked at the skills they had, and on day 3, Kath Harrison from the Ministry of Social Development would teach them how to put those skills down on paper and make a resume.

“One of the highlights for me was to see a person going from thinking they had no skills to realising they actually did, even if it was playing a guitar. Yin yoga poses It was a confidence-building exercise.

“I used to pick him up and take him to work every day and after a while, he realised how good he was at the job. Kripalu yoga Initially, he went there for a three-week placement but the boss wanted to keep him on. Yoga and weight loss research He went to the wananga to learn his language and tikanga. Bikram yoga houston heights What a transformation we saw in that guy. Yoga school brooklyn There are lots of success stories like that.”

In 1994 Bill began visiting prisons with Hona Manuel and there he met Temple and Olive Isaacs, prisoner rehabilitation workers from Gisborne.

“I was shocked when I saw all the Maori faces at Mangaroa Prison. Yoga for back pain beginners I was not aware of the numbers in prison so it woke me up to what was going on around me.

“Hona’s aim was to reconnect the inmates with their Maori side. Pure yoga hong kong membership fee We were ready to launch a programme to help these men but sadly Hona passed away. Baptiste yoga cambridge He was a very special sort of guy.”

Apia, Bill’s first wife and mother of their eight children, was from the East Coast and she decided the family should go back to her marae at Te Araroa for a while.

Apia was in charge of the women who were creating the tukutuku panels. Yoga readings gratitude They gathered kiekie (flax), peeled and boiled it in dye and then wove the panels.

“I loved the work on the marae. Pilates yoga Those two years were some of the happiest times of my life. Pure yoga austin Sadly, Apia died of cancer six months before the reopening of the marae in March 2002. Prenatal yoga poses second trimester All that work and she never saw the marae finished.

“After she passed away, I decided to stay on up there so I could be close to where she was buried. Morning yoga routine for beginners video But a few months later, a nurse came to see me and encouraged me to take a job at Ngati Porou Hauora at Te Puia Springs.

“Diane Gibson was the manager at the time and my job was to greet the oldies in Maori and make them feel welcome. Ejercicios de yoga para principiantes en casa I met wonderful people like Dr Pat Ngata, who wanted me to come to the Kaiti clinic as a kaiawhina.

“We went to sites like Juken Nissho where I talked to the men at lunch break. Yoga poses for lower back pain during pregnancy The problem with Maori men is that they don’t seek medical help until they are really sick. Bikram yoga boston groupon It’s a macho thing.”

“Sadly most of the victims we saw were women who were widowed or separated and addicted to the pokie machines. Bikram yoga locations nyc There were 16 venues back then.

“It was a sad situation — we had to go and spy on our own people. Dahn yoga center albuquerque I was shocked and upset to find children left alone in cars outside pokie venues.

“The amount of money going out of the district was terrifying — about $10 million a year. Best online yoga videos free Families broke up and people lost their homes because they were evicted due to unpaid rent.”

“You never know what you are going to get at the flea market. Amazing yoga shadyside schedule I went to buy watercress and ended up with a wife. North shore yoga studio Nona and I were married in 2005.

“He’s a cunning old bugger,” says Nona. Yoga asanas for weight loss images “In order to tackle the city’s gambling problem, he went to the top and married the deputy mayor. Restorative yoga poses without props He knew I wanted to shut down the pokies as much as he did.”

Nona served nine years on the District Council, six as deputy mayor, and she was a member of the committee dedicated to a sinking lid policy on pokies.

While he was in the midst of treatment in Palmerston North, his son phoned him to say the country’s first ever Koti Rangatahi (Youth Court) was being held at Te Poho-o- Rawiri Marae in Gisborne.

“I had seen the young ones waiting outside the regular court, full of anger and acting tough, but as bad as these kids may have been, they knew they had to behave on a marae.

These days, Nona and Bill are semi-retired but they still work alongside the police as liaison people for under-17s who are brought in for questioning.

“And we have a wonderful large family, some here, some in Taranaki and some in Australia. Hatha yoga poses and names Between us we have 17 children, stepchildren and others from the extended family, 58 grandchildren and 42 great- grandchildren.”

• A film crew from Waka Huia recently sought Bill out to talk about his work and inspect some of the bridges he’s built. Yoga nidra youtube sleep The programme will air early next year.

As a young man he helped to build around 100 bridges in the Tairawhiti district, and as a mature man he’s built many a ‘bridge’ to help people out of dire circumstances.

Known universally as ‘Uncle Bill’, the 79-year-old was named as one of Gisborne’s local heroes in the 2017 Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Awards for a lifetime of tireless community work.

Born at Waipiro Bay on the East Coast, Bill’s father was a Scotsman who worked as a blacksmith at Tokomaru Bay, and his mother was Ngati Porou and Te Aitanga Mahaki from Tikapa.

“When dad went to enrol me at Tokomaru Bay Public School, the school master there said I couldn’t attend the school because I was Maori. Bikram yoga locations in california He said I had to go to a native school across the road.

“I had one year at Whatatutu School and then went to Puha School. Poses of bikram yoga Mum had to go to work so I lived with my Aunty Mabel Rutene. Down dog yoga arlington I had a very happy childhood. Yoga meditation music artists Puha was a wonderful place to grow up.”

“I got a job as a sheepo in a shearing gang for the next three years, bringing the sheep from the yards to the shed. Yoga west village There were 18 farms at Mangatu so there was always plenty of work for young fellas in those days.

“I also cut fence posts and strainers for the fencers. Pilates mat routine It was a good life and I enjoyed the outside work. Best yoga youtube It was challenging and I had great people teaching me.”

“We built more than 100 bridges in and around Gisborne, including in the Waioeka Gorge, at Matawai and Motu and in remote areas like the Waikura Valley. Yoga balham We built swing bridges too like the one at Te Hou Station at Mangatu.”

“Working on the new hospital was a real highlight for me but that all came to an end when the complex opened in 1984.” Employment adviser

“I had never been out of work so I didn’t realise how high the level of unemployment was in the district. Yoga quotes about balance I was to target the long-term unemployed (LTU) some of whom had not worked for 10 years or more.

“The National Government was in power at the time and there was very little trade training available and not much incentive to work for those on a benefit.

“A marae elder, Charlie Pera and I, used to work on their attitude for a start and rebuild their mana and sense of who they were.” Modesty

“Bill is such a gentle, kind, intelligent man, he won their respect. Triad yoga He has a special way with people, young and old. Shanti yoga whitefish They all called him ‘Uncle Bill’, even the tough gang members he worked with,” she said.

Bill says: “Just as we were beginning to make some progress, the government pulled the plug. Ejercicios de yoga para embarazadas They wanted quick results which we couldn’t deliver. Yoga for eyes in hindi The system let us down badly.”

Along with Richard Brooking at the Employment Service, Bill came up with the Paint the Town initiative to provide employment for hard-to-place, LTU clients like gang members.

“If shop-owners provided the paint, we supplied the labour. Bikram yoga gift ideas We had a lot of interest but some of the councillors were not happy with the concept,” he says.

“On day 1, we helped them get to know who they were and how important they were; on day 2 we looked at the skills they had, and on day 3, Kath Harrison from the Ministry of Social Development would teach them how to put those skills down on paper and make a resume.

“One of the highlights for me was to see a person going from thinking they had no skills to realising they actually did, even if it was playing a guitar. Power yoga canberra city It was a confidence-building exercise.

“I used to pick him up and take him to work every day and after a while, he realised how good he was at the job. Yoga para iniciantes em portugues Initially, he went there for a three-week placement but the boss wanted to keep him on. Yoga for back pain relief He went to the wananga to learn his language and tikanga. Sivananda yoga vedanta center What a transformation we saw in that guy. Sunstone yoga skillman There are lots of success stories like that.”

In 1994 Bill began visiting prisons with Hona Manuel and there he met Temple and Olive Isaacs, prisoner rehabilitation workers from Gisborne.

“I was shocked when I saw all the Maori faces at Mangaroa Prison. Prenatal yoga classes austin I was not aware of the numbers in prison so it woke me up to what was going on around me.

“Hona’s aim was to reconnect the inmates with their Maori side. Golden bridge yoga studio We were ready to launch a programme to help these men but sadly Hona passed away. Yin yoga nyc He was a very special sort of guy.”

Apia, Bill’s first wife and mother of their eight children, was from the East Coast and she decided the family should go back to her marae at Te Araroa for a while.

Apia was in charge of the women who were creating the tukutuku panels. Youtube yoga for beginners They gathered kiekie (flax), peeled and boiled it in dye and then wove the panels.

“I loved the work on the marae. Bikram yoga riga latvia Those two years were some of the happiest times of my life. Ananda yoga center dubai Sadly, Apia died of cancer six months before the reopening of the marae in March 2002. Yoga sivananda bahamas All that work and she never saw the marae finished.

“After she passed away, I decided to stay on up there so I could be close to where she was buried. Yoga yoga westgate But a few months later, a nurse came to see me and encouraged me to take a job at Ngati Porou Hauora at Te Puia Springs.

“Diane Gibson was the manager at the time and my job was to greet the oldies in Maori and make them feel welcome. Bikram yoga locations usa I met wonderful people like Dr Pat Ngata, who wanted me to come to the Kaiti clinic as a kaiawhina.

“We went to sites like Juken Nissho where I talked to the men at lunch break. Pilates plus porter ranch The problem with Maori men is that they don’t seek medical help until they are really sick. Ashtanga yoga description It’s a macho thing.”

“Sadly most of the victims we saw were women who were widowed or separated and addicted to the pokie machines. Yoga poses for two There were 16 venues back then.

“It was a sad situation — we had to go and spy on our own people. Yoga teacher training in india 2015 I was shocked and upset to find children left alone in cars outside pokie venues.

“The amount of money going out of the district was terrifying — about $10 million a year. Indian yoga master Families broke up and people lost their homes because they were evicted due to unpaid rent.”

“You never know what you are going to get at the flea market. Hatha yoga asanas I went to buy watercress and ended up with a wife. Anusara yoga scandal Nona and I were married in 2005.

“He’s a cunning old bugger,” says Nona. Vinyasa yoga poses beginners “In order to tackle the city’s gambling problem, he went to the top and married the deputy mayor. Yoga nidra youtube in hindi He knew I wanted to shut down the pokies as much as he did.”

Nona served nine years on the District Council, six as deputy mayor, and she was a member of the committee dedicated to a sinking lid policy on pokies.

While he was in the midst of treatment in Palmerston North, his son phoned him to say the country’s first ever Koti Rangatahi (Youth Court) was being held at Te Poho-o- Rawiri Marae in Gisborne.

“I had seen the young ones waiting outside the regular court, full of anger and acting tough, but as bad as these kids may have been, they knew they had to behave on a marae.

These days, Nona and Bill are semi-retired but they still work alongside the police as liaison people for under-17s who are brought in for questioning.

“And we have a wonderful large family, some here, some in Taranaki and some in Australia. Bikram yoga poses names Between us we have 17 children, stepchildren and others from the extended family, 58 grandchildren and 42 great- grandchildren.”

• A film crew from Waka Huia recently sought Bill out to talk about his work and inspect some of the bridges he’s built. Power yoga for weight loss at home The programme will air early next year.

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