Powerful woman’s powerful speech
Former national manager of road policing Superintendent Paula Rose was one of only three New Zealand women to be given the rank of superintendent in the New Zealand Police force.
Matamata ladies were lucky enough to have her as the guest speaker at the Annual 2012 Ladies Luncheon at Longlands on Friday.
The Ladies Luncheon is one of the most popular annual events on the Matamata calendar, with all proceeds from the lunch going towards the New Wing Project at Pohlen Hospital.
Pohlen Foundation Trust chairwoman Lady Margaret Spring thanked everyone in attendance for continuing to support Pohlen Hospital.
‘‘It’s not until you have need of, or are at the coal face do you realise what it is that Pohlen Hospital truly provides for our community. Whether it is your partner, husband, mum or dad, a brother or sister, or extended family member who requires that care, that is the time you really understand what our Pohlen is about,’’ she said. ‘‘ I say our because that’s what Pohlen is – our community hospital.’’
In true ‘‘ cop’’ fashion, Paula Rose showed she had researched the history of Pohlen hospital.
‘‘It was when I was researching the history of the Pohlen Hospital that I decided on the topic for my speech – the power of one,’’ she said.
‘‘Joseph Pohlen and his gift of funding the building of the hospital among many other generous investments in the community shows on a big scale the power of one individual to change the world but the majority us are not in a position to make these sort of contributions. However, all of us can make a difference and I thought I would talk about how we can make a difference in the world of safety.’’
In 1973, 843 people died in road crashes in New Zealand.
In 2011 the road toll was 284 against a population of 4.4 million and where most households had two or more motor vehicles and cycle ownership was rapidly growing. These results have been credited to Ms Rose’s leadership and perserverance.
Ms Rose ended her speech with her own version of Martin Luther King’s famous speech.
‘‘I have a dream, I dream that all New Zealanders have the opportunity to live a long and fruitful life. To make positive contributions to improving the lives of their families, friends and communities. I have a dream that each New Zealander, wherever they are, values their ‘rights’ just as much as their responsibilities to others,’’ she said.
‘‘I have a dream that people everywhere understand the power they have, the power to make a difference, the power of one.’’
For Pohlen: Ann Green, Marilyn Chappell, Tina Berg and Denise Williams.
Inspired: A moving speech by guest speaker Paula Rose held the attention of those who attended the Ladies Luncheon at Longlands.
The power of one: Paula Rose delivers her speech.