Pow­er­ful woman’s pow­er­ful speech

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By KA­T­RINA LINTONBON

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.

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