From Kelso St to Wellington
Tokoroa’s Anna Glassie-Ryan has been appointed as a lawyer to the New Zealand Historic Places Trust which is based in Wellington.
The trust is New Zealand’s leading national historic heritage agency and guardian of Aotearoa New Zealand’s national heritage.
Mrs Glassie-Ryan describes her appointment as a ‘‘ dream come true’’ and is thrilled to be delving into her passion for environmental law, in particular the Recourse Management Act.
Born in Tokoroa, this proud ‘‘Kelso Street’’ girl is sad to say goodbye to her home town and close friends and family.
‘‘This will always be home,’’ Mrs Glassie-Ryan said, ‘‘but for me to fulfil my dream of working at the top level of environmental law I have to relocate.’’
She can remember the day she wanted to become a lawyer.
‘‘I had five children and I was doing shift work at the Plywood mill. I made so many good friends out there. I remember wanting to do law then one day I decided to just go for it.’’
Juggling university work, five children and a part-time job at the South Waikato District Council, Mrs GlassieRyan can remember the tears, the late nights and the stresses of managing a household.
‘‘ I can tell you, so many times I wanted to throw it all in but I didn’t. I made a list of goals I wanted to achieve and I went for it.’’
Mrs Glassie-Ryan graduated with a bachelor of law from the University of Waikato and has since done family and criminal law.
Mrs Glassie-Ryan who is ‘‘ Cook Island to the core’’ wants to send a message to the district’s young Polynesians.
‘‘You don’t have to be the brainiest kid to achieve your goals; you have to want it badly and have the hunger to achieve it. If you want it that much surround yourself with positive minded people and nothing can get in your way.’’
Mrs Glassie-Ryan said the support from God, family and friends helped her to achieve her goals.
‘‘ My mum and dad were awesome; they helped me and my husband with the children. There is no way I could have done this without their support.’’
Mrs Glassie-Ryan’s ultimate goal is to be an Environment Court judge.
KELSO GIRL: Anna Glassie-Ryan pictured with parents Vaine and John Glassie, is moving to Wellington to take up her new job as a lawyer with the New Zealand Historic Places Trust.