From Kelso St to Welling­ton

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

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.

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