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Creativity in the Bay of Plenty - Kinsa Hays

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When asked what her creative preference is, Kinsa explains that she loves the balance between them. "When you've overdone it in one media, doing the other is bliss. Colour attracts me but so do words, stringing them together, making a word picture in poetry or prose, watching people read it, seeing the slow way they respond as they return to reality coming out of the word picture."

Helen Mason's Care for the Community

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Helen Mason is the CEO of the Bay of Plenty District Health Board. She has a staff of 3300, a budget of $800 million and the health of the community in her tender and compassionate care. Success sits lightly on Helen. She's slender and articulate with the handshake of a truck driver.

Want to Write a Family History?

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Want to write a family history? This story will inspire you to write yours.

‘The Long Journey from Steam to Cyber’ - from first fiction novel to Amazon best seller, Gracie Stathers – not her real name – has made it a short journey. After telling a story about her family history to amuse passengers on a long-haul bus tour, Stathers realised that the deeds of her ancestors belonged not just to her family, but were a part of the history of the settlement of the New World. The story belonged in the public domain.

Stathers had a head start – a boxful of anecdotes collected from her family