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2 --- Howick and Botany Times, Wednesday, October 24, 2012 www.times.co.nz 113111-v6 KINGS GARDEN CAFÉ TAKANINI The perfect spot for your breakfasts & lunches and a wonderful venue for events. The café is surrounded by landscaped gardens. It is fully licensed and is able to accommodate up to 200 people. It is a mixture of indoor and cov- ered outdoor seating. Free parking and up to 150 spaces. The coffee is sublime and the food & service excellent. Children’s play area and a book library. Wed- dings, corporate conferences, private functions, special events, cocktail par- ties, reunions, social club parties, private home dinner parties or birthdays. 163 AIRFIELD RD, TAKANINI PH 298 1153 CAFÉ Robyn Greer AREINZ Licensed Salesperson a/h 536 6097 m 0274 940 344 Rutherford Real Estate Limited Licensed Agent REAA 2008 Boutique retirement community in gracious surroundings offering independent apartment living at its best with care and support available when needed. One and two bedroom apartments available priced from $329,000. Phone Robyn for your private viewing We look forward to meeting you Marketing agent: 118288-V3 www.fnhowick.co.nz 92 Picton Street Howick, Auckland 538 0105 TUESDAY 23 SATURDAY 27 FRIDAY 26 WEDNESDAY 24 SUNDAY 28 THURSDAY 25 MONDAY 29 TIMES high tides 2:08 am 2:45 pm 6:10 am 6:33 pm 5:12 am 5:41 pm 3:08 am 3:46 pm 7:03 am 7:22 pm 4:11 am 4:45 pm 7:50 am 8:07 pm News Editor PJ (Phil) Taylor Advertising manager Selina Chant Art Director Clare McGillivray Published by Times Newspapers Ltd. 50 Stonedon Dr, East Tamaki, PO Box 259 243, Botany, Auckland 2163, New Zealand. 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T get ready for the 2012 Howick Santa Parade Saturday, December 1 Registrations now open – visit howicksantaparade.co.nz A TEENAGER’S determina- tion to rise above her deprived background has brought her the admiration of peers, teachers and the wider community. At the age of eight, Arual Deng had just arrived in New Zealand with her mother and two siblings as refugees from war-stricken Kenya. She’d never used a pillow before and was accustomed to sleeping on a bed made of mud and sharing a single blanket with four others. “Everything was new, so I got excited about everything,” says Arual. “I didn’t know there was any different place to Africa or where I lived. I didn’t know how to speak English or write.” The 15-year-old has braved physical and emotional trauma, including family violence and the recent death of her father, who she hadn’t seen or heard from since leaving Kenya as a child. “It was a different kind of environment of pain,” she told the Times. “It was kind of hard, because my dad was an alcoholic back then. My mom was really young when she had us and she had to go through a lot to raise us. “It was a violent environment and back then it was war. As little kids, we saw really scary things.” If she was naughty, Arual would get the “meanest hiding” from her father and the teachers at her Kenyan kindergarten were instruments of abuse, instead of learning. “They didn’t look after you properly and it was pretty crazy. They would hit you when you did something. If your skin opened, they would put chilli in it.” Inner strength and a forgiv- ing attitude, which she credits her mother for, has seen the inspirational Pakuranga College student triumph over her past and prevent it from dictating her future. These qualities have earned her the Quota Community Champion Award, which hon- ours young women who have faced diffculties in their lives, but manage to succeed in what they do. “I didn’t know about the award before,” says Arual. “An old teacher of mine came to talk to me about it. She’d already done the application and I thought it sounded fun and good.” The year 12 pupil received her prize last month and says she was humbled and surprised by the recognition. “It helped me look at myself in a different view. When I got the award, I was very happy and see- ing my teachers pleased showed I meant a lot more to people than I thought I did. “It makes me work harder to make others smile.” Arual, who lives in Mt Wel- lington, is known as a peace- maker among her teachers and classmates and someone who goes the extra mile in all her endeavours. She’s taken part in numer- ous school clubs and activities, including a Bollywood dance group, RnB choir and basketball and netball teams. After considering future careers in medicine, nursing and social work, she plans to become a family lawyer. “My mom and aunty have always taught me to strive higher. They teach me to dig deeper into things.” Arual’s memories of her child- hood will never fade, but she hopes to return to Kenya one day to visit family. “I don’t think I’ll ever forget. It’s a completely different place to where I am now. Now that I know the difference, I see the wrong that was happening back then. But it’s still my home.” Pakuranga College student Arual Deng, originally from Kenya, is the grateful recipient of the Quota Community Champion Award. Times photo Wayne Martin Triumphed in the face of adversity A young African refugee is making the most of her life of freedom in New Zealand, reports Rebecca Gardiner.
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