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    Sir John Walker

    KNZM CBE Founding Chairperson

    Sir John Walker is a champion New Zealander and one of Manukau's favourite sporting icons.

    During a long and distinguished career, matched by few others, he made his international debut in 1973. He showed extraordinary durability for a runner and created a staggering list of achievements. Chief among them, he -

    • Became the first athlete to break 3m 50s for the mile in 1975 at Gothenburg, Sweden with a time of 3m 49.4secs. That record was to stand for almost four years before being beaten by Sebastian Coe in July 1979.
    • Won the 1976 Olympic gold medal over 1500m at Montreal in a compelling performance.
    • Became the first person to ever run 100 sub-four minute miles -achieving that mark a staggering 135 times.
    • Set the world record over 2000m at Oslo in 1976 and his time of 4m 51.4s was to stand for almost a decade
    • Won 14 NZ Track and Field titles over 800m and 1500m
    • Won the Halberg Award twice, in 1975 and ‘76 and was also voted the 'Sportsman of the Decade' for the 1970s.
    • Competed at two Olympics (1976 and 1984) and four Commonwealth Games (1974, 1984, 1986 and 1990) where he collected one Olympic gold medal and two Commonwealth silver and one Commonwealth bronze medals.

    Born in Papakura, John and his wife Helen have long made Manukau their home. A councillor for Manurewa/Papakura in the new Auckland Council, he is concerned about the health and welfare of Manukau’s young people.

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    Richard Walker


    Richard Walker, BiS (MIT), was born and raised in Manukau City. He has a passion for sport and technology. Richard is currently a director of a software solutions company in Newmarket, Auckland. When he is not involved in work-related activities Richard enjoys keeping fit and active. His hobbies include fishing and wakeboarding.

    Richard shares John’s vision of encouraging youth to engage in sport and recreation as a positive channel for learning and development.

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    Arthur Anae

    Arthur Anae migrated to NZ as a 5 year old in 1951 with his parents and siblings.

    He is of Polynesian (Samoan), English and Asian (Chinese) descent.

    Arthur has been a self-made businessman for over 40 years. He is a former Member of Parliament, serving six years as a National List MP. In 2016, Arthur retired as a Councillor for the Auckland Council and member of the Counties-Manukau District Health Board.

    Arthur has served on numerous business, community, government and church boards and committees for over 30 years.

    Arthur is passionate about the city’s young multicultural, multitalented population.

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    Colin Girven

    After a prolonged period overseas in his 20’s, Colin returned to NZ to run and then own a small trucking business. Since completing his law degree in 1991 Colin practices as a general practitioner with Castle Brown in Newmarket, with an emphasis on transactional and contract law. As a youth Colin played many sports with much enthusiasm and little skill, and now walks a lot and cycles a little.

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    Armin Lindenberg

    Managing Director of Lindenberg & Partners, a boutique PR consultancy, Armin Lindenberg has worked in the communications industry for 23 years. He is a media and event management specialist and has been Media Manager to the Men’s World Bowls (1988), World Cup Cricket (1992), NZ Ironman Triathlon, Benson & Hedges and Bell South Tennis Opens and the Halberg Awards.

    Before entering Public Relations in 1986 Armin spent 17 years in mainstream journalism with the Dominion and Auckland Star covering both Olympic and Commonwealth Games, the 1982 All Whites World Cup campaign, Test rugby and cricket, the British Open golf and Wimbledon.

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    Sir Noel Robinson


    Former chairman and managing director of Robinson Industries, Noel Robinson was made a Knight of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to business and the community.

    Since selling the business in 1999 he has been actively involved with the Counties Manukau community. He is chairman of the Counties Manukau Pacific Trust, which developed the TelstraClear Pacific Events Centre. He is Chairman of the Estate of Sir Woolf Fisher and Chairman of Highbrook Developments Limited.

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    Clyde Young

    Born in Western Samoa, Clyde immigrated with his family to New Zealand in 1965.

    Clyde is married with three children, one who is a doctor at Whangarei Base Hospital, the second running her own online magazine - coupdemainmagazine.com and a son who is attending university.

    Clyde is a director of William Buck (NZ) Limited, Chartered Accountants and Advisors. Clyde’s area of expertise is management advice. He currently works closely with a handful of clients advising them on management, administration, accounting and strategic issues.

    Clyde was the Chairman of the Pacific Island Chamber of Commerce between 1997 and 1999. He is a former board member of the Enterprising Manukau and on the Advisory Board of the Accountancy Law and Finance Faculty at UNITEC. In addition he was appointed by the Hon. Trevor Mallard in 2004 to Chair the Pasifika Education Centre