Attitude Awards 2019: Preview

Attitude Awards 2019: Preview

Copyright Able 2019. The Attitude Awards — it’s a chance to celebrate the
achievements of people who live
with disability and acknowledge those who support
and enhance the lives of the
disabled community. Over the past 12 years, we’ve
honoured some extraordinary people, from world leaders to local
change-makers, sporting idols
to schoolteachers. As a finalist that was always
taught to say ‘no’ and know it
was OK, tonight I’d like to dedicate this
award to everybody that said yes
in my life. I believe that we are celebrating
people expressing humanity’s
greatest quality — our ability to adapt.
(APPLAUSE) You all believed in me and kept
reminding me to believe in myself, and that’s what makes a difference. (CHEERING) TALKLINK: Y-O — You… O-N — only… L-I — live… O-N — once,… B — but I… W-A — was… L… U — lucky. (CHEERING) And if we can change attitudes
one home at a time,… one street at a time, one school at
a time, then we’re well on our way
to being a sincerely kind society. Let’s all keep speaking up and
doing the best that we can and
be ourselves. Cheers. (CHEERING) (CHEERING CONTINUES) I have been labelled many things
over my life, but never winner. So who will be winning in 2019? Let’s a take a look at some
of this year’s finalists. This next song’s called Rain, and it’s all about how I hate rainy days!
(BAND PLAY ROCK MUSIC) Every successful rock band
needs a charismatic frontman. Meet Cory Newman. Sit Down In Front is
the name of the band. I’m just the guy who stands out
the front and yells at people. (BAND PLAYS ROCK MUSIC)
# Hey! # In one of the toughest
industries to break into, Cory and his mates have smashed down
the door and are now one of
New Zealand’s hottest acts. We apparently sounded like
The Wiggles at first. People
used to call me Yellow Wiggles. I kid you not. In a rock band,
that’s not a good look. Now people compare us to The Sex
Pistols, which is kind of cool. Born two months premature, Cory
spent his first three months in
intensive care and was diagnosed with cerebral
palsy, ADHD and epilepsy. Some people, it affects
their speech. (SING SCALES) I’m lucky in the sense it doesn’t
affect mine at all — if anything,
probably my inability to shut up. School days pre-band were tough. In the very early days,
I didn’t have many friends. I was about as popular at school
as snails in a salad bar. Two years ago, Cory and his mates
formed Sit Down In Front. They are
now Gisborne legends. This year, they came third in
the national secondary school
Smokefree Rockquest and were asked to be the opening act
for Jimmy Barnes’ New Zealand tour. No one has phoned
the cops on us yet. There was one lady who rang Mum up
and yelled at her down the phone. But the community in Gisborne is
amazing, and shout-out to the people
there. Gizzy hard! Let’s rock! (CORY’S ROCK SCREAM FADES) If you have a disability and you’re
nervous to get out there and
to try an adventure sport, trust me. (CHUCKLES) Look at me — I’m a C5 tetraplegic. (CHUCKLES) Use me as your key. Kiwi adrenaline junky Jezza Williams
has always pushed his limits. He was working as a canyoning guide
in Switzerland when he slipped off a
rock and sustained a spinal injury. You know, a lot of people, they
break themselves. Good old Jezza,
tetraplegia complete. (CHUCKLES) Not much hand function. No wrist function upwards. Hmm. Yeah, no triceps. So, yeah, basically,… (WHOOSHES) down from here’s autopilot. Born and raised in the South Island,
Jezza had New Zealand’s adventure
playground as his backyard. Every day after school, if it wasn’t
going down to the river, it was
cruising over to the climbing wall; to Beautiful Valley, this limestone
rock, to play around, and I got an
addiction for pushing the limits, and the limits were right there
on my doorstep, so definitely
got amongst it real early. Through his business, Making Trax,
he’s now sharing his experience
and passion for adventure. He educates tourist operators and
showcases how to make adventures
accessible. So, what Making Trax does is I go
into outdoor companies, I look at
their product, and I make it possible
through education, ‘adaptation, cooperation… ‘and training.’ And I’ve also got
a really awesome body… that can prove a point. Cos if this body can do
it, any body can do it. I’ve been doing this stuff for
a very long time. (CHUCKLES)
And I’ve never hurt myself. Oh wait. Once. (CHUCKLES) Hola. Me llamo Carlos Biggemann. Carlos Biggemann… (SPEAKS SPANISH) Carlos Biggemann likes
to challenge perceptions. Carlos is a professional
photographer with exhibitions
in New Zealand, Bolivia and an upcoming exhibition in France. People with Down’s syndrome face
a number of challenges, including
speech and learning difficulties. (COMPUTER VOICE SPEAKS FRENCH) When Carlos moved from Bolivia
to New Zealand, he had to make new
friends and learn a new language. Carlos now speaks three languages —
English, Spanish and Portuguese. He’s completed two courses in French
at the University of Otago and can now also understand German. Carlos runs Otago’s Downs
Syndrome Association. He is a competitive swimmer and
writes for CHAT 21 Magazine. He’s presented at both national
and international conferences, including the World Down Syndrome
Congress in Glasgow. I think working for
the Halberg Foundation is the
best way to have job satisfaction. How can you not be happy with what
you do, when just getting to see
all the kids smiling and to see how much enjoyment they
get from coming along to this
event — it’s definitely a feel-good moment. Even as she was coping with the
intense demands of her Paralympic
swimming career, Rebecca Dubber knew she needed to
also plan for a career post-sport. Early morning starts were juggled
with lectures and assignments. Sport has influenced my career,
because it taught me a lot
about discipline and giving things a hundred percent,
even when you don’t feel a hundred
percent, and being able to apply that to my
day-to-day job, I feel like that’s
really helped me succeed. Rebecca secured a media internship
with ANZ Bank and is now employed
by the Halberg Foundation. She’s in a key role in marketing,
communications and social media, promoting Halberg’s
nationwide events. Rebecca’s knowledge of sport and
disability provides Halberg with
valuable insight into how to better deliver programs
to support young people
with disabilities. I think my career highlight is
this — it’s the Halberg Games, the families that we’ve called
and talked to about profile
opportunities, the social media that we’ve
implemented and all that we’ve
done with media to make sure that they get the content they need
to go out and promote what we’re
doing here this weekend. Working with Levi is so different
to any other client I’ve met. Stretch out your body. I kind of look at him like a little
brother. He’s very sweet. 24-year-old Leah Stewart knew from
an early age she wanted to care
for others. As a rehabilitation coach and carer,
she works with adults and children
with complex needs. 5-year-old Levi has
severe cerebral palsy. Levi has 24-hour care, and he has
two people looking after him all
the time, so I’m part of a big team of people. We do a lot of sensory
work with Levi. Oh, good boy. He has a vision impairment,
and he has sensory abnormalities, so that sensory input for
him is really important. Leah was high school when she was
asked to support a girl who had
quadriplegic cerebral palsy. Maths tuition led to an enduring
friendship with Alicia. Together they have travelled to
New York, Miami and The Bahamas. Leah pushed a wheelchair, pulled a
suitcase and carried a shower chair
on her back. Leah’s expert care has also helped
her niece reach milestones well
ahead of medical predictions. She has a vision impairment. It’s
really amazing for me that I can
use my experiences to help get her moving and get happy on her tummy
and those kind of things. I think this is the dream job and to
feel like you’re never working a day
in your life, because you’re doing something
that you genuinely love so much. You know, I just wish that
everyone could have that. We feel that we can create
a place where everyone is valued, where everyone has a place, without
having to be ashamed about their
disability. The Cookie Project is a social
enterprise with a winning recipe. Founders Eric and Graeme provide
paid work experience for people
with disabilities. We’ve got 35 bakers now working
for us on the books. We have a huge variety of bakers
with different disabilities. We have everyone from
Down’s syndrome to autism — every single one of them has
something so special to bring
to the kitchen. So when you pick up one of these
bags of cookies from our amazing
friends at New World, scan the back of the packaging with
the QR code to find out exactly who
made your cookies. Eric and Graeme met when Eric was
delivering a speech to the migrant
community. And that’s when I found out wow,
he is the most kindhearted man
in New Zealand, because he adopted four kids, in
which three of them actually have
disabilities. He was struggling financially and
also emotionally. I knew I needed
to do something to help this man. A few weeks later, I gave
him some cookies to try. I said, ‘Hey, these are good, but
let’s make it better by putting
in the best butter.’ And the best butter, of course,
is by Lewis Road Creamery, right? So we did, and then after a few
months later, we got to try them
again, and it was just, like wow. This is amazing — this is the future
now for you and the children. Sales volumes have never been their
KPI — they measure success on the
social impact of their cookies. So successful that Graeme and I, we
never thought of before. It really
brings tears to our eyes. ALL: Eat cookies! Halfway. AJ has turned her
passion for fitness into a successful business —
Wheelie Active. The name Wheelie Active came up as a
joke. I just thought it was really
funny and I kept it. (LAUGHS) A self-confessed sports junkie, AJ
played rugby league for Sydney and
Christchurch. A fall from a balcony
left her paralysed. AJ focused first on her
own recovery. She then studied
to become a personal trainer. Now she’s found her niche — training
other disabled men and women. I know it works for me. And in the
past, I’ve been pretty terrible to
my body. (CHUCKLES) You know, we’ve all been there. And
once I started taking care of myself
through health and fitness, I just thought I was on cloud nine,
and I wanted everyone to feel like
that as well. Team one, team two, are you ready?! Yes!
And go! AJ’s now on the lookout for someone
she can coach to Paralympic glory. With people with disabilities, I
want them to learn something new
every time they come — not just a skill, but learn
something new about themselves, just
saying that I can and I am able; I didn’t know I could do that
before, but yay, I can do it now,
cos I’ve already tried it with AJ. Perfect.
Can I see? (LAUGHS) James Wilson likes to weigh
in to things, with passion. James was the only powerlifter
to represent New Zealand in the Special Olympics
World Games in Abu Dhabi 2019. James follows a strict nutritional
plan. When he won a challenge
at his local gym, he suggested he run a series
of workshops to encourage
other athletes to eat, stretch and warm up correctly. As a global ambassador
with Special Olympics, James delivers speeches at public
events to fundraise and promote
Special Olympics. James loves describing journey, from water boy to international
heavyweight. Gabby Wright had a vision of
playing for the Silver Ferns. I played for school, club,
and I made it into the rep
team when I was Year Seven. My dream was to
become a Silver Fern. But obviously that idea changed. She was playing representative
netball when she was diagnosed
with transverse myelitis, an inflammation that impacts
nerves of the spinal cord. Determined to find another way to
satisfy her goal, she trained as a
netball umpire. Well, after realising that I
probably wouldn’t be able to play
netball again, I still wanted to find
a way to involve myself. And the idea of umpiring came up,
and I decided to give it a go. Gabby headed to the court on cold
winter days to umpire at the Howick
Pakuranga Netball Centre as New Zealand’s first
wheelchair umpire. In my future, I would love to
keep umpiring and umpire
at a higher level. I would also love to become an
architect, so I can make our
community accommodate more for people with disabilities. Welcome! Bruce Picot is the Kiwi
king of peanut butter. He’s spread worldwide. Pic started his peanut butter
brand to sell at markets in Nelson. But the operation
outgrew his home garage. I started making peanut butter
because I got really cross with
the muck I was buying, with sugar in it, in particular. Pic’s now produces
25,000 jars a day. We have a remarkable team of
people who love coming to work, and they really do their best work. And I love giving people
opportunities like that.
It’s fantastic. Pic has macular degeneration. His sight has continued
to deteriorate, but he still likes greeting visitors
and working on the factory floor. I’ve discovered that
I can inspire people, so I’m prepared to use whatever I’ve
got to try and make this business as good as it possibly can be
and make the lives of people around
me as good as they can be. # Titiro kau nei ki waho,
ki te rae o pu rehurehu ra. Kiringaua is most proud of
his connection to is culture. He is carving a role for himself
as an orator in both English
and te reo Maori. My passions… are anything Maori. Love my Maoritanga. Born with spina bifida,
he pushes themselves physically. He teaches kapa haka to the
tamariki of the Dunedin. I feel like I do
definitely have that potential to be a voice for other
disabled Maori out there that are struggling with whatever
they’re struggling with. He’s an accomplished singer and has
released an album, a collaboration
with other young artists. And he’s an aspiring
Paralympic skier. My big goal is to get
to the Paralympics. And going skiing everywhere
around the world, that’s
a big goal of mine. Take your marks. Set. Go! Big knees! Swing the arms! As athletics coach for Special
Olympics, Nigel Cash prepares his
athletes well. Knees up! Nigel transitioned from being
an athlete to coach in 2018. Just giving back my knowledge give
me the chance to get an athlete as
successful as I… I did. Concentrate. Focus on your running. Nigel’s been a volunteer for the
North Taranaki club for 28 years. He gives round-the-clock care to
his athletes during competitions and manages the technical
side of their events. He looks after every detail. He studies the book, the rules —
he knows the rules backwards, even though he has reading
and writing disability. If there’s a rule that I think is
wrong, I will soon speak up and
voice my opinion. From being in a special class
at school to being a Special
Olympics athlete, and now he’s a Special Olympics
international coach, he’s got to the level he is at now
mainly through determination. A tough taskmaster, Nigel
relentlessly seeks improvement. I’m not there for the rewards. I’m just there to get the athletes
to achieve what they would like to
achieve, really. I enjoy doing it,
and the pleasure of doing it. (GENTLE GUITAR MUSIC) Letitia tries her best to
maintain the professional line
of a caregiver. But she winds up embracing all
her clients into her whanau. I think it’s important, because
we come in and we get them up
for their day. I also believe that we become their
hands and legs in some aspects, and we do everything for them, so without the
support worker coming in, it’s gonna be very difficult
for people with extreme needs. Letitia has been supporting
tetraplegic patients for Drake Medox
for the past 17 years. Letitia looks after two clients,
Reuben Harris and Rodney Williams. I suppose I become
part of the family. Rodney’s like my family as well. She originally started with
me just one day a week, but over a period of time, she’s come to now be doing
a third of my shifts — been doing that for
the last 10 years. So, yeah,…
she’s just part of the family. We have a lot of dinner parties. We cook. That’s something we
both share. I usually call him Chef Ramsay,
because sometimes he can be,
yeah, like Ramsay — sort of… (LAUGHS) Look at that.
Oh wonderful. (CHUCKLES) (CHEERFUL CLASSICAL MUSIC) Sudima Hotels are leading the way
as the only proudly accessible hotel
group in Aotearoa. The values here at Sudima Hotel
are we care, we do the right thing,
and we work together. The lens that we look through is the
accessibility lens, rather than a
disability lens. They employ 24 staff members
who identify with access needs and train all staff in unconscious
bias and disability awareness. It’s just talking about them,
what works for them. And we’re all individuals.
We all have different needs. And it’s finding out about what that
individual person needs to flourish
and do the job well. Sudima develops a three-year
career plan for each staff member. Ifti Hussain is hearing-impaired. He began his career with Sudima
as a front office manager. Sudima has supported him to
study and become a hotel manager. I’m one of the examples here. I’ve moved my way from front office
manager to general manager. We don’t look at
anyone’s shortcomings when it comes to either
physical, learning or any
sort of accessibility need. Sign language interpreters
attend staff meetings, and the team is encouraged to
learn New Zealand Sign Language. My message to other businesses
would be that it’s not a tick box. It’s not something that you do for
the sake of pleasing other people. It’s actually really important
to ensure that everyone from our
community can contribute to and have a meaningful workplace,
meaningful life. (GENTLE GUITAR MUSIC) Jenn Hooper began her advocacy work
after her daughter Charlie was born. Complications during birth
had resulted in disability. I often say that for a kid
that can’t see or move, she has changed more
lives than anyone that I know. Though she is not formally trained,
Jenn believed she could help drive
change. Jenn pioneered Changing Places,
which is building fully accessible
bathroom facilities in public spaces
throughout New Zealand. Society is charged, if you like,
with providing supports for all
of our community — not almost all. (INSPIRING MUSIC) 28-year-old Ephraim Gudgeon turned a
life changing accident into positive
change in his life. And now he’s doing
the same for others. I’m never trying to inspire people,
but I just… Yeah, all I can do is just set a
good example for them to follow. Ephraim was paralysed after
jumping from a waterfall. A qualified personal trainer,
Ephraim volunteers at the Gisborne
police training centre. He has adapted gym equipment so
anyone with a disability can train. His goal is to empower people
through physical strength. Ephraim’s personal goal
is to open his own gym. I love coming here. Training in the gym is just…
just a metaphor for my life, really. Determination that I have to
show up in the gym every day is just the determination that
I have to just get out of bed
every day, really. Tim Fairhall is not afraid
to stand up for his rights. Tim rocked the boat by presenting
to a government select committee questioning the rules
around KiwiSaver. He argued that some people with
congenital conditions can have
a shortened life expectancy. Tim boldly challenge the
rules on behalf of all Kiwis. His stance led to a
groundbreaking change that allows people to access their
KiwiSaver before the age of 65. I don’t believe it. Yay! Since the law was changed,
Tim has been working hard, with
plans to travel to Canada. He is going to access his KiwiSaver
so he can visit his brother and
spend time with a mate. (WHIMSICAL GUITAR MUSIC) I’m Juanita Willems and
I live in Mosgiel, Dunedin, and I’m married to Mark and have
twin boys, Mitchell and Joshua. Despite a busy life raising
two boys with epilepsy and being
almost blind herself, Juanita is a lead person
for Foster Hope in Otago. I was an advanced support carer.
I got to the point I couldn’t
see insulin needles. She turned to volunteer work
after she left her job due to
her lack of sight. So, I was looking for something to
do and came across Foster Hope And it’s a cause that provides
the backpacks for children that
are going into foster care. Being a foster child and knowing my
story, and knowing what I arrived to
my family with, I went, ‘I’m getting
involved in this.’ Hey, Juanita.
Hi. How are you? It’s Andrea. I’ve just
come to give you a hand. Often these kids have nothing,
so we provide a backpack with
the essentials — so pyjamas, shampoo, soap,
toothbrush, toothpaste. To us, it’s about letting the kids
know that someone cares about them. Juanita has been going progressively
blind, the result of an injury
when she was a child. She has less than 3% vision. I’ve faced challenges all my life.
This is a big one. It’d be really easy to stay
in bed, and a lot of people do. For me, every morning, no matter
what I am dealing with, I get up and I carry on with
whatever is going on with the day. Girl, girl.
Boy, boy. During the harder days, Foster Hope
is what keeps me going. That and my family. I certainly couldn’t continue to do
the work that I do for Foster Hope without the support
of the community. Definitely want to see every child
in the foster system that needs
assistance from us being helped. We’re so happy they may have
a chance at a better life. To see all our amazing finalists
for 2019, go to Make sure you catch all the winners
from the night in a one-hour special
screening, Sunday 11am, December the 1st. Captions by
Faith Hamblyn and James Brown. Captions were made with
the support of NZ On Air.
Copyright Able 2019. Attitude was made with
funding from NZ On Air.

8 thoughts on “Attitude Awards 2019: Preview

  1. What's wrong with the subtitles? It's all wrong. The man is talking about slipping and subtitles say something about kidney failure.

  2. Great video. 👍👍👍 Just one mistake: people with Downs Syndrome have intellectual disability (ID or Learning Disability as it is called in UK). Not ‘learning difficulties’ as the narrator mistook. Learning difficulties are [merely disorders that have NO effect on intellect like] dysgraphia or dyscalculia or dyspraxia or ADHD or even dyslexia with which billionaire Richard Branson was diagnosed. Chalk & cheese, there is no comparison between puddle & ocean. Wide is the difference between the struggles of those with general ID/Learning Disability (Downs/low functioning autism) and those with specific learning difficulties (Aspergers, for example). In future, please check your script beforehand, with a/an educational psychologist, first.

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