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Judy Small

Judy Small

The youngest of three daughters and a mother of three children now in their twenties, my ambition to do what I can to make life better for disabled people comes from my father.

My first 14 years were spent in Manurewa, when it was a small suburb of Auckland surrounded by farms and had only a few shops. At the age of 30, I enrolled at Waikato University where I graduated nine years later with a Masters in Sociology. For the past 11 years I have worked in various roles in the public service including my current position in the Office for Disability Issues.

I am indebted to my father for his wisdom, council and dogged staunchness; standing up and saying what he believed he and others deserved, not because they were blind people but because they were citizens of New Zealand. This is true leadership and a principal I aspire to achieve as well.