Owen Glenn launches Otara initiative
Tue, 17 Jul 2012 5:23a.m.
Multimillionaire Owen Glenn will return to the low-income South Auckland suburb of Otara on Tuesday, where he once lived, to launch initiatives to reduce domestic violence and help children.
The Glenn Family Foundation, which has given $33 million to causes around the world, is planning a package of initiatives for the area.
TVNZ reports that the initiative would focus on helping children and reducing family violence.
In 2002, Mr Glenn donated $7.5 million to the University of Auckland to build a business school and donated $1 million to the Christchurch Earthquake Recovery Fund.
He bought a half share of the Warriors rugby league team this year and has helped fund hockey.
On Monday he told TVNZ's Close Up programme that he wanted to extend the Warriors club to Samoa, Tonga and throughout New Zealand.
Mr Glenn, 72, said he was opposed to the sale of state-owned assets but favoured exploration to find mineral resources to mine.
He created OTS Logistics Group through a series of acquisitions and sold the business earlier this year.
The National Business Review Rich List estimates he is worth $900 million.
He received a New Zealand Order of Merit in 2008.
His memoir called Making a Difference has just been released.
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23/07/2012 10:41:31 p.m.
I think what Mr Glenn is doing is great. He doesnt have to do this.Govt should feel ashamed. Normally the rich are helping children overseas eg child sponsor etc .Nice to see someone helping our own.
19/07/2012 10:26:28 a.m.
If Owen Glenn prevents only one child, woman or person from violence or abuse - it seems that would be his goal and even better than a knighthood, doesn't it? It doesn't seem to me that he is seeking publicity for personal gain.. but to help Sharon and people like myself to believe the safe childhood that many people dream of for their children, is actually possible. AND people with clout and the will to use it peaceably want to help make it so. I'd like my contact info' passed on to Mr Glen if possible please. The shame is, that it's not only Otara that needs HELP :( but anything would be a good start.
18/07/2012 10:41:12 a.m.
Sharon Addison wrote:
kapai Owen Glenn,Is there anyway to get ours ideas to MR Glenn. As a baby
boomer,I lived in Taneatua, alas not the same town it used to be. We played and every one cared and had pride and i mean pride the houses were open homes
cared and nutured. A emphsis on getting this pride and making a home, with the imput of marae etc in volving the whanau gives physical excertion,satisfaction, skills, pride etc.I believe it starts at home healthy clean warm comfort. Re cently
while in Raritonga, we couldnt work out why there was a buzz of people rushihg around there properts with weed eaters, cleaning buckets etc. It
transpired the homes were due for inspection car wrecks etc every thing had to removed.Recently a marae wanted autonomy in welfare payments what better based project then this, good for the economy, unemployed,elderly, whanau welfare maori pakeha working along side, organizational sponsor ship
I COULD GO ON AND ON. THIS and binge drinking Owen the streets of Otara wouid have been like my streers when growin up DO YOU REMEMBER?
17/07/2012 7:15:14 a.m.
I guess with his wealth, his donations are a drop in the bucket. But I am curious about what Glenn wants. He seems to seek publicity and I am wondering if he is after some kind of official recognition such as a knighthood.
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