She graced our screens for more than 30 years, now
the woman dubbed the "mother of the nation" is focusing her
attention to helping children. Of her broadcasting career she says
one of the highlights was being able to bring the events that
changed the world into people's living rooms. It was a privilege to
be part of telling those big stories like the fall of the Berlin
Wall, the release of Nelson Mandela and the horror of 9/11, she
says. Her main focus now is on her charity work, among other
organisations Judy supports, she is a long-time patron of the
Muscular Dystrophy Association - thanks to her son's childhood
friendship with a boy who was diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy.
This relationship compelled her to get involved in the MDA and help
progress the cause in New Zealand.
Judy Bailey has been made an officer of the New Zealand Order of
Merit for services to broadcasting and the community.
Dame Susan Devoy
Dame Susan Devoy needs very little introduction; she is a
well-known New Zealand Squash player and sports figure. Between
1984 and 1992 she won eight New Zealand Squash Open titles, eight
British Squash Open titles and four Squash World Championship
She was inducted into the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame in
1993, was awarded an MBE in 1986, a CBE in 1992, and was honoured
as Dame Commander of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 1998. Dame
Susan was the youngest New Zealander since Sir Edmund Hillary to
receive such a high accolade from the Queen.
Dame Susan is absolutely passionate about parenting and the role
that we, as parents, can play in raising fit, healthy, active
children. It is for this reason that she has been involved in the
Halberg Trust and Sport BOP. She has a personal drive to ensure
that disabled people are given as many chances as possible. To this
end, in 1988, she walked the length ofNew Zealandto raise $500,000
for Muscular Dystrophy and is now the patron of the Muscular