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  • Published: 6 August 2010
  • ISBN: 9781869793913
  • Imprint: Random House NZ
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $34.99

Rebel With a Cause




Inspiring story of a true Kiwi hero whose can-do attitude is changing lives in the third world

Ray Avery is an amazing person. He is the current NZer of the Year because of his incredible work in the third world using his scientific knowledge to give people cheap cataract operations and other creative scientific solutions.

He was brought up in orphanage and foster homes and lived on the streets for a bit but when on to become a scinetist, a millionaire and very successful businessman and now someone who literally does help to change the world.
During the mid nineties Ray spent most of his time working in Eritrea and Nepal setting up two world class Intraocular lens laboratories.At that time the cost of an Intraocular lenses was about US$300 but Ray managed to put the technology together to produce lenses for under US$10.00 making modern Cataract surgery accessible to the poor throughout Africa and Asia.Today these laboratories produce over 10% of the worlds supply of Intraocular lenses.

Today he encourages other talented people to get on board and tackle some of the really big problems confronting the poor in developing countries.
From his garage in Mt Eden Auckland Ray manages a global network of experts to work on specific projects and somehow everyone finds themselves donating their time and knowledge for free - and they are rewarded by making a difference.

  • Published: 6 August 2010
  • ISBN: 9781869793913
  • Imprint: Random House NZ
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $34.99

About the author

Ray Avery

Sir Ray Avery is the author of bestselling autobiography Rebel With a Cause, which charts his rise from street kid to knighthood. With Cameron Bennett and Adrian Malloch, he has created The Power of Us, a collection of inspirational stories from 50 New Zealanders who have achieved extraordinary success on the world stage, from sport to film to art to writing and technology. Avery is the CEO of award-winning development agency Medicine Mondiale (www.medicinemondiale.org), and a former technical director of the Fred Hollows Foundation which provides intraocular lenses and cataract surgery to the world’s poorest. He is the recipient of the Kiwbank New Zealander of the Year Award 2010 and the Blake Leadership Medal 2010, and was made Knight Grand Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2011 New Year honours list for services to philanthropy. That same year he was also awarded the Ernst and Young Social Entrepreneur Award and was voted Readers Digest New Zealand’s Most Trusted Person. A pharmaceutical scientist and inventor, he is now known for his social entrepreneurship, a lifetime away from a childhood spent in English orphanages. Avery was technical director of Douglas Pharmaceuticals and a founding member of the University of Auckland School of Medicine’s Department of Clinical Pharmacology. His inventions range from intravenous drug administration systems to a high-tech low-cost incubator for premature babies, to a food which treats and prevents protein-energy malnutrition. In 2008 he won the Bayer Research and Development Innovator Award for his Acuset flow controller, and in 2009 won the World Class New Zealand Award for Biotechnology. He is deputy chair of the New Zealand Health Innovation Hub, and founder and chief scientific officer of Vigil Monitoring Systems (www.vigilmonitoring.com)..
In presenting Ray Avery with the Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year award, Prime Minister John Key said: ‘Ray Avery is a remarkable individual who overcame the odds to become an inspiration to all New Zealanders. This is a man who believed in himself and rose above his circumstances to attain excellence.’Writer, actor and TV presenter Oscar Kightley called Rebel With a Cause ‘a remarkable story of one of the most extraordinary lives ever lived’ and added: ‘and one gets the sense that he’s only just getting started. Mr Ray is one of the reasons it’s so cool to live in New Zealand.’

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