Celia Lashlie's final interview

  • 02/09/2015
Celia Lashlie's final interview

At Auckland Grammar tonight, they're celebrating the work of author and social commentator Celia Lashlie.

Ms Lashlie was one of New Zealand's most influential advocates for young people. She was passionate, fearless and relentless.

Ms Lashlie started her career in social work in 1985 in the prison service. She became the first New Zealand woman to work as an officer in a male prison.

Her work with teenage boys was extensive and her talks on raising them took her around the world.


In 2005, she completed the acclaimed book He'll Be Okay: Growing Gorgeous Boys into Good Men. It has sold more than 260,000 copies.

She also produced two other books, on prisons and mums.

"I'm not out to save the world; I'm out to work with integrity in an area that I know I have expertise and knowledge in," Ms Lashlie said.

Her final television appearance was on TV3's The Vote, two years ago.

She prided herself on being honest and tough, but fair. She was never afraid to show her emotions.

"The day that I don't cry in the face of the misery of women is the day I may as well get into the box," she said.

She really was a genuine woman who gave a damn about others, working to create change for families, mothers and the children of this country.

One person who knows this first-hand is Amanda Millar, an experienced and award-winning journalist.

She interviewed Ms Lashlie two days before she died, on February 14 this year.

Watch the video for the full final interview with Ms Lashlie.