One of the last taboo subjects

About 25% of women in Aotearoa have had an abortion, yet we don't talk about it and it still comes under the Crimes Act. In this Free FM podcast I speak to Terry Belamak from ALRANZ (Abortion law reform). I ask why this matters (human rights), the current process to access abortion in NZ, whether there is equal... Continue Reading →

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Advice please! Boards of trustees

Last night I got the call to say I was a new member of my daughter’s school’s Board of Trustees.  I’d rushed through a self-nomination form earlier that day – without, to be honest – knowing much about what it actually involved.  My motivation is wanting to contribute to the school community and do my... Continue Reading →

Why I think women say no to politics

In 2013, I watched the election campaign of father and son Nick and Paul Ravlich. I liked seeing people who weren't politicians putting their hand up to make decisions for our city. Councillors always seemed the same and they certainly weren't hanging out where I did, or making decisions congruent with my priorities. So, in... Continue Reading →

Situation vacant: Female city councillor

Kelli from the Tron

Published first in Hamilton News 30 November 2018

Situation Vacant: Hamilton City Councillor.  Fixed term role starts October 2019.  Remuneration starts at $71,638.  Job description:  To represent and lead the community, set policies, make regulatory decisions and review council performance.  Preference: Female.

Women hold a mere 25% of the seats in our current city council.  Did you notice?  Probably not.  We’ve become used to our local government lacking diversity in gender, ethnicity and socio-economic background.  But, imagine how different the dynamics and decision-making process of a council that truly represented our city would be.  I’m not asking for quotas to achieve diversity, we don’t need them – but we do need to support more women to put their name forward for next year’s local elections.  Will you join me?

Are we lacking strong female community leaders?  Are we short on ambitious, strategic professional women?  Would Mums with young families prefer…

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Waikato Wahine: Louisa Higginson

Telling Stories: Waikato Wāhine is an exploration into the lives of trailblazing Waikato women. Over five weeks I will tell the stories of a politician, businesswomen, artist, activist and Te Ao Maori leader This week: In this special Anzac commemorative episode historian and author Jane Tolerton talks about the role of women in the war... Continue Reading →

Waikato wāhine: Eva Rickard

Telling Stories: Waikato Wāhine is an exploration into the lives of trailblazing Waikato women. Over five weeks I will tell the stories of a politician, businesswomen, artist, activist and Te Ao Maori leader. This week: Eva Rickard worked tirelessly for land rights, social justice and for the government to honour Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Telling... Continue Reading →

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