Podcast: Politics in the Tron

On the first Friday of every month Paul (the other one) Barlow joins me on Free FM to recap the month in city politics.  We talk about the players, the game and the issues. In this podcast (from 17min) we round-up the candidates who have announced their intention to campaign in the upcoming election.  Candidates... Continue Reading →

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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 →

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 →

The Voices of Women

Join us on International Women's Day for a panel event exploring how we can improve diversity and participation in local government. Please head to the Facebook event for updates and Register via Eventfinda.

Time to decrease election spending limits

Just for fun, a colleague and I trawled through the electoral expenses declared by Hamilton city council candidates in 2016.  One thing was clear.  It’s a rich mans game.  Literally.  Only 20% of the players are women and the average election spend is $5000. That's $5000 you'll need to put on the table to play.  It’s a months income for... Continue Reading →

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