Nominations have (finally) opened for people wanting to represent our communities in local government. In this episode we are joined by Dan Armstrong, who announced his election campaign for a Waipa-King country seat at the Waikato Regional Council. We talk about his motivations, what he sees the opportunities (and challenges) for the region are, and what he has to offer. Have a listen – and follow his page for updates on his campaign. (Note: if you are a Hamilton resident, you can’t vote for him -but you can support him by sharing his page with people you know in that region). You’ll hear more from him in the upcoming Seed Waikato “Let’s give a shit about local politics” event.
As well as a chat with Dan, we are joined by Mukuka – a local singer songwriter who released a new single on Friday! “Time + Space” is the first single from her EP Autumn. We chat about what she’s been up to since “Just Fine” which as it happens was one of the songs I shared on the first episode of Kelli from the Tron! Mukuka uses her music to celebrate and explore her heritage. As well as sharing Mukuka’s new track, we’ve got the new one from Date Month Year – “Haunted” and it really is. Check out the video for that track.
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 for Hamilton East have been coming through thick and fast (and I’m excited by them all!) – West and Regional Council a bit slower – but hey, its over a month until nominations actually open (July 12th).
If you’re specifically interested in finding out more about the women campaigning – and want to support them – Political Women Waikato.
In terms of our city’s low voter turnout and lack of diversity, its been exciting to see new and diverse faces announce. Which took us to talking about diversity, and what “f##k the status quo” actually means.
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 access across New Zealand and the process to change a 40 year old law.
In this podcast I wrap up the week in local political news (Hamilton NZ). Have a listen or check out the summary below…..
grey wall of shame is about to get a make-over (at long last). The $100,000 price-tag will be fundraised by
Beyond Tomorrow Trust – who we don’t know much about except that Councillor
Ryan Hamilton is a trustee. According to
the Charities register the purpose of the trust was religion and education… regardless,
I look forward to the design being one that recognises the cultural significance
of that site for Maaori.
Go Eco presented their ‘State of the Environment’ report which included a presentation by a Hillcrest High Student – who is a first time voter this year – asking for urgency in response to the climate crisis. He’s involved in the School strikes for climate movement who you can find out more about here.
However, it was the attempt
by Mayor Andrew to censor a couple of paragraphs of the report that attracted
nationwide media coverage. You can watch
the live streamed video
of the meeting here. In my opinion,
councillors who were uncomfortable over words like ‘colonisation’, ‘privilege’,
‘pakeha’ or ‘oppression’ need to start reading history books, getting out into
the community they claim to represent and need to reflect rather than get
defensive and upset about facts presented.
We’ve got to acknowledge the problem before we can find workable
Friday the 17th
was the last day to send in a submission to the Gambling Commission to oppose Sky
City swapping three blackjack tables for 63 pokie machines.
Did you choose your career or fall into it? Do you love what you do or are you stuck in a rut? 🙄
In this podcast, Amy McLean shares her journey from accounting to the fitness industry and then on to small business and personal coaching. 🤜💕🤛 We try to make sense of expectations on young people and how we can live a life that follows our values and passion.
If what we talk about in this podcast resonates you can follow her Facebook page and check out her blog and website http://www.m4collective.com
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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 2016 I thought… ‘I’ll give it a go’ and stand as a Hamilton West candidate.
Apart from wanting to prove that you don’t have to be a rich old white man to be elected, I love this city and want to look after the things that are important to me and my family, like the environment, our community and arts and heritage. I saw local politics as a way of doing that. I changed my mind the day the nomination forms were available… there were lots of reasons – I’ll break them down.
Here are 10 reasons I think women don’t run for council
It looks boring. Have you watched a council meeting?
The vagueness of expected time commitment makes it hard for people with young families to decide if they can do it or not.
We don’t have thousands of dollars to risk on a campaign.
The job is one thing, but putting together a campaign and trying to sell ourselves to strangers is terrifying.
Being vilified in media, abused and threatened while doing ‘our job’. Particularly the stress on our family when this happens.
The other councillors don’t look like ‘my kind of people’.
Even if I do vote one way, the rest will vote against and I won’t be effective. What’s the point?
I’m not sure I want to participate in a broken political system.
Rinse and repeat.
Tomorrow I’ll be meeting with other women who want to change politics, and support other women to campaign in the election. Watch this space.
If you want to come along 10-12pm Saturday May 4th. YWCA Hamilton (Pembroke Street).
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…