Women en­cour­aged to stand in elec­tions

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS -

As part of Suf­frage Day, Septem­ber 19, cel­e­bra­tions, Na­tional Coun­cil of Women Manawatu branch is host­ing a meet­ing the Sun­day be­fore for women con­sid­er­ing stand­ing in the lo­cal body elec­tions next year. Women who have been elected will share their in­sights into the chal­lenges and re­wards of be­ing in­volved in lo­cal body pol­i­tics.

The branch has run sim­i­lar pre­elec­tion meet­ings to en­cour­age women to stand for lo­cal po­lit­i­cal po­si­tions. Women who have stood for the Palmer­ston North City Coun­cil, Hori­zons Re­gional Coun­cil and MidCen­tral Dis­trict Health Board po­si­tions have found these ses­sions in­valu­able for their cam­paign plan­ning.

‘‘We have pre­vi­ously held our in­to­duc­tory ses­sion about four months be­fore the cam­paign pe­riod started,’’ says pres­i­dent He­len Chong. ‘‘The ad­vice from cur­rent lo­cal body rep­re­sen­ta­tives we can­vassed was that hold­ing our ses­sions at that time did not pro­vide suf­fi­cient time to do the ground­work re­quired. Po­ten­tial can­di­dates need time to pre­pare and gather their team to sup­port them.’’

The meet­ing is at City Li­brary from 1.30 on Sun­day, Septem­ber 13. A more de­tailed ses­sion for those mak­ing a firm com­mit­ment will be held next year.

PHOTO: FAIR­FAX NZ

The legacy of Kate Shep­pard. Women look­ing to stand for public of­fice can gain in­sight into the process at a Na­tional Coun­cil of Women spon­sored meet­ing on Septem­ber 13.

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