Women encouraged to stand in elections
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.
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.