The Tribune (NZ) - - CONVERSATIONS -

The Manawatu Branch of the Na­tional Coun­cil of Women con­grat­u­lates all the suc­cess­ful can­di­dates in the lo­cal body elec­tions and wishes them well in their terms of of­fice. We par­tic­u­larly con­grat­u­late suc­cess­ful new women coun­cil­lors Lorna John­son, Karen Nay­lor and Gabrielle Cooke on the City Coun­cil. It is also good to see the re-elec­tion of Su­san Baty, Leonie Hapeta and Aleisha Ruther­ford on the PNCC, Rachel Bowen on the Hori­zons Re­gional Coun­cil and Diane An­der­son, Bar­bara Rob­son, Karen Nay­lor and Ann Chap­man on the Dis­trict Health Board.

Prior to the last three lo­cal body elec­tions the Manawatu Branch of the Na­tional Coun­cil of Women has held meet­ings to en­cour­age women to be­come in­volved in lo­cal pol­i­tics, and to pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties for vot­ers to meet women can­di­dates. We are de­lighted that there is now a gen­der bal­ance of seven women and eight men on the City Coun­cil, that there are four women out of seven mem­bers on the Dis­trict Health Board and one woman out of four mem­bers of the Palmer­ston North Con­stituency of Hori­zons Re­gional Coun­cil.

We also want to recog­nise the ex­cel­lent per­for­mances by the other women who of­fered to serve the city and dis­trict by stand­ing as can­di­dates for these lo­cal bod­ies. We hope that the cam­paign has been a re­ward­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and that they have been en­cour­aged by their very cred­itable vot­ing scores to stand again in fu­ture elec­tions.

He­len Chong, Pres­i­dent, Au­drey Jarvis, Im­me­di­ate Past Pres­i­dent, Manawatu Branch, Na­tional Coun­cil of Women

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