The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS - - Lisa Hous­ton

There is al­most noth­ing that makes me hap­pier than see­ing women as­cend to high-level lead­er­ship roles.

So it’s bril­liant to see Heather Shot­ter ap­pointed as the new chief ex­ec­u­tive of Palmer­ston North City Coun­cil.

Shot­ter is the first fe­male chief ex­ec­u­tive for the coun­cil in its 140-year his­tory.

It’s frus­trat­ing that this city’s lead­er­ship has been with­out the full ben­e­fit of tal­ent, cre­ativ­ity and ideas of half our pop­u­la­tion for more than 100 years.

This does not rep­re­sent our re­al­ity here in our com­mu­nity, or in the world.

But here is a step for­ward towards equal par­tic­i­pa­tion and power bal­ance be­tween the gen­ders.

It’s im­por­tant we con­tinue to see more women in lead­er­ship roles in ev­ery sec­tor be­cause we de­serve a seat at the ta­ble and we have a lot to bring with us.

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