Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Woman with a mission

Our irrepressible chairperson Helen Lobb keeps an eagle eye out for potential new members for the Dunedin South Women's Branch. Here she is today, membership book at the ready. Last I heard, she had signed up several new members for our branch.

Here's the Mission Statement for the Dunedin South Women’s Branch:

We acknowledge the progress made in battling for women's rights and improving women's lives, but recognise that the battle has not been won, and that there is always the possibility that the gains may be lost.

The Branch will provide a forum for discussion about the issues that affect women, and generate ideas on how to continue to make improvements through policy. It will also be a forum to provide support and encouragement to women in our city into elected and leadership positions and onto committees and boards.

And it will be a Branch that develops and promotes events for women in our City.

Quite a Dame

One of the warmest and loudest outbursts of applause at the opening celebration today, was reserved for an appreciation of the presence of Dame Dorothy Fraser, cherished Labour stalwart of the Dunedin South electorate, and indeed of the NZ Labour Party. Dorothy's late husband Bill Fraser was MP for St Kilda from 1957 until 1981, and 1981 was the year that the young Phil Goff was first elected to Parliament.

Opening of New Electorate Office

A grand celebration was held today at Clare Curran's new electorate office at Cargill's Corner in South Dunedin.

Leader of the Labour Party Phil Goff did the honours and unveiled the plaque marking the occasion. He had accompanied Clare on a tour around Dunedin including a visit to Hillside Railway Workshops.

Speeches were made - punctuated by frequent bursts of applause - and refreshments were served. Dunedin North MP Pete Hodgson came along to support Clare.

Fellow MP David Parker (seen here talking to Malcolm Wong) was also in attendance.

The facilities were toured and admired. Here's Jono, valuable member of Clare's team.

Pride of place in the conference room was reserved for the Labour 08 billboard signed for Clare by her campaign team and presented to her on election night to congratulate her on her convincing victory in Dunedin South , with a great result both for her personal vote and for the Party vote.

Hey everyone, fantastic Quiz nite had by all last Monday....well done Helen you made a fantastic effort, and we made some money!!!! Next up......more newsletters to deliver.....yay :-

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Southern Voice

The footpaths of Dunedin South are being trodden again by the Labour team. There's a sense of deja vu for those who spent so many happy hours out there last year before the election, keeping fit and delivering the message about all the great achievements brought about by the Labour-led government.

This time the foot soldiers have been delivering Clare Curran's first Newsletter as an MP. The newsletter is called Southern Voice. It's a very interesting and newsy document including an introduction to Clare's new team and contact details for her new electorate office at the Cargill's Corner mall in South Dunedin. The office has been open for business for a while, but the official opening takes place this week.

If you would like to help deliver this newsletter we can do with more hands, so drop in to the office and leave your contact details there.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

She made NZ a better place

If you didn't manage to catch it already, you can follow this link to read Helen Clark's valedictory speech delivered today at Parliament.

We'll miss you Helen. You've been a pioneer, a role model, and a great leader.

All the very best for your important new role.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Quiz Night

Dunedin South Women's Branch held our first major fundraiser - a Quiz night - last night.

What a great event it was - a full house of 18 teams, and diabolical but enjoyable questions that kept everyone on their toes.

There were plenty of prizes for the three winning teams, and the usual variety of Labour Party raffles were circulated around the crowd. There were some happy winners on the night although when Doug drew the winning raffle number twice in a row he had to pass on getting a further prize, in the interests of a fair go for everyone. Would a Tory have done that?

Dunedin Women's Branch Chair Helen Lobb composed some very knobbly and quirky questions, and acted as MC. Much fun was had by all, and we learned a lot too.

Our MP Clare Curran was on hand to catch up with constituents. Of course Heff's Hotel in South Dunedin is just a short walk from Clare's new Electorate office at Cargill's Corner.

Well done to the Dunedin South Women's Branch organisers, especially Helen, and thanks to the friendly staff of Heff's Hotel.

My own favourite question was this one:

Who was the most recent British Prime Minister not to have a wife?