Tuesday, July 27, 2010

South Dunedin's Got Talent

Free to enter, gold coin to spectate.
Heats all day and then the final at night.

Go to Proud to Be South D Facebook page to get the entry form.
Download an entry form at this link.
Send to PO Box 2084 South Dunedin.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Dunedin protest against attacks on unions

Date: Saturday 24 July
Time: 10.30 am
Location: Meet at Dunedin Railway Station

Women and labour organisations

For those interested in the history of women and labour organisations in New Zealand, there are some good resources to be found online at:

The Cove Movie

Dunedin South Labour women recently hosted a viewing of the movie The Cove at our regular monthly meeting.

If you haven't seen this documentary yet, there are more details about it on the movie's web page:

Monday, July 19, 2010

Right hand woman

Clare Curran MP pictured with electorate office worker Rewa Elliot-Sharpin

Youth Branch Launched

Dunedin South Women's Branch has been joined by another new branch of the Labour Party in the Dunedin South electorate. The branch was officially launched last week at a very pleasant social occasion.

Pictured above is Lauren Hourigan, Chairperson of the new branch, addressing the gathered members and supporters. Lauren is accompanied by her young niece (who was taking a break from playing with the red Labour Party balloons), and she is flanked by electorate MP Clare Curran.

Two other Labour MPs attended the launch and also gave brief speeches to encourage and congratulate the new branch: Moana Mackey, spokesperson for Housing, and Chris Hipkins, member for Rimutaka and spokesperson for Sport and Recreation.

Lauren Hourigan with Moana Mackey MP, a former president of New Zealand Young Labour.

Members of Dunedin's Young Labour branches were out on the streets recently to protest the National Party's proposed attacks on the rights of unions and workers.

"We are a group of like minded young people who have a firm belief in social justice and in a strong community. We are passionate advocates not only for youth but for issues that affect South Dunedin."

Taking a Stand

Many of the women from the DSWB were involved in a protest on Saturday at midday.

We were standing up against the National Party's proposed unfair changes to employment law.

Clare Curran, Labour MP for Dunedin South, was among the speakers addressing the crowd, as was unionist Glenda Alexander.

There was a strong showing from the Labour Party as well as the unions, and there were also representatives of other parties opposed to the proposed legislation, including the Green Party.

Saturday's protest gathering and march was just the beginning; there are urgent plans for more action, soon, to protect workers' rights.

Watch this space.


The DSWB recently enjoyed a visit from a fellow Labour Party activist, whose name, by the way, is Rose!

Rose met some of our members when they attended the Labour Women's Leadership Conference in Wellington earlier this year. It sounds like it was an inspiring and an energising experience for all who attended.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

The Pink Gavel

At a large and lively monthly meeting of the Dunedin South Women's Branch this week, gathered members celebrated the fiftieth birthday of our Chairperson Helen Lobb.

Helen finally got her wish - well, more or less - a fine gavel to bang to keep proceedings in order!

Happy Birthday Helen, and Many Happy Returns!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Quiz Night

A wonderful night was had by all last week at Robbie's South Dunedin. Thanks everybody for supporting the fundraiser!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Photos from the IWD Picnic

Good in the sack

"I have a spoon, where's my egg?"

Clare Curran (Dunedin South MP) and Lauren from Young Labour


Lolly scramble

The games were popular with the kids and the adults

The winners of the three legged race!

Thursday, March 4, 2010



Join us on Sunday March 7th


The Navy Park,
Oxford Street
South Dunedin

11.30 am - 2.30 pm


picnic lunch,
your families,
your organisation's flag

There will be face painting, entertainment & games

Brought to you by:

Dunedin South Women's Branch of the Labour Party

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Dame Dorothy

After our AGM last night Dame Dorothy Fraser spoke at length to the gathered women. She'd been asked to talk about why she was in the Labour Party, and she chose to share with us her very early history of an impoverished childhood, of growing up in a poor rural settlement during the great Depression, and of how she imbibed Labour values from her parents, who held the local Labour Party meetings in their own home.

It was moving to hear of the jubilation she remembered when the first Labour Government was elected in 1935. Even as a child she had the sense of a new world era arriving, as the new social policies were rolled out by Micky Joseph Savage's government.

She told us a remarkable and enlightening story of her growth into the legendary figure she is today. We didn't want her to stop. Dorothy tells a great anecdote, and because all her life she has been right at the centre of the Labour Party, and for so many years was deeply involved in local body and hospital board politics, it is worth listening to what she has to say.

In thanking Dorothy after her talk, unionist Glenda Alexander recalled from her own childhood, that her Mum - a hospital laundry worker - had held up the example of Dorothy Fraser to her own daughters as an inspiring role model of what a woman could achieve if she had a battling spirit and high ideals.

We're proud of you Dorothy!

Action against a rise in GST

Keep up with activities as the bus tour moves around NZ.


Be sure to come along to the Dunedin events on Friday March 12th.

Flush with Success

Late last year Dame Dorothy Fraser cut the red ribbon at a ceremony to "open" the sparkling new toilet block at the South Dunedin Branch's Bill Fraser Memorial Lounge.

Helen Lobb and Ros McCreadie held the ribbon. All three women - stalwarts of the South Branch - are of course also key members of the Dunedin South Women's Branch.

We have a flag!

Drinking Liberally Thursday 4th March

Drinking Liberally resumes this Thursday evening March 4th at 7.30 pm.

The Dunedin chapter will now meet up on THE FIRST THURSDAY OF EVERY MONTH.

Meeting Place: Circadian Rhythm, St Andrew Street

Time: 7.30 pm

Speaker: Gareth Hughes, the newest Green MP, on the topic of his journey "From Boy Racer to Environmental Activist"

The Outgoing Secretary

Dunedin South Women's Branch held our AGM last night. Some new officers were elected and former officers were thanked warmly for their tremendous effort which has led to such a successful year for our branch in terms of fundraising, networking, adding new members, planning activities, encouraging activism, and supporting our MP.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Happy New Year!

2010 is upon us, a new decade of a new century, and the women of the Dunedin South Women's Branch of the Labour Party, are in fine fettle. Champing at the bit.

Last evening we had the first meeting of the year of the provisional "executive" group - it was a planning meeting designed to do the "boring" nuts and bolts stuff to leave the regular meetings free for the branch as a whole to get our teeth into some content and action. The aim is to leave the first Monday of the month (our regular meeting spot) relatively bang-the-gavel and "all those in favour say aye" free. (Not that Helen has got her gavel, yet ;-) ! )

Are we the newest branch of the Party? Maybe not - although we are pretty new, at just over a year in operation - but we're most likely one of the fastest growing branches, and we're joining up new friends all the time. Last year was busy - so busy for some of us, this blog didn't really reflect all the activity and successful fundraising that was going on. Hopefully we can soon catch you up with some news items and photos from last year and a few advance notices of some of the events in store when the year gets into gear.

The fundraising and the action and the socialising will continue. First meeting of the wider branch for the year will be on Monday February 1st at 7 pm at Dunedin South's Bill Fraser Lounge, 68 Macandrew Road, South Dunedin.