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.