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.