Dame Alison Roxburgh: Women's affairs advocate, mentor passes on torch

By Cherie Sivignon, originally published on Stuff

Dame Alison Mary Roxburgh
Women's affairs champion
​b September 6, 1934
d January 25, 2020

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Realising women's rights an 'unmissable opportunity' to achieve gender equality

Nelson Mail, originally published on Stuff

"I am Generation Equality: Realising Women's Rights" is this year's theme for International Women's Day on March 8. 

"IWD 2020 focuses on innovative ways New Zealand can advance gender equality and the empowerment of women, particularly on how our individual actions, conversations, behaviours and mind-sets can impact our larger society," says president of the Nelson branch of the National Council of Women, Venus S Guy. 

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Waikato holiday park calls for park manager with quiet wife

By Luke Kirkeby, originally published on Stuff

Wives of a non "quiet disposition" need not apply for a job at Tokoroa's Glenview Holiday Park.

A recent classified ad, featured in the South Waikato News, called for a couple to fill the manager's role at the holiday park.

But it came with some very specific requirements.

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Women's affairs champion, 'really good Nelsonian' Dame Alison Roxburgh dies

By Cherie Sivignon, originally published on Stuff

Dame Alison Roxburgh, who became a Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2003 for services to women's affairs and the community, has died, aged 85.

From her long-time Nelson home, Roxburgh was heavily involved in the community through many organisations including the National Council of Women of New Zealand, the Suter Gallery Trust, Nelson Polytechnic and the Nelson City Luncheon Club.

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Where are the women? Wellington’s statues have a gender problem

By Joel MacManus, originally published on Stuff

From atop perches in the middle of busy walkways, great leaders from our history look upon us. 

The statues that a city erects become a reflection of its values. They're a signal to the citizens that the people immortalised in stone and metal are worth looking up to, figuratively and literally. 

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Auckland University terminates enrolment after alleged rape victim attempts suicide

By Kendall Hutt, originally published on Stuff

A women's group says New Zealand must do more to support survivors of sexual violence after the University of Auckland ended the enrolment of an alleged rape victim.

The international student, who cannot be named, came to New Zealand in 2015 and is pursuing a double degree in science and health science.

In October 2019, she was admitted to a mental health unit, where she was allegedly raped. She then attempted suicide.

In December, she received a letter from the office of the vice-chancellor terminating her enrolment.

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Sexist or a bit of fun? Auckland truck firm defends joke about women on back of van

By Brad Flahive, originally published on Stuff

The back of a truck is traditionally not for the faint-hearted – it can be rude, crude and at times rather funny – but as we fight to close the gender gap is it time for its tone to be reconsidered?

A south Auckland transport company pondered a question on the bed of one of its truck's carriages: "If a woman watches a movie alone... who answers all her questions?"

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First Māori President For National Council of Women

Nelson-based Lisa Lawrence (Ngāti Kahungunu and Ngāti Ruapani) has been named the new President of the National Council of Women.

Lisa is the first Māori woman appointed to this role, and has served as Vice President since 2017. She says Māori leadership in mainstream spaces like NCWNZ is happening more than it was.

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Government purchase of Kate Sheppard’s home welcomed by National Council of Women

The National Council of Women NZ has today welcomed the news that the Government has purchased Kate Sheppard’s house in Christchurch, the base for the NZ suffrage campaign.

“We are pleased to see the home of our founding president purchased by the government for use as a heritage venue, public space and educational centre,” says Vice President of the National Council of Women NZ, Lisa Lawrence (Ngati Kahungunu).

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National Council of Women votes to include all genders in lead up to Suffrage Day

Inclusion for trans women/men and non-binary peoples has today been announced as the cornerstone of a new resolution for the National Council of Women New Zealand (NCWNZ).

The resolution, which was passed by the Council’s members, supports the Gender Equal NZ movement which works to achieve equality for all genders in Aotearoa New Zealand.

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