|Louise Nicholas to deliver 4th Dame Dorothy Fraser lecture|
|Posted 31st Aug 2015|
Filed under: Dunedin South
|The woman who took on the police force over rape and abuse and won will deliver the fourth annual Dame Dorothy Fraser Lecture on Monday 28 September in Dunedin.|
We are excited to have confirmed Louise Nicholas ONZM to deliver the first lecture since Dame Dorothy’s death. She will be introduced by Labour’s deputy leader and health spokesperson Hon. Annette King, Dunedin South MP Clare Curran said.
“Louise Nicholas was named the 2007 New Zealander of the Year in recognition of her courageous story which has challenged and inspired many.|
“It was in 1993 that Louise Nicholas first came forward with her harrowing account of rape at the hands of senior Rotorua police officers.
“Her story touched the nation, and she has gone on to become a leading advocate for sexual violence awareness and prevention, earning her a place in this year's Queen's Birthday Honours.
“Louise Nicholas is a voice for change in addressing the scourge of sexual and domestic violence in New Zealand. She empowers women throughout the country, and for this she is a hero.
“The theme of the keynote speech is ‘How a woman who spoke up about rape and abuse brought about systematic change for the good’.
“The lecture series is designed to celebrate the vast contribution of the late Dame Dorothy Fraser (1926-2015) to the Dunedin South community. A stalwart in the Dunedin community, Dame Dorothy served on numerous health boards and as a city councillor. She was also married to Labour MP for St. Kilda, Bill Fraser and died in May.
“The fourth annual Dame Dorothy Fraser lecture will keep to the tradition of celebrating the achievements of strong New Zealand women, and reflecting on their contributions to society. The purpose of these lectures is to get insight from women of calibre who have made their mark on New Zealand.
“Former Labour Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Helen Clark, CTU President Helen Kelly, and former MP Dr. Marilyn Waring have delivered the first, second, and third lectures respectively” Clare Curran said.
6:45pm - 9:15pm Monday 28 September
King’s and Queen’s Performing Arts Centre, 270 Bayview Road, Dunedin
|Workers exploited in Māori screen industry|
|Posted 19th Aug 2015|
Filed under: Broadcasting
|The ugly underbelly of low wages and unsafe working conditions for Maori working in television is a direct result of an exploitative management culture and funding starvation by Government, says Labour’s Broadcasting Spokesperson Clare Curran.|
“Preliminary results from a Ngā Aho Whakaari Māori Screen Guild of Aotearoa survey show two thirds of Maori screen workers in television are working long hours, with low to no pay, in unsafe conditions as expectations of the workforce continue to rise.
“This is a massive wake-up call for Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell and Broadcasting Minister Amy Adams and is the consequence of seven years of frozen funds to Maori TV and TVNZ.|
“The question should be asked why haven’t they fought harder for adequate funding? Instead both organisations have experienced cuts of more than 20% in real terms since 2009 which means the workforce is being asked to do more for less.
“It’s exploitation if people are being asked to work for nothing or a koha because the kaupapa is Maori. Management are directly accountable if the workforce is being asked to work long hours in unsafe conditions.
“Both Maori Television and TVNZ need to undertake an urgent review of the working conditions and salaries of Maori screen workers.
“Health and Safety statistics show Maori are more likely than other ethnic groups to be seriously injured at work. It’s unacceptable that this is yet another industry where exploitation appears rife,” says Clare Curran.
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