Our women in politics

Pamela Storey, Adrienne Wilcock, Susan O’Regan, Paula Southgate, Angela O’Leary and Liz Stolwyk will lead the revival of Waikato Women in Politics. Photo: Mary Anne Gill.

Waikato’s female local body leaders have committed to reviving the Women in Politics movement buoyed by their performances in the recent elections.

Hamilton deputy mayor Angela O’Leary will coordinate the group which was popular when the number of females in local politics were in the minority.

Having four women mayors – Susan O’Regan (Waipā), Jacqui Church (Waikato), Paula Southgate (Hamilton) and Adrienne Wilcock (Matamata-Piako); three deputy mayors – O’Leary, Liz Stolwyk (Waipā) and Carolyn Eyre (Waikato) and regional council chair Pamela Storey, it was seen an opportune time to revive the movement.

The women met after the Local Government New Zealand Zone Two meeting at Lake Karāpiro last week only hours after they learned Sarah Matthews had been elected Waipā Networks Trust chair.

The Women in Politics group is likely to add National Party MPs Louise Upston (Taupō) and Barbara Kuriger (Taranaki-King Country) and any other women elected to a Waikato political position. This would include women like Jo Davies-Colley and Ange Holt, recently elected to the Cambridge and Te Awamutu community boards.

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