Female candidates sum up their stances
Fourteen "somewhat daunting" and accomplished women made their pitch for votes to a 90-strong audience at Palmerston North's City Library at the weekend.
The observation was made by Elizabeth Paine, a Chilean-born New Zealander, educator and advocate for migrants, who is standing for election to the city council.
She was one of the last candidates to speak at the National Council of Women Manawatu event, which was planned to introduce the female candidates.
"I was excited to get this invitation," she said. "Now I feel somewhat daunted."
Chairwoman Audrey Jarvis allowed each of the women three minutes to put their case.
Mrs Jarvis said the meeting happened almost exactly 120 years since New Zealand women were the first in the world to gain the right to vote, and she implored women to make sure they used that vote.
"We have never said you should vote for women just because they are women.
"But we have encouraged these women to stand, and want to give them an opportunity for you to hear what they have to say."
A total of 17 women are standing for election to the city council, Palmerston North constituency of Horizons Regional Council and the MidCentral District Health Board.
Nine of the 11 women standing for the city council were at the meeting, including six new faces - Rachel Bowen, Niki Gunning, Leonie Hapeta, Lorna Johnson, Mrs Paine and Aleisha Rutherford.
Question time, which covered what to do with Broadway Ave, rates, community wellbeing and job creation, was dominated by three siting councillors, Annette Nixon, Susan Baty and Jan Barnett.
Three sitting MidCentral District Health Board members standing for re-election, Ann Chapman, Karen Naylor and Barbara Robson, were quizzed about how to keep patients' electronic information private, and ensuring rest home residents received quality care.
Two new candidates for Horizons Regional Council, scientists Rachel Keedwell and Glenis Mobberley, were asked about proposed changes to the Resource Management Act, and how to strike a balance between farming and the environment.
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