Suffragette Kate Sheppard, supports MMP.
|Article Type:||Brief article|
Women (Rites, ceremonies and celebrations)
|Publication:||Name: Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand Publisher: New Zealand Nurses' Organisation Audience: Trade Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Health care industry Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2011 New Zealand Nurses' Organisation ISSN: 1173-2032|
|Issue:||Date: Oct, 2011 Source Volume: 17 Source Issue: 9|
|Topic:||Event Code: 290 Public affairs|
|Persons:||Named Person: Sheppard, Kate|
|Geographic:||Geographic Scope: New Zealand Geographic Code: 8NEWZ New Zealand|
Suffragette Kate Sheppard, (aka mixed member proportional (MMP)
campaigner Elinor Chisholm), made a guest appearance at a gathering to
mark Suffrage Day on September 19. "What Would Kate Vote? was
jointly hosted by the Pay Equity and MMP Coalitions to promote awareness
of MMP and celebrate the anniversary of women's suffrage in New
Zealand. Kate told the 100 people at the gathering she was very alarmed
that the Parliamentary voting system [MMP] that had brought all these
women into Parliament was under attack again. "I have come to wish
you my very best support and I am absolutely sure you will triumph
again. New Zealand women have a proud history of fighting for our
women's rights and it's up to us again. We can never
relax--the struggle is never over."
MMP campaign spokesperson Sandra Grey (above, right) said MNP was the fairest voting system on offer this referendum, a system where everyone's vote counted equally. "We have seen greater numbers of women, and representatives of more ethnic groups under MMP," she said.
New Zealand's decision in 1993 to back MMP was a good one for women. "Kate Sheppard and others fought for the vote because they believed women had a right to political equality. On Suffrage Day, we should remember that effort, and commit to making sure we don't take a step backwards by letting go our MMP system."
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