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Marilyn Waring - The Political Years: Discussion and Book Signing

6 November 2019 at 11:45:13 am

We are delighted that Marilyn Waring will be coming to Waiheke to share with us her experiences in the Muldoon government.

Marilyn will be joined by Hinemoa Elder for a lively discussion about her years in Government.

Sunday 17 November 4.30pm 

Tickets $30 per person, Seniors and Beneficiaries, $25.00 per person.

Book On-line at

In 1975, Marilyn Waring was elected to the New Zealand Parliament as the MP for Raglan. Aged just 23, she was one of only a few female MPs who served through the turbulent years of Muldoon’s government. For nine years, Waring was at the centre of major political decisions, until her parliamentary career culminated during the debate over nuclear arms. When Waring informed Muldoon that she intended to cross the floor and vote for the opposition bill which would make New Zealand nuclear free, he called a snap election. And the government fell. . .

This is an autobiographical account of Waring’s extraordinary years in parliament. She tells the story of her journey from being elected as a new National Party MP in a conservative rural seat to being publicly decried by the Prime Minister for her ‘feminist anti-nuclear stance’ that threatened to bring down his government. Her tale of life in a male-dominated and relentlessly demanding political world is both uniquely of its time and still of pressing relevance today.

'I think it's a brilliant book. She really does say that she's going to take you with her, riding on her shoulder. And that's how you feel. ... She's very principled, her writing is beautifully precise. This book is absolutely full of information – you get a very richly textured insight into what was going on right across her political life.'
Jonathan WestNine to Noon, RNZ, 15 July (audio, 6'35'').

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