Age: 60 Ethnicity/Nationality: Pākehā Highest Education: Half BA, Certificate of Adult Literacy Tutoring
Catherine Delahunty is a list candidate for the NZ Greens. Her official Greens profile page is available here. On her page, you will see that Catherine is ‘deeply motivated by a sense of justice’ and considers one of the greater challenges of being an MP is being able to ‘reflect, and not just act’.
While Catherine is the Greens spokesperson for Education, Te Tiriti o Waitangi, Mining, Toxics, West Papua, she also has particular interests in women’s issues, social justice and Te Tiriti issues, the environment and caring economics.
Catherine considers her political rigour as inherited from her left wing upbringing in Wellington. She was motivated to join the Greens subsequent to her work as Green Campaign Manager in Auckland during the 1999 election.
Catherine describes her politics as Green Left Feminism and is a committed Te Tiriti activist. She insists that:
“patriarchy is bad for everyone and feminism affirms life and power with others not power over others”.
The two most influential people with regard to her politics are Veronica Black and Betty Williams, from Hauraki.
On women’s reproductive rights
Catherine is pro-choice andsupports political and policy change to decriminalise the abortion process.
On women’s economic contributions (other than paid work)
Catherine considers that ‘women are the unpaid economic reality that makes the world go round’ and recommends Marilyn Warring’s book Counting for Nothing to fully appreciate the valuable unpaid work women do.
On wage disparity
She is also greatly concerned about pay disparity and has written a members bill, currently in the ballot, to address some of those issues. Catherine is ‘outraged by the gender pay gap and inequality of wages for all but especially women’.
On support services for women
Catherine considers support services for women in New Zealand, to be severely deficient. She considers that we need more resources, support and importantly, respect with regard to women in vulnerable situations, such as solo or first time mothers, victims of crime, women inmates, addiction, mental health and/or chronic illness, and physical disabilities.
General Q & A:
What is the one skill you wish you had (that you don’t already)?
“A memory for facts involving numbers”
In everyday life, what is your pet peeve?
What do think is the biggest problem facing the world right now?
“Patriarchal violence in all its forms”
What is the best gift you’ve ever given?
“Giving time to other people when they need support”
What is the best gift you’ve ever received?
“My life, my daughter and my grandson”
Describe a time when you wanted to quit, but you didn’t:
“Most weeks since Nov 2008 when elected to Parliament”
If you could have a special power/magic what would it be and why?
“The power to keep my clothes clean for more than ten minutes”
You can see more of Catherine on:
Facebook: Catherine Delahunty
Please check the About page if you are interested in the question selections.