|Rainbow Labour crewmember Louisa Wall Rainbow Labour's newest MP checks her e-mail inbox and finds invites to LGBT community events she'll attend over the next few months.
I was clearing my personal e-mail address, which is much neglected now that I am in Parliament, and found an e-mail from Miriam Saphira who wanted to send me a letter of invitation to the opening of the Bronwen Dean Oral Herstory Listening Post at the Charlotte Museum in Grey Lynn on behalf of the Charlotte Museum Trust.
Unfortunately, I missed the 24 May function but note that the Minister of the National Archives and National Libraries Hon Judith Tizard was there to cut the ribbon and play the first tape.
Judith noted that Bronwen Dean was a stalwart of the lesbian radio in Wellington and acknowledged the contribution from her estate in assisting with the establishment of an Oral Herstory Listening Post in Bronwen's name. She also highlighted the work of The Charlotte Museum Trust in collecting and preserving artefacts of lesbian culture which is incredibly important to ensure that our tamariki and mokopuna of the future are provided with a legacy of the past that enables them to know and understand who we are as lesbian, takatäpui New Zealanders.
From e-mail feedback sent to Judith's office post launch, it was a very successful launch, congratulations to those all involved in the Herstory project and naming the listening post after Bronwen Dean seems more than appropriate, but actually living the kaupapa of the Charlotte Museum Trust in the preservation of the memory of such an icon.
I also want to note in the feedback comments about Judith's ability to weave together many threads to make a whole that was right on message, which is fantastic. I acknowledge the strong and continued support that the Rainbow community receives from Judith and it was great that she was able to attend.
Rainbow Caucus and Rainbow Labour will meet in a few weeks time to plan our election campaign. We are confident that we have a positive report card to remind the public of and we have a plan for the future. We have the policies and the people and are not afraid of telling people what we would do if we were elected again. There is much trust in our relationship with different communities within New Zealand society because we have told people what we were going to do and have done what we said we would.
So for us, trust and credibility is critical and being consistent in a message about our ability to keep delivering for all New Zealanders is ultimately what we hope to be judged on in addition to a commitment to our principles of a fair and just society for all.
In addition to these columns, I have completed a contribution for express about the top 5 women to watch representing New Zealand at the Beijing Olympics and I will speak at ALBA on Wednesday 13 August, about life as an MP amongst other things. Also, as many of us as possible will attend GABA on Wednesday 1 October, the only first Wednesday of the month the House is not sitting and therefore requiring leave, to mix and mingle with the Auckland Rainbow business whänau.
And I must pay tribute to Cindy Filo aka Cindy of Samoa who won a place in the Grand Finale of Stars in Their Eyes with her impersonation of Tina Turner on Tuesday 10 June. Ka pai Cindy, I wish you all the best to be New Zealand's inaugural Stars in Their Eyes Champion.
Cindy was awesome and is a seasoned performer who I have been entertained by many times. Cindy, fa'afafine singer and dancer, has worked as a drag queen lip-synching songs, as well as singing traditional Samoan dance songs, is also a karaoke queen and is famous for her impersonations of Whitney Houston and Tina Turner. You go girl!
Finally, Election '08 – it is Labour's for the winning and as a Rainbow Caucus; we look forward to continuing to work with our Rainbow communities to ensure we keep delivering for our Rainbow peoples. Labour MP Louisa Wall - 20th June 2008