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David Do

In this podcast David Do talks about the New Zealand Labour Party stall at Out in the Park.

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This summary provides an overview of a podcast recording featuring David Do, a representative from the New Zealand Labour Party, interviewed by Gareth Watkins. Recorded on February 24, 2018, at Out in the Park held in Waitangi Park in Wellington, the discussion sheds light on the Labour Party's presence at the event, their engagement with the community, and the significant political changes that had recently unfolded, particularly for the rainbow LGBTI community.

The podcast begins with an atmosphere description: a sunny day with light wind, perfect conditions for the Labour Party to set up a stall amidst a tapestry of vibrant colors and lively crowds. Emphasis is placed on the Party's efforts to promote their agenda, interact with the public, and distribute colorful stickers as symbols of their positive outlook.

One pivotal change since the previous Out in the Park event is that the Labour Party now leads the government. David Do articulates the benefits that this leadership shift offers, particularly in terms of policy and legislation tailored to improve the lives of the rainbow community. The Party's commitment to healthcare, education, and workplace improvements are cited as grounded in community needs. There is also mention of the government's more enabling and optimistic tone, which the Labour Party has cultivated over the past 30 years with legislation that fostered social betterment.

The discussion turns to the significance of having high-ranking LGBTQ+ members of Parliament, such as Grant Robertson, the Finance Minister, and Louisa Wall. Their presence in the government is anticipated to bring a balanced focus on diverse policies and ensure that the promises made during the election specifically benefiting the rainbow community are fulfilled. Moreover, while change isn't instantaneous, the hope is that the Labour government will make steady progress.

Do stresses the importance of continued advocacy from within and outside the Labour Party to influence government actions on crucial issues like inclusive healthcare, adoption laws, and creating safer schools. It is a reminder that the work is far from finished, and that policies need to be actualized not just for the rainbow community, but for all citizens.

From a personal standpoint, Do reflects on the growth and positivity of Out in the Park, attributing part of this atmosphere to the open space and possibly to the influence of the new government's leadership. Looking ahead, there's an expressed hope that the event will continue to represent progress on various fronts.

Finally, a message is extended to those unable to attend: to consider visiting Wellington for the event as it stands as a testament to community spirit and progress. It highlights the significance of shared spaces where people can connect and experience the collective dedication to freedom and progress from various organizations.

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Record date:24th February 2018
Interviewer:Gareth Watkins
Location:Waitangi Park, Wellington
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Archive:The master recording is archived at the Alexander Turnbull Library (OHDL-004503).