Date: April 3, 2020
Venue: Lake Wanaka Centre
Ticket Details: $25/$10 students
Duration: 75 minutes
Marilyn Waring and Chlöe Swarbrick are the two youngest MPs in the last 100 years – women who’ve joined the political battles of the day with intelligence and a powerful sense of their own integrity. They discuss their experiences and what has changed in the time between their terms in Parliament – between the boomer and millennial generations of politicians – and what remains firmly entrenched.
Marilyn Waring entered Parliament in 1975 at the age of 23, and after the 1978 election was the only female National MP. She crossed the floor on nuclear-free legislation, which provoked Rob Muldoon to call the ill-fated 1984 snap election. Marilyn went on to crusade internationally for the economic empowerment of women, and is now a Professor of Public Policy at AUT.
Chlöe Swarbrick won national profile when she ran for Mayor of Auckland at the age of 22; the next year (2017) she was elected to Parliament for the Green Party. There she has made her mark with changes to drug laws, advocacy of mental health issues and a strong call to action on climate change.