Jan McLauchlan is the Greens' candidate for Christchurch Central, and is placed 25th on the Green party list. As per all Greens' candidates, she has responded individually to our first and last questions, and the remainder have been covered in a party response, which is linked below. You can find an index of all survey responses to date here.
The Questions & Answers
Question 1. What do you believe is currently the single biggest issue facing New Zealand women, and how would you like to address it if you are elected?
I don't think there can be one single issue for NZ women. You're talking about half the population. My experience of feminism is that we celebrate the wondrous diversity of women and don't accept anything which tries to limit us to just one-size-fits-all.
For me the greatest issue in New Zealand at present is the continuing erosion of our quality of life as our physical environment is being polluted through unsustainable farm practices, and our major political parties put profits ahead of people in their policies.
The following 9 questions have all be addressed by a Green Party combined response with which I agree.
Question 11. Do you have any further comments that you wish to make about the role of women in our society? Please feel free to share your thoughts here.
We need more women to stand as candidate's for public office and I encourage anyone who's thinking about doing so to do it. I think it takes a lot of courage, it's a very scary thing to do. But we can't wait around and hope other women will do it for us. All of the women working in in families, in Refuges, in Unions, in low paid work, everywhere, need strong political support for their struggles to improve our society.
Thanks for the opportunity to comment.