Welcome, Cath, to Parliament!

It was my utmost pleasure to sit in the public gallery, alongside many whanau, friends and collegues of Cath Delahunty, and hear her maiden speech in the House – a long time coming, but there at last.

The video, from Parliament TV, and the text of the speech, are here.

We all adjourned to the Caucus room in the Green Party suite in Bowen House afterwards, where speeches were made, refreshments were enthusiastically consumed, and much happy mingling occurred.

Cath and Jeanette

Cath and Jeanette

Gratuitous picture of Jeanette’s speech of welcome in the Caucus room.

Gifts were given, stories were told, and waiata were sung, and the various threads of Cath’s life as an activist, feminist, supporter of environmentalists, anti-nuclear campaigns, unemployed rights groups, disability activists, unions, teaching programmes and various trusts supporting women in hardship, were woven together.

Visitors from Tamaki, Tauranga, Whakatane, Ruatoki and Te Aupouri, as well as some locals of Whanganui-a-Tara, all gathered to share our esteem for this longhaul, hardworking, green-thinking dynamo, who has touched so many lives on her way to this place and time.

Kia Kaha, Cath, arohatinonui ki a koe.

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8 thoughts on “Welcome, Cath, to Parliament!

  1. I am truly delighted to see Catherine in parliament at last after many years of selfless generosity and dedication to the party and to green issues. Catherine is one of the most warmhearted , sincere and courageous women I have ever known.

    She has been, and continues to be, a wonderful inspiration to myself and to many, many other people . I was sorry not to be able to be there to celebrate with the rest of you but am really glad that so many others were able to make it.

    Kia Kaha Catherine.

  2. Oh I so wish I was there! Catherine has been one of my most important mentors and I am so so pleased to see her finally in parliament. Look forward to giving her a big hug soon!

    Yay Catherine!

  3. Yay! Catherine has always been a wonder, and a lovely, kind, reasoned, supportive person in my experience – as well as a committed activist. I’m sure she’ll do well and surprise them all with her magic (like Sue B did. Do you remember what people said when she got in?)

  4. It’s great for the Green Party and for NZ that women of strength are leading our country … so congratulations to Catherine.

    I’d also like to say that I applauded your decision to put your family in the number one place, by deferring your time in Parliament until after your grandchild was born.

  5. Yay! Very cool to have Catherine in the House making a difference with the same mana and wit she has brought to her mahi in our communities. And great that the Speaker has already listened to her and started to rein in the buffoonery of Question Time 🙂 The first of many Parliamentary triumphs I’m sure.

  6. It is amazing how closely Catherine’s sentiments about gender equality mirror my own. I can’t express how good it feels to finally have someone representing me in government.

  7. Tena koe Catherine. Alive and well in parliament at last, and with a maiden speech that oozes Delahunty-indefatigability! Heartfelt love and blessings for your time in with those voted to make decisions for the future of our country. Sister, I know you won’t lose your heart for the mahi to be done. Wicked xx

  8. Congratulations Catherine, feisty woman!
    NZ is honoured to have you with your passion in this position.
    Go well.

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