Southern Labour Centenary Exhibition
Much of what is now the Labour Party began through the work of people in Otago, particularly Oamaru and Dunedin. To celebrate these beginnings, and also our ongoing efforts to create a better New Zealand, we hope to exhibit works that will be remembered for a long time.
The exhibition has been developed entirely by members, who have been working on different parts of it since late last year.
The Southern Labour Centenary Exhibition will run at the Dunedin Community Gallery from Monday 19 September to Sunday 25 September, opening each day with a new theme from 10.30am to 6.30pm (unless otherwise stated).
Monday 19 September - Day 1: Women
The first day of the Southern Labour Centenary Exhibition coincides with Women's Suffrage Day.
On this day 123 years ago, New Zealand became the first self-governing country in the world to grant all women the right to vote in parliamentary elections.
Attend the Labour Centenary Exhibition today to learn not only about the history of the Labour Party in New Zealand, but also about the significant role that women played in shaping that history.
Labour MP Jacinda Ardern will speak at 10am, Labour Leader Andrew Little will visit between midday and 1pm, and Dr Dorothy Page will speak on "Votes for Women: the Dunedin Story" at 5.30pm.
Tuesday 20 September - Day 2: Work
The second day of the Southern Labour Centenary Exhibition has a 'Work' theme.
The Labour Party has a strong history of striving to improve the New Zealand economy by looking out for workers' rights: reducing unemployment, ensuring healthy working conditions, and empowering unions to sustain these rights.
Wandering about the Southern Labour Centenary Exhibition will reflect this strong history.
To provide a forward-looking perspective, Labour MP Grant Robertson will speak on "The Future of Work" at 5pm.
Wednesday 21 September - Day 3: Environment
The third day of the Southern Labour Centenary Exhibition has an 'Environment' theme.
There will be two documentary screenings throughout the day:
"Thin Ice: The Inside Story of Climate Change" at 11am
"Hot Air: The politics of climate change in New Zealand" at 1pm
You're also welcome to attend the panel discussion on "Labour and Climate Change" at 5.30pm - with panel members Professor Liz Slooten, Emeritus Professor Colin Campbell-Hunt, Labour MP David Parker, and panel chair Jocelyn Harris.
Thursday 22 September - Day 4: Social Security and Health
The fourth day of the Southern Labour Centenary Exhibition has a 'Social Security and Health' theme.
A soup and bread lunch will be provided for those who pop in.
Hon Stan Rodger will speak on "Three Wise Men of the Valley" at 2pm, Labour MP Jenny Salesa will speak at 3.30pm, and Jenny will meet with members of the Pasifika community at 5pm.
Friday 23 September - Day 5: History
The fifth day of the Southern Labour Centenary Exhibition has a 'History' theme and will explore the history of the Labour Party in New Zealand, with a special interest in Dunedin.
Labour MP Clare Curran will be present and Peter Franks, co-author of "Labour: The New Zealand Labour Party 1916-2016", will speak at 4pm.
The gallery will close earlier than usual at 5.15pm on this day.
Saturday 24 September - Day 6: Education
The sixth day of the Southern Labour Centenary Exhibition has an 'Education' theme.
A panel of local educators will speak about their experiences at 11.30am, Labour MP Chris Hipkins will speak on "Beyond Tomorrow's Schools: Education for the 21st Century" at 12.30pm, and the Dunedin Young Labour branch will host a debate on tertiary education at 2.30pm.
The gallery will close earlier than usual at 5.30pm on this day.
Sunday 25 September - Day 7: Housing
The final day of the Southern Labour Centenary Exhibition has a 'Housing' theme.
Labour MP Phil Twyford will speak at 11am, the Otago University Debating Society will host a debate on "The Role of the State in Housing" at 1pm, and the exhibition will conclude at 3pm.
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