Jill Day will lead the party organization

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Jill Day – Jill Day will lead the party organization

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Labor leader Jacinda Ardern has welcomed the announcement that former Wellington deputy mayor Jill Day will become the party’s next chairwoman when Claire Szabó steps down in November.

Labor leader Jacinda Ardern has welcomed the announcement that former Wellington deputy mayor Jill Day will become the party’s next chairwoman when Claire Szabó steps down in November.

Ms Day, from Ngāti Tūwharetoa, will be the party’s second Maori chairwoman after Sir Charles Bennett, who held the post from 1972 to 1976.

The Prime Minister says it is an example of the depth of Maori talent within the party ranks.

“It all comes down to the fact that we have people with great skills and we use them, so hopefully Maori will see themselves reflected in the Labor Party and the policies show that,” Ms Ardern said.

Ms Day, a former teacher, was the first Māori wahine elected to Wellington Council and led efforts to establish a Māori quarter and enact a te reo Māori policy for the capital.


Aubrey L. Morgan