Angie makes the cut

Angie Warren-Clark is the latest Western Bay of Plenty politician to make it into parliament, thanks to special votes. Photo and video: Rosalie Liddle Crawford.

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Bay of Plenty Labour candidate Angie Warren-Clark might not have won her electorate on the night, but she’ll be entering parliament nonetheless, thanks to special votes released on Saturday.

The former Tauranga Women’s Refuge manager will be heading down to Wellington to join colleagues she campaigned alongside, including Tauranga-based list MP Jan Tinetti and Waiariki MP Tamati Coffey.

SunLive paid Angie a visit at her home yesterday afternoon, following the release of the results of the special votes.

“It feels a bit surreal. It’s going to be a privileged position to be in. For the last two weeks it felt like time had stopped,” she says.

Due to her position on the Labour list, Angie was next in line for parliament if the party’s vote lifted thanks to the specials, which weren’t counted until October 7.

She says she took the week off after the election to relax following a hard-fought campaign, while enduring a nervous wait to see if she would become the Western Bay of Plenty’s latest MP.

Now that she’s beginning her first term as an MP, Jan hopes to use her background at Women’s Refuge to help make changes to the way domestic violence is addressed in this country.

“As a feminist woman and someone who has walked alongside women and children affected by violence, I will be taking a gendered-analysis of domestic violence into parliament,” she says.

“Being from the Bay of Plenty, there will also be a plethora of things around the environment I would like to progress. But I’ll be a backbencher, so I’ll be told what to focus on, I guess!”

One of the first calls she received on Saturday was from her party’s leader.

“Jacinda congratulated me and says they held off having the official caucus photo because they thought I would be there, but didn’t want to pre-empt anything.”

Angie will be clearing out her desk at Tauranga Women’s Refuge in the next couple of days, before flying down to parliament on Tuesday.

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How lucky are we now Tauranga?

Posted on 09-10-2017 10:55 | By 1 4 GK

Tauranga (and BOP to be technical) now has a choice of 6 MPs - with Todd Muller, Simon Bridges, Clayton Mitchell, Jan Tineti, Angela and of course Tamati Coffey.This is a pretty strong group of representatives so we should all benefit.

The wrong approach

Posted on 09-10-2017 10:50 | By Bay Citizen

"I will be taking a gendered-analysis of domestic violence into parliament".Unfortunately, that is precisely the approach we do not want. Domestic violence affects both men and women. Currently, there is almost no help available for male victims. The last thing we need is a sexist approach to domestic violence from a feminist that denies that men can be victims, and indeed who suffer from such violence almost as frequently as women.

Fantastic stuff

Posted on 08-10-2017 18:34 | By jmny_c

How good is it to have someone on the front line of domestic violence locally in parliament. All the best Angela.