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Speaker Margaret Wilson

Speaker Margaret Wilson

Speaker Margaret Wilson (centre, in black suit) poses on the steps of Parliament with a group that includes parliamentary interns, in 2008. Wilson was Parliament's first woman speaker of the house (2005–8) and the first woman president of the New Zealand Labour Party (1984–87). The speaker is, in effect, the chair of the House of Representatives. The parliamentary internship programme has been run by Victoria University's Political Science and International Relations Programme since 2000. Interns spend one day a week working in the office of a member of Parliament.

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Peter Aimer, 'Labour Party - Māori and women in the Labour Party', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 2 October 2022)

Story by Peter Aimer, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 1 Jun 2015