Story: Waikato region

Marilyn Waring

In 1975, at the age of 23, Marilyn Waring became one of the youngest-ever members of the New Zealand Parliament, as National MP for Raglan (later Waipa). Her threat to side with the opposition over nuclear-free legislation prompted the snap election of 1984. Later she became internationally known for her work on economics and human rights. In this television clip, which shows her cycling in Cambridge in 1984, she talks about how growing up in Taupiri shaped her political views.

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Reference: Queer nation. Executive producer John A. Givens; Producer Andrew Whiteside. Auckland: Livingstone Productions, 2004

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Waikato region - Politics and social change', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 2 December 2023)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, updated 1 Jul 2015