Kelly in 2011
|Born||19 September 1964|
Wellington, New Zealand
|Died||14 October 2016 52) (aged|
Wellington, New Zealand
|Alma mater||Victoria University of Wellington|
|Employer||Council of Trade Unions|
Helen Kelly (19 September 1964 – 14 October 2016) was President of the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions from 2007 to 2015.
Kelly was born in Wellington on 19 September 1964to Pat Kelly and Catherine Eichelbaum, both strong social activists – Pat was a well-known unionist and Cath was active in the anti-Vietnam war movement – who met while selling a communist newspaper, People's Voice. Catherine was a cousin of Chief Justice Thomas Eichelbaum.
She said of her childhood:
"I was brought up on unions. Mum would wake us by singing, "Wake up darlings from your slumbers". I used to play at going to meetings, rather than dress-up dolls. Our home was union central. We always had visitors who were discussing union business."
Kelly attended Wellington High School.In 1983 she enrolled in a Diploma in Teaching at Wellington Teachers College and was elected President of the Association of Wellington Teachers College Trainees (AWTCT) the following year. She later studied law and education at Victoria University of Wellington.
Kelly started her career as a primary school teacher, enjoying working for three years at Johnsonville Main School. She was appointed a union delegate on her first day teachingand quickly became more involved in union affairs. She held senior positions with both the New Zealand Institute of Education and the Association of University Staff (now the New Zealand Tertiary Education Union). She was the youngest person appointed as a general secretary of the AUS, a position she held for five years until her election as CTU President in 2007.
Kelly was an outspoken advocate for better safety standards in the New Zealand forestry industry. As a result of her campaigning, a review into the industry was launched and some operators were forcibly closed. In one case, the government refused to press charges against the employer, so Kelly led a private prosecution against the company. The number of deaths due to forestry-related accidents subsequently fell, from 10 deaths in 2013 to 1 in 2014 and 3 in 2015.
After the 2010 Pike River Mine disaster that killed 29 miners, Helen Kelly worked for improved safety standards and justice through the courts for the miners' families. She was also recognised for her compassion and support of the victims' families.Other campaigns she led focused on farming, exposing farmers offering jobs at lower than the minimum wage, and she was a supporter of the Unite Union's campaign against zero hour contracts.
In an August 2016 interview Kelly stated that she would be standing in the 2017 New Zealand general election if she wasn't sick, and that she had considered standing in the 2014 New Zealand general election.
In 2010, during the negotiations for the production of Warner Bros' The Hobbit films in New Zealand, Kelly got involved in a controversy regarding contract workers' rights in the film industry. Kelly said in a statement at the time: "let's get all the facts on the table about taxes, subsidies, and other issues – rather than just blaming the union for asking to meet on basic terms and conditions".In April 2011, Kelly published an extensive timeline of events around the negotiations.
Kelly lived in Mount Victoria, Wellington, with her husband Steve Hurring, and her son Dylan, from a previous relationship.
Kelly was diagnosed with lung cancer in February 2015, aged 50, despite never being a smoker.During her illness, she campaigned for the right to die with dignity, and the right to use medicinal cannabis.
She died on 14 October 2016.
Dame Kerry Leigh Prendergast was the 33rd Mayor of Wellington between 2001 and 2010, succeeding Mark Blumsky. She was the second woman to hold the position, after Fran Wilde.
Pamela Corkery is a New Zealand journalist, broadcaster, and former politician who served one term (1996–1999) as a member of Parliament for the left-wing Alliance party.
Anika Rose Moa is a New Zealand recording artist and television presenter. After signing to Atlantic Records in the United States she released her debut album Thinking Room in 2001, aged 21. The album reached the top of the New Zealand Singles Chart and yielded four hit singles. Moa's music won the attention of record company executives after they heard a song she had sung at the Smokefree Rockquest while still a teenager.
Armageddon Expo is a New Zealand owned and operated pop culture convention that holds multiple events around New Zealand in cities including Auckland, Wellington, Tauranga and Christchurch. The event, run by Beyond Reality Media Premier Event Management, has been running continuously since 1995. It has evolved from its roots of comics and trading cards to showcase computer and video gaming, animation, film and television, cosplay, comics, live wrestling, and retailers selling pop-culture merchandise.
Peter Paul Posa was a New Zealand guitarist most famous for his instrumental The White Rabbit, which appeared at the top of the New Zealand and Australian charts in 1964. In 2012, White Rabbit The Very Best of Peter Posa went to the top of the New Zealand album charts, spending six weeks at the number-one spot.
Robyn Jane Malcolm is a New Zealand actress, who first gained recognition for her role as nurse Ellen Crozier on the New Zealand soap opera Shortland Street.
Grant Murray Robertson is a New Zealand politician and member of the Labour Party who has served as Minister of Finance since 2017. He has served as Member of Parliament for Wellington Central since 2008.
Victor Billot is a former co-leader and electoral candidate for New Zealand's Alliance party. He is also known as a writer, musician, unionist, past editor of Critic magazine, and a performer in the bands Alpha Plan, Age of Dog and Das Phaedrus.
Helen Elizabeth Clark is a New Zealand politician who served as the 37th Prime Minister of New Zealand from 1999 to 2008, and was the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme from 2009 to 2017. She was New Zealand's fifth-longest-serving prime minister, and the second woman to hold that office.
Cameron Slater is a right-wing New Zealand-based blogger, best known for publishing the Whale Oil Beef Hooked blog, which operated from 2005 until it closed in 2019. He edited the tabloid newspaper New Zealand Truth from November 2012 until it ceased publication in July 2013. Slater's father, John Slater, served as President of the New Zealand National Party from 1998 to 2001.
New Conservative is a far-right political party in New Zealand. It advocates for lower taxation, anti-abortion measures, protection of freedom of speech, forced prison labour, gun rights and austerity cuts. The party has been described as far-right, though the party themselves disputes this.
Colin Craig is a New Zealand businessman who was the founding leader of the Conservative Party of New Zealand.
Margaret Mary Barry, generally known as Maggie Barry, is a New Zealand politician and former member of the House of Representatives, first elected in the 2011 general election. She is a member of the National Party, and was the Minister for Conservation, Seniors Citizens, and Arts, Culture and Heritage in the Fifth National Government. Barry has had a long career in broadcasting, including gardening shows, and has a rose named after her.
David Breen Seymour is a New Zealand politician serving as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Epsom and Leader of ACT New Zealand since 2014.
Martha Kane Savage is a New Zealand geology academic, and as of 2018, is a full professor at the Victoria University of Wellington.
Claire Robinson is a New Zealand political communications academic. As of 2018, she is a full professor and Pro Vice-Chancellor at the Massey University.
The 2015 Canon Media Awards were hosted by Hilary Barry, for the New Zealand Newspaper Publishers' Association, on 22 May 2015 at the SkyCity Convention Centre in Auckland, New Zealand. The Newspaper of the Year was The New Zealand Herald, and the Reporter of the Year was Jared Savage of The New Zealand Herald.
Diana Wichtel, a New Zealand writer and critic, was born in Vancouver in 1950. Her mother, Patricia, was a New Zealander; her father, Benjamin Wichtel, a Polish Jew who escaped from the Nazi train taking his family to the Treblinka extermination camp in World War II. When she was 13 her mother brought her to New Zealand to live, along with her two siblings. Although he was expected to follow, she never saw her father again. The mystery of her father's life took years to unravel, and is recounted in Wichtel's award-winning book Driving toTreblinka. The book has been called "a masterpiece" by New Zealand writer Steve Braunias. New Zealand columnist Margo White wrote: "This is a story that reminds readers of the atrocities that ordinary people did to each other, the effect on those who survived, and the reverberations felt through following generations."
Clara Vera Eichelbaum was a New Zealand artist who exhibited as Vera Chapman and Vera Eichelbaum. Her portrait of her father, Sir Frederick Chapman, is in the Supreme Court of New Zealand in Wellington, and other artworks are in the Hocken Collections in Dunedin. Her papers are held in the permanent collection of the National Library of New Zealand.
Ibrahim Omer is a New Zealand Member of Parliament for the Labour Party. He was first elected at the 2020 New Zealand general election.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Helen Kelly .|