Parliament a toxic workplace for women
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Parliament a toxic workplace for women

Parliament a toxic workplace for women

Source: Online

Peter Verschaffelt

Sandra Lee-Vercoe | Parliament a toxic workplace for women

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Former government minister Sandra Lee-Vercoe believes major changes to the culture of Parliament are needed.

Former government minister Sandra Lee-Vercoe believes major changes to the culture of Parliament are needed.

While he does not comment directly on Darleen Tana’s resignation from the Green Party, he does say that the New Zealand Parliament is considered a hostile work environment.

She says it is even harder for women, Māori and women of colour.

While in Wellington she had stalkers, home invasions, death threats and even an HIV-positive person who twice flew to Wellington intending to bite her.

“It is very difficult to deal with the lunatics in society who attack you because of your gender or race, but what can and must be changed is the way people behave in the House and towards each other,” he says.

Ms Lee-Vercoe says Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters telling Hana Rawhiti Maipi Clarke of Te Pati Maori to shut up is an example of unacceptable behaviour because she was elected by the people of Hauraki-Waikato to speak up, not to shut up.