Dame Jenny Shipley

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Dame Jenny Shipley was born in Southland and grew up in rural Canterbury. She trained as a school teacher and entered politics with the National Party in 1987, winning the Ashburton electorate.

When National took power after the 1990 election, she entered cabinet with a number of portfolios under Prime Minister Jim Bolger. As Minister for Health and Social Welfare in the early 1990s, she implemented far-reaching reforms in these sectors.

In November 1997, Jim Bolger was unseated in a leadership coup and Jenny Shipley became New Zealand's first female Prime Minister.

The day after she took over the role, she spoke to Checkpoint's Mary Wilson. In this excerpt from that radio interview Shipley expresses the hope that other New Zealand women will be inspired to take on leadership roles in their lives.

Read more about Dame Jenny Shipley on the NZ History website.

Image: Dame Jenny Shipley, 36th Prime Minister of New Zealand, attending the Wellington celebration hosted by the Minister of Women’s Affairs, Hon Jo Goodhew, at Parliament on the anniversary of Suffrage Day, 19 September 2018. Wikipedia Commons.

Catalogue Reference 142571

Year 1997


Interviewer: Mary Wilson, Checkpoint , RNZ National

Excerpt: 00:02:23

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