Dunedin South MP
Louise Nicholas to deliver 4th Dame Dorothy Fraser lecture
The woman who took on the police force over rape and abuse and won will deliver the fourth annual Dame Dorothy Fraser
Lecture on Monday 28 September in Dunedin.
We are excited to have confirmed Louise Nicholas ONZM to deliver the first lecture since Dame Dorothy’s death. She will
be introduced by Labour’s deputy leader and health spokesperson Hon, Annette King, Dunedin South MP Clare Curran said.
“Louise Nicholas was named the 2007 New Zealander of the Year in recognition of her courageous story which has
challenged and inspired many.
“It was in 1993 that Louise Nicholas first came forward with her harrowing account of rape at the hands of senior
Rotorua police officers.
“Her story touched the nation, and she has gone on to become a leading advocate for sexual violence awareness and
prevention, earning her a place in this year's Queen's Birthday Honours.
“Louise Nicholas is a voice for change in addressing the scourge of sexual and domestic violence in New Zealand. She
empowers women throughout the country, and for this she is a hero.
“The theme of the keynote speech is ‘How a woman who spoke up about rape and abuse brought about systematic change for
“The lecture series is designed to celebrate the vast contribution of the late Dame Dorothy Fraser (1926-2015) to the
Dunedin South community. A stalwart in the Dunedin community, Dame Dorothy served on numerous health boards and as a
city councillor. She was also married to Labour MP for St. Kilda, Bill Fraser and died in May.
“The fourth annual Dame Dorothy Fraser lecture will keep to the tradition of celebrating the achievements of strong New
Zealand women, and reflecting on their contributions to society. The purpose of these lectures is to get insight from
women of calibre who have made their mark on New Zealand.
“Former Labour Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Helen Clark, CTU President Helen Kelly, and former MP Dr. Marilyn Waring have
delivered the first, second, and third lectures respectively” Clare Curran said.
6:45pm - 9:15pm Monday 28 September
King’s and Queen’s Performing Arts Centre, 270 Bayview Road, Dunedin