Leading up to the 2020 New Zealand elections, EWP hosted a webinar series titled ‘Meet the Ethnic Women Candidates: NZ Elections 2020’. Featuring two panel discussions with women candidates from minority ethnic communities who represent the major political parties in New Zealand, the kōrero asked the panelists about their identity, politics, aspirations, challenges, and the impact of their presence in politics on ethnic women in the community. Chaired by Rachel Simon-Kumar, Priya Kurian and Hye Ji (Erica) Lee. 

#1: Young, Millennial and Ethnic: Tue, 29 SEPT 6:00 -7:30 PM

Featuring four young ethnic women participating in the elections for the first time. 

  • Rimu Bhooi: Candidate for Hamilton East, Green Party 
  • Nuwanthie Samarakone: Candidate for Manurewa, National Party 
  • Zahra Hussaini: Candidate for Christchurch, Labour Party 
  • Ciara Swords: Candidate for Whangārei, TOP Party 

#2: An Established Race: Wed, 30 SEPT 6:00 – 7:30 PM 

Featuring four ethnic women seeking re-election to parliament. 

  • Golriz Ghahraman: Member of Parliament, Green Party
  • Anne Degia-Pala: Member of Parliament, NZ First Party 
  • Dr Parmjeet Parmar: Member of Parliament, National Party 
  • Priyanca Radhakrishnan: Member of Parliament, Labour Party