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Women’s Suffrage Day at Parliament was a big one for National’s West Coast-Tasman List MP Maureen Pugh - ‘no sooner had I got back to my office at Parliament after the breakfast to celebrate 126 years of New Zealand women having the right to vote and I received advice from the National Party Board that I will be National’s candidate here for the next General Election. “Rather serendipitous” I thought.

Maureen Pugh broke new ground as West Coast’s first female Mayor when she served three terms as Westland District Mayor from 2003, after two terms as a councillor.

“I brought a diverse background to politics – community groups, mother, retail and customer service, sheep & beef farming, and construction, which I think has shaped my passion to champion the cause for rural and geographically isolated people,” she says.

“And, I’m still loving it!” she says of her stints in Parliament which began on Election Night 2014 and where she is among National’s 20 women MPs.

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