I've been working on this free-form embroidery since New Zealand voted in a right-wing government last week, and I watched Helen's concession speech online and felt so sad. She resigned as leader of her party, thanked her supporters, and gave an awkward little bow before leaving the stage.
I want to say, thank you Helen!
I voted for you in the first election I was eligible to. In 1990, the Nurses Amendment Act you introduced while Health Minister ensured that I, and many other women, enjoyed excellent, free care by an independant midwife, allowing me to have two home births without a single visit to a doctor. While Prime Minister, along with many progressive social policies, you introduced the 'Working for Families' benefit, and because of that, I could stay at home with Arlo and Keira and still have enough money for groceries. Under your leadership, I was truly proud to be a New Zealander.
New Zealand Arts Community tribute to Helen Clark
Labour Party New Zealand
Council of Women World Leaders