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Wednesday October 10, 2018


Antarctic adventure for young women By Dan Whitfield

Lilly Taylor is looking to inspire other New Zealand women through an upcoming trip to Antarctica. Born and raised in Wellington, with a brief stint of her younger years spent in Wainuiomata, Lilly was selected to represent New Zealand in the Homeward Bound leadership training programme. Lilly is one of six from Team Kiwi, aka The Frozen Ferns, and will join 90 other woman from 33 countries on the adventure in 2019. She will be part of an initiative focusing on the human impacts on our environment and the need for accessible science. “When I found out I had been selected I could not believe it! As a Maori woman who left school at 15 and spent most of my youth as a metaphorical suitcase moving between homes and minimum wage jobs, I never imagined I could be here, doing a PhD in chemistry and now going to Antarctica with a bunch of amazing female scientists,” Lilly says. As part of the trip, she and the others will work together to develop individual strategies for scientific outreach; using the amazing backdrop of Antarctica to engage

communities around how science impacts everyone’s lives and environments. “Having come from a background that is all too familiar for many of our kiwi youth, I want to use the tools and networks built on the Homeward Bound programme to make STEMM [science, technology, engineering, math and medicine] more accessible,” Lilly says. “It’s important for both our future prosperity and for our environment. If we create equal opportunity, we empower people to learn, think, ask questions and seek answers. “Even if someone isn’t going to become a ‘scientist’ everyone deserves to be able to make informed choices, and understand the decisions being made around them that affect them,” she says. Lilly is looking for support towards her journey to help knock down the barriers and encourage equal opportunity in education. People can donate towards her trip at the crowdfund site by searching ‘empower-woman-in-stemm-lillys-homeward-bound-journey’. “We are battling the biggest challenges we have ever had to face as people. Climate change, antibiotic resistance, our current

reliance on finite resources like fresh water and petrol, the approaching food crisis, so many of these dilemmas require advancements in STEMM fields to solve,” she says.

Lilly Taylor is heading to Antarctica to inspire other New Zealand women in the fields of science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

GWRC offers facilitation between bus operators and drivers’ unions Chairman Chris Laidlaw says Greater Wellington Regional Council are in negotiations over drivers’ wages and conditions, and has urged the Tramways Union and bus operators to take up the offer to facilitate discussions. He met last week regarding the contracts with public transport operators and urged all parties to seek agreement regarding collective employment agreements. Chris says he had urged the employers and the unions to sit down together, redouble efforts, and finally reach a workable agreement that meets the needs of workers, passengers and the




bus companies. “The council is very serious about our desire for this to occur quickly,” Chris says. “As adjustments are made to its initial performance, we want the travelling public to experience the bus network improvements and this also means the unions and the employers trying their hardest to come together and reach an agreement. “In the meantime the Council wants to do all it can within the law to help reach a workable agreement and we are ready to do all we can to facilitate this,” he says.

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