It is with sincere sadness that the Labour Party conveys its sympathies and condolences to the bereaved family of Dorothy Jelicich who passed away last night at the age of 87 years, says the MP for Mangere, Su’a William Sio.
“Dorothy has been a long-time resident of Mangere, a friend and loyal supporter of myself and the Labour Party.”
“This was a significant achievement in itself given the increasing eagerness from women for greater recognition and equality of treatment in all walks of life, and women politicians such as Dorothy were expected to lead the way in a parliament dominated by men.
“In 1980 she became a Manukau City Councillor representing the Mangere Ward until she retired in 1995. She also chaired the Counties Manukau Health Council and was a champion for the region’s peoples to free, equitable and robust health care.
“Prior to becoming a politician she and her family had business ventures in the catering, retail and farming industries in Papatoetoe, East Tamaki and Bombay. She later became a union organiser for the Shop Assistants’ Union and became the voice for working class communities.
“Despite her physical infirmities she was an engaging member of the Labour Party and she was actively interested in New Zealand’s political affairs right to the very end,” says Su’a William Sio.
“We in Mangere will miss her dearly.”