In the week of International Women's Day it was a privilege to attend Zonta's annual breakfast and listen to guest speaker Louise Nicholas ONZM. 
Louise campaigns for the rights of women who have been victims of sexual violence. In 1993 she alleged that several policemen had raped her in 1984 and obstructed evidence in the subsequent trials for rape.
The subsequent trials that followed implicated changes to New Zealand laws after cover ups by Police were exposed, leading to a conviction for perverting the course of justice.  
 
In 2007, Nicholas was named New Zealander of the Year by the New Zealand Herald due to her courage during the rape trials. 
In 2015 she was the recipient of the Anzac of the Year Award.
In the 2015 Queen's Birthday Honours she was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the prevention of sexual violence.
 
Louise currently trains police recruits at the Royal New Zealand Police College.  You can see her story "Consent: The Louise Nicholas Story" (2014) on TVNZ Ondemand and is highly recommended.
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