Hazel Armstrong is a New Zealand lawyer and union activist. Married to Bob Kerr. Runs Hazel Armstrong Law, a specialist law firm focusing on ACC law, employment law, and health and safety law. Ken Douglas' lawyer.
In the mid ’80s, Mike Law was working at Centre for Continuing Education, at the University of Waikato. Shortly after Labour’s 1984 election victory, he was appointed chairman of of a four person Task Force on Trade Union Education. His three colleagues were;
- Jackson Smith; A senior Socialist Unity Party member and Wellington Drivers Union official
- Dick Lowe; A former Labour party executive member and official in the SUP dominated, Labourers Union
- Maryan Street; A PPTA official, Labour party activists, known to be on friendly terms with the SUP. Now a Labour list MP.
This Taskforce led to the establishment of the Trade Union Education Authority. Until it was abolished by the Bolger Government, TUEA served as a taxpayer funded propaganda vehicle for the SUP. Known Party supporters who were paid or subsidised by TUEA include; Graeme Whimp, Hazel Armstrong, Ros Goldsbrough, Brendan Tuohy, Joe Tepania, Gary Reading, Sam Murray and Marilyn Kohlhase.
She also has undertaken inquiries on behalf of government and organisations and in 2014 she was part of a three-person inquiry into safety in the forestry sector. She has worked with KiwiRail and the Rail and Maritime Transport Union on safety related issues including the Otira and Kaimai tunnels, locomotive engineer health and supporting KiwiRail health and safety action teams.
ACC Futures Coalition
ACC Futures Coalition is made up of the following members: Acclaim Otago (Inc), Age Concern, Andrew Beck - Barrister, Dr Andrew Dickson – Individual Member, College of Nurses Aotearoa, David Sparks LL.B, Don Rennie - Individual Member, DPA (NZ) Inc., E Tu, First Union, Forster and Associates, Hazel Armstrong of Hazel Armstrong Law, Helen White, Lawyer, Dr Hilary Stace - Health Services Research Centre Victoria University, John Miller Law, Maritime Union of New Zealand, Michael Fletcher – Senior Researcher VUW, Mona Williams - Individual Member, National Foundation for the Deaf, Occupational Therapy New Zealand Whakaora Ngangahau Aotearoa, New Zealand Audiological Society, NZ Association of Counsellors, NZ Association of Psychotherapists, NZ Council of Trade Unions, NZ Dairy Workers Union, NZ Dental Therapists’ Association, NZ Meat Workers Union, NZ Nurses Organisation, NZ Recreation Association, Osteopathic Society of NZ, Peter Sara - ACC Lawyer, Podiatry NZ, Public Service Association, Rail and Maritime Transport Union, Ross Wilson - Individual Member, Professor Sarah Derrett, Schmidt and Peart Law, Associate Professor Susan St John – Individual member, Volunteering New Zealand , Workers' Education Trust , Zindels Barristers & Solicitors.
She was the inaugural editor of Paper Clip (Clerical Workers Union newspaper). Worked with David Jacobs, Reatha McInnes and Graham Kelly. She also worked on Wagon Mound (student newspaper) while at university.
Worked with Therese O'Connell. Involved with second wave of feminism; attendance at United Womens Convention, with reference to Nicola Crutchley and involvement with the Working Womens Charter. Her partner Bob Kerr and his involvement with Organization to Halt Military Service.