Hazel Armstrong

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Hazel Armstrong

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.


Hazel Armstrong was a member of the Socialist Unity Party in Wellington.


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;

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.

Workers Communist League supporters on the payroll or in receipt of TUEA subsidies include; Graeme Clarke, David Steele and Therese O'Connell.

Public service

Hazel Armstrong serves on the board of KiwiRail. She also sits on the NZ Law Society ACC Committee.

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.

She is a director of Community Law and has previously been a director of the Civil Aviation Authority.[1]

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.[2]

Women's sub-committee

In 1979 Hazel Armstrong and and Dale Little (both ex-Working Women's Alliance and Therese O'Connell formed the first women's sub-committee of the Wellington Trades Council. [3]

Early activism

As a student Hazel Armstrong was interested in prison reform and involved in Project Paremoremo. She traveled to China and worked with with communists. Also connected to the Peoples' Union.

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.[4]



  1. https://www.kiwirail.co.nz/about-us/governance/]
  2. [1]
  3. [Workers in the Margins: Union Radicals in Post-war New Zealand By Cybèle Locke page 74]
  4. [2]