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An inspirational woman with great moral courage, Celia Lashlie was always prepared to speak out – especially for those who could not. An author, influencer and advocate for social justice, Lashlie believed communities hold the key to solving issues such as the prevalence of domestic violence, high imprisonment rates and family poverty in Aotearoa.
Celia Lashlie worked first within the prison system and then more widely to contribute to change through working with women, particularly those at the centre of at-risk families.
Sadly, Celia Lashlie died from cancer in 2015 – in her wake is "Celia’s Army" and the Celia Lashlie Trust who continue to inspire and influence positive social change.
In 2018, Amanda Millar’s documentary Celia – about Lashlie, her work and her legacy – premiered at the New Zealand International Film Festival.
Watch Lashlie in this One News extract as she speaks up and urges fathers to step forward and take an active role in the lives of their adolescent sons.
Find out more about Celia Lashlie:
Check out the Celia Lashlie Trust website.
Explore RNZ’s Celia Lashlie Collection.
Image: Screengrab: One News.
Catalogue Reference TZP286030
Reporter: Vicki Wilkinson-Baker