Sonja Davies

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Sonja Davies
Sonja Davies.jpg
Marching On is the second volume of Sonja Davies' autobiography
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Pencarrow
In office
1987 – 1993
Preceded by Fraser Colman
Succeeded by Trevor Mallard
Personal details
Born (1923-11-11)11 November 1923
Died 12 June 2005(2005-06-12) (aged 81)
Political party Labour

Sonja Davies ONZ (11 November 1923 – 12 June 2005) was a New Zealand trade unionist, peace campaigner, and Member of Parliament. On 6 February 1987 Davies was the third appointee to the Order of New Zealand.[1]

Involvement in Unions[edit]

Davies helped to found the Working Women's Council, and in 1974 she became the first female executive of the Federation of Labour.

Member of Parliament[edit]

Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate Party
1987–1990 42nd Pencarrow Labour
1990–1993 43rd Pencarrow Labour

Davies became the Labour MP for Pencarrow in 1987 and served two terms, retiring in 1993; Trevor Mallard replaced her.


Her autobiography, Bread and Roses: Her Story, (ISBN 1-86953-162-0), was turned into a film in 1994. Directed by Gaylene Preston), the film was also called Bread and Roses. A second volume of autobiography, Marching On (ISBN 1-86941-296-6) was published in 1997.


  1. ^ "The Order of New Zealand" (12 February 1987) 20 New Zealand Gazette 705 at 709.

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New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Fraser Colman
Member of Parliament for Pencarrow
1987 – 1993
Succeeded by
Trevor Mallard