Rae Scott Julian

Ngāti Ranginui

1941 -

Rae Julian was born in Marton and educated at the New Zealand Correspondence School, Makohau School and Marton District High School. She pursued further studies at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch Teachers’ College, and Massey University and graduated with B.A. in English and French, Dip. Ed and Dip. Tchg. She has worked as a teacher and a campaigner for the rights of women and Māori. She was a parliamentary research director for David Lange’s Labour Government and a Human Rights Commissioner. From July 1992-1993 she lived in Cambodia’s Battambang and Pailin province working in a United Nations’ position of district electoral supervisor. From 1994-1997 Rae worked as a VSA Field Representative in Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos and then took up the position of Canada Fund Coordinator in Fiji, Kiribati and Tuvalu from Since December 2001 Rae has been the Executive Director of the New Zealand Council for International Development, the umbrella agency for 73 New Zealand-based NGOs working to promote international development.

Biographical sources

  • Correspondence with Rae Julian, Dec. 1997, 25 June 2004 and 28 April 2005.
  • Oldham, Geoffrey. "Rae Julian Upholds Villagers’ Rights to Vote in General Election." The Press 19 May 1993: 19.


  • An Evaluation of the Ongoing Resourcing Scheme (ORS) Forms. No further details.
  • Evaluation of the Learning Experiences Outside the Classroom (LEOTC) Scheme. No further details.
  • "Society for Research on Women in New Zealand 1966-." ibid. 364-366.
  • A history of the Society for Research on Women in New Zealand (SROW) founded in 1966 by Margaret Shields and Mary Mowbray in order to rectify the paucity of statistical information and research about women in New Zealand. Julian discusses SROW research projects and writes of their widespread impact on women. These projects gave "confidence and valuable skills to women, and inspiring them to undertake further study".
  • "Women’s Electoral Lobby of New Zealand 1975-." ibid. 104-106.
  • Julian writes of the Women’s Electoral Lobby of New Zealand, a non-partisan group founded by feminists Judy Zavos and Marijke Robinson in 1975. The body aimed to ‘achieve equality for women, encourage women to be active in public life, and ensure that people who will work for equality for women are elected and appointed to public life.’
  • "The Newlands College Experience: Family Studies for Fourth Formers." NZ Post-Primary Teachers Association Journal (1977): (Wellington, N.Z.)
  • "School Committees and their Women Members." Education 3 (1978). No further details.
  • "Whose School?" Education 6 (1978). No further details.
  • Brought to Mind. Wellington, N.Z.: NZ Council for Educational Research, 1977, 1981 (Revised)
  • "The Job that Never Was." Broadsheet (1982). No further details.
  • "‘I’ll Have to Ask My Husband’: A study of Women as Voters, and Voting for Women in 1981". Women’s Studies: Conference Papers ‘82. Ed. Hilary Haines. Auckland, N.Z.: Women’s Studies Association, 1983. 186-196.
  • This paper is drawn from the results of a survey conducted in collaboration with Dr Stephen Levine from the Political Science Department of Victoria University immediately following the 1981 general election. Julian discusses why women were discovered to more likely support National than any other party. She looks at the decision time of voting (when they had made up their minds on who to vote for). The results show that the women surveyed were not that influenced by election campaigns; the women made up their minds on who to vote for over a year earlier. Then the survey examined the role of issues, party leadership, candidates, influence of Social Credit, impact of the results, and voting for female candidates. She lists her conclusions and considers some explanations. In the appendix she supplies the questionnaire given to each woman in the phone survey.
  • "Women: How Significant a Force?" Politics in Perspective Editions 1-3. Ed. Gold. Auckland, N.Z.: Longman Paul, 1986. Rpt. in 1989, 1992.
  • The Forgotten Ones: An evaluation of Community Pre-School Workers and Itinerant Pre-School Teachers. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Education, 1988.
  • An Evaluation of Pre-School Classes at Primary Schools. Department of Education, 1988.
  • "Lucy Moore: Pioneer Botanist." Wilderness Women. Ed. C. Dann and P. Lynch. Auckland, N.Z.: Penguin, 1989.
  • "Blinding Revelation or Dawning Awareness?" Changing Our Lives: Women Working In The Women’s Liberation Movement 1970-1990. Ed. Maud Cahill and Christine Dann. Wellington, N.Z.: Bridget Williams, 1991. 95-100.
  • Rae Julian traces her personal development from the late 1960s. She describes her involvement with women’s networks and neighbourhood programmes that promoted baby-sitting pools and discussion groups. She also discusses her introduction into paid employment, her involvement with SROW and her work in the Labour Party Research Unit which ultimately led into working as a human rights commissioner.
  • "Ethel Te Tumanako Barclay." Biography of New Zealand Women: Ko kui ma te Kaupapa. Ed. Charlotte MacDonald, Meremere Penfold and Bridget Williams. Wellington, N.Z.: Bridget Williams, 1991. 42-44.
  • A biography of Ethel Barclay who Julian states was ‘one of the earliest women in New Zealand to hold a driver’s licence’. Julian writes of Ethel’s various marriages and hints at some of the cultural conflicts Ethel faced, especially in her first marriage. During the Second World War she began work as an ambulance driver in Rotorua; the rigours of this work are briefly recounted. At the age of seventy Ethel retired from her work and died thirteen years later.
  • "Lucy Moore." Biography of New Zealand Women: Ko kui ma te Kaupapa. Ed. Charlotte MacDonald, Meremere Penfold and Bridget Williams. Wellington, N.Z.: Bridget Williams, 1991. 451-454.
  • An account of the life of botanist Lucy Moore who graduated in 1929 with an M.Sc with first class honours from Auckland University College. She found it difficult in the 1930s to obtain work as a botanist, but with the assistance of the Duffus Lubecki Scholarship she was able to go on a number of botanical explorations to Mt Moehau and Maungapohatu with fellow botanist Lucy Cranwell. In 1938 she was employed by the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research in Wellington. During World War Two she worked on a project that extracted agar from seaweed. In 1960 she moved to the botany division of the DSIR in Lincoln and retired eleven years later.
  • "Blinding Revelation or Dawning Awareness." Changing Our Lives. Ed. C. Dann. Wellington, N.Z.: Bridget Williams, 1991.
  • "Women in Business and Management: An EEO perspective." The Gender Factor: Women in New Zealand Organisations. Ed. S. Olsson. Palmerston North, N.Z.: Dunmore, 1992.
  • The Rights of Young People in Residential Care. Youth Law Project, Auckland, N.Z., 1992.
  • Adolescent Health: Professional Training Study of the Nursing and Midwifery, Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy Curricula. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Health, 1992.
  • "Labour Women’s Council 1875-." Women Together: A History of Women’s Organisations in New Zealand: Ngā Ropu Wāhine o te Motu. Ed. Anne Else. Wellington, N.Z.: Co-published by Daphne Brasell Associates Press and the Historical Branch of Department of Internal Affairs, 1993. 102-104.
  • Julian provides a history of the Labour Women’s Council (LWC), which was formed in 1975. She discusses its key members, goals and policies.
  • If We Didn’t Have Them, We Would Have to Reinvent Them: An Evaluation of Normal and Model School. Wellington, N.Z.: New Zealand Council for Educational Research, 1997.
  • Other

  • Children in Hospital: Early Childhood Services. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Education, 1987.
  • Papers/Presentations

  • Childcare: What Have We Achieved? Papers of Women’s Studies Association Conference, University of Waikato, Hamilton, 1979.
  • I’ll Have to Ask My Husband: A Study of Women and Politics. Papers of Women’s Studies Association Conference, 1982.
  • Why do Women Need Positive Discrimination? Papers of Women’s Studies Association Conference, 1984.
  • Theses

  • Achievement Motivation in Māori Girls. Diss. Massey U, 1972.


  • Oldham, Geoffrey. "Rae Julian Upholds Villagers’ Rights to Vote in General Election." The Press 19 May 1993: 19.