Ms Olga Havnen – our 2013 Lowitja O’Donoghue Orator

We are very pleased to be presenting Ms Olga Havnen as our 2013 Lowitja O’Donoghue Orator.

The Oration will be held on Tuesday, May 28 at the Bonython Hall. Tickets will be on sale soon.

Olga Havnen is a descendant of the Western Arrernte people. Her great grandfather was from China, her grandmother was the first Aboriginal woman to own a house in Alice Springs and her father was a Norwegian sailor who jumped ship in Adelaide.

Olga grew up in Tennant Creek, soaking up all those family stories, and the simple life of a small community.

As an adult, she’s always been outspoken and active on issues relating to Aboriginal people in the Territory and beyond. She’s worked for Fred Hollows and Red Cross, for land councils and at all levels of Government.

In 2012, Olga found herself at the centre of a political storm, when she was sacked as the NT’s Coordinator General for Remote Services after writing a scathing report on Government spending.

Listen to Ms Havnen on ABC Radio program “Guestroom”. 

Read an ABC News article about Ms Havnen’s dismissal as the Northern Territory Coordinator General for Remote Services.


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