2018 marked the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New Zealand. On 19 September 1893 the Electoral Act 1893 was passed, giving all women in New Zealand the right to vote. As a result of this landmark legislation, New Zealand became the first self-governing country in the world in which all women had the right to vote in parliamentary elections.
This Tier 1 Commemoration was led by Manatū Wāhine Ministry for Women and supported by the Ministry for Culture and Heritage. We worked together to connect events and activities across the country. Branding, social media and web platforms were developed to facilitate these connections and establish a national programme of events to celebrate this significant anniversary.
Throughout 2018 you will have seen the above symbol on Suffrage 125 related activities. Details about wishing to use the Suffrage 125 symbol are here.
Suffrage 125 aims to:
- develop a commemorative programme that is relevant, meaningful and attractive to a diverse range of New Zealanders;
- highlight previously untold stories of people who contributed to achieving suffrage in NZ – particularly stories from Māori, Pacific, and Chinese communities;
- celebrate game-changing individuals of a range of ages and cultural and socio-economic backgrounds, who do extraordinary things to create positive social change for women and New Zealand; and
- create a forum for conversations about our future and the importance of civic engagement and participation.
Key dates are:
- 19 September, anniversary of when all New Zealand women over the age of 21 were granted the right to vote
- 28 November, anniversary of when New Zealand women voted for first time.
The above item is taken from NZHistory's web feature about women, the vote and activism.
Visit the Ministry for Women's Suffrage 125 events page for more details.
Archives New Zealand – Women’s suffrage
Digital NZ – Women’s suffrage
He Tohu – Women’s Suffrage Petition
NZHistory – New Zealand and the vote
NZ On Screen – Pioneering women
Te Ara – Votes for women
Te Papa – Whakatū Wāhine
Updated on 9th November 2020