“Celebrate Suffrage 125 with Heritage New Zealand” HNZ Media Release




September 3


Celebrate Suffrage 125 with Heritage New Zealand

Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga staff across the country are involved in a number of events to commemorate and promote Suffrage 125 this month and beyond.

A particular highlight will be a series of suffrage themed community art workshops at six heritage properties in Auckland (Alberton, Sept 22); Christchurch (Ferrymead Heritage Park, Oct 14); Wellington (Old Government Building, Oct 29); Dunedin (Otago Pioneer Women’s Memorial Hall, Nov 3); Oamaru (Totara Estate, Nov 10) and in Northland (Clendon House, Rawene, Nov 24).

Renowned community artist, Janet de Wagt, is partnering with Heritage New Zealand to deliver an experience in which participants will use painting, printing, stamping, drawing and weaving to create a series of banners inspired by the stories of women’s suffrage.

“We’re really excited about involving new groups in heritage and suffrage history,” says Heritage New Zealand Canterbury-West Coast Outreach Advisor, Rosemary Baird, who is coordinating the community art workshops.

Heritage New Zealand staff are involved in the following events this month and next:



  • At Alberton, Auckland, on 22 September,a National Banner art event – for community groups and local craftspeople.  Free entry.
  • At Alberton, Auckland, on 22 and 23 September, ‘Suffragists' Tea’– served from vintage china and with plum cake.



  • In Wellington, on 22 September(or 23 September if wet), a Kate Sheppard Bike Ride in Wellington City.
  • At Wellington, Old Government Buildings, 28 October, National Banner art event with Te Roopu Raranga o Manaia weavers.  Also part of Wellington City Heritage Week.  Free entry.



  • At Archives New Zealand, Christchurch, on 19 September, the day in 1893 when the Electoral Bill was formally passed, Heritage New Zealand’s Christchurch office is partnering with the Canterbury Museum and Archives New Zealand for an evening on how to research women’s stories. Tickets $20 on Eventfinda.
  • At Ferrymead Historic Village, Christchurch, on 14 October, National banner art event, as part of Christchurch Heritage Week.  Free entry.
  • At the Great Hall, Arts Centre, Christchurch, on 16 October, Suffrage Talk – A Cultural Journey with Kate Pickles and Angela Wanhalla as part of Christchurch Heritage Week.  Free entry.
  • Great Hall, Arts Centre, Christchurch, on 17 October, ‘Women on Fire’: Quick fire talks as part of Christchurch Heritage Week.  Free entry.


Full details of Suffrage 125 events involving Heritage New Zealand staff around the country are on the Heritage New Zealand website and Facebook, and  Eventfinda.

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