2016 Suffrage Day celebrations in New Zealand

Monday, 19 September, 2016 (All day)

Suffrage Day 2016

In 1893, New Zealand became the first nation in the world to grant women the right to vote. Suffrage Day (September 19) is a significant day in New Zealand’s history. Suffrage Day provides an opportunity for individuals and organisations to celebrate New Zealand’s suffrage achievements and look for ways to make further progress to benefit women. 


Suffrage Commemoration 2016 with Louise Nicholas

From Victim to Survivor - Walking through the Criminal Justice System
In commemoration of 123 years of women’s suffrage in Aotearoa New Zealand, sexual violence survivor advocate Louise Nicholas will be speaking about her journey from victim to survivor.
Louise is a survivor of child and adult rape, and of a justice system that saw her battle her way through 7 court cases. She now works as a National Survivor Advocate, and represents survivor perspectives in service development and the sexual violence and abuse services sector.

Louise will be speaking about her journey from victim to survivor. She will also be presented with the Women's Health Rights Award for her contribution to women's health through supporting and advocating for survivors, and challenging the way services in New Zealand respond to sexual violence cases.
There will also be a raffle of amazing prizes donated by generous sponsors. Cash raffle tickets available on the night.
Ticket includes nibbles and a glass of wine or juice. 
Tickets are limited and door sales will not be available. 
For more information, or to pay by cheque or direct deposit, contact info@womens-health.org.nz, or 09 520 5295.

Tickets $20, and include nibbles and a glass of wine/juice. Buy your tickets here:  www.suffrage2016.eventbrite.co.nz

Monday, 19 September 2016 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM 

Gus Fisher Gallery - 74 Shortland Street, Auckland, 1010


Suffrage Day Breakfast

Auckland University Students’ Association Women’s Rights Officers Proudly Present To You Womensfest 2016!  A week-long festival of events dedicated to raising awareness on women’s issues and experiences.

Date:  Monday 19th September

Time:  9:00 - 11:00am

Free Breakfast For You To Come And Celebrate Suffrage Day And Attend The Official Launch Of Kate Magazine!  All women and non-binary persons are welcome to come along to Womenspace at 9am Monday 19th September for a cup of milo and pastries!  Other breakfast options such as hash browns, toast and cereal are also provided!

Come along to have a chat with the Women’s Rights Officers and grab a copy of Kate Magazine! For More Information On Womensfest Events Please Visit Https://Www.Facebook.Com/Events/1782317721986827/


NCWNZ Auckland Branch Suffrage Day 2016 Celebration

Join us as we celebrate 123 years of NZ women having the vote!

Location:  Auckland Suffrage Memorial Lower Khartoum Place, Auckland CBD

Date:  Monday 19th September

Time:  12.30 – 1.30pm

Suffrage Day is a chance to celebrate the achievements of NZ women from winning the right to vote in 1893 until now.  Much has been achieved but much remains to be done to achieve real gender equality in Aotearoa/NZ.

NCWNZ, is leading work to achieve gender equality but we need your help.

Come and join us in celebrating, discussing what is needed to achieve gender equality, sharing information and committing to campaigning for change.  Contact ncwnzauckland@gmail.com

NCWNZ Auckland Branch acknowledge the amazing support of Auckland Council in holding this event. For further details contact Angela Radosits, Civic Events, Auckland Council 021 827 326


The YWCA of Hamilton is holding a women-focussed candidate event on Suffrage Day Monday 19 September 2016.  
The focus of the evening is on issues facing women and what the role of local government is in promoting these issues.  
YWCA of Hamilton President Chelsie Foley says  “The YWCA of Hamilton congratulates all those women who are standing for local elections.  The YWCA’s purpose is empowering women, especially young women, within the wider community of women.”   
Chelsie Foley says “We need more women in all levels of Government to be our voice on issues like Equal Pay.     That’s something every woman in New Zealand should achieve.  Equal Pay, like Suffrage, can only be achieved with advocacy and support from men too.”
The proportion of women elected to local bodies has risen from one quarter to one third over the last 25 years.  The number of women candidates is also increasing.  Voter turnout, however, has generally been declining over the last 25 years.   More votes for and from women, especially young women, will reverse that trend.
The YWCA Suffrage Day event runs from 6.30 to 8.30 p.m. at the YWCA Hall, on the corner of Clarence and Pembroke Sts, Hamilton.   For catering purposes, please register via YWCA of HamiltonNZ Facebook or email hostel@ywcahamilton.org.nz

More information about the event can be found on the YWCA Hamilton Facebook page www.facebook.com/ywcahamiltonnz or on the event page https://www.facebook.com/events/112939159160664/



Unlocking our potential

Date: Thursday, 15 September, 2016
Time: 6.00pm - 7.30pm 
Cost: Free 
Location: Te Ahumairangi (ground floor), National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets 
Contact Details: Space is limited, so book your spot by emailing events.natlib@dia.govt.nz

Celebrating Suffrage Day 2016
The Ministry for Women invites you to this special event in celebration of women's right to vote.

Join us for presentations by Lillian Grace, Chief Executive and founder of Figure NZ, and Anna Curzon, Managing Director at Xero, as well as an opening address from Hon Louise Upton, Minister for Women.

Space is limited, so book your spot by emailing events.natlib@dia.govt.nz


Support of equal pay

Date: Monday, 19 September, 2016
Time: 11am - 1pm 
Cost: Free 
Location: the steps of Parliament, Wellington
Contact Details: please email camillab@nzctu.org.nz for more information.

The Pay Equity Coalition will be handing white flowers to female MPs in support of equal pay at 11 am on 19 September 2016 on the steps of Parliament, Wellington. Attendees are encouraged to come dressed as suffragettes.


Candidates Evening

Date: Tuesday, 20 September, 2016
Time: 7:30pm - 9pm 
Cost: Free 
Location: HAPAI Building, 879-881 Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt
Contact Details: www.bpwnz.org.nz

As a club BPW Upper Hutt have decided to honour Suffrage Day with a public meeting at which our local candidates can address the public. This event has been planned for this coming Tuesday as we understand some candidates have been invited to a meeting in Silverstream on Suffrage Day.

The meeting will start at 7.30pm and will conclude at 9pm. We have secured the HAPAI Club Hall and look forward to greeting you shortly before 730pm. The format will allow for 2minutes of 'free' speech from each candidate then questions from the floor.

Our MC is local storyteller & comedienne Caroline Welkin who will be sure to entertain as well as keep you and the public in line.


National Council of Women Christchurch Suffrage Celebrations

Location:   The Suffrage Memorial Cnr Oxford Terrace and Worcester Street
Date:  Monday 19th September 2016
Time:  12noon – 12.30pm

Celebrate that bloody woman and honour the achievements of women who have gone before and our daughters and granddaughters to come.

Guest Speaker Hon.  Lianne Dalziel:  Mayor Of Christchurch

Kate Sheppard Memorial Award 2016 – Presentation

Lois Middlemiss Finalists Reading Their Poems

Beth Walters Aranui High - 'East Side Youth: Our Voice.'