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Suffrage 125 – Events in Tauranga

On 19 September 1893, the Electoral Act 1893 was passed, giving all women in New Zealand over the age of 21 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. The Suffrage 125 Tauranga Committee is working with other organisations and community groups in Tauranga Moana to mark 125 years since this groundbreaking event with commemorations throughout the city. Celebrations run from 28 July, the anniversary of the ‘monster’ suffrage petition’s submission to Parliament, through 28 November - the first New Zealand General Election in which women could vote - and finishing on 20 December when women first voted in the Māori electorates in 1893.

Tauranga City Libraries Events

Schools Debate: 1893, Why Should Men Get the Vote?

Where: Tauranga City Council Chambers
When: 4 September
Time: 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Junior debating teams from Girls’ and Boys’ College’s will try to figure out why men should have the vote. 

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Are We There Yet? An Evening with Helen Clark

Where: Holy Trinity Church
When: 7 September
Time: 6:30pm - 7:45pm

Former Prime Minister and United Nations Development Programme Administrator, Rt Hon. Helen Clark gives her thoughts in a discussion moderated by Elizabeth Hughes. 

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Are We There Yet? An Evening with Jan Tinetti

Where: Tauranga City Council chambers
When: 19 September
Time: 6:00pm - 7.30pm

Former principal of Merivale School and current Labour List MP based in Tauranga, Jan Tinetti will be speaking in a discussion moderated by Tracey Rudduck-Gudsell

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Papamoa Genealogist Drop- in Session 

Where: Papamoa library
When: 28 September
Time: 10am - 12:00pm

Come to this session to find out whether your ancestors signed the 1893 suffrage petition that resulted in NZ being the first country to give women the vote.

Suffrage 125 School Holiday Programme 

Where: Tauranga City Libraries
When: 1 October - 14 October

Drop-in craft activities will be held throughout the Tauranga City Libraries where children can create 3D paper camellias, paper rosettes and jigsaw puzzles to commemorate Suffrage 125.

Book Launch: Eliza and the White Camellia

Where: Tauranga City Library
When: 1 December
Time: 2.30pm - 3.30pm

Join us to launch award-winning author Debbie McCauley's new bilingual children’s picture book for Suffrage 125.

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Other Suffrage 125 Events 

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Where: Rialto Cinema
When: 10 September, 11.30am - 1.15pm and 16 September, 11am - 12.45pm

A moving documentary celebrating the enduring legacy of Celia Lashlie. 

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Kororāreka: The Ballad of Maggie Flynn 

When: Baycourt
When: 11 September, 7.30pm - 8.50pm
12 September, 12pm - 1.20pm
13 September  7.30pm - 8.50pm

Delving into the lawless outpost of 1800s Russell, Kororāreka: The Ballad of Maggie Flynn introduces a heroine created from the rich and vibrant true stories of New Zealand women. 

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Celebration of Patchwork and Quilting

When: Mount Maunganui Bridge Club
Where: 15 September
Time: 10am - 3pm

A celebration of patchwork, quilting and stitch-craft including working exhibits showing a variety of techniques.

Suffrage 125 Commemoration at Katikati

Where: Uretara Domain to War Memoral Hall, Katikati
When: 15 September
Time: 11.30am - 3pm

March through the town in period costume then listen to guest speaker Helen Clark.

Frocks on Bikes Tauranga: Suffrage 125 Bicycle Ride

Where: The Elms
When:15 September
Time: 1pm - 4pm

Dress vintage style and enjoy a bicycle tour of the historic Te Papa area, followed by a house tour.

Redefining Workplace Roles

Where:The Tauranga Club
When: 18 September
Time: 12pm - 1.30pm

Tauranga Business Women’s Network host a lunchtime panel discussion with three local women who are working in traditionally male dominated industries.

Vahine – Wahine: Exhibition by Jo Torr 

Where:The People’s Gallery – Toi ka rere, The Historic Village
11 August - 28 Aug, 9am - 3pm  
25 August, 2pm - 3pm (exhibition talk by Jo Torr)
Reflecting on the position of women through history, with garment sculptures that incorporate an aspect of Polynesian/Māori or European 

Searching for Eliza: Researching my Suffragist Ancestor 

Where: Tauranga City Library
When: 16 August, 6.30pm - 7pm 
Where: Papamoa Library
When: 30 August, 6.30pm - 7pm
Debbie McCauley will share her research into her suffragist ancestor, who was a signatory to the 1892 and 1893 suffrage petitions, as well as a founding member of the National Council of Women. 

Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen

Where: Rialto Cinema
When: 29 August, 6.15pm - 7.45pm and 4 September, 4.15pm - 5.45pm

Merata Mita, pioneering Māori filmmaker and international champion of women in indigenous film, is celebrated by her youngest son, archivist Heperi Mita, collaborating with his siblings to deliver a richly personal portrait.

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Wonder Women: Speaker Series

Where: Macau Bar Kitchen & Lounge
When: 22 August
Time: 5:15pm - 8pm

Listen to words of wisdom from our speakers, communications coach Gail Page and focus magazine editor Dee Collins.

Drop in Workshop: Feminine Hygiene Kit Assembly

Where:Our Place
When: 11 October, 10am - 3pm

Come along and help assemble ‘Day of Girls’ feminine hygiene kits for girls and young women in Cambodia. 

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Western Bay Women 

When: 28 November

An invitiation only launch of a book celebrating the stories, thoughts and opinions of 40 local women.

Published: Thursday, 16 Aug 2018 10:00 by Tauranga City Council

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