Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Dunedin hosts last suffrage celebration

Dunedin (Tuesday, 20 November 2018) – Dunedin women’s efforts to get the vote will be remembered and celebrated in the final official event held across the country to mark the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New Zealand.

Toitū Otago Settlers Museum, in association with the Ministry for Women, is hosting KATE Talks – an event highlighting five inspiring Otago women who will deliver short talks in honour of famous suffragette Kate Sheppard.

KATE Talks and a reception for Suffrage 125 (which has marked the anniversary with 125 events held nationwide) will be held at Toitū on Wednesday, 28 November at 5.30pm. Registrations for this free event are required as numbers are limited.

The event commemorates the date on which women in New Zealand first voted – in the 1893 general election.

KATE Talks will end with a keynote speech by Dunedin City Council Chief Executive Sue Bidrose and a reception. The evening’s events link to Toitū’s feature exhibition Suffrage & Beyond: 1893-2018, which is on display in the temporary exhibitions gallery.

Museum Acting Director Cam McCracken says, “We’re delighted to host the final national event of these important commemorations.

“Dunedin is a fitting place for the celebration as more women signed the suffrage petition in Otago than anywhere else in New Zealand.”

Ministry for Women Communications Director Kirsty Anderson says, “KATE Talks will be a wonderful opportunity for us to acknowledge Dunedin’s special significance in our suffrage history. It will also encourage more conversation about how we can inspire New Zealand’s ‘new suffragists’ to champion further change for women and girls.”

The KATE Talks speakers and topics are:

Dr Helen Roberts – The gender pay gap in New Zealand

Dr Helen Roberts is a senior lecturer in the Department of Accountancy and Finance at the University of Otago. Her research projects include investigating executive pay levels and risk in New Zealand, the executive gender pay gap and careers for women in financial advising.

Laura Black - What’s wrong with housework (quite a bit)?

Laura Black is the Director of Methodist Mission Southern and has worked for 30 years in the public good sector. She is a specialist subject matter expert for the Social Investment Agency and other roles include being a member of the University of Otago’s Legal Issues Centre Advisory Board.

Miriama Ketu-McKenzie – Women’s health

Miriama Ketu is a clinical psychologist of Ngāti Tuwharetoa and Ngāti Raukawa descent. Her presentation will be based on her PhD research and will provide an overview of prominent health concerns affecting women today. She will discuss research that links many of those health issues to chronic stress exposure.

Ashleigh Smith – Bullying and youth

Ashleigh Smith is a leader and advocate for bullying prevention, gender equality and mental health. When she was 15 she was a founding member of Sticks ‘n Stones, a youth-led bullying prevention organisation based in Central Otago, and now chairs the group.

Deborah Manning – The journey of work; finding the right path

Deborah Manning is a lawyer, physiotherapist, social entrepreneur and the founder and CEO of KiwiHarvest, a New Zealand national food rescue organisation.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Brexit & Huawei Clusterfudges

Come December 2019, the West’s social democracies could be gone through quite a few changes at the top.

British PM Theresa May might not even make it through to the New Year. In a year’s time Angela Merkel’s shaky coalition will have probably collapsed, and another German election will have been fought by the newly chosen leader of Merkel’s party... More>>


Joint Select Committee Report: Achieving Smokefree 2025

In a historic first for select committees, the Māori Affairs Committee and the Health Committee presented their joint report on achieving the Smokefree 2025 goal to the House on Tuesday, 11 December 2018. More>>

"Shared Interests And Democratic Values": Peters To Visit USA

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters will travel to Washington D.C. for talks with US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and other senior members of the US Administration. More>>

Science Advisors: Stopping Family Violence – The Evidence

A new report “Every 4 minutes: A discussion paper on preventing family violence in New Zealand” by Justice sector Chief Science Advisor, Dr Ian Lambie, discusses the evidence and asks us, as a community, to get involved. More>>


Misuse Of Drugs Act: Medicinal Cannabis Legislation Passes

“Ultimately, this legislation will greatly increase availability of quality medicinal cannabis products, and will allow for their domestic manufacture. It will help people ease their suffering by making a wider range of quality medicinal cannabis products available over time." More>>


Conflicts, Inadequacies: IPCA Finds Police Investigation Flawed

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that a Police investigation into inappropriate contact between a teacher and a student in Gisborne in 2014 was deficient in several respects. More>>


PM's Press Conference Multimedia: Grace Millane, ACC Levy Hold, Absent Execs

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern began her Monday post-cabinet press conference with an emotional comment on the murder of English backpacker Grace Millane. More>>


Child Poverty Monitor: Food Poverty Due To Inadequate Income, Housing Cost

The latest Child Poverty Monitor released today by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner reveals alarming facts about children suffering the impacts of family income inadequacy, says Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG). More>>





InfoPages News Channels