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Suffrage 125 – Standing on the Shoulders…

Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision launches new audiovisual exhibition for Suffrage 125 – Standing on the Shoulders…

The women of Aotearoa New Zealand won the right to vote 125 years ago, after a hard-fought campaign and several massive, nationwide petitions. To honour the Suffragists on this anniversary, Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision has created an online exhibition celebrating 125 of our most illustrious, revolutionary, courageous, inspirational, empowering, luminous, innovative and influential women.

From Te Puea Hērangi to Lorde, from weavers to war heroes, the exhibition Standing on the Shoulders… celebrates a diverse range of women as well as showcasing the breadth of material in Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision’s collections of archived radio, television and film recordings.

Standing on the Shoulders… will be launched at Parliament and online on September 19 (the day the suffrage legislation finally became law) with profiles of more than 60 outstanding women. More new profiles will go online on November 28 (the anniversary of the first general election in which women could vote) and on International Women’s Day, on March 8, 2019. Ngā Taonga is welcoming suggestions for women who could be included in these additional uploads – the only criteria is that they appear somewhere in the Archive’s online collections, which can be searched at

The exhibition will form a permanent online memorial, honouring those on whose shoulders the women of Aotearoa now stand.


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