Monday 19 September 2016 is Suffrage Day / White Camellia Day - On 19 September 1893 women in New Zealand got the vote, and the white camellia was the symbol of the suffragists.
Here in Christchurch, there's a celebration honouring the achievements of women from 12 to 12.30pm by the Kate Sheppard Memorial on the corner of Worcester Street and Oxford Terrace. Mayor Lianne Dalziel will speak, and the Kate Sheppard Memorial Award 2016 will be presented. The finalists in the Lois Middlemiss Award will read their poems, including Beth Walters, Aranui High - "East Side Youth: Our Voice". (info from The Christchurch Mail)
More about suffrage
- See the names of those who signed the 1893 Women's Suffrage Petition.
- Digital NZ has a neat set of images Cartooning the women's vote.
- Find information on women's suffrage and women's rights in New Zealand.