Kia ora koutou
It is exciting to be celebrating 125 years of women’s suffrage in New Zealand. We should be really proud that on 19 September 1893, the Electoral Act 1893, a landmark piece of legislation, was passed giving all women in New Zealand the right to vote. That New Zealand was the first self-governing country in the world in which all women had the right to vote in parliamentary elections is amazing! What a world-leading little country we are.
However, while there is lots to celebrate, we mustn’t lose sight of the fact that there is still more work to be done to ensure equality for women. Please do take part in and enjoy the many celebratory activities that are happening all around our nation, but most importantly, let’s keep working for a nation that is free from inequality in every way – gender, race etc.
It has been a crazy busy week for us. So, enjoy the rest of the week and enjoy the sunshine at the weekend (here’s hoping the weather forecast is telling the truth!).
By the way, lovely to see our delightful children performing at the Kapahaka Festival on Saturday and then again on Tuesday evening at Artsplash. Such enjoyable performances!
Nga mihi mahana ki a koutou