Suffrage 125 events

09-Sep-2018, 2:00 PM To
28-Nov-2018, 7:00 PM

Event Details

Several events are being organised to mark 125 years since women got the vote in New Zealand.

On 19 September 1893 all women in New Zealand won the right to vote, and on 28 November that same year women were first able to vote, meaning New Zealand was the first self-governing country in the world where all women had the right to vote in parliamentary elections.

Gore Historical Society, Soroptimist International of Gore, Gore District Council, NZ Police, Rural Women NZ Gore Branch and Gore Womens Refuge are all working together to present a programme of events from September to November.

Planter boxes on Gore's Main Street, with purple and white plants, also commemorate Suffrage 125.


Sunday 9 September, 2.00pm

Gore and Districts RSA function room

Suffrage Celebration

Music, verse, song, images, enactments and historic displays, presented by the Gore District Historical Society, the Women's Club play reading group, the Women's Club choir, Hokonui Pioneer Village & Museum

Wednesday 19 September 

The Thomas Green, Gore

'Cuppa with a Coppa' – Police women on the beat.

Come and meet police, fire and ambulance officers over a cup of tea. Kindly hosted by the Mataura Licensing Trust. Donations to Women's Refuge much appreciated.

Sunday 23 September, starting 2.00pm     

SBS St James Theatre, Gore

Women Breaking the Boundaries - a trio of films


What Really Happened: Votes for Women telling the Suffrage story on a national level. Rosemarie Smith, formerly of Gore, will follow the film with a talk about the local context.

Gold Coin entry for Gore Womens Refuge.


She ShearsFeaturing five women working in the NZ shearing industry.



The Divine Order - Swiss women fighting for the right to vote as late as 1971.


Tickets available at the SBS St James Theatre.

Saturday 6 October to Sunday 2 December   

Eastern Southland Gallery, Gore

Maruawai: Valley of Water, paintings by Janet de Wagt.

Against the Grain, NZ women artists from the collection.

Join an artist and an academic for a discussion about NZ women artists late November (details TBC).

Wednesday 17 October, 7.00pm   

Gore District Library

Our Suffrage Story. A talk presented by the Gore Historical Society.