A Woman's Place: Celebrating 125 years of Women's Suffrage in New Zealand

The Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra's special concert for 2018 featuring music and kōrero by women.

Modi Deng

Modi Deng Photo: ©Adrian Malloch/APO

New Zealand was the first country in the world to grant women the right to vote.

2018 marks the 125th anniversary of this landmark legislation.

Thanks to the pioneering spirit of the suffrage movement, New Zealand women now have the right to choose their own path and have a place in every aspect of our society, at every level.

The Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra celebrates those pioneers and the generations of wāhine toa (strong women) who have continued to stand up, speak out and work towards equality for all.

The orchestra is joined by special guest artists, pianist Modi Deng, violinist Amalia Hall, and singer-songwriter Hollie Fullbrook of Tiny Ruins.

The conductor is Tianyi Lu.

And providing their thoughts on "a woman's place" in New Zealand in 2018 are: Poet Laureate Selina Tusitala Marsh; former Prime Minister Helen Clark; businesswoman and former Chair of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra Dame Rosanne Meo; microbiologist Siouxsie Wiles; former Member of Parliament Georgina Beyer; and founder and CEO of GirlBoss New Zealand Alexia Hilbertidou.

The MC for the event is RNZ Concert's Clarissa Dunn.

Kaikaranga, Fiona Smith of Ngāti Whātua Orākei

Kaikaranga, Fiona Smith of Ngāti Whātua Orākei Photo: Adrian Malloch/APO

Dr Selina Tusitala Marsh, New Zealand Poet Laureate

Dr Selina Tusitala Marsh, New Zealand Poet Laureate Photo: Adrian Malloch/APO

Dame Rosanne Meo

Dame Rosanne Meo Photo: Adrian Malloch/APO

Modi Deng

Modi Deng Photo: ©Adrian Malloch/APO

Hollie Fullbrook

Hollie Fullbrook Photo: ©Adrian Malloch/APO

Amalia Hall

Amalia Hall Photo: ©Adrian Malloch/APO

Georgina Beyer

Georgina Beyer Photo: ©Adrian Malloch/APO

Dr Siouxie Wiles

Dr Siouxie Wiles Photo: Adrian Malloch/APO

Alexia Hilbertidou

Alexia Hilbertidou Photo: Adrian Malloch/APO


Presenter: Clarissa Dunn
Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Tianyi Lu

with Modi Deng (piano), Amalia Hall (violin) and featuring Tiny Ruins


Ethel SMYTH: The Boatswain's Mate: Overture
Clara SCHUMANN: Piano Concerto in A minor Op 7
Gillian WHITEHEAD: Tūmanako: Journey through an unknown landscape
Hollie FULLBROOK: Olympic Girls; Me at the Museum, You in the Wintergardens; She'll Be Coming Round
Claire COWAN: Stark: Violin Concerto, 1st movement
Salina FISHER: Rainphase
Jennifer HIGDON: City Scape: Skyline

Recorded by RNZ Concert, Auckland Town Hall, 29 November 2018
Producer: Tim Dodd; Engineer: Adrian Hollay