6 Jul 2018

Unsung heroes of New Zealand's suffrage movement

From Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan, 1:33 pm on 6 July 2018

125 years since women in New Zealand were the first in the world to win the right to vote, an Auckland museum exhibition is taking the opportunity to highlight some of the unsung heroes of the suffrage movement.

The Are We There Yet exhibition also pays tribute to other women who've advanced women's equality in Aotearoa during that century and a quarter.

One of the first Maori suffragists Meri Te Tai Mangakahia is prominently displayed to recognise the enormous contribution she made to the suffrage movement and more.

Well ahead of her time, Meri Te Tai Mangakahia wanted more than the right to vote, she wanted women represented in Parliament to be part of the decision making.  

Her great grand niece Emma Frost is with me now to tell me about her ancestor's achievements.

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