June 18, 2018
Māori contribution to women’s suffrage acknowledged
Green’s co-leader Marama Davidson is welcoming the high profile given to wāhine Māori in commemorations of the 125th anniversary of women in New Zealand getting the vote.
The Minister for Women, Julie Anne Genter, hosted an event which included descendants of the Māori women who took part in the suffrage campaign of the 1890s.
Ms Davidson says it’s one of the things that made the suffrage movement in New Zealand unique.
"I’m really pleased to see more people talking about wāhine like Meri Te Tai Mangakāhia, like Te Puea Hērangi and the movement she led, like Rangitopeora and many wāhine who were a massive part of Māori women in the suffrage movement," she says.
Ms Davidson says a challenge for her is to make sure the votes of today’s Māori women deliver a system that supports Māori aspirations.
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