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Tues­day, Septem­ber 19 marked Suf­frage Day - a sig­nif­i­cant day in New Zealand’s his­tory.

It has been 124 years since women won the right to vote in our coun­try in 1893, notch­ing New Zealand down as the first self­gov­ern­ing coun­try in the world to do so.

I could think of no bet­ter way to mark the oc­ca­sion than by ac­tu­ally cast­ing a vote in this year’s elec­tion, which I did on Tues­day at Te Manawa in Palmer­ston North.

Back in 1893, the suf­frage bill was passed by 20 votes to 18. It’s ab­surd, now, to think that 18 men in gov­ern­ment did not be­lieve that half of the pop­u­la­tion should be able to have their say in our coun­try’s gov­er­nance.

This is why your vote, and ev­ery vote, mat­ters.

So, if you haven’t al­ready, take the time to learn about the can­di­dates and their par­ties and poli­cies this elec­tion.

Use your vote for what you be­lieve is right for our na­tion’s fu­ture. Do Kate Shep­pard proud. - Lisa Hous­ton

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