Dress up for Suf­frage

Waihi Leader - - News -

Women, men and chil­dren are in­vited to join the re-en­act­ment march to com­mem­o­rate and cel­e­brate Suf­frage 125 in Katikati on Satur­day, Septem­ber

15.

2018 marks the 125th an­niver­sary of women’s suf­frage in New Zealand. On Septem­ber 19,1893 the Elec­toral Act 1893 was passed, giv­ing all women in New Zealand the right to vote. As a re­sult of this land­mark leg­is­la­tion, New Zealand be­came the first self­gov­ern­ing coun­try in the world in which all women had the right to vote in par­lia­men­tary elec­tions.

Katikati wants to make a vis­ual state­ment, so ev­ery­one is en­cour­aged to dress up in pe­riod cos­tume and make plac­ards. A group of lo­cal women re­cently got to­gether for a fun photo shoot. They want to show how easy it is to put to­gether an out­fit for the Katikati Suf­frage 125 event. Pat Mc­Neil from the Katikati Flo­ral Art group, who or­gan­ised the oc­ca­sion at her home says it is easy and in­ex­pen­sive to cre­ate a Vic­to­rian look.

“All you need is a long skirt, a blouse and a hat. Ac­ces­sories could in­clude a shawl, gloves or a para­sol.”

March par­tic­i­pants will meet at the Ure­tara Do­main at 11.30am on Septem­ber 15 and march to the Katikati Memorial Hall, where cel­e­bra­tions will fol­low at 1pm. For­mer Prime Min­is­ter He­len Clark is guest speaker and there will be a short play, A Wo­man’s Place, writ­ten and pre­sented by Di Lo­gan, among other ac­tiv­i­ties.

There will be a best plac­ard com­pe­ti­tion with a $50 prize. Peo­ple are en­cour­aged to cre­ate plac­ards on cur­rent women’s is­sues, and plac­ards can have a modern twist. Step back in time, dress in pe­riod style and join in the fun and re-en­act­ment of an 1893 Suf­frage march to the Katikati Memorial Hall.

PHOTO / CHRIS­TINE DONEHUE.

Dressed up for Suf­frage 125 are from left back Faye Moor­house, Pat Mc­Neil, Bar­bara Gadd. Front Mau­reen McCal­is­ter and Dianne Con­nelly-Cook.

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