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Dear Aotearoa, on the oc­ca­sion of your 125th an­niver­sary of women’s suf­frage

Thank you, Kate — for help­ing to make women more equal! Very best wishes,

Margaret At­wood, CC OOnt FRSC FRSL, Cana­dian poet, nov­el­ist, lit­er­ary critic, es­say­ist, in­ven­tor, teacher and en­vi­ron­men­tal ac­tivist.

Thank you for lead­ing the way. There are many rea­sons to love New Zealand, but for this we are grate­ful. You lib­er­ated and in­spired women. We look to you still. Most im­por­tant: thank you for be­ing un­afraid of women’s power.

Nigella Law­son, Bri­tish tele­vi­sion per­son­al­ity, food writer, jour­nal­ist.

Con­grat­u­la­tions for your his­tory of lead­er­ship in women's suf­frage and for con­tin­u­ing to shine a light in this area. From one whose fam­ily has known the sac­ri­fices and the ini­tial im­por­tance of this strug­gle. With very best wishes,

Dr He­len Pankhurst, women's rights ac­tivist, writer and great-grand­daugh­ter of Emmeline Pankhurst (Bri­tish suf­fragette).

A bliz­zard of kisses and deep­est pride that you were the first: and my great­grand­mother Han­nah Ar­lele was a suf­frag­ist sig­na­tory. You are my sis­ters, and New Zealand my in­spi­ra­tion. Cheers, Sweet­ies!

Joanna Lum­ley OBE, FRGS, English ac­tor, ac­tivist, au­thor, phi­lan­thropist and former model.

This is hands down the coolest thing we as a na­tion have ever done. We must al­ways live up to this proud legacy – keep prov­ing to the rest of the world that GIRLS CAN DO ANY­THING!

Kate Sylvester, NZ fash­ion de­signer, Hon­orary Doc­tor Fine Arts (Massey).

To sis­ters of all ages, na­tion­al­i­ties and cul­ture in NZ and around the world. We have come so far, we still have far to go in our quest for true equal­ity. Let’s sup­port each other in our dreams and hopes, in the spirit of love, com­pas­sion and hu­man­ity en­cour­ag­ing each other at ev­ery turn across all ech­e­lons of so­ci­ety.

Lisa Ta­mati, en­durance athlete.

Women, take the mat­ter up! ( This was Kate Shep­pard's call to ac­tion). Theresa Gat­tung, busi­ness­woman, au­thor, phi­lan­thropist and former CEO, Telecom NZ.

On this an­niver­sary of women’s suf­frage we can look back over the years and truly cel­e­brate all that women have ac­com­plished, in so many fields, in so many ways, to make this a bet­ter world. Now, in the face of many prob­lems, we must stand to­gether and work even harder.

Dame Jane Goodall DBE, pri­ma­tol­o­gist and an­thro­pol­o­gist, world ex­pert on chim­panzees, ac­tivist, founder of the Jane Goodall In­sti­tute and UN mes­sen­ger of peace.

Keep up the good work ladies! Take care out there.

Jackie van Beek, film di­rec­tor.

To­day our young women have more op­por­tu­ni­ties than ever be­fore to shape their own des­tinies. I en­cour­age you to seize th­ese op­por­tu­ni­ties, to work to­gether and un­leash the po­ten­tial that lies within us all to en­sure our na­tion is pros­per­ous yet com­pas­sion­ate, in­no­va­tive and in­clu­sive and mind­ful al­ways of the well-be­ing of the planet. Aro­hanui,

Her Ex­cel­lency, The Rt Hon Dame Patsy Reddy GNZM, QSO, Gover­nor-Gen­eral of New Zealand.

I am in­spired ev­ery day by wahine in my life — past, present and fu­ture — who do what they do for them­selves, their whanau, their kau­papa. A line from the Black Ferns' haka ( Ko Uhia Mai) com­posed by Whetu Tipi­wai, claims, "Ko Hineahuone, Ko Hine-titama, Ko Hine-nui-te-po, Ki te whai ao ki te ao marama e", mean­ing women in our past have taken us from a void to a world of en­light­en­ment! Nga mihi.

Dr Farah Palmer ONZM, univer­sity lec­turer, NZ Rugby Board mem­ber and former cap­tain of the Black Ferns.

They were staunch, they got or­gan­ised, out­side they per­suaded, in­side they over­came! xx

Gay­lene Pre­ston ONZM, film-maker.

Unity is where strength lies, where the foun­da­tion for change and progress stems from. Manaaki whenua, man­aak­i­tanga, haere whaka­mua. Care for the land, care for the peo­ple, go for­ward.

Vit­to­ria Shortt, CEO, ASB Bank.

It is al­ways worth re­mem­ber­ing that women weren't "given" the right to vote, they de­manded it and won it. This was less about New Zealand be­ing a for­ward-think­ing coun­try, and more about the power of stroppy women. Stay stroppy.

Michele A'Court, writer/poet.

Women of all ages, eth­nic­ity and di­ver­sity have stood strong and proud in the last 125 years … to­gether we will con­tinue to stand strong and proud with our voices and ac­tions be­ing heard and seen for another 125 years. Kia kaha wahine toa.

Louise Ni­cholas ONZM, cam­paigner for women’s rights and vic­tims of sex­ual vi­o­lence.

The first step to cre­at­ing change is to be­lieve in your­self. If you can be­lieve in your­self then you al­ways have at least one per­son in your cor­ner. Al­ways re­mem­ber you are a strong, in­tel­li­gent wahine with the power to change the world. Even one voice is loud when the rest are silent. Kia kaha,

Eva McGauley, CEO EvasWish, ac­tivist, Youth Am­bas­sador HELP: Auck­land.

Thank you for the fight, for be­ing fierce — for not giv­ing up. Thank you for FREE­DOM.

Jodie Rim­mer, ac­tor.

I’m so proud to be a woman, and be able to show and rep­re­sent the power of women, and in­spire many all around the world! Many women have been huge role mod­els for me and if we con­tinue to fol­low in the foot­steps of the many amaz­ing women that have led us, there is def­i­nitely a brighter side wait­ing for us all! Thank you to each and ev­ery one of you! Let’s keep show­ing the strength of women to the world.

Ly­dia Ko, pro­fes­sional golfer and youngest player ever to be ranked no 1 in the world.

In God's grace any­thing is pos­si­ble. Let God's light shine on us all, guid­ing us to our fullest po­ten­tial.

Lor­raine Downes, Miss Uni­verse 1983, style/well­be­ing con­sul­tant, au­thor.

Thanks for lead­ing the way — but there is still a long way to go. Our most im­por­tant job is to keep up the con­ver­sa­tion, role model great lead­ers and guide our next gen­er­a­tion. With love and hope for the fu­ture,

Ce­cilia Robin­son, founder and co-CEO, My Food Bag.

Wahine ma o Aotearoa. We’ve al­ways stood for what is right and done it bravely and in the knowl­edge that was a fight worth hav­ing. To kaha hoki! May we con­tinue to be a shin­ing light of equal­ity in the in the world. Kia manawa titi tatou!!

Jen­nifer Ward-Lealand/Te Atamira ONZM, NZ ac­tor, di­rec­tor, singer.

Vot­ing is at the heart of our democ­racy. Women weren't given the right to vote, they had to take it. In cam­paign­ing suc­cess­fully for the right to vote we led the world. Women across Aotearoa con­tinue to push for a bet­ter world — to be paid fairly, to be free from vi­o­lence and to over­turn gen­der stereo­types. Act­ing to­gether cre­ates changes.

Hon Eu­ge­nie Sage, Act­ing Min­is­ter for Women.

I strug­gle to think of some­thing you’ve stood for, and achieved, that I’m more proud of than women’s suf­frage. It was a big, bold, clear move that we could all hold dear and keep as an aide­mem­oire that big, bold moves and clar­ity of vi­sion can help to build great com­mu­ni­ties and coun­tries.

Karen Walker CNZM, NZ fash­ion de­signer.

Dear­est women of the fu­ture young and old, may we al­ways re­mem­ber our sis­ters and how they paved the way for us, may we re­mem­ber their fight and keep their fire burn­ing in­side us, fight for our sis­ters to come. May we al­ways be re­fined by our strug­gle, not de­fined by gen­der.

Ladi6, singer / song­writer.

As women we have the amaz­ing ca­pac­ity and ca­pa­bil­ity to lead, em­power, en­cour­age, and in­spire our com­mu­ni­ties. 125 years ago women suc­ceeded with their courage to do just that. To­day in Aotearoa NZ we have at the helm of our coun­try women lead­ers. The Prime Min­is­ter, Gover­nor-Gen­eral and Chief Jus­tice, but we still have a long way to go for eq­uity and equal­ity.

Ran­jna Pa­tel, ONZM, QSM, JP, founder and Di­rec­tor of Nir­vana Health Group.

My beloved Aotearoa, you are an in­spi­ra­tion to the whole world. You float serenely on the blue Pa­cific, head held high ... just like all the wahine toa you have given birth to. Strong. Proud. Able.

Jenny Mor­ris OAM, NZ singer/song­writer.

Fer­til­ity con­trol is es­sen­tial if women are to reach their full po­ten­tial. With­out it all other free­doms are in jeop­ardy. Fer­til­ity con­trol in­cludes the right for a woman to choose abor­tion. Make sex­ual and re­pro­duc­tive health a pri­or­ity for the fu­ture.

Dame Margaret Spar­row DNZM MBE, med­i­cal doc­tor, re­pro­duc­tive rights ad­vo­cate, au­thor.

A time to re­flect and re­spect those coura­geous women who fought so hard for us. A proud mo­ment in our his­tory. As we con­tinue to fight for equal­ity we need strong women and men fight­ing the cause. Kia kaha,

Nikki Kaye, MP Auck­land Cen­tral.

We have come so far! We en­joy choices our moth­ers and grand­moth­ers did not gen­er­ally have avail­able to them. But we still have a long way to go be­fore we reach our full po­ten­tial. Try ev­ery day to be the best you can be — in ev­ery area of your life. Re­mem­ber that worth­while achieve­ments rarely come eas­ily. Don’t pull up the lad­der — help those around you share in the wis­dom you have gleaned. Keep things in per­spec­tive!

Joan Withers, busi­ness­woman, au­thor and pro­fes­sional di­rec­tor.

We have led the way for women in the world since 1893 ... We gave women a voice! To­day our girls are suf­fer­ing se­ri­ous is­sues — anorexia, drugs, lack of self-es­teem. We need to stand to­gether ... arm in arm and sup­port our girls! If all girls were taught how to love each other fiercely in­stead of how to com­pete and hate their bod­ies ... Imag­ine.

Annette Pres­ley ONZM, en­tre­pre­neur, busi­ness leader/men­tor for women, phi­lan­thropist.

Go to nzher­ to see the en­tire Post­card Project.

Hol­lie Smith, NZ mu­si­cian.

Re­nee Liang, writer, play­wright, poet, pae­di­a­tri­cian.

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