Se­ries shines a light on pi­o­neer­ing Kiwi women

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A new se­ries is set to high­light some of New Zealand’s bright­est trail­blaz­ers next week, as part of the 125th suf­frage an­niver­sary.

Trail­blaz­ers will de­but on nzher­ from Mon­day and fea­tures the sto­ries of 12 ex­tra­or­di­nary Kiwi women who have changed the world.

The se­ries will feature a com­bi­na­tion of high pro­file women, such as He­len Clark and Dame Whina Cooper, as well as lesser-known sto­ries, such as fos­ter mother Wanda Mes­sam and ad­ven­turer He­len Thayer.

“Tra­di­tion­ally, news­rooms have

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Watch our spe­cial live broad­cast from the Her­ald news­room on Tues­day night, when Prime Min­is­ter Jacinda Ardern joins us as guest edi­tor of the news­pa­per. We’ll cap­ture all the ac­tion be­hind the scenes and ex­plore the story be­hind the Trail­blaz­ers project. Hosted by Laura McGoldrick and Joanna Hunkin on nzher­ from 7pm Tues­day. been dom­i­nated by men, which has his­tor­i­cally in­flu­enced the sto­ries that were cov­ered,” ex­plains ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Joanna Hunkin.

“As a re­sult, some women’s sto­ries and achieve­ments have gone un­known or un­re­ported.

“Trail­blaz­ers gave us a chance to ac­knowl­edge and ad­dress that im­bal­ance — and cel­e­brate some truly re­mark­able sto­ries.”

One of the women fea­tured is as­tro­physi­cist Beatrice Tins­ley, the first woman to be­come an as­tron­omy pro­fes­sor at Yale Univer­sity and who is cred­ited with chang­ing how we view the uni­verse.

Funded by New Zealand on Air, the se­ries fea­tures orig­i­nal art­work by ac­claimed artist Re­becca Hart and was di­rected by an all-fe­male lineup, in­clud­ing Me­lanie Rak­ena, So­phie Mus­grove, Sarah Boddy and Rochelle Umaga.

It’s part of a wider Her­ald project, which will show­case 125 trail­blaz­ing Kiwi women through­out his­tory, be­gin­ning with the an­cient Maori healer Kahu­peka.

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