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Suffrage 125 Exhibition

Suffrage 125 Exhibition

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  • Sun 24 Feb ’19, 10:00am – 6:00pm
  • Mon 25 Feb ’19, 10:00am – 6:00pm
  • Tue 26 Feb ’19, 10:00am – 6:00pm
  • Wed 27 Feb ’19, 10:00am – 6:00pm
  • Thu 28 Feb ’19, 10:00am – 6:00pm
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Te Papa, 55 Cable St, Wellington


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission


Te Papa

On 19 September, exactly 125 years since Aotearoa became the first self-governing country in the world to grant women the vote, Te Papa will open a pop-up exhibition, Te Tohe mō ngā Take Wāhine / Doing It for Themselves: Women Fight for Equality.

To honour Suffrage 125, Te Papa curators have initiated a special collecting project, sourcing contemporary items related to women’s rights. Recent acquisitions include a breast pump from former Green MP and writer Holly Walker, the NopeSisters T-shirt which addresses sexual abuse, a menstrual cup from MyCup, a company committed to ending period poverty, a suit worn by Dame Jenny Shipley on her first day in office as New Zealand’s first-ever female Prime Minister, and Luamanuvao Dame Winnie Laban’s puletasi (formal Sāmoan outfit) which she wore to give her maiden speech as New Zealand’s first Pacific Island female Member of Parliament.

The exhibition is located on level 3, Te Papa and will run until the end of February 2019.

There is also a range of events taking place at Te Papa around and in the lead-up to the anniversary of Suffrage 125 including:

Young Feminist Hui - Sat 15 September 10am-5pm, Te Huinga Centre, level 3, Te Papa, free
In collaboration with a team of young Wellington feminists from local high schools to discuss what the feminist landscape of modern Aotearoa looks like from a variety of different perspectives.

To book your place visit: tepapa.govt/hui

Exhibition tours and talks - throughout October 2018
Join us for a series of curator lead tours of Te Tohe mō ngā Take Wāhine/Doing It for Themselves: Women Fight for Equality.

Kids Polling Booth - Sat 24 & Sun 25 November, free
To mark the day that women first voted in 1893, Te Papa invites young people and their whānau to participate in a Kids’ Polling Booth, in partnership with Barbarian Productions.

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