10
September
2018
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05:30
Australia/Melbourne

Whakatū wāhine – women stand up!

On 19 September 1893 - 125 years ago New Zealand became the first self-governing country to grant women the right to vote, and Bupa homes are celebrating the date.

After gathering a petition with nearly 32,000 signatures, New Zealand became the first self-governing country to grant women the right to vote.

To mark the occasion, our managers and residents from Accadia, Cedar Manor and Greerton Villages came together for one big celebration.

Village Managers Jan Davies, Debbie Bryant and Judith Gilmore dressed in period costumes and re-enacted the Suffrage march.

They marched with placards while singing defiance songs and carrying a basket of white camellias (the flower worn by supporters). The tables were set with Bone China and a high morning tea was served.

Our residents also dressed for the occasion, with a prize for the best dressed who got to cut the white camellia celebration cake.

Photos of this event were sent to Her Excellence Dame Patsy Reddy – The Governor General for New Zealand, who sent a letter back that read "What a wonderful way to celebrate the women (and men) who helped New Zealand lead the world in the emancipation of women."

For more information on Suffrage 125, check out the NZ Ministry of Women website.