Paying tribute to suffrage pioneers

CAMELLIA PLANTING: Rain did not dampen the occasion of commemorating 125 years of women winning the right to vote in New Zealand yesterday. Pictured planting a white camellia tree are, front (from left): Deputy mayor Rehette Stoltz, Business and Professional Women Gisborne president Anna-Maree Colvin and Mike Crawshaw from the Gisborne District Council amenity and horticulture team. At the back, from left, are Barbara Clarke, Sherryl Markie-Brookes, Maggie Asplet, Mackie Logan, Malcolm Redwood, Oriana Rojas, Susannah Grant, Lynn Omer and Sam Leahy. Picture by Paul Rickard

Business and Professional Women Gisborne members met at the Botanical Gardens this week to plant a Kate Sheppard White Camellia Tree to commemorate 125 years of women winning the right to vote in New Zealand.

This is just part of several BPW-organised celebrations including a breakfast with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and a screening of a suffrage movie.

This Saturday there will be a peaceful walk through the streets of Gisborne to acknowledge the women who sacrificed so much in the fight to gain equality in New Zealand.

There are four meeting points — Evans butchery in Derby Street; Aon Gisborne in Grey Street; Colvins in Wainui Road (opposite the Mobil station) and Barnardos in Ormond Road.

The groups will converge at the Margaret Sievwright Memorial, recently upgraded in readiness for this year’s celebrations.

Business and Professional Women Gisborne members met at the Botanical Gardens this week to plant a Kate Sheppard White Camellia Tree to commemorate 125 years of women winning the right to vote in New Zealand.

This is just part of several BPW-organised celebrations including a breakfast with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and a screening of a suffrage movie.

This Saturday there will be a peaceful walk through the streets of Gisborne to acknowledge the women who sacrificed so much in the fight to gain equality in New Zealand.

There are four meeting points — Evans butchery in Derby Street; Aon Gisborne in Grey Street; Colvins in Wainui Road (opposite the Mobil station) and Barnardos in Ormond Road.

The groups will converge at the Margaret Sievwright Memorial, recently upgraded in readiness for this year’s celebrations.

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