Kate Sheppard and her followers delivered their petition for women's suffrage to parliament on the 28th of July 1893. Two months later they won the right for New Zealand women to be the first in the world to vote, and in 1896 they founded the National Council of Women New Zealand so they could keep fighting for equality and human rights for all.

Although much has happened since the 1890s, there’s still much more to do — and we all need to play our part. We are committed to working alongside government and others to make New Zealand a fairer, more just and equal society. Thirty-two thousand people signed Kate’s petition, you can add your name to theirs by joining us today.

Individual Membership

The bank account to pay NCWNZ National Office for membership subscriptions (if not paying by credit card) is 03-0502-0100220-000. Please include your name and "membership" as a reference.

Please note that some branches may also request separate branch membership fees to assist with the operations of the local branch. This is paid to the branch's bank account, which will be advised by the branch treasurer,


Sustaining member

Join NCWNZ's continuous membership programme. Sustaining members contribute monthly to ensure NCWNZ is able to continue advocating for gender equality. The first $50 of your sustaining member contributions each financial year is your membership fee. Any additional contributions are donations and tax deductible. 


Annual Membership

Our membership year is from 1 April to 31 March. Pro-rata fees for partial membership year are unavailable. Membership fees are based on a sliding scale from $10 a year to $50 a year. 

Organisational Membership

Become an Organisational Member of NCWNZ and contribute to our policy and advocacy for women and gender equality. Staff, volunteers or members of Organisational Members can participate in branches and Action Hubs, as Organisational Representatives, meeting like-minded people and contributing to our policy making process and advocacy. 

The membership fee for Organisational Members is based on your size. You can define what membership fee best fits your organisation.

Small - $100

Medium - $200 

Large - $500 

Staff, members and volunteers of Organsiational Members can become Organisational Representatives and participate in NCWNZ activities. Fil out the form in the link below to become an Organisational Representative. You will need the permission of your organisational to participate in NCWNZ activities on their behalf.