Recent activities of NCWNZ Ōtautahi Christchurch Branch

Suffrage Celebration 12-1, Tuesday, 19 September, Kate Sheppard Memorial in Ōtautahi Christchurch

Mayor Chrissy Mauger, Christchurch, Suffrage130
Mayoress Chrissy Mauger

Over 100 people attended this outdoor event which was organised in collaboration with the Christchurch City Council and Plains FM.

Liz Kereru and Maaka Tau welcomed everyone with a Mihi Whakatau on behalf of Ngāi Tūāhuriri. This was followed by presentations from Chrissy Mauger, Mayoress of Christchurch, Tania Wati, Ngāi Tūāhuriri representative on Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and Helen Osborne, Property Manager, Te Whare Waiutuutu - Kate Sheppard House. Nancy McShane, Public Service Association representative, delivered a speech written about Kate Sheppard.

Nancy McShane, Christchurch Suffrage130
Nancy McShane, Public Service Association

Sunita Gautam, Community Board Member, Central Ward, spoke about the importance of diversity and inclusion in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Sunita Guatam, Christchurch Suffrage130
Sunita Guatam, Community Board Member, Central Ward

The event concluded with the singing of ‘True Colours’ by the Rangi Ruru School Choir and attendees left white camellias on the memorial.

Rangi Ruru School Choir, Christchurch Suffrage130
Rangi Ruru School Choir

TV1 filmed the event and a few minutes of footage was shown in a TV1 One News 6 pm news item on 130 th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New Zealand. The presenters were recorded by Plains FM and an edited version of this recording, which includes comments from those attending the event, was broadcast on 20 September and 24 September. Funding from Manatū Wāhine was obtained for koha for the Mihi Whakatau and for the recording of the event by Plains FM and the creator of the edited podcast. 

NCWNZ AGM 10 – 12, 23 Saturday September, Tui Room, St Barnabas Centre, Fendalton,
Christchurch and potluck lunch to celebrate the NCWNZ Life Membership of Christine Low

NCWNZ Christchurch AGM group photo 2023The Branch meeting venue was booked for members to have the option of meeting face-to-face during the online AGM. About 12 members attended.

Other members, including three Branch Life members, joined us for a potluck lunch at 12:30 to celebrate the award of NCWNZ Life Membership to Christine Low at the AGM.

Christchurch AGM celebration of Christine Low

Christine’s certificate from NCWNZ was on display, she wore the badge, and she received flowers, a hardcopy card and an electronic Kudoboard card with messages and photos from branch members. The lunch tables were decorated, there were purple balloons, the food was delicious, and it was a very lively and festive event.

Thanks to Alex Goodall and Jennifer Delaney for organising this celebration.


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