It is 124 years today since women first voted in a general election in New Zealand. As we honour this special day we are also on the verge of yet another election and just like it did in 1983 this election will have an impact on the shape of not only our lives but my generations children and grandchildren. Our world holds many beauties and is the home to millions of amazing creatures and bucketloads of love but it is also facing many threats. WE are facing threats. Climate change, Poverty, Inequality, all of these things have been in the news a lot recently wether it be hurricanes causing mass destruction and deaths or 400 thousand Rohingya Muslims fleeing from Myanmar to Bangladesh in the last three weeks alone - it's clear something needs to be done.
Now I am not going to tell you who to vote for, that decision is up to you and you alone. What I am going to tell you is just to vote! Exercise your right to have a say in this countries future because not everyone is lucky enough to have that right. So please, come this Saturday go out there and vote and just like the suffragettes did all those years ago, vote for a better future for our people!
I will be voting for the first time on Saturday and when I do I will be thinking of two particularly special women. Hettie Clarissa Brittain and Alice Maud Pavitt, two family members who signed the Woman's suffrage petition in 1893 (In fact Hettie managed to sign it twice! I'm definitely related to her!!!) Today I looked through the NZ History website and found their signatures which are proudly displayed below. Thank you Aunty Hettie and Alice xxx
I hope you all have a great time at the ballot boxes on Saturday!