This year marks the 'Suffrage 125' celebrations, marking NZ's proud history of suffrage and achievements of women. 

July 28th is 125th anniversary when this important petition was presented to parliament.

Te Rarawa woman Meri Te Tai Mangakahia was one of many Māori women who fought for women's suffrage, alongside Pākehā women, in the 19th century.

She was the first woman known to have presented a motion at the Kotahitanga parliament in Hawke's Bay in 1893 for women to have the right to vote and to stand in parliament.