Violence against women

In our last newsletter we celebrated women winning the right to vote in New Zealand- with some cautions about the very different meanings of suffrage for Pakeha and  Maori women. This month, sadly, we have to acknowledge the continuing acts of violence by men against women here in Aotearoa, and the continuing exclusion of women’s […]

Opposing the Violence

Most of you will know that recently a young English backpacker was murdered on the night of her 22nd birthday in Auckland, and her body dumped in the Waitakere Ranges. There has been an unprecedented outpouring of anger and grief throughout Aotearoa as a result.  It’s as though both women and men have had enough, […]

Including women’s work

Every murder is a tragedy.  But we must also continue to look at the other, less public, kinds of continuing violence that  make our nation unsafe, unhealthy and  unhappy for many women.  Thirty years ago, Marilyn Waring’s book Counting for Nothing: what men value and what women are worth was published. She documented the huge […]

Celebrating Women…

Renée … novelist, playwright, and inspiring older woman (in her 90th year) has just been awarded a Prime Minister’s Literary Achievement Award ( with a $60,000 koha- so well-earned!)… An excellent item on the NZ Herald website includes the lovely photo above by Rosalie Phillips for the Otaki News. https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12144016 We have many fond memories […]

Women won the right to vote – 125 years ago today, in Aotearoa

  We caught a bus to the city heart at 6.30am this morning, 19 September,  the 125th anniversary of women winning the right to vote in Aotearoa, for a 7am ceremony in Aotea Square.  We were all welcomed by the wāhine toa of Ngāti Whātua Orākei on the steps of the Aotea Centre, with Sharon […]

Founding Day at AGGS

  On Friday 7 September Charmaine was acknowledged at the annual Founding Day ceremony at Auckland Girls’ Grammar School.   She has gifted  her two medals (for the  Suffrage Centennial commemoration in 1993, and for the CNZM awarded in 2002) to the school because, as she told the assembled gathering, it was working with staff and […]

Going West…

  Going West: a Festival of people and language, held annually in Titirangi in West Auckland, this year featured many women and acknowledged te reo Maori  throughout the programme.  We loved the Friday night  opening session with Serie Barford’s poems, Paula Morris’s oratory,  and one of our favourite singers,  Moana Maniapoto.  Some highlights…. The Saturday […]

STOP PRESS!!

If you have a chance, do go and see the play Burn Her! by Sam Brooks. This is political drama at its best-  surprising, thought-provoking, humorous and tragic all in one,  posing really hard questions about the behaviour  of the press, of PR people and of politicians.  And it could happen here….perhaps it already has? […]