Celebrations have begun to mark 125 years of suffrage in New Zealand.
Hundreds of New Zealand women clad in purple and white crammed into Government House today to start the celebrations.
The event was hosted by Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy with the list of attendees included famous female leaders past, present and future.
Former prime minister Helen Clark was a late arrival, her flight into Wellington having been delayed.
Women’s suffrage (also known as female suffrage, woman suffrage or women’s right to vote) is the right of women to vote in elections.
In 1881, the Isle of Man gave women who owned property the right to vote. In 1893, New Zealand was the first country in the world to granted women the right to vote.
Kate Sheppard was the leading person in New Zealand’s women’s suffrage movement. In recent years her contribution to New Zealand’s identity has been acknowledged on the $10 note and a commemorative stamp.