On 19 September 1893 the Electoral Act 1893 was passed, which means today marks the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New Zealand. Suffrage 125 events have been happening all this month and continue to the weekend. There are myriad gallery exhibitions, film screenings at Ngā Taonga, tours and exhibitions at Parliament, many of which have been mentioned previously on The Wellington App, and can be seen here.
Start the day with deep breathing. At Island Bay Community Centre, Lalita teaches Hatha Yoga Classes designed for beginners through to intermediate with attention to body alignment, allowing time to move between postures and to focus on breath/body awareness. A peaceful relaxation is part of each session. Bring a blanket, water bottle, your yoga mat and $2:00 to Island Bay Community Centre from 9.15am to 10.45am. For more information contact Lalita Kasanji: 021 0234 0383 or email [email protected].
The collaborative Suffrage 125 sewing project Suffrage in Stitches was installed last night in the Harbour Board Room of Wellington Museum, after being assembled over 12 days under the watchful gaze of portraits of OWM. Have a look from 10:00m to 5:00pm.
Māori women artists of internationally acclaimed theatre company MAU join with women from Wellington’s Pasifika communities for a free performance ceremony, Mausina, in the grounds of Parliament from 3:00 to 3.45pm (rain or shine). Selected by Wellington City Council’s Public Art Panel to commemorate 125 years of women’s suffrage, and directed by Lemi Ponifasio, Mausina pays attention to community, family, nature and the potency of female existence, combining Te Reo and Pasifika languages to turn a mirror to the turmoil of the modern world.
Dr Bronwyn Labrum and curator Katie Cooper introduce the latest publication from Te Papa Press and a new exhibition commemorating Suffrage 125 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm at a Friends of Te Papa event. Women Now: The Legacy of Female Suffrage, edited by Bronwyn Labrum, brings together provocative, insightful and energetically argued essays by 12 leading New Zealand writers and thinkers, based around objects from Te Papa’s collection. Dr Labrum will discuss how the book originated and the hugely satisfying process of commissioning some of New Zealand’s leading writers – female and male – to write in inspiring ways about these critical issues. The exhibition, Doing It for Themselves: Women Fight for Equality, features objects from the book as well as new items acquired this year, and honours women who have fought, and continue to fight, for gender equality, and showcases some of the tools they have used to make their voices heard. Curator Katie Cooper will walk and talk attendees through the exhibition, sharing the stories of the objects and the process of curating the exhibition. Members tickets are $15:00 students $17:00, and non-members $20 (or bring a friend at the member’s rate). Includes refreshments and free parking.
From 4:40pm to 6:30pm, Wāhine Walking will be an enjoyable and free opportunity to walk together in small groups to recognise contributions made by historically important women. Speakers at ten sites will briefly share the story of its significance, on a journey starting at the Women’s Suffrage Petition at the National Library, and winding from the Kumototo Stream to the Queen Victoria Statue on Kent Terrace, before finishing at the Mt Vic Hub. The sites selected to show the diversity of contributions and impacts on wāhine in our recent past and history.
Blind Jam #3 takes place from 7:30pm at the Pyramid Club, 272 Taranaki Street, as the Asia Aotearoa Arts Hui 2018 and Blue Oyster Gallery present Motoko Kikkawa (Japan/Dunedin, above) paying tribute to her long relationship with experimental sonic practice and inviting a number of Wellington-based collaborators to play blindfolded via experimental improvisation. Due to the “blind” nature of the event, we are unable to publish details of the five collaborating musicians who hail from Singapore, Japan and Wellington via Hong Kong, Mexico and Birmingham – each duet will be a sonic surprise for both Kikkawa and the audience. The Asian Aotearoa Arts Huì aims to support Asian New Zealand arts practitioners through presenting practice, sharing ideas and networking. Tickets at the door are $10:00.