Let’s celebrate

Jan Tinetti
Labour MP

It was wonderful to be part of the recent Tauranga Women’s Lifestyle Expo, and to see women come together and really enjoying themselves, tasting food, trying different products and generally having a great time.

Thanks to everyone who dropped by our stall for a chat - it was lovely to meet you all.

This month is a very important one for New Zealand women as we celebrate Suffrage 125. On September 19, 125 years ago, vigorous campaigning and the submission of a petition with nearly 32,000 signatures saw us become the first self-governing country to grant women the vote.

We are rightfully very proud of this, and have much to celebrate. I am immensely proud of the number of great activities being undertaken here in Tauranga, including exhibitions, tree plantings and a sold-out presentation by the Rt Hon. Helen Clark at the Holy Trinity tonight (Friday).

I would like to acknowledge and thank Debbie McCauley and her team at Tauranga City Libraries for organising so many great events for us to enjoy.

Helen will also be the guest speaker at an event in Katikati on September. At 11.30am, people will gather, many of them wearing period costume, at the Uretara Domain and march to the Katikati War Memorial Hall, where celebrations will begin at 1pm when Helen will speak.

Congratulations to Tee Carroll, Katch Katikati and all the team for organising what will no doubt be a great event.

This month will be a time of celebration, reflection and looking to the future as we celebrate Suffrage 125.

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