Mana Wāhine – Our Voices Were There


Dates: 11/10/18 - 09/12/18
Opening: 11/10/18 10:00 am

This exhibition was born out of the desire to explore and prioritise Māori women’s narratives within the women’s suffrage movement of 1890s Aotearoa, as well as celebrate the Mana Wāhine that is intrinsic in Te Ao Māori, but was threatened by colonisation. As we nationally commemorate the 125th anniversary of the women of Aotearoa achieving the right to vote, we wanted to acknowledge the role Māori women played in this movement while also having the opportunity to cast our eye back and critically exploring what this concept of suffrage meant to Māori women living in a colonised reality.