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125 Years of Votes for Women in New Zealand

19 September 2018 marks 125 years since the Electoral Act 1893 was passed, giving all women in New Zealand the right to vote.  The UNESCO Memory of the World New Zealand’s special edition of Nga Mahara (our newsletter view here) celebrates this date and the Women’s Suffrage Petition.  It also features other documentary heritage inscriptions on the Memory of the World Register that recognise the achievements of women who have contributed to the heritage of our nation. The Petition was inscribed on the UNESCO Memory of the World International Register in 1997 and New Zealand Register in 2010.

The call for nominations for new inscriptions to the New Zealand Register for 2018 closed on 31 August 2018.  Successful inscriptions will be announced later this year.

The Memory of the World New Zealand Register now lists 27 inscriptions of significant documentary heritage.  Their custodians include heritage institutions in our main cities, small towns and private collections. All greatly contribute to the story of our nation’s history and heritage and are significant to the identity of New Zealanders today.

Advantages of inscription on the New Zealand/Aotearoa MOW Register include:

  • Ensuring that our history and our stories are not forgotten
  • Highlighting the significance of the information /knowledge contained in collections
  • Recognition by an independent organisation (UNESCO)
  • Public recognition of the importance of documentary heritage
  • Publicity and promotion for your institution
  • To be part of an international network of the most important documentary heritage in the world
  • Increased possibility of attracting resources (to care for, preserve and promote the collection)
  • Raised awareness of the work done by custodians of documentary heritage

The criteria for inscription and the process for submission (including a nomination form) can be found under the “Nomination” tab above.  If you are uncertain whether your documentary heritage meets the criteria or have any questions please email "enquiries@unescomow.org.nz" and a member of the Committee will contact you.