Celebrate Suffrage Day — Vote on 19 September!

19 September 2017 marks 124 years since Aotearoa New Zealand became the first country in the world in which all women gained the right to vote in general elections.

What better way to recognise suffrage day than voting?


Suffrage isn't just something that happened in history. It's very relevant to us as citizens today! This year, New Zealand is holding a national election on 23 Septemberperfect timing to vote early on 19 September.

“Do not think your single vote does not matter much. The rain that refreshes the parched ground is made up of single drops.”

Kate Sheppard was New Zealand’s best-known suffragist. She was at the forefront of the campaign resulting in the signing of the suffrage petition and the passing of the Electoral Act on 19 September, 1893.

We believe women's voices should shape the future of our country. So make yours heard!

YWCA #SUFFRAGE2017 Campaign

Women Vote 100%

Celebrate Suffrage Day

Early Vote on 19 September


How do I early vote?

You can vote at any advance voting place. You can also enrol, check or update your details at the same time.

Voting place locations will be available on the Electoral Commission website from 30 Aug.

Spread the Word

Tell your friends! We'll be sharing the campaign on our Twitter and Facebook, so re-share and re-tweet. Hashtag #SUFFRAGE2017

On 19 Sept, take your friends with you to vote! We'd love to see your selfies, so please share them with us by social media or email info@ywca.org.nz.

Grab one of these flyers to print out or share online. Or download all three.
Big thanks to Zeta from YWCA Hamilton for the designs!

Not sure who to vote for?

It's 100% your choice! But sometimes all the options can feel a bit overwhelming. Here are some cool tools to help you decide. 

On The Fence is a user-friendly quiz to help you find out which party you align with. It provides information about the parties and their values, explains what the Government does, and raises awareness of the election in general.

Policy draws on publicly available information about the key election policies of New Zealand’s political parties, puts them all in one place and presents them in a consistent and accessible way. 

Vote Compass is a tool developed by political scientists that calculates how your political views compare with the public policy positions of parties in New Zealand.