Temperance. Photo: Ness Patea
Temperance. Photo: Ness Patea

SocietyNovember 29, 2018

Don’t: the New Zealand women still not voting, 125 years after suffrage

Temperance. Photo: Ness Patea
Temperance. Photo: Ness Patea

While the suffrage anniversary offers real cause for celebration, not everyone exercises their right to vote. In the second of two films in our Aren’t Can’t Don’t series, made with the assistance of NZ On Air, women explain why they don’t vote.

One hundred and twenty-five years after women voted for the first time in a New Zealand election, a new two-part documentary from the Spinoff and Storybox looks at why some women are still unable to vote and why it is so difficult for many others to feel like their voices matter.

The second of the short films, Don’t, examines some of the many and complex reasons why, after 125 years of women’s suffrage, so many women don’t vote. The first, Can’t, focuses on the perspectives of women prisoners who still can’t legally vote, and can be viewed together with the full series of video and written posts in the Aren’t Can’t Don’t series here.

Aren’t Can’t Don’t is a Spinoff-Storybox series, made possible thanks to funding from New Zealand on Air

Mad Chapman, Editor
Aotearoa continues to adapt to a new reality and The Spinoff is right there, sorting fact from fiction to bring you the latest updates and biggest stories. Help us continue this coverage, and so much more, by supporting The Spinoff Members.Madeleine Chapman, EditorJoin Members

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