Suffrage 125: Whakatū Wāhine

 2018 is the 125th anniversary of women's suffrage in New Zealand.  

 Suffrage 125

HerStory: A Celebration of Local Women

March to October 2018


To commemorate the 125th anniversary of women's suffrage in New Zealand, Tasman Libraries are bringing together materials that document and celebrate the lives of local women.


We’re really interested to see how local women’s experiences at home and at work, in education, the arts, sports and recreation have changed over time.

If you have original photos, letters, documents or other unique items that show what life was like for women in Tasman or Nelson between 1893 and 1993, and you’re happy to let us copy and publish them on the Kete Tasman website, please let us know. We won’t keep the original photos and other items, but will scan or photograph them and publish the copies online.


Terms and conditions apply. For further information, please contact your local Tasman District Library.

Criteria Checklist


Are you thinking about submitting a photo or other item but not sure if it's suitable? Please read the checklist below.


The photograph or other materials should:


  • be of, or about, a woman/women who lived/lives in the Tasman or Nelson area
  • have been created between 1893 and 1993
  • be an original or unique item. We can't accept items that are photocopies or prints from a Museum, book, newspaper or online source.

Frequently Asked Questions

I have an item I think is suitable what should I do?


Please phone your nearest Tasman District Library. The library staff will ask you some questions about the item or items you would like to submit and organise a time for you to bring your items into the library.


Why do I have to fill out a donation form when I'm not giving you my item?


When you arrive at the library, you'll be asked to fill out a donation form. The donation form allows us to legally photocopy or scan your item and publish them on the Kete Tasman website.


Do I need to leave my photograph or other item with the library staff?


If you've contacted us in advance, the library staff will, in most cases, be able to scan or photograph your item while you wait. You won't need to leave it with us.


What happens once the photograph or other item is published on Kete Tasman?


Library staff will publish the copy of your item on the Kete Tasman website. It will be published under a Creative Commons Licence (Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 New Zealand). This means that people worldwide will be able to see your photograph or other item. They will also be able to save it, print it off, share it, or adapt it under certain circumstances.


Can I just email a photograph or other item to you?


No, please phone the library first.


Do I need to provide any information about the woman/women in the photograph?


Yes, if you can. Useful information could include the identity of the people in the photograph, what they did, when or where the photograph was taken, and by whom. 


Can the photographs have men or children in them?


Yes, the photograph can also include children or men.


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