Auckland Libraries: Wāhine Take Action

Wāhine Take Action

Monday 20 August - Sunday 11 November Free

Tāmaki Pātaka Kōrero (Central City Library) is celebrating 125 years since New Zealand women led the way to the polling booths. Securing the right to vote was a game changing moment for the wāhine of Aotearoa, and the world.

Wāhine take action

Some women stood on soapboxes, others penned powerful prose to government officials, and some quietly murmured in the ears of their loved ones. From the loudest of roars to a gentlest of whispers - the victory demonstrated the power of collective action in bringing about meaningful social change.  Wāhine Take Action is both a commemoration and a mighty roar. 

At Central City Library we are celebrating the grassroots actions of everyday people in the historic and ongoing campaign for gender equality. 

From August to November there will be a rich programme of activities for all ages happening throughout the library and something to pique every interest.

  • Listen to activists discuss their experiences on picket lines, watch digital art projected onto the buildings of Auckland Central, and hear young female voices passionately speak of their proudest achievements in their lives and careers
  • Examine unique treasures and taonga that tell us the stories of our past, learn more about the wāhine in your whakapapa, or research the names that signed the petition and made all the difference. 
  • Join a workshop, experience art and craftivism, bring the tamariki to our action-packed school holiday programme, and experience today’s change makers leaving their mark (whatever that mark may be). 

For more information on the Wāhine Take Action series, see our other events, sign up to our Central City Library mailing list, or join us at Central City Library.

Wāhine take action

Classes & workshops

Family & local history


Other events at Central City Library