A LONG ROAD: KEDGLEY & TE AWEKOTUKU
In 1971, only 11 women in New Zealand had taken seats as Members of Parliament, women were not entitled to matrimonial property, there was no state help for women leaving a violent partner, and no childcare available for those that worked. That year, young feminists Sue Kedgley and Ngahuia te Awekotuku (Ngāti Whakaue, Tamakaimoana) led a procession, complete with coffin, into Auckland’s Albert Park to protest the lack of progress in women’s rights. Fifty years on much has been achieved but full equality remains elusive, and the movement continues to navigate its way through challenges from within and without. Kedgley and Awekotuku take the stage to mark the publication of the former’s new memoir Fifty Years A Feminist, and to reflect on the journey so far and the ways forward. Chaired by Alison Mau.
Supported by Platinum Bold Patron Theresa Gattung.