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On 19 September 1893, New Zealand became the first self-governing country in the world to grant the right to vote to all adult women.

New Zealand’s Permanent Representative to the OECD Rosemary Banks says the 120th anniversary of this decision is a time to reflect on that achievement.

“120 years ago, New Zealand led the world in giving women the right to vote” says Ms Banks.


Dates for key New Zealand domestic and overseas commemorative and ceremonial events which will be marked during the First World War centenary from 2014 to 2018 have been announced by Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Christopher Finlayson.


The WW100 Programme Office’s Life 100 years ago project is gathering momentum.  Through Twitter, Facebook or our website you can follow diaries and newspaper extracts in real time, 100 years on, as a window into New Zealand life and the effect of the First World War.  Here’s a really nice blog post from one of our partners in this project, the National Library, about the latest diarist to be added to the stream.


WW100, the centenary of New Zealand's participation in the First World War, will be marked over several years through a variety of commemorative projects and activities. 


New approaches to the concept of researcher mobility suggest that expatriate researchers can still provide a valuable contribution to the national research sector, regardless of any intention to return.

In 2010, FRENZ* (Facilitating Research cooperation between Europe and New Zealand) launched a survey of EU-based New Zealand researchers to:

Of interest

United Nations Handbook 2014-15

United Nations Handbook

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New Zealand wins Security Council seat

New Zealand has secured a place on the UN Security Council for 2015-16. Read the Prime Minister's media release

Registering your overseas travel made easier

Registering your overseas travel made easier

New Zealanders travelling or living overseas, registering your travel online now made easier. Read more

NZ, France and the World Wars

In French and New Zealand skies, War Commemorations, D-Day landings and more.

Remembering World War I
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The Christchurch Earthquake Appeal

News about how the donations are contributing to the rebuild, ways to donate and more.