Wednesday 12th of December 2018

113 years...

NZ today

“What a difference 113 years makes!” tweeted Green MP Golriz Ghrahraman, New Zealand’s first refugee MP, who featured in the updated photograph taken on Wednesday.

The black and white picture taken in the reading room of the parliamentary library in 1905 captured 23 men in three-piece suits. The 2018 version featured women of diverse age and ethnicity – and one baby girl.


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before the suffrage vote...


The 2017 general election saw 46 women elected to New Zealand parliament, taking the proportion of female MPS to 38%. It is still shy of the prime minister’s professed goal of an equal 50/50 split. At 75%, the Green party has the highest percentage of women among its caucus.

Suffrage day celebrates the 125th anniversary since New Zealand women won the right to vote in parliamentary elections. More than 90,000 New Zealand women went to the polls on 28 November 1893 and despite concerns about harassment and violence, the atmosphere was relaxed, and in some places, festive. Women were first allowed to stand for election in 1919 and the first female MP was elected in 1933.

and baby Neve Te Aroha...

With a mock security pass that lists her as the "First Baby" of New Zealand, three-month-old Neve Te Aroha made her United Nations debut when her mother, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, spoke at a peace summit in the General Assembly.

Ms Ardern planted a kiss on baby Neve during the inaugural high-level Nelson Mandela Peace summit, a day before leaders address the UN General Assembly.

Her partner Clarke Gayford, who is the baby's full-time caregiver, sat with the New Zealand delegation and held Neve as Ms Ardern spoke.

He also tweeted a photo of the security pass and joked that Neve had kept them awake, without any regard to different time zones.

"Because everyone on Twitter's been asking to see Neve's UN ID, staff here whipped one up," he wrote.


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