Ka tuku pōti ngā tāne katoa mai i te tau 1879. Waihoki e hiahia ana te hunga wahine ki te tuku pōti kia rangona ai te reo a ngā wāhine ki rō pāremata.
Koia tētehi tino hiahia a te rōpu whai whakamana wahine i te rau tau tekau mā iwa.
The year of the “monster”
1893 was an election year. The suffragists organising the Petition knew that if the law was not changed before the election they would have to wait, at the very least, 3 more years for women to vote.
Similar petitions had been presented to Parliament in 1891 (signed by about 9,000 women), and 1892 (signed by about 20,000). The 1893 petition was, in the words of its main organiser Kate Sheppard, “a monster”.
Combined with a number of smaller petitions, it had nearly 32,000 signatures representing almost a quarter of all adult women in the country.