This page is intended to host links to various speeches given in the New Zealand Parliament for and against women's suffrage.

Amendment proposed to support female suffrage 5 August 1890   This is retyped from Hansard, the published record of a debate on a proposed amendment to a motion to go into Committee of Supply :That, in the opinion of this House, the right of voting at the election of members of the House of Representatives should be extended to women." It has not yet been proof read! .  

Women's Suffrage Bill 9 August 1893   This is retyped from Hansard, the published record of the debate that resulted in the actual introduction of suffrage in New Zealand. It has not yet been proof read! .  

Sir J Hall : "Motion to amend the motion to go into Committee of Supply" 5 August 1890   This is an edited version of the speech Sir J Hall gave to the New Zealand House of Representatives on 5 August 1890 in his second attempt to gain voting rights for women. I edited the speech to fit within the 10 to 12 minutes required for the Toastmasters advanced manual "Interpretive Reading" for the 5th exercise "The Oratorical Speech". It may not be as oratorical as other speeches, but it more clearly set out the arguments for suffrage than his speech in 1893, and the debate is an important party of New Zealand history, and thus was of particular relevance to my audience.  

Other Sites:

New Zealand Women and the Vote: Suffrage and Beyond   A brief introduction...   http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/Gallery/Suffragists/SuffIntro.htm#14