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Women Then, Women Now | Wāhine o Mua, Wāhina o Nāianei

  • Titrangi War Memorial Hall South Titirangi Road Auckland, Auckland, 0604 New Zealand (map)
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One hundred and twenty-five years on from winning the right to vote, NZ women have taken huge steps towards equality. But every step forward seems to also present new challenges. A landmark collection of provocative and insightful essays by 12 leading writers and thinkers addresses the theme of Women Now. And with her first book, writer Lizzie Marvelly hopes to empower and embolden the next generation of Kiwi women. This session brings Lizzie and essayists Dame Fiona Kidman, Sandra Coney and Golriz Ghahraman together in conversation with Carol Hirschfeld.

Lizzie Marvelly (Ngati Whakaue) is a musician, award-winning columnist and activist, originally from Rotorua. She founded Villainesse.com, an online media project for young women, and started the internationally successful #MyBodyMyTerms campaign. Lizzie is a columnist for the NZ Herald and the co-producer of a youth-centric web series called The REAL Sex Talk presenting credible information about sex, sexuality and relationships.

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Dame Fiona Kidman writes novels, short stories, poetry and memoir. She has published more than 30 books, of which several are in translation in other countries. Her last novel All day at the movies won the New Zealand Heritage Prize for Fiction in 2016, and was long listed for the International Dublin Literary Prize. Her most recent book is This Mortal Boy. Her home is in Wellington.

Sandra Coney is a radical feminist, a founder and long-term editor of Broadsheet magazine, and co-wrote the Metro article that led to the Cervical Cancer Inquiry and sweeping changes in health consumers' rights. She also worked at New Zealand's first abortion clinic from Day 1 and helped organise women going to Australia for abortions when the clinic was closed by an act of parliament. She is the author/editor of over 20 books, including Standing in the Sunshine published for the centenary of women's suffrage.

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Golriz Ghahraman is an Iranian born NZ MP representing the Green Party. She was a child asylum seeker and the first refugee elected to New Zealand's Parliament. Ghahraman worked as a lawyer for the United Nations as part of both the defence and prosecution teams with the tribunals in Rwanda, Cambodia and The Hague. She returned to New Zealand in 2012 and worked as a barrister, specialising in human rights law and criminal defence. She appeared before the Supreme Court of New Zealand in a case which ultimately led to the police overhauling their rules about undercover operations.

Carol Hirschfeld (Ngāti Porou) has worked in news and current affairs for more than 30 years, holding numerous roles with TVNZ, TV3, Maori TV and RNZ. She received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Auckland in 2017, and has served on a number of trusts and boards. She now works as Head of Video/Audio & Content Partnerships at Stuff.


Saturday and Sunday Sessions
8.30am - 5pm
Titirangi War Memorial Hall
Full Day Pass Includes 8 sessions, morning and afternoon tea and lunch
$150.00 (value $ 174.00) $135 concession (value $150.00)
Early Bird $139.00 ($120 concession) Only available until 3 August
Individual Sessions $18.00 ($15 concession)
Morning/Afternoon Tea $ 5.00 Lunch $20.00
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