Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga and UC are delighted with the Government purchase of the Kate Sheppard House in Christchurch, as announced by Greater Christchurch Regeneration Minister Megan Woods today.
It was a poignant announcement on the anniversary of 126 years since women in New Zealand were given the vote. From this house Kate Sheppard and suffragist supporters worked to put together the 270m petition that was presented to Parliament.
At an event held at the house on Thursday morning, UC Chancellor Sue McCormack hoped the resource will serve to inspire and remind us that our actions today have far reaching opportunities for the future.
“Christchurch is a place filled with agitators and activists striving for social change,” she said.
The Kate Sheppard House borders the Ilam campus and will become a heritage venue and educational centre, which UC and Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga will benefit from.