Meri Te Tai Mangakāhia portrait gifted to Parliament

As part of the Suffrage 125 celebrations at Parliament on 19 September 2019, a framed portrait of prominent Māori suffragist Meri Te Tai Mangakāhia was gifted to Parliament by Hon Eugenie Sage, Acting Minister for Women.

Members of the Mangakāhia whānau were present for the gifting of the portrait which was accepted by the Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand. 

Mangakāhia petitioned Te Kotahitanga (the Māori Parliament) for women to have the right to vote for, and sit in, Te Kotahitanga. 

Pictured: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Minister for Women Eugenie Sage unveil the portrait of Meri Te Tai Mangakāhia alongside her descendants.