Voting then and now: 1893 and 2017

By Justine Pepperell (idea and words) and aimee whitcroft (words and mapping)

Archives NZ’s open dataset on the 1893 Suffragettes Petition, women in politics, the pending general election, and the National Library’s exhibition He Tohu, “He whakapapa kōrero, he whenua kura [Talking about our past to create a better future]” inspired us to do a little data mashup.

We’ve mapped two open datasets that show the past and the present coming together on election day.

Check out our map to see:

  • where you can vote on election day — Saturday 23 September 2017
  • some of the names of those who signed the Suffragettes Petition in 1893, leading to New Zealand becoming the first country in the world to award women the right to vote.

Find out if you are related to one of the 20,0000 suffragettes who signed the petition

For more information about the datasets we used, click on “more details” on the left hand side of the map.

See and interact with the map at


* The general elections voting places published information is subject to change, is not the authoritative version. Authoritative information can be found at

  • * The sample was generated by taking a single name from each unique location in the dataset. It shows the spread of geographic locations (towns/cities), but it gives no indication of how many people signed the petition in each location.

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aimee is one of the national leads for GovHack NZ, along with Nick Williamson, her co-founder for GovWorks NZ (for which this blog is home).