Dancers turn out for New Zealand celebration

This morning Cabinet member for Communities and partnerships Cllr Liz Parsons welcomed the Deputy High Commissioner of New Zealand to celebrate liverpudlian Kate Sheppard

Kate Sheppard was born in Liverpool in 1848 and immigrated to New Zealand with her family when she was 20 years old. She became the leading figure for the suffrage movement in New Zealand and secured votes for women 1893 making it the first country to allow women to vote.

As Liverpool celebrates 100 years of women having the right to vote, New Zealand celebrate 125 years of women’s votes. In celebration of the achievements of Kate Sheppard local dance students from MD Productions, performed a beautifully respectful Haka dance, which is a sacred dance in Maori culture.

Cllr Liz Parsons, cabinet member for Communities and Partnerships said;

“We’re incredibly proud that a woman from our city led such a pivotal movement and we are thrilled to be able to acknowledge Liverpool’s connection with the first country in the world to give women the vote. The Haka is our way of celebrating women not only in Liverpool, but across the world past and present, and all of their achievements.”

Miguel Doforo, Founder and Creative Director of MD productions said,

“We’re thrilled to be able to perform our Haka for the New Zealand High Commission, this dance is sacred in Maori culture and demands so much respect. This dance is all about taking on challenges and that’s exactly what Kate Sheppard did when she fought for suffrage, so incorporating the struggle faced by women was very important to us.”

You can view the spectacular Haka dance Here

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