Date posted: 28/08/2018 3 min read

CA ANZ co-hosts PM Jacinda Ardern at women’s suffrage commemoration

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks at sold-out breakfast commemorating 125 years of women’s suffrage in New Zealand.

In brief

  • CA ANZ co-hosts Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at a sold-out event commemorating 125 years of women’s suffrage in New Zealand.
  • PM accompanied by top Government MPs.
  • New Zealand women gain right to join a Chartered Accountant organisation in 1908, among the first in the world.

Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) this month played co-host to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at a sold-out event in Gisborne marking 125 years of women's suffrage in New Zealand.

The New Zealand PM kicked off the country's suffrage commemorations as guest speaker at a special breakfast held by the NZ Federation of Business and Professional Women and CA ANZ.

In New Zealand over 60 percent of our provisional members are now women. By contrast only 7 percent of our members aged over 70 are women.
Peter Vial CA ANZ’s Group Executive – Advocacy and Professional Standing, New Zealand and the Pacific.

Peter Vial, CA ANZ’s Group Executive – Advocacy and Professional Standing, New Zealand and the Pacific was MC at the event. He said a New Zealand Chartered Accountant organisation was set up by statute in 1908, 15 years after women obtained the right to vote.

"Women were eligible to join our organisation immediately – so obvious in today's world, but unusual 110 years ago – women in other countries were still then unable to become members of the accounting profession."

Today, across CA ANZ members worldwide, 42 percent of members are women. That number jumps up to 52 percent for provisional members (those who are completing their qualifications).

"Until 20 years ago ours was a male dominated profession. In New Zealand over 60 percent of our provisional members are now women. By contrast only 7 percent of our members aged over 70 are women."

Jacinda Ardern

Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister, New Zealand

At also at the breakfast were the PM's partner, Clarke Gayford and their daughter Neve. Accompanying the PM were the Minister for Building and Construction and Ethnic Communities Jenny Salesa, Junior Whip Kiri Allan and Meka Whaitiri, Minister of Customs and Ikaroa-Rawhiti MP.

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