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Prime Minister guest edits special suffrage edition

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The New Zealand Herald has marked the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage with a special edition guest edited by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

The commemorative edition, published today, marks the anniversary of New Zealand women winning the right to vote on September 19, 1893, becoming the first country in the world to do so.

The Prime Minister was in the newsroom on Tuesday night to help put the edition together and send it to the printers.

"It has been an honour to guest edit this Suffrage anniversary edition of the Herald. I felt an enormous sense of responsibility to not only capture something of what a newspaper would look like if the stories and voices of women were heard on a more regular basis, but to highlight how, within the ordinary, sits the extraordinary," Ardern said.

"As I said when the idea was first put to me, summing up 125 years of women’s experience in one issue was going to be an impossible task. However I hope that wherever you are, whatever you do, whether young, older or in between, this edition has captured your voice in some way."

The edition featured an historic first photograph of New Zealand’s three female prime ministers - Ardern, Jenny Shipley and Helen Clark. It also included stories across business and Sport, and Viva magazine carried a picture essay of 125 Trailblazing New Zealand women. A personal essay from the Prime Minister revealed her family connections to the suffrage petition.

Herald Premium Content Editor Miriyana Alexander says it has been fantastic for the newsroom to work with Ardern on such a special edition.

"This issue marks such an important occasion for Kiwi women. As well as celebrating trailblazing wahine toa and their achievements, we felt it was just as necessary to celebrate and acknowledge the efforts of all New Zealand women.

"This is an historic edition, and seems all the more remarkable when you consider the global position. Australia barely knows who its Prime Minister will be week to week, and the US is in the astonishing position of having a President who thinks journalists are the enemy of the state. This a Herald edition for the ages."

The Herald has offered Te Papa material that went into making up the edition, including the historic first photograph of New Zealand’s three female Prime Ministers.

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Previous guest editors have included actress and activist Lucy Lawless, and mental health ambassador and former All Black Sir John Kirwan.

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