International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women's equality.

To celebrate International Women’s Day, we are showcasing some of the many amazing women in Fire and Emergency with their profiles. Read how they talk about the challenges, rewards, and enriching experiences of their careers and how they not only give of themselves to their work but also to many others through networks, mentoring, and community engagement.

He mana tō te wāhine | Honour the contribution of our wāhine.

We encourage you to display the profiles yourselves by downloading the poster PDFs or posting on your own social media. You can also read all the profiles on our website.(external link)

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International Womens Day Poster - Anita [PDF, 3 MB]

International Womens Day Poster - Charlie [PDF, 4.5 MB]

International Womens Day Poster - Jess [PDF, 2.2 MB]

International Womens Day Poster - Sonya [PDF, 8.6 MB]

International Womens Day Poster - Tina [PDF, 4.3 MB]

World firsts for women achieved by New Zealanders

1893: The right to vote

On 19 Sept 1893 the Electoral Act gave all NZ women the right to vote - a world first for a self-governing country. 

1902: First registered nurse world-wide

Ellen Dougherty was the first name on the state registered roll. She completed training at Wellington Hospital in 1887.

1934-36: Epic solo flight

Jean Batten flew from England to Australia in 1934, to South America in 1935 and to New Zealand  in 1936

1976: National Librarian

Mary Ronnie made history when she became the first woman national librarian in the world

1976-78: Solo sailor

Naomi James was the 1st woman to have sailed single-handedly around the world via Cape Horn. 

1979-2000: 1000 test cricket runs

Debbie Hockley was the first woman to score over 1000 test runs & holds the record for ICC Women's Cricket World Cup runs. 

1990: Anglican Bishop

Penny Jamieson's appointment as Bishop of Dunedin made her the first woman to head an Angiican diocese.

1993: Palme d'Or award at Cannes Film Festival

Jane Campion was 1st female filmmaker to receive Palme d'Or award. Also won best original screenplay at Academy Awards. 

1995: Transgender Mayor and MP

Georgina Beyer was first transgender woman elected Mayor (Mayor of Carterton) in 1995 & Member of Parliament (1999). 

2009: United Nations Development Programme Administrator

Helen Clark was the first woman Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme from 2009 to 2017

2015: Youngest No.1 professional golfer

Lydia Ko became the No. 1-ranked woman professional golfer. Was the youngest player of any gender to be ranked No. 1.

2022: 94th Award for best Director

Dame Jane Campion: 1st woman nominated twice & won 2d time & 1st woman to win as director & as screenwriter

2022: 200 World Series Tries

Portia Woodman became the first woman to score 200 World Series tries. 

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