Pioneering Women

This collection celebrates women and feminism in New Zealand — the first country in the world to give all women the vote. We shine the light on a line of female achievers: suffrage pioneers, educators, unionists, politicians, writers, musicians, mothers and feminist warriors — from Kate Sheppard to Sonja Davies to Shona Laing. In her backgrounder, TV veteran and journalism tutor Allison Webber writes how the collection helps us understand and honour our past, asks why feminism gets a bad rap, and considers the challenges faced by feminism in connecting past and present.

Sheilas: 28 Years On

Film, 2004 (Full Length)


Annie Goldson on Sheilas: 28 Years on

Interview, 2018

What Really Happened - Votes for Women

Television, 2012 (Full Length)

Votes for the Girls

Television, 1994 (Full Length)

The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls

Film, 2009 (Trailer and Excerpts)

Standing in the Sunshine - Work

Television, 1993 (Full Length)


Pioneer Women

Television, 1983–1990

Dame Cath Moves Up - A Personal Portrait

Television, 1990 (Full Length)

Bread & Roses

Film, 1993 (Excerpts)

Queer Nation - Marilyn Waring

Television, 2004 (Full Length)

The Nineties

Television, 1993 (Full Length)

It's in the Genes Girls

Television, 1993 (Full Length)

Inquiry - Nothing Venture, Nothing Gain

Television, 1974 (Full Length Episode)

Face to Face with Kim Hill - Germaine Greer

Television, 2003 (Excerpts)

Sunday - Media Women

Television, 1986 (Full Length Episode)

Women in the House

Web, 2018 (Full Length)

Three New Zealanders: Janet Frame

Television, 1975 (Excerpts)

Radio with Pictures - Women Songwriters

Television, 1988 (Full Length Episode)

Newsview - Shona Laing profile

Television, 1973 (Excerpts)

The Write Stuff - Sonja Davies

Television, 1997 (Excerpts)

Three New Zealanders: Sylvia Ashton-Warner

Television, 1978 (Full Length)

Our People Our Century - Cradle to Grave

Television, 2000 (Excerpts)


Film, 2018 (Trailer)

Three New Zealanders: Ngaio Marsh

Television, 1977 (Full Length)

Jean Batten - The Garbo of the Skies

Television, 1988 (Full Length)

Nola - Our Own New Zealand Girl

Television, 1985 (Full Length)

War Stories

Film, 1995 (Trailer)