The Kate Edger Educational Charitable Trust is thrilled to announce that Maea Shepherd from Kamo High School in Whangarei is the winner of the Suffrage 125 Competition, for her song and video, Strong Women.

View Maea’s entry >

As our winner, Maea will receive:

To Give Her A Helping Hand
$500 Cash Prize

To Shine Her Light
Her video showcased online

To Give Her Input Into Our Tomorrow
Opportunity to attend an ideation session for the NZ Global Suffrage Project

Maea’s entry grabbed the judges’ attention with its wonderful energy, optimism and its positive portrayal of the diverse faces of women today. “This was a standout – clever and creative.”

The Suffrage 125 competition was held to recognise all the women and men, Māori and Pākehā, who were involved in the suffrage campaign.

The judges were delighted with the energy and creativity of the entries, which responded to the question ‘What does the Suffrage Movement mean to you; your family; your whānau; your identity?’

Through song, video, poetry and prose, these talented young women in Year 13 from secondary schools throughout the Auckland and Northland regions demonstrated how the suffrage movement relates to the issues that are important in their lives. Entries touched on diverse subjects, from female empowerment, to body image, the gender pay gap, and migration and highlighted the challenges and the successes of women.

The Kate Edger Educational Charitable Trust is grateful to all the entrants for their bravery in expressing some very personal thoughts, and to the schools for encouraging such wonderful talent in these young women.

For further information, please contact:

Nina Tomaszyk | General Manager | Kate Edger Educational Charitable Trust

Phone: 09-358-1044 | Email:

The Kate Edger Educational Charitable Trust (KEECT) supports the promotion, advancement and encouragement of women within education, whether it be for research and professional activities, or for artistic and creative activities. The KEECT is one of the biggest supporters of women’s tertiary education in New Zealand, providing financial assistance of over $550,000 to 120 women in the last twelve months. Funding comes from private individuals, corporates as well as from proceeds from Academic Dress Hire.