A schoolgirl plants a 'Kate Sheppard' camellia in a public garden in Hastings. There were many plantings of white camellias in 1993, as the white camellia flower was a symbol of the women's suffrage movement. In 1893 the suffragists had presented a white camellia flower to those members of the House of Representatives who had voted in favour of women gaining the vote. Those who had voted against were given a red camellia. In 1993 a special variety of white camellia was released and named the 'Kate Sheppard' camellia, after the leader of the women's suffrage campaign in New Zealand.
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