For most of history Anonymous was a woman
— Virginia Woolf

August 1st - 11th , 2018

Meteor Theatre

along with
Waikato Museum
Clarence St Theatre

Hamilton , New Zealand





On September 19th 2018 New Zealand will commemorate 125yrs of suffrage in New Zealand and those women who fiercely fought for us all.  Nowhere is their legacy more strongly felt than in the Waikato, birthplace of  Prime Ministers Helen Clark and Jacinda Arden

With that in mind and with both men and women's voices all over
New Zealand demanding gender equality we present the inaugural
Toi Wāhine Festival.  

A festival that celebrates the creativity, ideas and actions of women from the past, the present and from the Waikato and beyond. 

This carefully curated and unique 11-day festival explores the diversity of women’s experiences through theatre, film, literature, comedy, music, workshops, panel discussions, practical skill building events, networking opportunities and other arts events.
Our aim.. 
To unite men and women from all over the Waikato Region and provide a platform from which to add their voice and stories to the current positive global movement.

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A whirlwind of creativity and change-making in action!

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I raise up my voice—not so I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard...we cannot succeed when half of us are held back.
— Malala Yousafzai

What's on Offer.....

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Ki te kotahi te kākaho ka whati; ki te kāpuia e kore e whati

Alone we can be broken. Standing together, we are invincible


If you would like to volunteer over the festival please contact:


'Me aro koe ki te Hā o Hine-ahu-one'

‘Pay heed to the dignity of women'

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