Kate Sheppard Pedestrian 'Cross Now' Lights

Wellington has a new character to replace the ‘green man’ in the pedestrian ‘cross now’ lights.

Kate Sheppard depiction on 'cross now' pedestrian light.

Kate Sheppard now signals when it’s safe to cross the road in eight intersections near Parliament. We made this change to celebrate this important person in New Zealand’s history. Kate helped us to become the first country in the world where women had the right to vote in 1893.


You can see the change rolled out in each of the intersections highlighted in the map above.

History

On the 19 September 1893 New Zealand became the first nation in the world to legalise voting for women. This was the result of years of campaigns culminating in the Women's Suffrage Petition led by Kate Sheppard. It was a unique achievement at the time as most other democracies didn't grant women the vote until after the First World War.

See the Kate Sheppard lights in action

Watch this video to see the new light, how they were put in place, and reaction to them: