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Floral tribute... Gore Historical Museum curator Stephanie Herring (left) and Gore Visitor Centre consultants AnnaMaree Allan and Shannon Newman admire one of the suffrage planter boxes placed in Gore.PHOTO: MARGARET PHILLIPS

The placing of planter boxes around Gore heralds a celebration of women gaining the right to vote 125 years ago.

Gore Historical Museum curator Stephanie Herring said September 19, 1893 was when women were granted the vote, and November 28, 1893 was the first polling day on which they had the right to cast their votes.

“They had two short months to get their name registered to vote in the election on the 28th of November,” she said.

New Zealand was the first country in the world to grant women the right to vote.

The six planter boxes were placed in the town centre.

As well as the planter boxes, the Gore Information Centre is also selling suffrage pins.

Ms Herring said the idea of having a floral tribute was inspired by another group that had a garden plot planted out in a theme in Main St.

She talked to council parks and reserves leading hand Vicki McKinnel, who suggested the planter boxes and worked to implement the idea.

Ms Herring paid tribute to the work of Mrs McKinnel and her team.

The Gore Historical Society, the parks and reserves department, and the Gore Garden Club contributed to the planter box project, she said.

The plots are a tribute to the women of the Gore district.

Gore District Council parks and reserves manager Ian Soper said the council was very pleased with how the planters looked now they were on site.

“The plants are coming on really well and we look forward to some ongoing colourful displays throughout the coming spring and summer,” Mr Soper said.

“It’s been really pleasing to see the reserve staff buy-in [to] this project and it’s great for them to be able to support such initiatives,” he said.

“We’re keen to work with other community groups in the future where we can profile appropriate causes.”