125 years after women’s suffrage in New Zealand, this two-part documentary explores why some women are still unable to vote and why it is so difficult for many others to feel like their voices matter. The series looks at voter engagement through the eyes of women from diverse backgrounds with supporting information from experts on voting rights and political participation. CAN’T focuses on the perspectives of women prisoners who still can’t legally vote, while DON’T examines some of the many and complex reasons women don’t vote.
Aren’t Can’t Don’t is a partnership with The Spinoff and is made with the support of NZ on Air.
Directed by Zoe Macintosh and Vanessa Patea
Produced by Ruth Korver
Written by Rachel Millar and Ruth Korver
Based on a concept by Rachel Millar
Production Manager – Vanessa Patea
Production Coordinator – Rhiain Love
Production Assistant – Erica Davidson
Researcher – Rachel Millar and Anita Ross
Production Accountant – Paul Jackson
Director of Photography – Tammy Williams
Camera Assistants – Angelu Cayanan, Jess Charlton, Julian Herrera, John Ross and Mike Potton
Sound Recordists – Joel Anscombe-Smith, Tony Spears, Grant Finlay and Wendy Adams
Stills Photography – Vanessa Patea
Editor – Trinity Ludlow-Hudson
Sound Mix – Ian Leslie
Graphics – Dylan Herkes
Online – Monarch Post
Maarametua, Awatea, Windy, Savana, Temperance, Richard Francois, Tania Sawicki-Mead, Professor Jack Vowles, Dr Bronwyn Hayward, Dr Maria Bargh, Dr Jemaima Tiatia-Seath and Emma Ng.
Ngā mihi nui:
Victoria University, Sarah Boyd, Just Speak, Auckland University, Betty Bernard, Canterbury University, Margaret Agnew, Luisa Leo, Screen Wellington, Alex Glasspool, Katie Frost, Pataka Gallery, Reuben Friend, Changing Minds, Red Door Recovery, Toni Taylor, Strathmore Community Hall, Delsyn, Sisi, Conna, Coopa, Harley, William, Ta’Samuela, Marriane Elliott, Tim Worth, Pikihuia Haenga, Manawa Karioi Ecological Restoration Project, Sarah Jane Parton, Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision, Jane Paul, Getty Images, Rachel Jean, Shanara Wallace, Pounamu Tipiwai-Chambers, Joanne Heffernan, Ana Tovey, Melissa Donald, Dan Mills and Andrew Croot.
Written by Rhian Sheehan
Licensed courtesy of Loop
Footage from “Dawn Raids” (2005) courtesy of Isola Productions, NZ Herald and Getty Images.
Conference of Samoan chiefs at Vaimoso part of Conference of Samoan chiefs at Vaimoso. Gleeson, Francis Joseph 1908-1993 :Album of photographs of the Mau uprising, Western Samoa, 1930. Ref: PA1-o-795-14-5. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/22844864
Voter information sourced from Statistics New Zealand and the Electoral Commission:
Stats NZ (2018). Voting and political participation. Retrieved from www.stats.govt.nz.
Electoral Commission. Report into the 2017 General Election. Retrieved from www.elections.org.nz
Executive Producers (Storybox) – Robert Appierdo and Jess Feast
Executive Producers (The Spinoff) – Toby Manhire, Duncan Greive and Kerryanne Nelson
A Storybox Production © 2018
Presented by The Spinoff
Made with the support of NZ on Air