Men were more politically involved while women were excluded.
I'm more suited for looking after the house and household.
NEW ZEALAND WCTU
Petitions and Action
Women were excluded from 'harsh' politics, and accepted the job of looking after the house and children. Until later in the 19th Century when a lot of focus is put on women's legal and political rights.
In 1885, the New Zealand WCTU (Women's Christian Temperance Union) was established, where campaigners who support the women's right to vote, led by Kate Sheppard, take many forms of action, such as petitions.
32,000 women support this movement.
In 1891 more than 9000 signatures were gathered for women to have the right to vote, and in 1892 almost 20,000 signatures were acquired.
While the movement was gaining more support, some were concerned with the disturbance of 'natural' gender roles. They then organised their own counter-petitions.
In 1893, a third petition for the women's right to vote was presented to Parliament with 32,000 signatures. On 19th September 1893, The Electoral Act was passed into law and women got the right to vote.
The 1893 election resulted in both men and women voting, and also seen as the 'best-conducted amd most orderly' ever held. From the Christchurch newspaper. Both genders can vote since then and in the present day.