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These three gins celebrate New Zealand’s lesser-known female trailblazers

These three gins celebrate New Zealand’s lesser-known female trailblazers

To celebrate International Women's Day this February 8, Juno Gin are releasing three limited-edition gift packs honouring NZ's pioneering female figures. 

These three gins celebrate New Zealand’s lesser-known female trailblazers

The release highlights the incredible lives of three lesser-known Kiwi women who helped shape New Zealand.

Activist Monica Brewster, artist Emily Harris and surgeon Jean Sandel all grace the bottles of Juno Gin’s Trailblazers gift packs.

“All these women were ahead of their time,” explains Juno Gin co-founder Dave James. “Although she gained international recognition for her stunning art, Emily for example lived in an era where women didn’t receive the accolades of their male counterparts and so she struggled to make a living from her craft.” 

The name is intended to reference the spirited personalities of all three women. “They were go-getters and actively critiqued and shaped the world around them,” says co-founder Jo James. 

The Juno Trailblazers gift pack includes four unique gins with three recipes chosen to reflect each of the women as well as Juno’s signature Extra Fine Gin. 

Who are the trailblazers?

Monica Brewster (1886 – 1973) is remembered for her advocacy of women’s rights, the environment, pacificism and passion for the arts. She helped found the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery in New Plymouth, along with many other notable organisations.

Emily Cumming Harris (1837 – 1925) was one of New Zealand’s first prominent female artists. Her paintings of plants and flowers have been exhibited around the world. She was also a talented writer and poet, with her writings providing a unique glimpse into life in the 1800s, exploring the role of women and the artistic challenges she faced.

Jean Sandel (1916 – 1974) was a pioneer for cardiovascular surgery and Māori health. As a doctor surgeon and leader of Taranaki Base Hospital’s surgical department, Jean encouraged women to further their academic studies in the medical field. 

The gift pack is available for purchase from 8 March 2020 in stores and online at 

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