In 1871, ten Irish Catholic nuns arrived in Dunedin, their mission,"to preach God's truth in Aotearoa".
The Dominican Sisters were teaching nuns but lived in enclosed convents largely cut off from the outside world and operating under a strict code of conduct.
But in the mid sixties, the Vatican radically shook things up, the sisters ditched their habits and moved into local neighbourhoods where they remain today, though aging and in diminishing numbers.
Author Susannah Grant has written the history of the sisters in her book “ Windows on a Women's World “ and joins Lisa Owen on The Long Lunch.
Listen to the full interview with Susannah Grant above.
Lisa Owen, filling in on Afternoon Talk for Wendyl Nissen, 12pm - 3pm on RadioLIVE and streaming live to the rova app on Android and iPhone.