Three things on tonight in Wellington

September 23rd, 2009 at 1:30 pm by David Farrar

The New Zealand Republic Handbook is being launched at Parliament tonight.

The Handbook is a guide to creating a New Zealand republic and covers the issues of New Zealand becoming a republic plus the arguments for and against in New Zealand.

The launch is in the Grand Hall at Parliament. Drinks and nibbles start at 5.30 pm and speechs are from 6 pm to 6.30 pm. Speakers are Hon from United Future, from Labour, Hauraki-Waikato MP and Green MP plus Republican Movement Chair . And so long as my dentist appointment at 10 am today doesn’t end up involving anaesthetics, I am the MC for the function.

MPs, parliamentary staff and press gallery are all welcome to attend. Around 30 MPs, from pretty much every party, have already RSVP’d but there is no need to do so if you work in Parliament. If you do not work at Parliament and would like to attend e-mail events@republic.org.nz so your name can be given to security.

After that Parliament should be debating the 1st reading of the VSM Bill which will restore to tertiary students the right to decide if they want to join a student association or not. Not that many laws result in more freedom, not less, so worth supporting.

And later that evening, we have at the Backbencher, with live filming from 9.10 pm. MPs are:

  • John Boscawen, ACT
  • Keith Locke, Greens
  • Damien O’Connor, Labour
  • Pesata Sam Lotu-Iiga

Topics include how to spell Wanganui and what should be on Letterman’s Top Ten for John Key.

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17 Responses to “Three things on tonight in Wellington”

  1. Graeme Edgeler (3,289 comments) says:

    “After that”? Unless you’re anticipating a full debate on the second reading of the Palmerston North Showgrounds Act Repeal Bill, the VSM debate could be just about over by 6.

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  2. big bruv (13,904 comments) says:

    If you think that putting a “h” in Wanganui is a way to divide the country then you “aint” seen nothing yet.

    You buggers will not cast aside MY heritage as easily as you hope.

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  3. labrator (1,850 comments) says:

    Would that be the newly “most feared name” Damien O’Connor?

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  4. getstaffed (9,186 comments) says:

    I’m assuming the Governor General was not invited to the launch :)

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  5. Put it away (2,878 comments) says:

    This campaign is over already, due to Keith Locke’s involvement. He’s the political equivalent of Godwin’s law.

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  6. big bruv (13,904 comments) says:

    Well said Put it away.

    I urge the republican campaign to appoint Keith Locke, Willie Jackson, Peter Dunne and Sue Bradford as it’s spokespeople, that will kill the movement stone dead.

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  7. David Farrar (1,895 comments) says:

    Several GGs are actually Republicans believe it or not.

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  8. Lipo (229 comments) says:

    Isn’t it treason to be advocating a change of the head of state, within Parliament building to boot. Do not MPs swear an allegiance to the queen?

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  9. Graeme Edgeler (3,289 comments) says:

    Isn’t it treason to be advocating a change of the head of state, within Parliament building to boot. Do not MPs swear an allegiance to the queen?

    Certainly not. You’d previously have maybe been able to have an argument over whether it was sedition (again I’d say not), but it’s never been treason.

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  10. Pete George (23,567 comments) says:

    “This campaign is over already, due to Keith Locke’s involvement.”

    Can’t be considering things on their merits, can we.

    I don’t give a toss about Keith Locke, and I don’t give a toss whether he is speaking on this or not. I want to look at what I prefer for our country rather than be self blinded by pettiness.

    But I expect there still aren’t enough NZers mature enough to want to have an independent country.

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  11. getstaffed (9,186 comments) says:

    Several GGs are actually Republicans believe it or not

    Are or were? So was accepting these roles a case of golden orb baubles over principles?

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  12. grumpyoldhori (2,362 comments) says:

    Graeme Edgeler sedition or treason, we who belong to HM’s loyal company of wood choppers are not fussed about the reason for which we will shorten a few politicians up
    And we have no political bias, Greens, Labour, Nats, all can go under the axe :-)

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  13. jabba (280 comments) says:

    what would that lot know about sphelling Wanganui .. they can all piss off and leave it to those who are right (me for a start).
    Keith Locke is a real worry .. The USA is a very very very good friend of NZ and he slags them off at every op.
    O’Conner, goodness me, can’t wait to hear what rubbish he says.
    Can’t stand Twyford .. he has an annoying all knowing smirk on his face all the time and talks rubbish .. lets have a referendum on the “super City” .. yeh man, lets waste a few more years.
    Republic .. I’m a fence sitter here .. would it mean the treaty is gone burger and we can start again?

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  14. Madeleine (230 comments) says:

    Yay – go the VSM Bill!

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  15. whalehunter (479 comments) says:

    Constitution by referendum… what are the chances.

    Id say most pollys will want to starting us talking about it now, so that in 10 years or so, between them and the msm, they have managed to train us into thinking a super rascist, pc, constitution is fine.

    God save Nz… and never to be forgotten; the selfless sacrifice of fallen soldiers under the flag.

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  16. Jules (36 comments) says:

    And Farrar leaves out the affiliation of Lotu-liga! Just another backbencher at the backbencher eh. I wonder what Pacific people think about preserving our Maori Language (correctly spelt). Cummon Williamson – do the right thing.

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  17. Owen McShane (1,226 comments) says:

    I am happy to have our own head of state but I am loathe for us to become a republic.

    Does anyone define republic in the book?
    Are they really proposing to do away with our parliamentary system?

    [DPF: No. It is primarily about the head of state. Of course any change could result in wider constitutional change]

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