Monday, 13 August 2007

1 Sept - Christchurch

Christchurch Feet on Footpaths Campaign
1 September 07

Where: Around Riccarton Mall (Riccarton Road, Christchurch)
When: 9:30am – 11:30am 1 September 07
Who: Contact coordinator Andy Moore (
Why: To publicly voice our frustration at the Government's arrogant disdain of the ordinary New Zealander evidenced in the passing of the Crimes (Abolition of Force as a Justification for Child Discipline) Amendment Bill. Also, to raise public awareness of Larry Baldock’s petition for a Citizens Initiated Referendum and to collect signatures for the petition.
What: We will be focussing on raising the awareness of the public to the anti-parental-authority law. This will involve the volunteers taking a placard and standing on the footpath in the Riccarton Mall area. Others will be holding clipboards, gathering signatures for Larry Baldock's petition And others will be looking after the trestle tables (we hope to have two at least).

Following several successful Feet on Footpaths campaigns in the North Island, Unity for Liberty is launching it's first public awareness campaign in Christchurch on 1 September 07.

Groups such as Family First NZ and political party Future New Zealand have expressed support for Unity for Liberty's efforts to collect the required 300,000 signatures.

If you are a concerned New Zealander who is concerned about your rights as a parent regarding discipline, and for future generations in New Zealand, then please get in contact with Andy (contact details below), and come along to the Feet on Footpaths campaign on 1 September. You do not have to stay for the whole time - even one or two hours would be much appreciated. Please pass this information on to anyone else you think may be interested.

Contact us
cell: 021 1140 751
phone: 03 357 4599

Further Details and more information
· Make time on Saturday 1th September to join other concerned citizens on the street. We are calling for volunteers to be pedestrians, walking or standing on the footpaths of the selected campaign area (Riccarton Mall area). You will carry petition forms and small placards bearing a message that is focused on the issue.
· We aim to be in the Riccarton mall area from 9:30am til 11:30am. The area will be divided into sections and within each area we will suggest strategic places to stand for optimum coverage. Volunteers have the option to meet those working in their section at approximately 9am, before starting. (Upon registering for this event, we will inform you of your area.) In this way, families, youth groups, churches and interest groups can work together in the same geographical area. It is suggested that teenagers/youth groups work in teams, standing in pairs, and even rotating jobs over the course of the morning.
· Depending upon enthusiasm and time, volunteers may use other means to heighten the awareness of the petition and gain signatures. This may involve door knocking for signatures, parking your car (nearby) with signs on the window, or any other appropriate options. It’s all up to you!
· Unity For Liberty hopes that as local residents go about their daily business, they will be confronted by a succession of clear messages and pleasant people. The impact of this event should be the talking point for at least 80% of all the homes in the area. For example- 300 people spaced at 1 km apart. The campaign will cover 300 kms over the Riccarton area.
· In order to coordinate a successful campaign in this area, we will need an indication of numbers. If you intend to join in this event, please let us know so we can allocate people to different areas. We intend to overload areas so no one will be isolated. Group registrations are accepted and members will be placed together throughout the morning.
· All activity involving Unity For Liberty is of a peaceful nature; any illegal or irresponsible actions will not be tolerated.

Some Helpful Guidelines
· In any case of confrontation, remember you are a pedestrian “walk away”.
· If people do not wish to sign the top petition, you can encourage them to sign the bottom petition - “we oppose child abuse and sign the 2nd question”.
· Do not be an obstruction to the general public.
· Do not enter commercial business areas. There are by-laws in place that would be infringed.

What to bring
· Some ball-point pens,
· a clipboard or two,
· copies of the petition which you can download from here ,
· placards with the following messages (as examples): ‘Good Parents Aren’t Criminals’, ‘Sign The Petition’, ‘No to Nanny State’, ‘Parents Will Be Locked Up’, etc. All signage should be focused on the issue.
· Food or drink if required.
· A good warm jacket.

Frequently asked questions concerning Larry Baldock's petition

"Where do I send the filled-in petition forms to?"
C/- Larry Baldock. P.O. Box 9228 Greerton Tauranga
"What is the Citizens Initiated Referendum? "

The CIR contains two questions for Referendum at the 2008 election. The first one reads:

Should a smack as a part of good parental correction be a criminal offence in New Zealand?

The second question reads:

Should the government give urgent priority to understanding and addressing the wider causes of family breakdown, family violence and child abuse in New Zealand?

We are not asking you to answer yes or no to the petition questions. We are asking if you think that every New Zealander should have the opportunity to say yes or no to these questions in a referendum at the 2008 election. For this to happen, we have to collect 300,000 signatures on these petitions.

A Referendum is where all New Zealand voters are required to say yes or no to a question, so in this case, at the 2008 election, Kiwis will be asked both of the above questions.

"How many signatures do we need?"
Just over 300,000 (10% of the electoral roll)

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