Monday, 6 August 2007

Sat, 1 September 2007 - FEET ON FOOTPATHS - Rodney

SAT 1st September, 9am to 12noon
The Rodney Awareness Campaign


This is an opportunity for concerned New Zealand citizens to launch themselves to action through Unity For Liberty and Voice Rodney


§ 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.

§ To raise public awareness of Sheryl Savill’s petition for a Citizens Initiated Referendum and to collect signatures for the petition.

§ To publicly demand that the government look deeper at the wider causes of family breakdown, violence and abuse and to collect signatures for Larry Baldock’s Citizen’s Initiated Referendum petition on this issue.

Frequently Asked Questions:

"What is a Citizens Initiated Referendum?"
A Citizens Initiated Referendum is where all New Zealand voters are required to answer yes or no to a question(s), in this case, at the 2008 election, voters will be asked two questions.
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 people to answer yes or no to the referendum questions. We are simply asking if they think that every New Zealander should have the opportunity to say yes or no to the questions in a referendum at the 2008 election.

"How many signatures do we need?"
Just over 300,000 (10% of the electoral roll). 200.000 have already been collected.

"Where do I send the filled-in petition forms?"
C/- Larry Baldock. P.O. Box 9228 Greerton Tauranga


Make time on 1st September between 9am and 12am 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 (Whangaparaoa Peninsula, Orewa, Warkworth). You will carry petition forms and small placards bearing a message that is focused on the issue.

We aim to be in the Whangaparaoa, Orewa, or Warkworth area from 9am to 12noon. The area will be divided into sections and within each section 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 and Voice Rodney 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.
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 and Voice Rodney 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 any responses are to be given, “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.

Some ball-point pens, a clipboard or two, copies of the petition which you can download from here , placards with the following messages: ‘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.

Contact the co-ordinator:
Arna Mountain phone 021 166 2924 email

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