392,000 New Zealanders send a clear message to John Key – Part Tahi
NZ, Wellington, 12 March 2013 – Another beautiful sunny day with blue skies (apologies to farmers) was a perfect setting this afternoon in Wellington, when a couple of hundred marchers arrived on Parliament’s grounds, bearing 68 boxes, containing 392,000 signatures.
The referendum requires 304,000 valid signatures to precipitate a nationwide referendum. The 392,000 signatures gives a 22% ‘buffer’ against invalid signatures; people not on the electoral roll; duplicate signatures; and malicious attempts to undermine the petition.
There was a small number of people on Parliament’s grounds awaiting the march, amongst them tino rangatiratanga activists, Brenda and Fran,
At about 1pm, marchers arrived, bearing the boxes that contained a priceless treasure – signatures of 392,000 New Zealanders. Media flocked around them. This was an historical event,
They walked onto Parliament’s grounds to cheers and applause of those waiting,
On the steps to Parliament, more media and elected representatives from Opposition Parties were waiting. (Curiously, none from National, ACT, or United Future were in attendance. Their ‘invites’ must’ve been lost in the post?)
Politicians clapped as the marchers approached. Men, women, young, old, Maori, Pakeha, these were New Zealanders who believed that the People’s Assets were not to be stripped and flogged off by a handful of politicians,
Sixty eight marchers proudly carried a prized box each,
The boxes were carefully passed over a security barricade, to be stacked on the Parliamentary forecourt,
Meanwwhile, the crowd watched, as the stacking of boxes progressed,
The leadership of the Green and Labour Parties, with Brendan Horan (far left, standing beside Metiria Turei); former AUSA President, Arena Williams (standing beside David Shearer); Grey Power National President, Mr Roy Reid; Annette King; and (far right – no slur intended, Mr Conway) CTU Economist and Director of Policy, Peter Conway .
Mana Party leader, Hone Harawira, joined the Party leaders shortly afterward (NZ First lreader, Winston Peters was standing off-camera, to the left),
NZ First leader, Winston Peters, being interviewed by a MSM journalist,
A panoramic view of part of the assembled crowd,
Green MP, Jan Logie; NZ First leader, Winston Peters, and NZ First MP, Andrew Williams, at the stacked petition boxes. At this point, the invited guest-speakers were preparing themselves – and their notes – to address the crowd and media,
With a unique style and flair she has become reknowned for, Moana Maniapoto Jackson welcomed people to today’s presentation of the petition,
“We are celebrating people power…”
Coaching the crowd, to chime in with “Ohhhh yeahhhh” as the chorus, Ms Maniapoto Jackson launched into a short protest-style song. Her powerful voice belted out the words, making her microphone and speakers practically redundant, as she filled Parliament with her lyrical sounds,
“Hey, hey Mr John Key,
You say you’ve the mandate
We’re here to help,
it’s not too late,
People here are standing strong
a hundred thousand – can’t be wrong
We’re here to help you get back on track,
Let’s stop the sales,
Let’s pull it back.
Crowd’s chorus, Ohhhhh Yeahhhhh!
All together now!
Ms Maniapoto Jackson then welcomed the first of “a long line of luminaries, that are positively glowing with energy and excitement as we deliver to the government a very strong call from New Zealanders.”
To be continued at: 392,000 New Zealanders send a clear message to John Key – Part Rua
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