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Campaign: Flood the Beehive!

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Flood the Beehive!

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The Million Mail Campaign!

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National’s plans to partially-privatise State Owned Enterprises (SOEs) continues to grind on – despite over-whelming public opposition.

It’s time for every New Zealander who opposes these sales to make their voice heard loud and clear, and to flood the Beehive  with a storm of protest mail!

One million-plus emails and letters will create a  loud message that will make politicians sit up and take notice.

Start writing now!

It costs nothing – and you may be saving $6 billion worth of assets that belong to you, your family, and other New Zealanders.

Messages don’t have to be long or involved or full of facts and figures. Messages can be simple. Eg,

Please do not sell my energy companies and Air New Zealand. They belong to  me and my family. “

Or,

I did not vote to sell my state enterprises. But I will vote against anyone who tries to sell them. Please stop your asset sales programme. I do not support it. “

Or,

I am one of the 60-70% of New Zealanders who oppose state asset sales. I will remember this at the next election. I do not give you permission to sell my assets. “

State assets up for partial sale: Meridian, Genesis, Mighty River Power, Solid Energy (formerly Coal Corp), and Air New Zealand.

More information:  Asset sales bill down to the wire (Long link: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10814141)

Send an email now. Or a paper-letter (no stamp required).  We can flood the Beehive with a Million Messages, and it will be messages that will make politicians pause and think.

In May, 2010, over 50,000 New Zealanders marched up Queen Street, Auckland, to stop mining in our Schedule 4 Conservation land.

More information:  Thousands march against mining (Long link: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/3647465/Thousands-march-against-mining)

The politicians backed off smartly. Imagine what 500,000 letters and emails can accomplish!

Eventually, John Key, Tony  Ryall, Peter Dunne, and Steven Joyce, et al,  will no longer be able to ignore our growing clamour.

It’s damned hard to ignore 1 million emails and letters.

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Write now! Write often! Keep writing!

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Contact Details

Snail Mail Addresses

Peter Dunne
Minister for Revenue
Parliament Office
Private Bag 18888
Parliament Buildings
Wellington 6160

John Key
Prime Minister
Parliament Office
Private Bag 18888
Parliament Buildings
Wellington 6160

Steven Joyce
Minister for Economic Developement
Parliament Office
Private Bag 18888
Parliament Buildings
Wellington 6160

Tony Ryall
Minister for SOEs
Parliament Office
Private Bag 18888
Parliament Buildings
Wellington 6160

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Parliamentary Email Addresses

Peter Dunne

Peter Dunne <peter.dunne@parliament.govt.nz>

John Key

“John Key” <john.key@parliament.govt.nz>

Steven Joyce

“Steven Joyce” <steven.joyce@parliament.govt.nz>

Tony Ryall

“Tony Ryall” <tony.ryall@parliament.govt.nz>

Please note: make your letters/email polite, but firm.

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Media – Letters to the Editor

And if you want to send letters to the editor, here are some addresses,

“Dominion Post” <letters@dompost.co.nz>

“Listener” <letters@listener.co.nz>

“NZ Herald” <letters@herald.co.nz>

“Otago Daily Times” <odt.editor@alliedpress.co.nz>

“The Press” <letters@press.co.nz>

“Southland Times” <editor@stl.co.nz>

“Sunday News” <editor@sunday-news.co.nz>

“Sunday Star Times” <letters@star-times.co.nz>

“Waikato Times” <editor@waikatotimes.co.nz>

(Make sure you include your full name & address when writing letters to the editor.)

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Flood the Beehive!

Please pass this Campaign on to others!

This will be our one and only chance to put the brakes on this government’s asset sales plans!

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Lots more we can do…

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Day of Action!

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And sign the petition!! Available here,

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  1. overitsobad
    21 June 2012 at 1:14 pm

    Nice one 🙂

  2. Rural Wife
    21 June 2012 at 1:19 pm

    Emails written and sent! And getting the kids to draw some messages to post of to the polis.

  3. Priss
    21 June 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Done! And passed on to my FB friends and family members, who are also totally pissed off at John Key.

  4. 21 June 2012 at 2:18 pm

    Ok, thanks frank. I’ve sent off my emails.

  5. Jena
    21 June 2012 at 2:28 pm

    I did it; please join me. I said “You DO NOT have a mandate to sell State Assets – you have not asked future generations of NZ’ers to whom they rightfully belong.”

  6. SpaceMonkey
    21 June 2012 at 2:57 pm

    Good stuff Frank! Emails written and sent!

  7. Theodore
    21 June 2012 at 3:27 pm

    Thanx for the contact info Frank. Letters and email sent.

  8. 21 June 2012 at 3:32 pm

    I got a reply from Peter Dunne…

    Thank you for contacting me about asset sales.
    UnitedFuture’s stance, made public before the 2011 General Election, was that while wholesale asset sales are not UnitedFuture policy, we would work to moderate any asset sales proposed by a National-led Government in a way that would make them more acceptable to most New Zealanders. (See our campaign launch video at http://www.unitedfuture.org.nz/four-key-election-issues-animated-video-1/)
    As a party we had therefore ruled out ever supporting any sales – partial or whole – of Kiwibank, Radio New Zealand or our water supplies.
    We further said (on 1 November 2011) that in the case of the four energy companies and Air New Zealand, which National was proposing to sell a portion of, that we believed the Government should retain a minimum of 51% control, and that there should be limits on the holdings able to be purchased by individuals or entities, and that New Zealand household investors be given preferential purchase rights at time of issue. (See http://www.unitedfuture.org.nz/asset-sales-1/). (In fact, UnitedFuture had promoted a policy of floating minority shareholdings in selected state trading companies as long ago as the 2005 General Election, in the same way that the Blair Labour Government in Britain, the Keating Labor Government in Australia and the Carr Labor Government in New South Wales had done during their respective terms in office.) I note the recent comment from the relevant Ministers that these share floats will amount to the sale of less than 3% of the Government’s total assets.
    On the TVNZ leaders’ debate during the election campaign I said:
    “We’ve got to get the language right here. This is not selling state assets. This is a proposal to sell shares of a minority nature in four energy companies and Air NZ. Provided New Zealand control is retained – the government will retain 51% – provided New Zealand control is retained in the shareholding and that no one can hold more than 15%- and provided we never move to sell Kiwibank, Radio NZ or our water resources, we would be prepared to support that policy.” Again, this is entirely consistent with had gone before, and with what we have subsequently held to.
    UnitedFuture’s confidence and supply agreement, negotiated with National after the election, confirmed that statutory caps of 51% on the minimum of the Crown’s ownership and a maximum 10% cap on individual or entity holdings would be introduced for the relevant state owned enterprises. These agreements were consistent in every regard with our stated pre-election policy. At UnitedFuture’s insistence, the Government has amended the Bill during the committee of the whole stage debate in Parliament to make it clear that the statutory caps apply to all shares in the enterprises, not just voting shares.
    Therefore, consistent with that agreement and our own policy as spelled out to the electorate prior to the election, UnitedFuture supports the Government’s plans to introduce a mixed-ownership model for the four energy companies and Air New Zealand. To do otherwise would not only be a complete turnaround from our pre-election position, but also a breach of faith in terms of the confidence and supply agreement negotiated after the election.
    I am acutely aware of the justifiable public cynicism of politicians who say one thing before an election, and do the opposite afterwards. I have therefore always endeavoured to be as upfront as I can with people about where my Party and I stand on particular issues, as in this instance, where I have been entirely consistent in what I said previously, and what I propose to do now. In my view, honour and trust are still important virtues to be upheld.

    Yours sincerely,

    Hon Peter Dunne
    MP for Ohariu /Leader of UnitedFuture
    Minister of Revenue
    Associate Minister of Health/Associate Minister of Conservation
    Visit our website at http://www.unitedfuture.org.nz

    • 26 June 2012 at 3:21 pm

      Clearly Peter Dune if there is a petition in your electric with 10,000 names on it that should give you a crew. Further more here you are standing up for hunter and some of these asset sales will close off areas to hunters to say nothing of the stripping of our already tatted 100% Pure New Zealand image.

  9. samwise
    21 June 2012 at 4:02 pm

    My partner and I sent emails. Even our teenage kids who normally don’t care about anything except usual teenage stuff sent emails. We’ve also shared the link with other people. Well done!

  10. THX1138
    21 June 2012 at 5:11 pm

    Emails sent!

  11. Paul
    21 June 2012 at 5:44 pm

    Well that didn’t take long. Sorted.

    Let’s hope the pricks take notice.

  12. LevinTom
    21 June 2012 at 7:14 pm

    Good job Frank, emails sent. I don’t know if the idiots will listen but hey we gotta try eh?

  13. Kat in the Hat
    21 June 2012 at 9:48 pm

    All of us in our home have emailed Key and the others. Great idea! Let’s hope it works!

  14. Jena
    21 June 2012 at 9:53 pm

    Some MP’s don’t share their emails on the Parliamentary site including Maori Party MP’s Sharples & Flavell, but many National ones do. http://www.parliament.nz/en-NZ/MPP/MPs/MPs/ .Just click on their names and under their photo’s look for email

  15. Moa Hunter
    22 June 2012 at 10:01 am

    Emails sent. I’m encouraging my workmates to do the same. Also sharing this with everyone on my facebook, myspace, and email contacts.

  16. Priss
    22 June 2012 at 5:46 pm

    sharlene :

    I got a reply from Peter Dunne…

    Thank you for contacting me about asset sales.
    UnitedFuture’s stance, made public before the 2011 General Election, was that while wholesale asset sales are not UnitedFuture policy, we would work to moderate any asset sales proposed by a National-led Government in a way that would make them more acceptable to most New Zealanders. (See our campaign launch video at http://www.unitedfuture.org.nz/four-key-election-issues-animated-video-1/)
    As a party we had therefore ruled out ever supporting any sales – partial or whole – of Kiwibank, Radio New Zealand or our water supplies.
    We further said (on 1 November 2011) that in the case of the four energy companies and Air New Zealand, which National was proposing to sell a portion of, that we believed the Government should retain a minimum of 51% control, and that there should be limits on the holdings able to be purchased by individuals or entities, and that New Zealand household investors be given preferential purchase rights at time of issue. (See http://www.unitedfuture.org.nz/asset-sales-1/). (In fact, UnitedFuture had promoted a policy of floating minority shareholdings in selected state trading companies as long ago as the 2005 General Election, in the same way that the Blair Labour Government in Britain, the Keating Labor Government in Australia and the Carr Labor Government in New South Wales had done during their respective terms in office.) I note the recent comment from the relevant Ministers that these share floats will amount to the sale of less than 3% of the Government’s total assets.
    On the TVNZ leaders’ debate during the election campaign I said:
    “We’ve got to get the language right here. This is not selling state assets. This is a proposal to sell shares of a minority nature in four energy companies and Air NZ. Provided New Zealand control is retained – the government will retain 51% – provided New Zealand control is retained in the shareholding and that no one can hold more than 15%- and provided we never move to sell Kiwibank, Radio NZ or our water resources, we would be prepared to support that policy.” Again, this is entirely consistent with had gone before, and with what we have subsequently held to.
    UnitedFuture’s confidence and supply agreement, negotiated with National after the election, confirmed that statutory caps of 51% on the minimum of the Crown’s ownership and a maximum 10% cap on individual or entity holdings would be introduced for the relevant state owned enterprises. These agreements were consistent in every regard with our stated pre-election policy. At UnitedFuture’s insistence, the Government has amended the Bill during the committee of the whole stage debate in Parliament to make it clear that the statutory caps apply to all shares in the enterprises, not just voting shares.
    Therefore, consistent with that agreement and our own policy as spelled out to the electorate prior to the election, UnitedFuture supports the Government’s plans to introduce a mixed-ownership model for the four energy companies and Air New Zealand. To do otherwise would not only be a complete turnaround from our pre-election position, but also a breach of faith in terms of the confidence and supply agreement negotiated after the election.
    I am acutely aware of the justifiable public cynicism of politicians who say one thing before an election, and do the opposite afterwards. I have therefore always endeavoured to be as upfront as I can with people about where my Party and I stand on particular issues, as in this instance, where I have been entirely consistent in what I said previously, and what I propose to do now. In my view, honour and trust are still important virtues to be upheld.

    Yours sincerely,

    Hon Peter Dunne
    MP for Ohariu /Leader of UnitedFuture
    Minister of Revenue
    Associate Minister of Health/Associate Minister of Conservation
    Visit our website at http://www.unitedfuture.org.nz

    I got exactly the same reply emailed back to me. The creep can’t even be bothered to read and reply individually to our concerns! He certainly didn’t answer any of the questions I put to him!!

    He doesn’t know that I happen to live in Ohariu and won’t be voting for him again!!

  17. Lynley
    24 June 2012 at 3:20 pm

    E-mails sent . Here’s my reply to Peter Dunne’s standard reply to all. Feel free to use it in its entirety or in part.

    Hi Peter

    Thank you for your prompt reply – it is very much appreciated. We totally agree with you regarding honour and trust. However we are dealing with a Government that is rapidly losing any honour or trust that it may have had with the voting public.

    Thank you for the work you have done to ensure that the terms of sale provide some protection for New Zealanders.

    You quote from your campaign launch video “we would work to moderate any asset sales proposed by a National-led Government in a way that would make them more acceptable to most New Zealanders.”

    It is clear from polls and protest action across New Zealand that these asset sales are NOT acceptable to most New Zealanders so we cannot see where voting for the proposed legislation would meet the UnitedFuture Party’s manifesto promises as you suggest. Despite what the politicians think, New Zealanders DO NOT want to lose ANY of our assets and see the partial sale of these five companies as being the top of a very slippery and unpleasant slide.

    What assets are up for grabs??? Essential services such as power should be sold off. Even with a partial sale, surely electricity prices will need to rise above the current levels to provide a profit margin for private investors? Does UnitedFuture then propose to support the sale of other assets? TVNZ??? TV7 is obviously not worth supporting so why not the rest? Why is radio sacrosanct for your party but not television? State housing??? Ah, it’s only the poor who live there, surely! Public schools??? Charter schools and PPPs are just the beginning of moves to privatise our truly excellent state education system. Where does your promise of confidence and supply stand when these assets are next in the chopping block? Where does your party stand when it appears that New Zealanders are overwhelmingly opposed to the position that you are taking? The National Government has had the grace (????) to “reverse” decisions that are clearly out of line with public thinking.

    The very name of your party harks to the beliefs that we hold so strongly in New Zealand and which unite so many of us from very diverse backgrounds in the battle against these asset sales – united we have a future. Not with one man alone we have a future – by the all-powerful vote of one man representing only a tiny percentage of voters swaying a vote against the majority public opinion. We believe that any politician who holds the balance of power as you do has a moral imperative to represent the majority view on such an important issue. To stand beside New Zealanders and not beside a Government that has clearly lost touch with the reality of both people’s lives and wishes.

    This is not an issue of confidence and supply. This should be a conscience vote. And there comes a point where any promise made may need to be broken when the other party breaches the honour and trust you talk about. This Government has broken faith with New Zealanders, in particular with those who cannot speak up for themselves. Please don’t buy into their rhetoric and their phoney promises and smiles and their “I can’t recall” and “cast-iron assurances” comments. Increasingly, New Zealanders are seeing through their tricks. We have always seen you as an honorable man but you risk being tarred by their brush as well as being party to selling our country down the river.

    Again, please reconsider your position.

  18. 24 June 2012 at 4:05 pm

    That’s an impressive reply to Peter Dunne, Lynley. (Actually, far superior to the email and letter I sent to him.) I hope he actually takes the time to read it and contemplate the points you’ve raised.

    I especially like your reference to “This should be a conscience vote”. One cannot help but wonder how many National MPs would actually cross the floor and vote against asset sales. A few, I believe?

    It’s interesting to note that nearly all pundits and media/political commentators agree that National has lost the moral (and economic) argument on this debate. That they are proceeding with their programme is probably die more to bloody minded stubborness rather than common sense.

    Let’s hope that the flood of emails and letters will help them to re-think the issue.

  19. Priss
    27 June 2012 at 1:05 am

    Todays passing of the sale-enabling law is disgusting. For all the good it will do, I’ve written to these bastards again.

  20. XYZ
    27 June 2012 at 2:09 am

    Thanks for the addresses. I’ve emailed Dunne, Key, and the others.

  21. J2
    30 June 2012 at 2:55 pm

    emails sent.

  22. Sue
    1 July 2012 at 8:03 pm

    I finally got around to sending one to Peter Dunne. I’ll copy a standard email from above for the others. Can’t remember what I said I was going to write in it at your house but this is what I wrote.

    Peter Dunne

    As a member of your electrorate I am appauled that you are supporting the sale of state assets even though the poll on your own website clearly showed the people in your electorate do not support asset sales. It is obvious you are no longer listening to the people in your electorate and I’m sure this will be reflected in the next election. I know it has certainly influenced my decision on who to vote for in 2014.

    In the words of TVNZ’s show Target, “Shame on you”.

    [signed with name and address]

  23. 7 July 2012 at 9:36 pm

    A response from Dear Leader…

    from: J Key (MIN) J.Key@ministers.govt.nz
    to: Frank Macskasy fmacskasy@yahoo.com
    date: Fri, Jul 6, 2012 at 12:29 PM
    subject: RE: Asset Sales

    Dear Mr Macskasy

    On behalf of the Prime Minister, Rt Hon John Key, I acknowledge your email concerning the mixed ownership model of state-owned enterprises.

    Please be assured that your comments have been noted.

    As the issue you have raised falls within the portfolio responsibility of the Minister for State Owned Enterprises, Hon Tony Ryall, your email has been forwarded to his office for information.

    Thank you for writing to the Prime Minister.

    Regards

    E Watson | Executive Assistant

    On behalf of
    B Smith | Private Secretary | Office of the Prime Minister
    Private Bag 18041 | Parliament Buildings | Wellington 6160 | New Zealand

    • Possum
      7 July 2012 at 10:12 pm

      that wld be right, not in my bck yard and pass on 2 the nxt knitwit…. or nationals game of pass the parcel. we all get that type of respondence and even funnier when it gets bck 2 the start. lol lazy pricks

      • 7 July 2012 at 10:59 pm

        Yes, indeed, Possum. I’ve had so many of those “forwarded to hisher office for information” that I laugh every time I read it! 😀

  24. Sue
    8 July 2012 at 12:09 pm

    Yip I got the same reply. Haven’t heard from the others yet.

  25. Allyson
    8 July 2012 at 12:51 pm

    mine always get passed on to Tony Ryall as well since he is the health minister. I predict a pathetic reply in your future!!!

  26. Possum
    8 July 2012 at 1:47 pm

    shld see the fun l have with my project which is a cooking school and needing funding and the amount of ppl l need 2 help. with cant get funding from 2ndry cus not doing ncea, cant get funding from tertiary cus lm not doing L3, l cant get funding from hospital 2 have a place 4 dieticians 2 teach diabetics about food and there condition (they cant do it in hospital kitchen, lol), want 2 education general public basic skills, educate ppl 2 be ready 2 go in2 wrk with up graded skills, also pre-chef group 2 help them 2 get 2 a high standard so they can cope with the education they will be getting as chef’s as the gap between L2 and L3 is HUGE, a place 4 the disabled 2 have a facility so they can be educated after injury etc, with support 2 the women’s refuge with freezer meals 4 women and kids that end up in care and they donet have facilities 2 hold that amount of food which wld be done by the pre-chef group, special kitchen 4 the gluten-free ppl that need a special kitchen……. and will govt help….. every1 want my help 2 get ppl the help and education they need although NO 1 will help me financially and l cant get a bank loan 2 get it set-up and is 2 big 4 2 of the countries billionaires of Morgan and Glenn who say they are about helping ppl and yet….. wont/cant and its 2 big 4 them. so what do you do and because lm not maori (that l know of- which is another story) l cant get funding, yet was told if l was it wld be thrown at me and even a maori mp said ” our ppl dont need ur help”, lol yet all tech say and do with courses and funding is all around and about maori cus they need help. go figure …. l jst dont get it and l dont care the color of skin, jst that they want 2 learn even if its jst the basics and learn how 2 feed there kids and themselves healthy food.

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