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Petition for a Citizens Initiated Referendum
If so then please support our Citizens Initiated Referendum
Should our FORESHORE AND SEABED
be owned by everyone?
Call to Action!
If you believe our coastline out to the 22 km edge of the
Territorial Sea belongs to all New Zealanders equally regardless
of race, then please support our petition for a nation-wide
Kiwis no longer own their coast
Most New Zealanders do not realise that in spite of owning the
foreshore and seabed since 1840, they now no longer own the
coast. Last year the government repealed Crown ownership to
allow iwi to make claims. Once iwi gain title they will be able to
develop, mine, and lease the coast to overseas interests.
The public opposed the law change
We know the majority of New Zealanders opposed this law change.
That's why we have organised this Citizens Initiated Referendum to
force the government to listen to the will of the people.
Our CIR petition
Our petition wants to restore public ownership of the foreshore
and seabed. If we are able to gain the support of 10 percent
of registered voters (that's 320,000 signatures!) by the end of
June, the government will be required to hold a nation-wide
referendum so that all New Zealanders will get the chance to
say who they think should own the coast.
What you can do to help
This is real grassroots democracy in action! It's your last chance
to join us in standing up against a law change that is not in the
best interests of our country. If you believe the coast belongs
in public ownership, then please cut out and sign the petition
and ask your family and friends to do the same. Please gather
as many signatures as you can because we will only succeed if
Kiwis up and down the country help us promote the petition as
widely as possible, around their networks, in their communities,
the internet, clubs, newspapers, radio ... everywhere!
Need more information?
For more information (and BIGGER forms) please visit our
website at www.CoastalCoalition.co.nz Our CIR Coordinator,
Geo Parker, can be contacted for help on 09 426 7874 or
by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
This petition is supported by the Coastal Coalition and the New Zealand
Centre for Political Research - a public policy think tank established in 2005
by former MP Dr Muriel Newman. To stay informed about this important
matter, you can register for the free NZCPR Weekly newsletter at NZCPR.com.
Wellington City Council, 101 Wakefield Street,
PO Box 2199, Wellington, 6140 • Wellington.govt.nz
COUNCIL GRANTS AVAILABLE
Applications closing 30 March
The following grants rounds are now open for
• General Grants for social, environmental,
cultural and economic projects
• Community Venue Assistance -- to improve
access to community spaces
• Sports Development Grants -- to help
sports groups and organisations get
professional advice for large projects or
their organisational planning
• Built Heritage Incentive Fund -- to help
heritage building owners maintain and
conserve their property
• Community Preparedness Grants -- to
help community organisations run an
event or project which encourages people
to get to know their neighbours and be
prepared for an emergency.
The deadline for applications for all of these
grants is 5pm, Friday 30 March.
Find out more and apply at
or phone 499 444.
Wellington open days Date and time
Regional Council Centre,
142 Wakefeld St, Wellington Wednesday 28 March
Regional Council Centre,
142 Wakefeld St, Wellington Friday 20 April
Greater Wellington's draft Long-Term Plan is
now out for consultation. This sets out what we
are going to do and how much we are going to
spend over the next 10 years. We are keen to
hear your feedback.
Feedback must be received by 4pm
Friday 4 May
A Summary and full copies of the draft Long-
Term Plan are available from:
• Greater Wellington offces
• All libraries and local council offces
Come and talk to your Regional Councillors at an
open day near you:
Have your say
on the Wellington
region's future Choir bonds
By MEG THOMPSON
Making music: Choirmaster Jonathan
Berkahn and choir mistress Jan Hinde,
of Breaker Bay Community Choir.
Photo: CLARE O'LEARY
The Breaker Bay Community Choir
makes its public debut on Saturday
with a ceilidh, a social event involv-
ing traditional Gaelic music and
The choir was established last
October by Breaker Bay resident
Clare O'Leary as a way of bringing
locals together and making use of the
Breaker Bay Hall.
The choir meets fortnightly and
sings a range of styles led by
musicians Jan Hinde and Jonathan
It is funded by Wellington City
Council's community preparedness
fund, which supports projects that
help people in communities get to
know each other in preparation for
dealing with crises.
I guess it's that sense of knowing
who's around you and doing some-
thing positive, other than coming
together in a crisis,'' Ms Hinde said.
Anything that brings people
together is a good thing for planning
or preparing for a disaster.
Breaker Bay is in the red zone for
tsunamis so if there was an earth-
quake everyone's quite aware that
there needs to be quite a strong
sense of community to look after
The ceilidh will feature music pro-
vided by Irish musicians from Kitty
It's another way we can use the
hall and also promote what the
choir's doing to hopefully get some
more people to come along,'' said Ms
She said people of any singing
ability were welcome.
It's very relaxed,'' she said. It's
just playing with the voice and see-
ing the voice as a kind of a thera-
peutic thing, as well as a way to chill
out and have fun.''
The Ceilidh is on Saturday, March
24, at the Breaker Bay Hall.
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