Keep Our Assets – inspired by Invercargill

On Saturday, we took a break from the South Island Green Policy Conference and hit the streets of Invercargill to collect signatures for the “Keep Our Assets” petition final push.

About half the Green MPs and a team of local and regional volunteers collected more than 500 signatures in a single hour.

Downtown Invercargill may not be as heavily populated as downtown Auckland, or Wellington, but I have never met such a supportive and friendly group of random strangers.

Collecting at Waitangi on Waitangi Day was also fantastically successful, but then it is a political event and people expect both petitions and debate.

People were instantly responsive to the words “asset sales” and they were wishing us luck even though some who signed felt the Prime Minister was incapable of listening.

My best conversations were with the elderly who had strong memories of the failure of asset sales to benefit this country in the past, and the young who were like “this is just a stupid idea”. I had some lovely chats with young people outside a tattoo parlour, and Māori elders outside the chemist who were very concerned about water rights but also about the impact on the whole country. Whole families were getting $10.00 haircuts and parents were very much against asset sales. There is a slow friendly vibration under the open skies of the deep South, but make no mistake about it: they are keen to be asset keepers. Back at the Policy Conference we compared notes and everyone had been well received and welcomed on this kaupapa.

We were inspired by Invercargill.

19 Comments Posted

  1. Arana is not the only one to have noticed the poorly veiled electioneering. Several locations have noted the pushing of the green party at these events, with several evidential records made.

    My husband brought it to my attention.

    You power hungry parasites sicken me.

    Can you even define the term ‘asset’?

  2. I’m saddened to hear, Arana, that for you, life is grey.

    Back to the referendum, you say:
    “running a referendum about which you already know the answer”

    Surely it’s not a matter of already knowing the answer (which in this case is that the vast majority of New Zealanders do NOT want their assets sold), it’s a case of giving people a direct opportunity to declare their position; an accurate, up-to-date statement on what they think NOW about a certaiin issue. In this case, the theft sale of their energy assets.This aspect of the referendum; hearing what New Zealanders NOW believe and want, strikes fear into the Governments black heart, and it seems, your grey one.

  3. I didn’t say you were naughty. You showed that you were dishonest. I’ll not pursue it any further just now, but it might come up again, when you make claims that don’t seem right.

  4. So, I’m as naughty as a Green Party activist. Am I as naughty, and as clever, as a group of MPs cunningly running a pre-election campaign disguised as a referendum?

    It would be great if there was more honesty and transparency in politics, wouldn’t there, Fly, rather than all this game playing. It’s all very tiresome and wasteful, isn’t it.

    Our “leaders” set the standard. They shouldn’t be surprised when others meet them on their level.

  5. You made a personal admission of dishonesty here, Arana.
    I’m sure you criticised those who ‘jammed’ the billboards at the time, yet here you are, behaving in a similar fashion. Dishonesty is so uncool, here at Frogblog.

  6. We can safely dismiss anything you say as untrue now, based on your avowed history of dishonesty. You are not trustworthy.

    Uh-huh. Remind us about the billboard vandalism incident.

    Look at it this way, Fly. Culture-jamming is to billboards what amusing signatures are to electioneering masquerading as a referendum.

  7. Seems a bit childish to me.

    Sure is, but then running a referendum about which you already know the answer, and on a matter which the electorate has already voted, is childish and it costs taxpayers money.

    As a citizen, I feel I should send a message to those in the house of representatives. I don’t like politicians wasting taxpayers money or being childish by trying to be clever with the rules around citizen referendum. Two can play at that game.

    Glad the message is being heard.

    BTW: Your “collection staff” don’t seem to pay much attention to names.

  8. “Personally, I’ve signed it five times already.”

    “Arana” is dishonest then!
    We can safely dismiss anything you say as untrue now, based on your avowed history of dishonesty.
    You are not trustworthy.

  9. @Arana 11:11 AM

    Personally, I’ve signed it five times already.

    Yes, it is people like you who have made us work harder collecting signatures by pushing the total number to be collected up in order to get sufficient valid ones.

    I hope you feel proud of your effort. Seems a bit childish to me.

  10. So, how many thousands, Frog? And how many signed it twice? Personally, I’ve signed it five times already.

    You see, 340,000 is a fraction of the total LabGreen vote. The referendum return is likely to be even lower. So what is this referendum telling us that we don’t already know?


  11. @Arana 10:33 AM

    The population of Invercargill is 50,328
    1000 signatures represents 1.98%

    The 1000 were over just 3 or 4 days last week. There have been many thousands of signatures collected in Invercargill earlier in the campaign.

  12. The return will likely tell us this: some of the LabGreen vote are still against part-floats.

    How revealing.

    Please, tell us something we don’t know…. 🙂

  13. The population of Invercargill is 50,328
    1000 signatures represents 1.98%

    Was the Green vote in that area 12%, too? If so, you’re doing a very poor job of mobilising your own support, let alone anyone else.

    This politician-led referendum is a joke. Even after taking a “paid professional” run at it, it’s still taken nearly a year, and they still haven’t got anywhere near the total LabGreen vote signed up.

    The referendum return will indicate a minor percentage of the LabGreen vote care about this issue, which National will then be justified in laughing at….

    You’re flogging a dead horse. Twice.

  14. There’s little need to attend rallies now. Everyone knows they can tell the Government exactly what they think, through the referendum.
    And what they will tell them, is NO.
    This: “over the last 3-4 days we have collected over 1000 signatures in Invercargill” is where the action is.

  15. Apparently, 400 people showed up.

    Wellington’s population is 395,600

    So, 0.1% of Wellington’s population cared enough about part-floats to turn up.

    Given rent-a-mob typically runs at around 300, I’m not sure this is an issue that resonates with the general public, as the election indicated.

  16. Well done, Invercargill! Over on another thread “sprout” from Invercargill commented yesterday:

    We are well on our way to getting there, over the last 3-4 days we have collected over 1000 signatures in Invercargill. This is the easiest petition that I have ever collected signatures for.

  17. In many small towns throughout the country there is a real groundswell of opposition to asset sales. I am very very impressed!

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