The 14 apostles
NZ Herald reporting on a petition of hand-wringing/Christian wowsers:
One of the highest-powered delegations ever to petition Parliament plans to speak out at the Beehive tomorrow [...] in a call to raise the drinking age, raise alcohol prices and implement other recommendations from a recent Law Commission report.
They also want MPs to abandon their traditional "conscience vote" on liquor issues so the Law Commission's proposals can be implemented as a consistent package.
Sir Paul Reeves, the former Governor-General who convened the group, said the 14 members shared general public concerns about New Zealand's binge-drinking culture.
Who do these people think they are?
Paul Reeve's last great achievement was a fatally flawed racial constitution for Fiji, Cartwright signed the detested Foreshore & Seabed confiscation into law without reading it while she was on holiday; and the majority of these so-called "icons" are nothing more than cultists and people who play sports. They have as much credibility on alcohol policy as any other person, so why would the MPs listen to the over-reactions of people setting themselves up as moral guardians? Because they are famous?
Stripping away rights from 18 and 19 year olds based on paranoia and media hype - those in favour:
* Sir Paul Reeves, former Governor-General (convenor).
* Dame Silvia Cartwright, former Governor-General.
* Archbishop John Dew, Catholic primate.
* Professor Sir Mason Durie, Maori health expert.
* Georgina Earl (Evers-Swindell), rowing gold medallist.
* Jeanette Fitzsimons, former Green Party co-leader.
* Sir Lloyd Geering, theologian.
* Dame Te Muranga Batley-Jackson, Manukau Urban Maori Authority founder.
* Michael Jones, ex-All Black.
* Dr Semisi Maia'i, Pacific Medical Association co-founder.
* Caroline Meyer (Evers-Swindell), rowing gold medallist.
* Archbishop David Moxon, Anglican leader.
* Inga Tuigamala, ex-All Black.
* Archbishop Brown Turei, Anglican leader.