Northern News : March 21st 2012
9 NORTHERN NEWS, MARCH 21, 2012 NEWS Petition for a Citizens Initiated Referendum If so then please support our Citizens Initiated Referendum Should our FORESHORE AND SEABED be owned by everyone? Advertisement 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 referendum. 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 Last year the government repealed Crown ownership to allow iwi to make claims.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. Students given a way with words Climb every mountain: Frank Leadley with a delighted student at Nukutere College in the Cook Islands. The Rotary Club of Bay of Islands has made a huge impact in the Cook Islands in its current educational project there. The club has accessed illustrated dictionaries and club president Frank Leadley has just returned from the first series of dis- tributing them to children in the islands. The project came about after discussions last year between Mr Leadley and ex- Northland MP and current Cook Islands High Com- missioner John Carter, and is an extension of a similar project with schools in the Bay of Islands. The Bay of Islands Rotary Club bought 300 of the illustrated dictionaries and, with assistance from the Rotary Club of Rarotonga and the Cook Islands Minis- try of Education, has begun presenting the books to year 9 students at all Cook Islands secondary schools. Each book is individually named, and the sheer joy and excitement on the faces of the recipients will undoubtedly mean that they are a treasured and valuable learning tool. The visit by Frank and Vanessa Leadley to the Cook Islands received great cover- age with numerous articles in the media as well as on local TV. Visits to the schools were accompanied by the presi- dent of the Rarotonga Rotary Club, Bob Riley, High Com- missioner John Carter and his wife Leoni, as well as the Secretary for Education and the Minister of Education in the Cook Islands. Each visit was accom- panied by the visitors being festooned with lei and much singing from the students. Not to be outdone in the vocal department, Frank Leadley launched into the singing of the first few lines of Climb Every Mountain and followed by speaking of the importance of over- coming obstacles and setting personal goals, and how the dictionaries were a valuable tool in reaching those goals. This theme was taken up by John Carter using his own experiences and the overcoming of obstacles to reach his goals. Frank presented the books at Nukutere College and Tereora College, and incoming president Bob Glen, who is holidaying on Rarotonga, will present them at Titikaveka College and Paparoa College. The High Commissioner's Office and the Ministry of Education will arrange to make the presentation in the outer islands. Mr Leadley said emails received from the Ministry of Education were effusive in their appreciation. The ministry is overwhelmed by this generous donation and the significance to students' learning cannot be emphasised enough. Such an initiative will instil in students the desire to take some responsibility for their own learning and educational well-being. Thank you to the Bay of Islands Rotary Club for thinking of our children here in the Pacific.'' John Carter and Frank Leadley are looking at ways of expanding the project.
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