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Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Why I'm not giving up

Alf Grumble responds to my comments in today's New Zealand Herald, asking why I don't just pack it in and give up on the issues I care about. After all, the first attempt at getting a referendum on the flag failed to attract enough signatures.

It's pretty simple really. I'm a New Zealander. I don't give up just because things are hard.

But more specifically, the 2005 referendum attempt wasn't "mine." I only played a bit part. I was studying at the time and gave what spare time I could (and probably a bit more than I should've) - Will de Cleene was the Wellington co-ordinator for the campaign and did most of the hard work. I simply collected signatures. The fact we got 100,000 signatures without any real organisation (apart from a solitary paid organiser, Iona Pannett) was actually a good achievement.

I'm sure both Will and myself will attest our biggest problem was that we didn't have the sort of network needed to bring about a referendum - the sort of network that enabled the petitions on smacking and asset sales to be converted into referendums.

Unfortunately from Alf, it looks like next time it might just be a lot easier: