The March For Democracy Conservative Party

Help, Citizens in Trouble

By Colin Craig (Organizer, The March for Democracy)

Lend me your eyes and ears for a moment. Right now set aside any reason why you might think less of yourself. Forget rejection and the lie that you don’t matter. I want to tell you the truth.

The first truth is that you do matter.

There is no one just like you. There is no single person in this world now, nor has there ever been anyone just like you. You belong to this country and we need you. In fact we need you now more than we have ever needed you.
I know this because you are reading these words and that means that you care. Please, please, please never give up caring. Never stop being a responsible citizen, never stop voting, never stop raising your voice and being heard.

The second truth is that your vote matters.

When you vote (as you did in the recent referendum) your vote is not a mere imprint of ink. It is your voice, your considered input into the question of the moment. It is an outcome of what you think , and what you feel, and who you are. It is a concise abbreviation of all you stand for.
I will tell you what you already know. Any politician that first tries to dissuade you from voting and then dismisses the result is both foolish and wrong. Foolish to not seek direction from a responsible and caring citizen such as you are.
Wrong to defy the principle of government by the people, and retain a law that 87.4% of voters don’t want.

The third truth is that voting was not enough.

So now we come to the hard truth. The stage was set, the moment came and New Zealand spoke. A clear voice, a common sense voice. It should have been enough, but it wasn’t because the captain stopped listening to the team.

Make no mistake it is a betrayal from the man who said: \"It's poor law-making to write a very strict law and then trust the police and the courts not to enforce it strongly. The law shouldn’t depend on which police officer or which judge or which jury you happen to get on the day.\" The man who called the law a \"dogs breakfast\" and assured us it was \"not national party policy\". Power corrupts.

And so now you need to decide whether that betrayal will go unanswered. To decide whether you matter enough to do something more; to decide whether your place in this country, and your right to be listened to, are enough to get you to your feet to stand with other New Zealanders.
You will not stand alone because I and many others will stand with you. This November 21st at 1:30pm we are making that stand at the bottom of Queen St.

I call you to join us, to bring others with you, and to say that you will make a difference. Now is the hour that your country needs you to vote with your feet.

Good Parents Speak Up

By Sheryl Savill (Referendum Proposer)

"Should a smack as part of good parental correction be a criminal offence in New Zealand?"

  1. Why the Referendum came about?

    The referendum was initiated in response to the bill repealing the defence of Section 59 for parents to use reasonable force for correction and discipline. The aim of the referendum was to protect good parents and tackle the real causes of child abuse, poverty, alcohol and drug abuse, stress, and family breakdown. Despite overwhelming opposition to the anti-smacking bill, the politicians ignored the will of the people and passed the bill. As a result, more than 300,000 signatures were gathered on a petition demanding a Referendum on the law change, and under the law this forced a Referendum to be held. It logically should have happened at the General Election in 2008 but the government was desperate to avoid reminding voters of this deeply unpopular law change.
  2. What was the result?

    An overwhelming response to the postal referendum saw 1,470,755 people voting NO. Giving an 87.4% majority response. Sending a clear message to the politicians that they did not want good parents criminalised for using reasonable force such as a light smack.
  3. What was the response of the politicians?

    Sadly, the politicians have chosen to ignore the results and instead launched an inquiry.
  4. Why democracy failed?

    When a government ignores the result of a referendum with an 87% majority then we no longer live in a democracy.

    A handful of politicians are now making and keeping laws which their constituents do not agree with. What happened to \"voted by the people for the people\"? How can the voice of the people of this country be heard? Who will listen? We must march and let the government see that we (the people who voted them in to power) will continue to fight for freedom and the right to raise our children in a safe and loving environment.

99 MP's Please

By Margaret Robertson (Referendum Proposer)


I was motivated to start this petition to reduce the number of MPs after listening to Parliament. The inane comments and general behaviour were disgraceful. Despite the fact that at that time no individual had succeeded with a Citizens Initiated Referendum I was not deterred. From the time of the press conference to announce the details of the petition I was inundated with offers of help to collect signatures. People from all walks of life and different ethnicities gave their support and help. Radio hosts newspapers and magazines were all very supportive.

Interestingly some MPs, like a majority of New Zealanders, were fed up with the antics of some politicians which included their self-serving attitudes and lack of commitment to serious debate and work on issues needed for the betterment of New Zealand.

Sitting at a table collecting signatures in many cities and towns throughout New Zealand was made bearable by the goodwill shown towards the petition and the many amusing comments aimed at our politicians. With our small population 99MPs is still a generous number and I was very pleased to see a vast majority of New Zealanders (81.5%) support the proposition.

It is now nearly 10 years later during which time no reduction of MP’s has occurred. In fact Parliament now boasts 122 MP’s the highest number ever in our history. It is high time the government respected the wishes of the people and starting acting the way we want them to.


92% of voters supported the following referendum in 1999

"Should there be a reform of our justice system placing greater emphasis on the needs of victims, providing restitution and compensation for them and imposing minimum sentences and hard labour for all serious violent offences? "

The Politicians ignored it – in fact they said we [the public] didn’t understand the question!

Over 1000 people have since been murdered!

The 1999 referendum was instigated by Norm Withers after his elderly Mother was brutally attacked in Christchurch; the offender had 56 previous offences but was released early on parole which gave him the opportunity to attack Mrs. Withers. Of course he has long since been paroled for that offence, and true to form for most violent criminals has gone on to reoffend again.

The Government ignored the result of the 1999 referendum and to add insult to injury in a display of utter contempt for voters reduced Parole eligibility from 2/3rd of sentence to 1/3rd.

While trying to con the public into believing they were taking a hard-line on crime in reality the opposite was true, the 2002 Sentencing Act instructed Judge to give 'the least restrictive' sentence and in 2007 changed the bail Act to make it easier for violent offenders to get Bail!

National promised to get tough on crime in the 2008 Election and YES, progress has been made. BUT National has diluted David Garrets original three-strike Bill to remove repeat offenders to the point of worthless drivel.

Every opinion poll has overwhelmingly indicated that the public do NOT want violent criminals on the street – yet National seems once again to be ignoring public opinion.

It is now obvious the public understood the question the Law & Order referendum asked.

Now we understand the problem!

Politicians utter contempt for the voters who elected them!

Garth McVicar
Sensible Sentencing Trust