It’s been a busy week here in Wellington; in fact, it’s been a busy month, there seems to be something happening on Parliament lawn almost every day that Parliament has been sitting.
Today, it was a cross-party gathering launching the Campaign to Save Radio NZ, with the catchy title of Hands off our dial. The petition can be found here.
Labour MP Grant Robertson started the speeches off, supported by a swathe of his collegues including Charles Chauvel, Marianne Street, Carol Beaumont, Steve Chadwick, Winnie Laban, and former press journo Claire Curran, who also spoke.
Green co-leader Russell Norman followed Grant on the megaphone, and was supported by Sue Kedgely, with Keith Locke, Cath Delahunty and Gareth Hughes. The very crowded ground in front of the Seddon statue was further addressed by Ohariu MP Peter Dunne, completing the treble of opposition parties represented.
As might be expected, the media were out in force – Radio NZ having no fewer than three journalists present, TVNZ supplying one cameraman, several press photographers snapped away, and quite a lot of keen writers had their notebooks out. Even VUW’s own radio, the VBC, were there to support their fellow radio journalists.
Here’s a few piccy’s to prove we get the odd fine day in the grounds of Parliament….