At Waikanae on 20th December, Kapiti-Horowhenua branch members Dianne Cooper (left) and Ann David, set up a table with a petition asking Nathan Guy to vote yes at the second reading of the End of Life Choice Bill. They were wearing the EOLC T-shirts, and had a sign made which told the story about why they were there.
Ann reports that the table was not even set up before people were wanting to sign. Over the time they were there, they got signatures at the rate of one every two minutes. This is consistent with their experience at other occasions, since they got the distinctive T-shirts.
“People see the message on the shirt, and the sign on the table. They immediately come to the table if they want to sign our petition, and if they don’t, they walk on by,” Dianne said. The T-shirts have had a very positive impact.
The Kapiti-Horowhenua branch has already made bookings for other locations, and hopes to get at least 1,000 signatures for presentation to Mr Guy, to help him decide how to use his conscience vote. The branch has prepared similar petition forms for Mana MP Kris Faafoi, which will be used at stalls in the southern part of Kapiti, since the area is split over two electorates. However there’s a big difference: Mr Guy asserts he has not yet decided how to vote. Mr Faafoi is believed to be in favour.
Dianne Cooper has long been a supporter of voluntary euthanasia, as was her mother, Celia Cooper, of Auckland. Dianne lives at Waikanae, on the Kapiti Coast. Writing is her main contribution to the campaign to get the End of Life Choice Bill into law.