From left: Olive Mitchell, Alida Van Der Velde, Ann David.
Members of the Kapiti -Horowhenua branch wore their new T-shirts at a stall at the Waikanae Labour Weekend Spring Market day. This innovation turned out to be attention- grabbing, and resulted in a pleasingly positive response to the other innovation unveiled on the day. The branch had decided to launch a petition asking Hon Nathan Guy MP, to vote yes at the second reading. Mr Guy, who voted yes at the first reading, had made it clear that he was undecided about passing the End of Life Choice Bill.
No fewer than 134 people signed the petition forms in the few hours the market was running. The branch is now seeking an appointment with Mr Guy, some time before the second reading, to present the petition. A second petition is planned to Hon Chris Faafoi MP, as Kapiti Coast is split over the Otaki and Mana electorates. Mr Faafoi is known to be a supporter of EOLC, but we think it worthwhile to show him that local people agree.
Needless to say, the branch is now looking for further opportunities to have a presence at market days in their area.
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.