Gathering on 13 November at Parliament
You're invited to a peaceful demonstration at Parliament for everyone with concerns about the End of Life Choice (euthanasia and assisted suicide) Bill. People may agree or disagree with euthanasia in principle.

Let your local MP know if you are planning to attend!

Later that evening Parliament will cast their final vote on this Bill. If the majority vote against it, there will be no referendum.

* * Now is the time to arrange leave from work and organise transport. Assistance can be requested below. * *

Could you please share this invitation with others who have concerns about this Bill?
To receive a text message with all the info you could pass on, please text 0211674042.

* Shortlink to this page: http://tiny.cc/13Nov
* Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2483329638613688

* Shortlink to Facebook event: http://tiny.cc/13NovFB
* Downloadable slide and image: https://euthanasiadebate.org.nz/join-the-gathering-at-parliament/

* Key issues with the amended Bill: https://euthanasiadebate.org.nz/end-of-life-choice-bill
* Helpline: 0800 42 76 42



* DESCRIPTION *

Parliament received a record-breaking 39,000+ submissions on this Bill and 90% of submissions were opposed. People from all walks of life have spoken up and said 'no', but still MPs have been voting it through.

On Wednesday 13 November MPs will vote on whether this Bill should become law, at its third and final reading.

So from 11.30 am (for a 12 noon start) we will join others from around the country to gather peacefully on Parliament's lawn to show MPs that many New Zealanders say 'no' to this bill. The MPs need to see it to believe it, and on Wednesday 13 November they need to see everyone who feels this bill isn't what New Zealand needs.

We will gather outside Parliament and listen to speeches from key leaders until about 1.45 pm. Afterwards those of us who are available will watch Parliament's proceedings from the public gallery. The Third Reading debate is expected from 4 to 6 pm. The most important time to be there will be from 12 noon to 12.30 pm when we're expecting the most media attention.

This event is being organised by a group of individuals - not any particular organisation.


* WHEN *
Wednesday, 13 November 2019


* WHO *
Everyone with concerns about the End of Life Choice (euthanasia and assisted suicide) Bill


* WHERE *
On the lawn outside Parliament, Molesworth Street, Wellington, New Zealand
In front of the Seddon statue


* TRANSPORT *
Please let us know if you would like assistance with transport or transport costs, or if you are available to give someone a lift or make a donation towards other people's travel costs.


* WHAT TO WEAR *
Please wear your work uniform or your cultural clothing, if you have these.


* WHAT TO BRING (optional) *
Your lunch
Blanket or folding chair to sit on
Hat
Hand-held signs will be provided.
If it starts to rain, about 100 umbrellas will be available.


* SCHEDULE *
11:30 am - Starting to gather outside Parliament
12:00 pm - Official start and media attention expected

Short speeches from key spokespeople. Confirmed so far, in no particular order, are:
Paula Tesoriero (Disability Commissioner), Dr Ate Moala (Public Medicine Specialist), Claire Freeman (DefendNZ), Vicki Walsh (DefendNZ), Richard McLeod (Human Rights Lawyer), Dr Sinead Donnelly (palliative care specialist and organiser of doctorssayno.nz), Renee Joubert (Euthanasia-Free NZ), Dr Catherine Hallagan (NZ Health Professionals Alliance), Dr Rosalie Evans (GP, Christian Medical Fellowship), Dr John Fox (DefendNZ), Wendi Wicks (Not Dead Yet Aotearoa), Brendan Malone (LifeNet NZ), Raymond Mok (disability), Rachel Major (DefendNZ)
.
2:00 pm - Gathering concludes

1:45 pm - Interested people start going through the glass doors and security to get a seat in the public gallery. There will also be an overflow room.

2:00 pm - Parliament's Oral Questions
~3:00 pm - Parliament's General Debate
~4:00 pm - Third Reading on the End of Life Choice Bill (2 hours maximum plus voting time)
6:00 pm - Parliament breaks for dinner
7:30 pm - Third Reading continues with voting expected about 8:15 pm


* TOILETS *
There are public accessible toilets inside Parliament (go through the glass doors and tell the security people that you want to go to the toilet). There are also a Catholic and an Anglican church across the road from Parliament with available toilets.


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* HELPLINE *
If you have a question or any issue completing this form you're welcome to phone 0800 42 76 42 (7 am - 10 pm).
During the gathering you could text a message to 021 167 4042.


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