NZ Herald Nov 16, 2009
Organisers of past referenda ignored by governments have lent their weight to Saturday’s march over the anti-smacking referendum, billed as “the biggest march in New Zealand’s history”. The march is being organised to protest the Government’s lack of action against on the removal of Section 59 from the Crimes Act. Some 87 per cent of the respondents to the referendum in August agreed that “a smack as part of good parental correction should not be a criminal offence”. Organisers from past referendums – including Garth McVicar who led the referendum on Law and order, Margaret Robertson who campaigned for 99 MPs and the organiser of the last anti-smacking referendum Sheryl Savill – appeared at a media conference this morning.