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As most of you are aware by now Napier held their Public Forum Meeting on June 10th. This was another successful meeting for SST, with almost 300 people attending. Sunday afternoon seemed to work really well for Napier. We had 6 very good speakers, with both Katrina and Garth from SST speaking. Louise did a very professional job of Chairperson with lots of comments afterwards, and newcomer Wendy Pedler also did an excellent job of Secretary.
Some very good constructive questions were asked from the floor and were well answered. The following resolution was put forward by Sir Russel Pettigrew and passed at the meeting;
"That this Meeting ask the Government to act immediately
to ensure that the New Zealand Police Force be sufficiently
resourced to enable it to do everything necessary to
keep New Zealanders safe in their homes and on the street" / seconded Dick Klingender.
Garth has since passed this resolution to the following - Hon, Phil Goff, Stephen Franks, Wayne Mapp, Hon Jim Anderton, Jeannette Fitsimons, Peter Dunne and a copy to Sir Russell. There has been good membership response from this meeting, with Louise challenging each person to take home 5 membership forms, from this meeting we have 12 keen members who are meeting once a month. We picked 300 names randomly from the petition and did a posting inviting them to the meeting, from this we have managed to get both bumper stickers and fridge magnets donated. We have also a 3 meter Banner which has been donated.
There are six pilot meetings taking place over the next few weeks, Wellington, Auckland, Tauranga, Paeroa, Christchurch and Masterton. Since the "60 minutes Show" we have had a lot of interest, from these calls we have some very motivated people come on board which has initiated four of the meetings, at Auckland, Masterton, Wellington and Paeroa. Te Awamutu, Palmerston North and Wanganui are future possibilities.
Louise has been asked to speak at venues including Safer Communities Napier, Napier City Council, Presentations to Police and CYPS.
Garth has spoken to the J.P's Dinner in Taupo and has been asked to address Grey Power in Te Awamutu, Rotary in Masterton, Criminology Students in Wellington, and The Gentlemen's Club - Waipukauru. He is also traveling to each of the new pilot meetings happening around the North Island.
The Hamilton Branch have held a branch meeting which was well attended, as like Hawkes Bay they also are adopting local MP's, ultimately we would like all 120 MP's to have one of our members pursuing them. We are trying to allocate members now.
Garth and Katrina headed to Wellington early this month to present the SST submission at the Victims Rights Bill, for those who didn't see "60 Minutes" we are really proud of Katrina, she "blew them away". Garth and I have just spent the week in Wellington with Steve and Louise joining us on the Friday for one of the meetings.
Garth met with Ron Marks, Justice Spokesperson, NZ First, the aim of this meeting was to see if NZ First would include our goals in their parties Law and Order Policy. Ron Marks himself was very supportive but needs to place our goals before NZ First policy committee and will report back. Generally the meeting was very positive.
He also met with John Miller , Senior Lecture of Law at Victoria University, the purpose of this meeting was to try and get the University to do a study on Retrospective Law. Garth will talk to you more at Taupo on this meeting.
Garth's meeting with Phil Goff went really well, the aim being to talk about SST's Goals. Garth came away feeling really good about the meeting, he thought Mr Goff's heart is in the right place. It was a very constructive meeting and they are planning to meet again early August. More at the Taupo Meeting.
Keep those clippings
Louise and Garth met with Michael Reeve (Lombards) a corporate financier, on Friday, there they presented a Business Strategy hoping for some corporate finance. Louise did an excellent job at putting this together and will bring a copy to the Taupo meeting for all to see.
The meeting went well, it sounds as though he was suitably impressed. "We will wait with baited breath". After the meeting we all had lunch with Stephen Franks and his invaluable Secretary Sue Ryder. Friday night Garth met with the Wellington people who have come on board since 60 minutes. There were 8 people all of whom are interested in having a public meeting. It looks as though they will split and have Wellington and Lower Hutt branches.
Garth also met with Edwin Perry from Masterton who in conjunction with Rebecca from Radio Works will hold a Masterton Meeting.
I have made up SST starter packs, which have been sent out for the pilot meetings. These are 20 pages of info on how we at Hawkes Bay got our meeting under way, also our Aims, Goals, long term objectives, Basically just some helpful information. We would like to look at it again in Taupo where you can have some input. We would like some "constructive" comments to help us improve them.
You will have found an agenda enclosed for our Taupo meeting along with Dinner/Breakfast Menus. We will provide Conference Room, Morning Tea and Sunday Lunch, the accommodation, Saturday night Dinner and Sunday Breakfast will be on you.
On the agenda you will have noticed a time for "Questions", these questions are from anyone who has a concern or constructive question etc, they must be given to Louise in writing before the meeting. This is to keep the meeting orderly, we do have a lot to get through and need people to stick to the agenda. A certain time will be given to each question. Although there will be a general discussion at the end, if this needs to be cut because of time you could be disappointed.
The Trust members will be meeting from 2pm-4.45pm on Saturday, at 5pm all members are invited for a social hour with Drinks and Nibbles in the Conference Room.
They have a Bar at the Suncourt so this can continue over there. Open conference is on Sunday 9am - 4pm.
Dinner We have decided not to organize this and let everyone make there own choice, (as enclosed) you can have Dinner at the "Chill" restaurant or alternatively it is walking distance to town where there are plenty of restaurants and takeaway outlets.
Enclosed is the breakfast menu as your room has only Tea/Coffee facilities .
Bookings 10 Double rooms have been booked (1 double bed and 1 single bed) and 2 twin rooms. These all have tea/coffee facilities, telephone, TV, private amenities & are $80.00 per room.
We ask you to confirm your own bookings by July 10th at Suncourt Motor Hotel , Northcroft Street, P.O. Box 837, Taupo. Phone 07 3788265 / fax 07 3780809
Thank you to all those who have sent us clippings from their local papers, the scrap book is now full and we have to start a new one. Incredible to think it has only been going since March. It is also good when people let me know of comments etc on the Radio. We do not have very good reception up here so do not have the radio on very much. If there is any situation that we can use to get publicity let us know.
SEE YOU ALL IN TAUPO........ REGARDS ANNE for Garth and Louise.
First Meeting of Sensible Sentencing Trust and Co-ordinators
Sunday July 29th. 9am-4pm
Finance: Discuss membership
Funding - ( Lobby Group?)
Formalize: National Spokesperson and National Secretary.
Branch Progress Reports 3 -4 minutes each (10)
Written Questions ( To be given to Louise prior meeting)