Sunday 24 Feb: Barrycourt, 20 Gladstone Road, Parnell
We will be hosting our first Sunday Policy Forum. Our main speaker will be:
10am: Roger Beattie - Free-market Greenie
Roger Beattie is a free-market greenie, combining conservation with business acumen. Roger is passionate about endangered species, but believes commercial farming is a better model for long-term survival. His interview on Close-Up with the Department of Conservations’s Al Morrison of the status quo versus farming weka, saw 83 percent of viewers side with Roger. Roger has also rescued a flock of wild Pitt Island sheep with a plan to selling them as a gourmet food product. His latest victory against bureaucracy is the commercialisation of Undaria - an invasive Japanese kelp used in soups and salads overseas.
Roger has enjoyed presenting internationally on property rights, economics, the environment, branding and marketing, and European fisheries management. Sea Right Investments, which Roger is managing director of, is at the forefront of the move within the whole of the New Zealand fishing Industry, away from expensive government administration of fish stocks towards cost effective industry management of improving fisheries. In 2010, he was a well-deserved winner of Federated Farmers Agri personality of the year.
10.45am: Constitutional Review
Will the outcome of this review be subject to a referendum by all New Zealanders or will their major changes be thrust upon New Zealand?
We will have a panel and a leading guest speaker to talk about the constitutional review, which has been initiated by National and the Maori Parties. There will be plenty of time for questions. More details will follow in the next couple of days.
An opportunity will also be given for people to have input on the Party's future planning.