Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Back to where the fight began

Back to where the fight began

On Thursday 1 September, WIN Party leader and United Future Christchurch Central candidate John van Buren will journey back to Teddington on Banks Peninsula for the reopening of the Wheatsheaf Tavern closed in March of this year because of the Smokefree legislation.

Van Buren made a stand at the Wheatsheaf Tavern in protest of the smoking ban introduced into bars in December last year, and was prosecuted by the Health Ministry for allegedly breaching the Smokefree Environments Amendment Act.

The prosecution failed when van Buren placed his company into liquidation, leaving no legal entity for the Ministry to prosecute.

"It’s going to feel a little strange standing on the public side of the bar", says van Buren, "and being served by the new licencee, but those are the breaks".

"While I’m not exactly happy that the ban forced the Wheatsheaf’s closure, I have no regrets about making my stand against the ban, as the smokefree legislation is draconian to say the least and is nothing more than social engineering by a government showing little care for small business".

"Someone had to take the fight to the government, and highlight the damage on the hotel industry the ban has inflicted".

"Geoff Mulvihill of Timaru’s Carlton Hotel and I founded the WIN Party to fight against the smokefree legislation and WIN will carry on the fight until the smokefree legislation is amended".

"The smoking ban encroaches upon freedom of choice so together with United Future we will fight to preserve what little choice we still retain".

"The Labour dominated coalition considers freedom of choice a radical thought when it is a God given right of every New Zealander to be free to make an informed choice".

John van Buren will be at the Wheatsheaf Tavern at Teddington between the hours of 6pm and 7pm on Thursday 1 September 2005.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>


More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>


Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>


Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>


General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news