Libz - Reluctant Politicians
Below is the Libertarianz party list for their third election since
registration in 1996 - as delivered this morning to the Chief Electoral
Office in Wellington.
Party leader Russell Watkins says of the list "it is still the best-looking
party list on offer, though perhaps a little more 'follicly-challenged' than
it has been in the past. As always, the list is packed with talented people;
as always the list is packed with reluctant politicians - and as always,
each reluctant candidate is aware that the only way we are going to get
politicians out of our pockets, out of our lives, and off our backs is to
stand against them."
"At this election, and every election, you only have two clear choices,"
affirms Watkins. "You have the choice of Nanny State in a dozen different
guises, or you have the Libertarianz - the only party standing for the
freedom of the individual."
The list reads (with bios of the top ten below):
1. WATKINS Russell
2. McGRATH Richard
3. HUGHES Helen
4. WIKIRIWHI Tim
5. WEBBER Mike
6. CROSS Colin
7. WHITE Tina
8. CRESSWELL Peter
9. O'BRIEN Sally
10. LINTON Peter
11. BATES Andrew
12. RIDDLE Ken
13. GORDGE Mike
14. PATTERSON Keith
15. WOOD Haden
16. STURM Timothy
17. MALONE Warrick
18. COUPER Andrew
19. OSBORNE Peter
20. DARNTON Bernard
21. CHARLTON Daniel
22. COLE Barry
23. HADEN Nik
24. VERHOEVEN Willem
25. TIMBERLAKE Larry
26. MURPHY Michael
27. FRASER Nanette
28. FRASER Alan
29. WINEFIELD Robert
30. HURLEY Hank
31. KIMPTON Sean
32. RIDDLE Shirley
33. GERVAI Linda
Top-Ten Candidate Bios:
1. Russell Watkins, Tauranga businessman and party leader, is standing
against Winston Peters in Tauranga - a challenge he says that his time with
the Royal New Zealand Artillery will help him with. "It taught me all I need
to know about blowing away the big guns," he says with a smile.
2. Dr Richard McGrath (party deputy) is a Masterton general practitioner,
police medical officer and team doctor for the Wairarapa-Bush NPC rugby
team. McGrath is a long-standing opponent of what he calls the state's
"die-while-you-wait" health system.
3. Helen Hughes is a silver-voiced Whangarei medical-marijuana campaigner.
'Hooch' Helen, as she is known, is the party's Whangarei candidate, and like
all libertarians a reluctant politician: "I dislike politics and have
nothing but contempt for politicians," she says, "but how do we get them out
of our lives unless we are prepared to oppose them?"
4. Tim Wikiriwhi is a Hamilton fitter and turner, the party's Hamilton West
candidate, and their spokesman to deregulate Maori Affairs. "As a
libertarian," Wikiriwhi says, "I stand for equality before the law, and
condemn any and all ideologies which grant privilege on the basis of race."
He is utterly opposed to what he calls "the rampant state-sponsored
apartheid" of Treaty laws and race-based legislation.
5. Mike Webber, a New Plymouth helicopter pilot, is also the party's New
Plymouth candidate. Mike is an enthusiastic hunter and a keen advocate of
the rights of gun owners. Another reluctant politician, he says it is time
New Zealanders open their eyes and take action: "Tell the corrupt and
power-hungry politicians that they have had their grubby snouts in the
trough of public money for too long and that the thieving must end. We must
take up the fight for our freedom now," he says. "If not us, who? If not
6. Colin Cross, Wellington businessman and former teacher, is the party's
Wellington Central candidate and an advocate of individualism. "Libertarianz
is the only party that recognises an individual's right to own and manage
his own life," he says. "This fundamental right, so seemingly obvious, is so
easily destroyed by state intervention under the guise of well-meant
support. The net effect of state aid is to destroy people's sense of self,
to encourage guilt and self-loathing, and ultimately create dependency on
further aid, similar to a drug addiction."
7. Tina White is the party's dynamic President, a charity fund-raiser, and a
New Zealand champion line-dancer. She is still mourning Italy's departure
from the World Cup.
8. Peter Cresswell is an Auckland architect, would-be classic car collector
and the party's spokesman to deregulate the environment. He says that "New
Zealand has had nearly a decade under the RMA, under planning legislation
that abolishes property rights and provides no environmental protection. In
doing so we have ignored eight centuries of common law that protects both.
It is time to acknowledge the failure," he says, "and time to resurrect
common law from where it has been buried."
9. Sally O'Brien, an Auckland bookshop owner, is the party's spokesman to
deregulate welfare. "Humanity has rightly rejected cannibalism as inhuman,"
she says. "It is time that state welfare be recognised as moral cannibalism,
and reviled as such."
10. Peter Linton is a plastics engineer and a keen hunter & shooter. Peter
has served ten years on the executive of the Sporting Shooters Association
of NZ, with four of them as National Secretary. He endorses the right to
bear arms in self-defence, "which should be included in this country's Bill
of Rights. After all," he says. "if we have no right to defend ourselves we
have no rights at all!"
It's enough to make you vote Libertarianz !
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