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MPs join Hero Festival debate

Thu 1 Feb 2007 In: New Zealand Daily News

Tickets for the Fourth Annual Great Auckland Central Hero Debate go on sale today, with the announcement of a small change in the line-up of debaters. “Unfortunately (Rainbow Labour MP) Maryan Street is unable to join us this year, as she will be overseas,” says Judith Tizard's Senior Private Secretarty Jenny Stevens. But another member of Labour's ‘Rainbow' team, Charles Chauvel, will take Street's place in the affirmative team. “Now I know that the negative team will be celebrating the fact that the winning team from the past two years is no longer together as a force to be reckoned with,” laughs Stevens, “but I reckon Charles just might do OK.” Auckland Central Labour MP Judith Tizard will present the debate on Monday 19th February. This year's moot - that "wickedness is a myth invented by good people to account for the curious attractiveness of others," is sure to good those celebrity tongues wagging. Speaking for the affirmative will be MP's Lianne Dalziel and Charles Chauvel with movie reviewer Steven Gray. MP Chris Carter, media commentator Russell Brown, and NZ AIDS Foundation Chairperson Jeremy Lambert will argue for the negative. Organisor Paul Rose says a cash bar will operate and il buco pizza will be on sale throughout the evening. Proceeds from the debate support the Cartier Bereavement Charitable Trust and the Labour party. Tickets go on sale today, available from il buco (Ponsonby Rd), and Judith Tizard's electorate office in Three Lamps Plaza, Ponsonby Road. Cost is $25 for theatre-style seating, or $250 for a table of four cabaret-style, including your first bottle of Kim Crawford wine and snacks. The HERO Debate 2007: 6.30pm entertainment and refreshments, 7.30pm debate begins. 19th February at the Opera Factory, 7 Eden Street, Newmarket.       Ref: (m)

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First published: Thursday, 1st February 2007 - 12:00pm

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