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Rainbow Election Forum 2017

On 22 August 2017 Rainbow Wellington hosted a rainbow election forum at St Andrew's on the Terrace in Wellington. Nine representatives from a diverse range of political parties attended. They spoke about their parties past achievements, their current policies and answered questions from the audience. A special thank you to the organisers, St Andrew's and participants for allowing this event to be recorded and shared.

After the forum we interviewed some of the representatives about their views on hate speech. This audio can be found here

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  • 0:00:07 - Welcome - Richard Arnold, Rainbow Wellington
  • 0:03:27 - Lauren Wilkerson, Rainbow Wellington
  • 0:03:50 - MP Grant Robertson (Labour Party)
  • 0:08:00 - Philip Lynch (Conservative Party)
  • 0:12:15 - Pete Young (Democrats for Social Credit)
  • 0:16:24 - Nicola Willis (National Party)
  • 0:20:25 - MP Jan Logie (Green Party)
  • 0:24:50 - Gayaal Iddamalgoda (Migrant and Refugee Rights Campaign - MARRC)
  • 0:28:48 - Paddy Plunket (The Opportunities Party - TOP)
  • 0:33:15 - Damian Light (United Future New Zealand)
  • 0:37:30 - Stephen Berry (ACT New Zealand)
  • 0:40:54 - Questions from the audience
  • 1:34:22 - Lauren Wilkerson, closing

Points of note

  • 0:58:08 - Stephen Berry's comments on hate speech were later reported in the news media. After the forum we interviewed Stephen and other representatives about their views on hate speech.


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Record date:22nd August 2017
Location:St Andrew's on the Terrace, Wellington
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