The people of New Zealand spoke clearly on 8 November 2008 when they ousted Helen Clark's government, and allowed you to become Prime Minister.
The people of New Zealand have also spoken clearly over the last three weeks in the S59 referendum, and those who voted have sent you and your colleagues a message. We are heartened to read this morning that Cabinet will discuss the outcome of the referendum as early as next Monday. We are less heartened to read that you have told reporters from Sydney that you do not think a law change is necessary.
Perhaps you have other things on your mind today; matters of state, and matters of sport. But on the way home, and over the next few days we respectfully ask you to think again. New Zealanders, hundreds of thousands of ordinary New Zealanders have told the government that this is an issue which matters to them.
Please consider putting this issue back to Parliament John. If the government were to adopt John Boscawens's Bill as a government measure, we could have the debate again; but this time in a calm and rational manner, following a proper legislative process.
John, we support your government, and we want to see it prosper. We urge you to take the initiative here and amend Section 59 of the Crimes Act, continuing to protect our children from physical abuse, but just as importantly. not making criminals out of parents who are trying their very best.