Story: Referendums

Firefighter collecting signatures for referendum petition

Firefighter collecting signatures for referendum petition

Firefighter Phil Hynd collects signatures for a referendum against reducing the number of full-time professional firefighters in 1995. He is attired in boxer shorts to emphasise the fact that firefighters were forbidden to collect signatures while wearing their uniforms. The firefighters gained enough signatures – more than 300,000 – for a referendum on the issue.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1995/0703
Photograph by Phil Reid

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Nigel Roberts, 'Referendums - Citizens-initiated referendums', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/36963/firefighter-collecting-signatures-for-referendum-petition (accessed 26 September 2020)

Story by Nigel Roberts, published 20 Jun 2012, reviewed & revised 30 Aug 2016