Story: Referendums

Firefighter collecting signatures for referendum petition

Firefighter collecting signatures for referendum petition

Firefighter Phil Hynd collects signatures for a petition asking for a referendum on reducing the number of full-time professional firefighters. He wears 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 to be held on the issue in 1995.

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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, (accessed 21 June 2024)

Story by Nigel Roberts, published 20 Jun 2012, reviewed & revised 30 Aug 2016, updated 1 Dec 2020