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Thursday 09 October 2008

Rainbow WGN will meet with gay Nat MP

Posted in: New Zealand Daily News
By News Staff - 15th April 2008

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LGBT advocacy network Rainbow Wellington has arranged an informal meeting with their Vice Patron, 'out' National Party MP Chris Finlayson.

National MP Chris Finlayson
Finlayson is Shadow Attorney General and National's spokesperson on Arts, Culture & Heritage. "So if National were to form the Government later this year, he could be managing Departments dealing with a number of issues close to our hearts," says Rainbow Wellington chair Tony Simpson.

"This is an opportunity to give him our views, ask him questions, and generally discuss relevant issues in an informal way."

The upstairs bar at Kitty O'Shea's Irish Bar on Courtenay Place will host the event between 6 and 7pm on Thursday 1 May.


Rainbow Wellington has also announced it will keep with its tradition by holding an Election Candidates' Forum in the Grand Hall of Parliament in coming months before NZ's General Election.

As usual, local candidates from all the Parliamentary parties will be invited, with a sit-down meal provided by Bellamy's resaurant, followed by brief presentations and 'question and answer' sessions.

"I gather that candidates have clamoured to attend, such is its reputation," reveals Simpson.

Marian Hobbs, Rainbow Wellington's Vice-Patron and local MP for Wellington Central, has hosted the last two such events, and this years' will be her grand finale, Simpson adds.