Tuesday nights at Smash Palace, High Street Christchurch an eclectic group of people can often be seen sauntering up to the bus from 5.00pm to order something to drink. They are mostly older folk, many in suits, but younger people are there too, some arrive on bikes. Sometimes you will spot an MP or a Councillor or even the Mayor.
Some of these people are decision makers in the city, many are active community advocates, all are concerned about the future, and they want to be part of creating it. What brings them together is that they are committed to the future of Christchurch and to open transparent democracy.
Not every week these days, and not always on a Tuesday – but the Tuesday Club continues in person or online as a group of people passionate about the future of Christchurch and NZ.
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Garry Moore, a former mayor of Christchurch and regular member of the Radio NZ Panel welcomes people and introduces the speaker for the night. It is over by 6.45, but not before there has been a rigorous discussion about the topic.
This is Democracy at its best. We meet in the ground floor of the brick building at the back of Smash Palace – buy your drinks at the bus – lots of craft beers to choose from and in the winter mulled wine and cider – join us in person or online.
So, if you have a free hour come along when you can….
“Everything is alright in the end. If it isn’t, then we’re not at the end.” John Lennon.
“Democracy dies in darkness” the by-line of the Washington Post.