Author Archives: David Goldsmith

Vigil Day 97

Mental Health on Parliament’s Lawn I’ve been back on the lawn now for 5 days and haven’t done any blogs or social media posts. I’ve enjoyed very much my partner Julie and our 4 year old daughter Hana being with … Continue reading

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Vigil Day 82

E Tū for Future and Fridays for Future were joined at Parliament today by:•Extinction Rebellion (XR) roadshow•XR Toddlers (my personal favourite)•James Shaw (briefly)•Jessica Hammond (TOP candidate for Õhāriu) I estimate about 80 people altogether gathered with us today. It was … Continue reading

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Vigil Day 81

I moved to temporarily facing parliament this morning to allow TOP to announce their climate change policy in front of King Dick. I think this is the first time in our 81 day vigil that our signage faced Parliament! I … Continue reading

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Vigil Day 80

It is a wet and windy day today after a sunny (and windy) day yesterday. It is great to be back occupying the foot of King Dick’s monument. It was especially a privilege to spend yesterday with Rick, his 20th … Continue reading

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Vigil Day 28, Hunger Strike Day 21.

Handing over the hunger strike baton This week was my third week of hunger striking and had been very disappointing for a lack of any media coverage until a 5 minute phone call with RNZ on Friday. You’ll see the … Continue reading

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Letter to James Shaw (after a brief chat yesterday).

Here is the first section of my letter to James Shaw after our brief chat on Wednesday (the rest of my letter to James was similar to the letter to the PM): 30th July 2020 Dear James,  Thank you very … Continue reading

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David’s Letter to Jacinda Ardern.

30th July 2020 Dear Prime Minister,  INTRODUCTION: I’m David Goldsmith, a 52 year old Christchurch father of 3. Today is my 18th day on a hunger strike in front of Parliament and the 25th day on vigil with my friend Tim … Continue reading

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Vigil Day 22, Hunger Strike Day 15.

An Unusual Encounter. Today had an unusual beginning, when a gentle and intelligent man approached and said he is a geologist working in oil and gas exploration. He then handed me a substantial document he had written, and asked that … Continue reading

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Vigil Day 20, Hunger Strike Day 13.

(With link to The Spinoff article) Today (Saturday) was a quiet weekend day on Parliament’s lawn, in glorious weather (we’re having a period of sunny, very calm weather).  ACTION EFFECTIVENESS UPDATE: Over the last week the media attention has been … Continue reading

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Vigil Day 17, Hunger Strike Day 10.

(With links to Stuff article and Radio Waatea Interview) My energy is less as I get deeper into my hunger strike and I’m also being bothered by pressure in my ears (healthline says it’s  possibly just blocked ears, I’m going … Continue reading

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