"I will write to 5 MPs urging them to "keep it 18" and vote against the Sale of Liquor (Youth Alcohol Harm Reduction: Purchase Age) Amendment Bill but only if 10 other New Zealanders will do the same."
Deadline to sign up by: 10th November 2006
1 person signed up, 9 more were needed
Country: New Zealand
In 1999 Parliament voted to lower the drinking age from 20 to 18. Now they're voting on whether to change it back. If the age is raised, thousands of 18 and 19 year olds will no longer be able to buy wine with dinner, or beer with a BBQ. And we will once again be stuck in the ridiculous situation where 18 year olds will be considered old enough to get married or civilised, join the army, vote, or stand for Parliament - but not responsible enough to drink.
If you oppose this, then the best way of expressing it is to write to MPs and tell them. While you can use email, letters are more likely to be read, and postage to Parliament is free. All you need is some time and a few envelopes. Its particularly worth doing if you are currently 18 or 19, or will be at the time of the next election (probably November, 2008).
MP's likely positions can be found here:
I suggest targeting the "don't knows" and those who have not yet stated a position, as well as some of the "Probably 20's".
Contact details for MPs can be found here:
A quick list of reasons why the drinking age should remain at 18 is here:
Finally, if an MP changes their position, then please use the comments to let us all know.