The Great Northern Debate

That the Seat of Government should return to Russell

Saturday 6 July, Duke of Marlborough, Russell

Join the Persuaders! Northland’s big hitters, big brains and big mouths debate if government should return up north. A mix of politicians and local personalities will take opposing side of the question at the Duke of Marlborough Hotel on Saturday 6th July from 6pm. Joining us will be

For the Ayes:

  • Hon John Carter
  • Maxine Shortland
  • Peter Jones

For the Nays:

  • Gary Hooson
  • Dame Jenny Shipley
  • Antonio Pasquale

Sold out – sorry!

In 1840, the Bay of Islands was the centre of international trade and enterprise, a major hub of the south pacific a place of entrepreneurship and innovation, and for a short time Russell was the seat of government. But then the new British government moved the Capital from Russell to Auckland and then to Wellington. In recent years, a new breed of Rangatira have been heading from Tai Tokerau to Pōkeneke, to take their seats in the Beehive. Is it now finally time to bring back the seat of Government back to Russell?  

Tickets are only $100 per person and include a welcoming glass of bubbles and bread and dips platter, plus you also get a great Duke dinner afterwards. Each ticket includes a $50 donation to the Museum Redevelopment fund. A tax receipt for the donation will be provided on the night.

Wildcard ring-in TVNZ’s Cameron Bennett will make a special appearance to moderate the discussion and raise the tone a bit.