On Oct 27 2018 we held our Annual Conference in Christchurch. We had almost 70 at the dinner on Friday evening with guest speaker Don Brash. An excellent time and great food of course! The following day we had the Annual Conference with a few less, but it was an excellent time of inspiring speeches from different ones and lots of round table discussion and input. Many commented that they thought it was the best yet.
Speeches made by Don Brash, Leighton Baker and David Farrar with excellent input. Elliot Ikilei also gave us a 20 minute contribution around his social media activity on free speech, and other topical issues such as abortion, and his interest in the current Botany situation.
One of the most popular sessions was called "Fundspending." We were informed that some generous person had just given us $2ml and tables had to discuss how they would best use it for the party. The juices flowed and ideas rolled, but we were finally told that there was no such generous donor, but it was great to hear what priorities came through for spending of such quantity.
Then the topic switched to "Fundraising". We all realised that it was unlikely that we would be having a generous donor give the $2ml needed to fulfil our dreams and make the impact that it seems it takes money to make. It was pointed out that if each person on our database spent $5 less a week ($20 a month) on something like coffee, and contributed it to New Conservative, we would have close to $2ml a year! A little from a lot amounts to much!!