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UPDATED: Where to watch the third reading

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By Jacqui Stanford - 16th April 2013

Viewing parties are being planned for the third reading of the bill that will (hopefully!) give us marriage equality. If you want to get out of the house to watch it, here’s where to go.

Key info: The final reading is due to begin at 7.30PM with a vote around 9.30PM.

There will be some seats available in Parliament's public gallery, but it will be done on a first come first served basis. So arrive early!

But don't stress, the great news is the Legislative Council Chamber will host anyone who wants to be at Parliament for the third reading, and can’t fit into the Public Gallery!!!

This is also were the speeches will be and will be your chance to thank all those who have worked so hard on this campaign!

The approx times:

  •  Before 6.00pm - people arriving at Parliament to get into the Gallery
  • 7.30pm - the debate starts
  • 9.30 - Bill passes (fingers crossed)
  • 9.30 - everyone congregates in the Legislative Council Chamber;
  • Shortly after - when all MPs arrive, a short thank you ceremony 
  • Once formalities have finished (around 10.30?) head to San Fran Bath House to celebrate

The San Francisco Bath House will be hosting people who want to watch the third reading live on a big screen - and an after party.

If you want a cocktail while you watch history, S&M’s on Wellington’s Cuba St will show the third reading live on its big screen. 176 Cuba Street.

Cuba St’s second GBLTI venue Ivy will also be screening the third reading live. They will play classic wedding songs and make it a party atmosphere. 49 Cuba St.

Aucklanders can head along to Caluzzi for a drink and a bite to watch the final reading. And surely LingLing will be there to help you get into the party mood! 461 Karangahape Rd.

Auckland University Students' Association is hosting a party at Shadows.

Marcello's Caffe will hold a screening, 28 College Hill, Freemans Bay, as will the Longroom on Ponsonby Rd.

Rainbow Youth will host an alcohol-free event at its K' Rd offices, where the debate and vote will be screened.

The centre will be open from 6PM and there are lots of bean bags. Bring a snack!

K' Rd's Family will be in full party mode from 9PM, with Miss Ribena the excited hostess!

Over on Waiheke Island, the Oyster Inn in Oneroa will host a marriage equality friends and supporters event.

“The bar and restaurant will be open as per normal so come on up for a drink, a meal or just to jump up and down in excitement with fellow rainbow supporters!” is the message from organisers.

Be there from 6PM.

Blenheim's Grove Hotel will host the third reading from 7PM!

In Christchurch, the local Campaign for Marriage Equality team have planned a viewing party and celebration upstairs at the Pegasus Arms. 14 Oxford Terrace.

Love is Love, a free concert featuring Anika Moa will be held at the Pallet Pavilion from 6PM.  Corner Durham St and Kilmore St. The third reading will be shown.

Dunedinites: The Otago Room at Clubs and Socs will be open from 4PM with drinks and nibbles to celebrate third reading, thanks to the student union.

In Palmerston North, ClubQ will be open from 6PM for the third reading and want locals to come watch and celebrate. They will even give you a free glass of bubbly! “BYO snacks if you feel the need but free Pizza will be provided,” is the message. Oh and there is also a prize for the best wedding dress costume! Jersey Lane, Palmerston North.

In Hamilton, head along to Shine on Victoria St for a public viewing at 7PM. Take $5 if you want pizza!

Legalise Love Waikato is also planning a celebration picnic for the Saturday, which you can read all about here

If you want to watch from the comfort of your own home, you can do so by tuning in to:

Freeview 22
Sky 94
TelstraClear 94

You can also stream it online here.

Jacqui Stanford - 16th April 2013

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