March and petition to Parliament

Event Date: 
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 12:30


When: Tuesday 16 October

Where: Meet at the Cenotaph by Parliament, Wellington 12:30 pm

Women with breast cancer, their family, whanau and supporters are marching to Parliament on 16 October to present two petitions to MPs – calling for the funding of breakthrough advanced breast cancer medicines Ibrance and Kadcyla.

Petition organiser Terre Nicholson says Ibrance (also known as palbociclib) and Kadcyla (also known as T-DM1 or trastuzumab emtansine) are hailed as game changers for women with advanced breast cancer and can extend lives by years.

What you can do:

  • Tell everyone you know about this event
  • Join us at Parliament to present the petitions
  • Encourage your family, friends and supporters to come with us
  • Print the petition flyer to give to people you know
  • Get permission to put the flyer up in your workplace and local cafes.

Plan for presentation of petitions – 16 October:

All times approximate

12.30pm:  Meet at Cenotaph by Parliament, Wellington

12.45 pm: Walk up to steps of Parliament, in front of Dick Seddon Statue, from Cenotaph

1.00 pm: Arrive at steps for a Mihi Whakatau

1.05 pm: Response by kaumatua

1.10 pm: Address by petition organisers Terre Nicholson and Sue Wall-Cade – welcoming and thanking attendees

1.15 pm: Address by BCAC Chair Libby Burgess – providing a perspective on medicines access in New Zealand compared to other countries

1.20 pm: Address by Wiki Mulholland – a whanau perspective

Terre, SueWiki and Libby present the petitions

1.25 pm – 1.45 pm: Government and other parties respond

1.45 pm:  ENDS

The Petitions will be read in Parliament and referred to the Health Select Committee.

For further information about this please read our article here.