The Royal New Zealand Navy as a young seaman preceded an early career in the New Zealand Police Force. He married, there were children while he studied for his law degree. Over the ensuing years he rose to Inspector level, the last six as a Legal Adviser at Police National Headquarters. In 1981 David Bates resigned to practice in criminal law. In 1989, the Government appointed him District Inspector for Mental Health, a position he continued in conjunction with his legal practice for some years. He has since practised as a barrister-sole, specialising in criminal, traffic, youth and mental health law.
The New Zealand government – led by autocratic Prime Minister Wynyard Nairn – approves the establishment of a USA naval facility, and in the middle of Wellington’s pristine harbour.
Given the anti-nuclear stance in the country, all hell breaks out!
Daily protests and rallies occur and threats of mayhem are made. Within days anarchy rules; Parliament is occupied, the US Embassy is attacked and two die, a major TV communications tower is destroyed and central Wellington is blockaded. But when the International Airport is forced to close, the situation reaches crisis point.
The Prime Minister – under increasing pressure from the scale of continuing protests – attacks the Police, threatening to remove their independence and bring in the army.
Will Nairn change his mind, is he even listening?
… or will it be up to the people?
A story of democratic power and protest!