The ActionStation story through the words of Laura O’Connell Rapira.

Laura and another person on two sides of a yellow banner saying ‘Absolutely Positively Sexual Violence Free Wellington New Zealand’
Laura and another person on two sides of a yellow banner saying ‘Absolutely Positively Sexual Violence Free Wellington New Zealand’
In 2018 presenting a submission from the ActionStation community to Wellington City Council towards the vision of Pōneke becoming the country’s first sexual violence free city.

Laura O’Connell Rapira (Te Ātiawa, Ngāruahine, Ngāpuhi, Te Rarawa, Ngāti Whakaue) is a campaigner, fundraiser, writer and until 2021 the Director of ActionStation.

She started her career organising events, before moving on to fundraising for non-profits. She founded RockEnrol, a youth-powered campaign to get more young people out to vote and then joined ActionStation when it was founded in 2014 as one of the first staff members, with Marianne Elliott. She was campaign director, then a co-director, and became sole director in 2018. …


Everywhere I look, I see people coming together to make the world a better place.

This is not always easy. I often witness people’s pain, rage, grief and heartache as they face the sharp edges of inequality and injustice. This usually comes from the desire to simply be treated with dignity and respect. And from wanting everyone to have the opportunity and ability to provide for their families and whenua (land) so whakapapa (family lines) can flourish.

The Monthly Dose of Hope is exactly what it says it is. We want you to know the stories of hope and success…


Stories of hope from the ActionStation community for December 2020.

Welcome to another edition of the monthly dose of hope!

We are a little bit behind, having sent our last ‘monthly’ newsletter out in September, but 2020 has been a wild year and so hiccups along the way are to be expected! We thank you for being with us for this rollercoaster of a year.

This is my last ever monthly dose of hope as the director of ActionStation. It has been an honour and a privilege to serve this community over the past 6.5 years. …


Inside a grassroots campaign to protect conservation land from mining - and how you can help.

Áine Kelly-Costello

Watchdog protest calling on the Government to honour the promise to ban mining on conservation land, 2017. Credit Geoff Reid

It’s a story of an extractive industry causing needless ecological and community damage in the face of alternatives. It’s the story of a broken political promise that has till now done more harm than good. And it’s the story of a campaign to preserve our country’s natural taonga for generations to come.

Between them, Augusta Macassey-Pickard and Catherine Delahunty have spent half a century campaigning to keep a gold-hungry mining industry out of the Hauraki region’s treasured native forests, parks and wetlands. They are the coordinator and chair, respectively, of Coromandel Watchdog of Hauraki, the organisation driving the…


Young child jumps off diving platform into swimming pool, sun shines from behind
Young child jumps off diving platform into swimming pool, sun shines from behind

No matter who we are or where we live, we know that our wellbeing is interconnected with those around us. When everyone has what they need to look after themselves and fully participate in their communities, we all flourish.

We all want every child in Aotearoa to experience a thriving and happy childhood. But right now, hundreds of thousands of children are constrained by poverty, despite parents’ best efforts.

We’ve had a long period of low wages and high housing costs. For decades, governments have underinvested in key public services that build well-being in all our communities, like public housing…


An opinion piece by Stacey Ryan.

Ahh, Election Season in NZ. We all know what that means. Politicians going face to face to battle it out for the top spot. But, what so many people don’t seem to realise, is that these politicians are actually interviewing for a job. We, the everyday people, are their interviewers and future employers. The questions we ask, the answers they give, the votes that we make will determine the future of our country. We are the ones that decide who gets in and who doesn’t. …


Our health and wellbeing is deeply connected. What affects one part of our community affects all of us. But right now, our cannabis laws are unfair and dividing us.

Even though Māori and non-Māori use cannabis at similar rates, Māori are three times more likely to be arrested and convicted for cannabis use. These unfair outcomes apply even when history with the justice system is taken into account.

Criminal convictions can disrupt education and work opportunities, and even access to healthcare.

The only tool we currently have to manage cannabis is through criminal charges that force people onto a path…


Tupua Urlich works at VOYCE — Whakarongo Mai and is leading a campaign for elected representatives to commit to 6 promises for the 6,000 young people in state care.

As a child in the state care system, for most of my childhood, I was disconnected from any sense of identity. As I got older it was whakapapa, knowing where I’m from, and tikanga Māori that grounded me.

I moved homes a lot, without anyone asking how I was, or if I was happy where I was, or what I needed. …


Kia ora ActionStation family,

Another month (and a half) has flown by and so here is another instalment of hope. Wherever you are, we hope you’re safe, warm and well. These are strange times we find ourselves in, and looking after ourselves and each other has never been more important.

🌠 A victory for Matariki 🌠

Earlier this month, the Labour Party announced that, if they get re-elected, they will make Matariki a public holiday in 2022. …


People-powered change

ActionStation director Laura O’Connell Rapira and Labour MP Paul Eagle at the Matariki petition delivery. Photo by Nicole Hunt

On Monday 7 September, the New Zealand Labour Party confirmed they will make Matariki a public holiday in 2022 if they get re-elected.

The announcement follows the delivery of an ActionStation petition that was signed by almost 35,000 people calling for a Matariki public holiday.

Labour is the latest political party to come out in support of a Matariki public holiday. The Greens announced their support in July. The Māori Party have been advocating for a Matariki holiday since 2009.

In July, polling that was crowdfunded by ActionStation members showed that the majority of New Zealanders are in support of…

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