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A 15,000-strong petition for kindness to migrants in Aotearoa was delivered to Parliament this week, as the community rallied in solidarity. Carolina Albuquerque a Brazilian journalist, based in New Zealand for the past three years, looks into this week’s events.

A crowd of hundreds of people behind metal barriers hold signs, such as, Migrant Lives Matter
A crowd of hundreds of people behind metal barriers hold signs, such as, Migrant Lives Matter
Photo: Unite Union

I chose to come to New Zealand three years ago for one single reason: it’s the only country in the world that offered Brazilians the possibility to access the Work Holiday Visa.

I come from Brazil, a country with huge social issues. Poverty, corruption, violence, and, on top of that, an escalating pandemic with no end in sight. The opportunity of working, traveling, and learning a new language abroad was, to me, a once-in-a-lifetime experience and a chance to achieve a healthier and better standard of life.

I knew, however, that this decision would come with a huge challenge. When…

Welcome to the monthly dose of hope your doctor didn’t prescribe. It comes at the right time, because temperatures are rising! Whether it’s , on , or , the heat is on when it comes to people power pushing for change.

And it gets hotter. On Thursday, our government will announce Budget 2021 — their plan for resourcing services, programs, policies, and infrastructure. Our ActionStation community’s job is to hold them to account if their plan doesn’t bring us closer to the fair and flourishing Aotearoa we know is possible. Stay tuned in. If you don’t think the Government is making the right decisions, or if you think they could go further, faster: say something, do something,

For now, settle in, grab a cuppa, and soak in some nutritious people power to bring you…

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 , 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…

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