A dose of hope

A round up of people powered change in May 2020

Welcome to your monthly dose of hope!

For the past couple of weeks, we’ve been reaching out to ask as many ActionStation members as possible to help shape our People’s Regeneration Plan: a community-powered vision for the Aotearoa New Zealand that should emerge from this crisis.

Every town should have a well-funded community health hub where teams of hauora or holistic health workers are free-to-access and can help people experiencing distress, addiction or violence.

Free dental care was also very popular. Our team loves both of these ideas and we’re looking forward to developing a campaign strategy around achieving them.

We’ve had a 300% increase in the number of people using our petition platform for causes close to their heart

And they’re all really important!

10,000 of us are calling for Matariki to be made a public holiday

In May, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said that more public holidays for Kiwis to experience New Zealand is among a number of things the Government is “actively considering” to encourage domestic tourism.

We’re advocating for alternatives to armed police

Mock up of street poster that says, Imagine if, instead of armed police, we had teams of mental health specialists.
Mock up of street poster that says, Imagine if, instead of armed police, we had teams of mental health specialists.
Mock up of street poster that says, Imagine if, instead of armed police, we had teams of de-escalation and mental health specialists on call and available 24/7
  • Coordinated a powerful piece of research that shows the majority of Māori and Pasifika people believe we need to prioritise mental health and trauma-informed alternatives to armed police
  • Launched our findings through a big media push, generating news stories that were seen, read and heard by tens of thousands of New Zealanders
  • Commissioned, wrote or published three powerful op-eds on why NZ needs to move away from the use of armed police
Street poster mockup. Poster says, Imagine if police helped people instead of putting in handcuffs …
Street poster mockup. Poster says, Imagine if police helped people instead of putting in handcuffs …

We’re calling for transformative and systemic change of Oranga Tamariki

Photo of Dr Alison Green presenting to the Royal Commission into Historic Abuse in State Care
Photo of Dr Alison Green presenting to the Royal Commission into Historic Abuse in State Care
Watch: Dr Alison Green presenting to the Royal Commission into Historic Abuse in State Care. Photo: RNZ / Patrice Allen

We’re building a community of online warriors to build support for a kinder welfare system

Our next round of Welfare Tautoko is due to start on Tuesday 16th June. Welfare Tautoko is a six week, one evening a week, program where we train everyday people to become powerful online advocates for a compassionate welfare system. Here is what a participant from the first round of Welfare Tautoko said they got out of the course:

“I now have more tools to articulate my general feelings into decisive, actionable responses. Being given the language really helps build confidence in engaging in the issues in a personal way. Also a deepened understanding of the systems at play.”

You can learn more about the program and sign up here.

Our friends in the Unions have launched a campaign for increased sick leave

A person in bed holding a sign that says #Stay Home with the text ‘Safer Sick Leave’ written over the top
A person in bed holding a sign that says #Stay Home with the text ‘Safer Sick Leave’ written over the top

We work together to create a society where people and planet are more important than profit and Te Tiriti o Waitangi is honoured.

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