A dose of hope for November

More than 1,700 ActionStation members contributed their whakaaro (thoughts) about how to enhance local democracy

These local elections our community got behind some of the young independent candidates looking to shake up councils and advocate for people, planet and Te Tiriti o Waitangi. 15 of the 40 candidates we profiled are now councillors and looking forward to their new roles and challenges.

  • Simplifying the voting system for local government;
  • Publicly funding elections to keep the influence of big money out of politics;
  • Giving the Electoral Commission resourcing and responsibility to increase voter turnout at local elections; and
  • Voting booths and events where people can enrol and vote at the same time at e.g. malls, night markets, and supermarkets.

More than 1,300 of us made a powerful joint submission on healthy water and rivers

Marnie from Choose Clean Water next to a stream with a friend

A coalition of Pasifika, Māori, Pākehā and Muslim people launched a campaign to keep our communities free of weapons

Guled Mire, Lou Hutchinson, Josiah Tualamali’i and Melissa Lama

Hundreds of us are writing incredible heartfelt letters urging the government to fix poverty in Aotearoa

The group of volunteers preparing the letters to be sent.
Ruby and the group of volunteers preparing the letters to be sent.

Thousands of us are supporting love in the Cook Islands

A rainbow flag flying in the wind

Hundreds of us are writing emails to help save the Māui dolphins

A Māui dolphin gliding through water

This barbershop movement supports men to heal from their traumatic past so they can help heal others

A photo of the Barbershop movement. A group of men wearing t-shirts that say, ‘She is not your rehab’

Over the next 12 months, the ActionStation staff team will be narrowing our focus to five core areas of work that sit alongside our work to support community campaigners to enact change with digital tools, campaign guidance, training and coaching.

The issues we’ve chosen are based on your feedback through our local election survey and the issues our team and collaborators have identified time and again as needed to be front and centre in the lead up to the election;



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