Nine reasons to be stoked about this new government

…and some of the areas we know we need to keep pushing for positive change

I’ll be honest with you, this scene from Parliament on Wednesday made my heart swell with pride for our amazing little country:

Previous Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne, (now Health Minister) David Clark and (now Associate Health Minister) Julie-Anne Genter accepting our 12,000+ petition on mental health.
  • Bring back the Mental Health Commission
  • Provide free counselling for under 25s
  • Ensure everyone has timely access to quality mental health services
Our Director of Campaigns Laura O’Connell Rapira with volunteers from youth-led criminal justice transformation group JustSpeak, as well as new Labour MP Kiritapu Allan and social justice advocate Dr Kim Workman.
Ngā morehu (survivor) of state abuse, Eugene Ryder, speaking at Parliament
Our Director of Story & Strategy Marianne Elliott with Murdoch Stephens (Doing Our Bit), Peter Dunne, Iain Lees-Galloway, Grant Robertson, Ibrahim Omer, Megan Woods and Denise Roche at our petition delivery.
Coromandel Watchdog and others presenting their petition to protect Karangahake Gorge from mining at Parliament to MPs Catherine Delahunty and David Parker (who is now Environment Minister)
The incredible Helen Kelly, champion of the people
Youth-led climate action group Generation Zero on the stairs of Parliament at their launch of the Zero Carbon Act
  1. Ensuring stepping stone targets along the way to get there
  2. Establishing an Independent Climate Commission to ensure this all happens
  3. Developing a robust action plan to both reduce, and adapt to climate change
  1. Push the government to go further than they are in improving the lives of renters. The Healthy Homes Guarantee Bill is due to be finalised in Parliament next week and it needs a lot of work. Can you sign our open letter?;
  2. Give the new government the support it needs to radically transform our tax system so that it taxes the ultra-rich and frees the poor;
  3. Ensure the Freshwater Rescue Plan is enacted and that Māori rights over water are recognised fully;
  4. Shift public opinion so we can build popular support for increasing benefits and ensuring that everyone, including those who cannot work have enough to live a dignified live;
  5. Advocate for more funding and preventative programmes (such as consent education in all schools) to end sexual violence in Aotearoa once and for all.

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