• Don’t mine under Waihi
    A multinational mining corporation is planning to expand its exploitation of Waihi by literally digging under the town. It must be stopped. OceanaGold, which owns the giant open cast pit mine in Waihi, has notified the local council that it wants to expand and mine under people’s homes. Mining under residents houses will be a disaster for a town that has had years of disturbance from the mine activity. There have been landslides in the mine and earth slips causing homes to sink. The uncertainty around the mine activity has affected house values and is wearing down the patience of residents. This is the same corporate giant that tried to sue the El Savador government $300million for regulating to protect the environment. It’s time we put people and our precious planet first and stop this giant private corporation undermining Waihi for its private profits. The corporation plans to lodge consents to mine with the local council which will be pressured by financial interests to accept it. With sustained public pressure against the company right now we can force the corporation to ditch its plans to dig under the town. Sign the petition to OceanaGold now to demand it withdraw plans now for their mine expansion. References OceanaGold proposes new underground mine at Waihi, 29 Mar 2018 http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12021586 Waihi homeowners close to deal over subsidence 2013 http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10857990 OceanaGold sues El Salvador https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/oct/03/australian-mining-is-poisoning-el-salvador-it-could-soon-send-it-broke-too Map of Waihi gold mine: https://watchdog.org.nz/info/gold-mining-and-eden-park/
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  • Include churches in the Royal Commission of Inquiry into historical abuse
    People who have experienced abuse in churches and faith-based schools need the opportunity to be heard in this once-in-a-lifetime Inquiry. Faith-based institutions are known to have been involved in the abuse of children and young people, and some covered-up abuse or were complicit in the protection of abusers. Right now, there are 330 integrated schools, many of which are church schools, and all of which receive at least some state funding. Given the provision of state funding to these schools, and the requirement for the state to ensure appropriate standards of care, it would be negligent to exclude them from the scope for this inquiry. The Royal Commission is taking place against a background of national and international concern about abuse in New Zealand state care. The Terms of Reference confirm that New Zealand has international obligations to take all appropriate legislative, administrative, judicial or other measures to protect individuals from abuse, including measures for the prevention, identification, reporting, referral, investigation and follow-up of incidents of abuse. Abuse of individuals in state care is inconsistent with applicable domestic and international human rights law standards and principles. Abuse - including that which took place in faith-based institutions - warrants prompt and impartial examination, both to understand, acknowledge and respond to the harm caused to individuals, families and communities. The enduring impacts of abuse take a significant toll on the mental health of survivors. For some of these people, seeing churches and associated organisations excluded from this Inquiry will create a sense of revictimisation due to being silenced by the state. Including these faith-based institutions is an opportunity for healing and will contribute to the truth, justice, and reconciliation that so many people need. References: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/101825746/man-who-claims-to-have-nearly-killed-a-priest-to-stop-a-sexual-assault-calls-for-state-abuse-inquiry-to-be-widened https://www.nzcatholic.org.nz/2018/02/02/nz-abuse-inquiry-likely-include-churches/ https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/353367/churches-push-for-inclusion-in-royal-commission-into-abuse
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  • Keep Kirikiriroa Hamilton Beautiful
    We want to protect our environment from future damage to land, water, air and soil as well as restoring damage already done. We believe it is our responsibility for future generations to ensure we leave our environment better than we received it. A clean green Kirikiriroa isn't just about the environment it is also about well-being of people, communities and has an economic benefit as well.
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  • Ban Pro-Gun education from pre-schools
    At a time when the world is recoiling from the horrific school shootings and gun violence in the USA, it seems completely tone-deaf and irresponsible to be introducing pro-gun education into New Zealand pre-schools. Proponents of Evolve's gun education approach state that this "does not promote guns." However simply through the act of introducing guns it inevitably does, and furthermore takes the choice about how and when chidlren interact with guns out of parents hands. Simply put: introuducing children to guns from a young age (pre-school is under the age of 5) normalises guns. It is important that we recognise that starting to normalise gun ownership and gun use in New Zealand is completly uneccesary and can't be justifed in terms of teaching pre-school children about how to handle guns safely. This campaign also confuses normal, imaginative gun play, with real gun safety. Children from a young age understand that play is not real, and this programme confuses that with real gun use and real gun safety that may in fact lead to, encourage more use of, and lead to a desire to play with, real guns. There is only one way to ensure children are safe around guns. Keep them away from firearms until an appropriate age, and ensure adults (not children) are responsible for the safety of young people around guns. The teaching of this course distorts that responsiblity. For more see: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12021233&ref=NZH_tw&ref=NZH_Tw
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  • Teach New Zealand and Treaty history in all schools and communities
    In 2017 10,000 members of the ActionStation community came together to co-create our united vision in Te Ira Tāngata: a People’s Agenda. This vision looks ahead to a positive future in the year 2040, the 200 year anniversary of the signing of te Tiriti o Waitangi. Our community has the vision that Aotearoa New Zealand in 2040 will be a fair and flourishing country with care, creativity, courage and compassion at its core. We will honour te Tiriti o Waitangi and the rights of indigenous people in our constitution, our institutions and in everything we do. We envision in 2040 that Aotearoa New Zealand’s constitution and structures reflect our Treaty commitments, and rangatiratanga is guaranteed to Māori. Every person in Aotearoa New Zealand understands and respects Te Tiriti as our founding document, understands the harm done by colonisation in our country, and works to heal injustices and to see Te Tiriti honoured. Sign the petition to ask the Government and political parties to join in building a future where each of us understands, values and honours te Tiriti o Waitangi. https://www.peoplesagenda.nz
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  • Save Mangamaunu Surf Break
    The loss of Mangamaunu through mis-use of the emergency legislation is the loss of democracy by purposely cutting out community self-determination and thorough assessments and the democratic right of consultation. Mangamaunu and surfing in general is a significant contributor to the regions tourism industry, this surf break attracts tourists nationally and internationally. Mangamaunu is recognised as one of New Zealand's "17 best of the best" surf breaks. If these coastal works proceed, they will set a precedent, by skirting the best legal protections available to the environment, which Mangamaunu is entitled to. We believe any plans or construction of a cycle way should have the benefit of thoroughness of the RMA process to ensure no irreparable damage is done and good outcomes can be achieved for all. Mangamaunu holds the highest level of protection afforded under the RMA and NZCPS, equivalent to that of Te Mata peak and conservation lands potentially affected by the Ruataniwha dam in Hawkes Bay, or that of any national park. Avoid means avoid, and these consents do not even offer mitigation on a nationally significant surf break.They must be stopped. For more Information: www.surfbreak.org.nz https://www.facebook.com/savemangamaunu/?fref=nf https://www.facebook.com/Surfbreak-Protection-Society-158580380850950/
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  • Fix Facebook
    It’s been revealed that Cambridge Analytica used tools provided by Facebook to suck up personal information about millions of people, and used it to spread targeted misinformation during the US election. Similarly manipulative tactics were used in the Brexit referendum in the United Kingdom. The problems with Facebook don’t end with the manipulation of personal data for political micro-targeting. Facebook’s algorithms are designed to be both addictive - using the insights of neuroscience to keep us scrolling longer - and polarising. Content that outrages us gets more of our attention, and our attention is the product Facebook sells to advertisers. Those same algorithms allow the rapid spread of disinformation and fake news by people who want to disrupt democratic processes. Some people have responded to these problems by deleting their Facebook account or changing their privacy settings. But just as we’ve learned in relation to climate change, individual behaviour change can’t replace effective government regulation. The only long term solution to these problems is government regulation of the mega-companies making massive (and often untaxed) profits from the use of our personal data. Only government action can prevent further breaches of privacy and erosion of our democracy by Facebook, it’s time for the government to step in. Read more here: https://medium.com/actionstation/is-facebook-good-or-bad-for-democracy-de411db3beec
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  • Save Christchurch’s water, stop the water bottle exports
    Newshub revealed last year that a water bottling company has drilled a 170m deep bore hole into the pristine aquifer that supplies Christchurch’s drinking water. The company, Cloud Ocean Water, plans to suck 1.6billion litres of water out of the aquifer each year, bottle it in a mega factory, and export it for private profit overseas. Now Cloud Ocean Water has revealed it has bought land for a second factory. The company has purchased a site at 55 Belfast Road and lodged a resource consent application for a water bottling plant. If that wasn’t bad enough, Christchurch City Council warned that drilling the bore risks contaminating the drinking water for people living in the city. It’s time we put people and our precious planet first and stop this private company profiting off our pristine water supply. Sign the petition. In 2017 experts warned that levels in Christchurch’s aquifer were getting dangerously low - putting at risk the city's drinking water supply. We mustn’t let a private company drain the town supply and export it untaxed. The company could earn $12m each day, or $4.3billion per year, off the public resource they pay nothing to use. Sign the petition to stop the exports of our pristine water. https://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/news/christchurch/cloud-ocean-water-eyeing-second-christchurch-site/ https://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/102307238/ecan-accused-of-bending-the-law-over-consents-for-water-bottling-plants Aotearoa Water Action are crowdfunding to help cover court costs to stop the bottling. Support them by donating here: Aotearoa Water Action 38 9019 053 0141 00
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  • Fully fund sexual violence support and prevention services in Budget 2019
    ActionStation is campaigning to end sexual violence in our communities for good. Providing enough government funding for sexual violence support and prevention services is a critical first step, and is one of the three asks in this petition that we’ll be delivering to Greens Co-Leader Marama Davidson on Thursday 6 December. We want to see a massive funding boost to sexual health in the May 2019 Budget. Help us hit 10,000 signatures to help make it happen.
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  • Provide a shelter for Rotorua homeless
    Rotorua is second to Auckland for its number of homeless.[1] Given the comparative size of the two cities and those elsewhere in the country, this constitutes a large proportion of the local population. Many of the homeless become particularly ill over winter. The majority of Rotorua's homeless prefer to live outdoors, but the weather takes its toll. Many are not use to living indoors, however they need a place of refuge near the city centre, when inclement weather occurs. They also need a place to wash, go to the toilet and a place to store such equipment as sleeping bags. An open sided shelter, with possibly one wall to provide privacy and protection from prevailing winds would provide more comfort and safety. The make up of homeless is complex and has indeed been exacerbated by the problem with housing unaffordability.[2] The reality is that while unaffordability of housing appears here to stay there is a large proportion of the population who simply do not know how to live in houses and sleep in our parks, under thermal pipes and for many in Rotorua on the verandah of the Tea House in the Government Gardens. Currently there are up to 110 who meet regularly at the Government Gardens where they are given an evening meal. A similar number receive an evening meal from the Love Soup initiative. Approaches have been made to the City Council. Unfortunately any requests to them appears to go under their radar. The fact that Phil Twyford, Minister for Housing, is alarmed at the homeless situation means possible pressure may come onto local Councils to do more. Consideration given to the setting up of a ministerial portfolio for the homeless, is possible in July. The vision for this petition is for land in a central location, ideally between the Lake and the Government Gardens, to be provided in an area out of sight from most residents and visitors to the city. A one walled shelter be built that would provide space sufficient for those needing to be out of the rain and a wall that provides not only privacy but protection from the wind be included. Additional consideration needs to be given to ablution amenities, showers, a laundry facility and changing rooms. These would be a long the lines of camping ground amenities. The Council would be responsible for the maintenance of the facility in the same way they do for other public amenities. The exception being these facilities would not be locked or closed in the evenings. 1 - Gina Peiffer, Rotorua Post April 23, 2017 2 - Rotorua Post Oct 14, 2017 3 - Homeless headcount finds 48 people sleeping rough in Rotorua http://www.nzherald.co.nz/rotorua-daily-post/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503438&objectid=12007900 4 - Homelessness on the rise in Rotorua http://www.maoritelevision.com/news/regional/homelessness-on-rise-rotorua
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  • Pledge Against Forced Marriage
    Internationally, 12 million girls are married before the age of 18 years old every year. Forced and under-age marriages also happen in Aotearoa (New Zealand). Shakti has dealt with an estimated number of over 70 forced marriage youth cases. However, we feel that this is the tip of the iceberg. Many forced and under-aged marriages go unreported - some of these marriages are not legally registered, sometimes happening overseas or online. The new family violence bill announced in 2016 is currently going through Parliament.[1] This bill includes “coercion to marry” as a specific family violence offence. While these legislative change are important, it might not capture the marriages that are not legally registered but are still culturally binding. Forced marriages are often followed by sexual and domestic violence. If a young person tries to leave the family due to the threat of forced marriage, this can often increase the risk of “honour”-based violence. However, many young women have had to leave their families or their husband’s family because of the threat of forced marriage or due to domestic violence after a forced marriage. This has long-term impacts on their lives and any children they might have. Forced marriages happen across cultures and religions. It is not specific to any one culture or religion. No major world religion condones forced marriages. Forced marriage is a human rights violation. Marriage should involve free and informed consent between adults. Forced marriage also should not be confused with arranged marriages which involve consenting adults. Young people and adults being coerced into marriages are in our communities, they might be at our school, university, workplace, church, temple or mosque. There is a way out for them with your support. Why do forced marriages happen? Based on the cases we have had over the years, we know that gender inequality and the sense of ownership over children (as the property of parents) are the main causes of forced marriages. However, these are some of the specific contexts where women have been forced into marriages: 1. Immigration: many young girls are tricked into going on holidays back to their home country to find out a wedding has been arranged between them and their cousin. They are pressured to sponsored the cousin to come to New Zealand. 2. Preventing girls from becoming “too westernised”: if a young person is displaying signs of adopting more western cultural values or practices, parents may feel that their culture, religion and traditions are being threatened so may force a girl into a marriage to keep them “in line”. 3. "Keeping it within the family" - marriages organised within the family without the consent of children whose marriage have already been decided for them so inheritance stays within the family. 4. Controlling sexuality: preventing relationships with people the parents/communities disapprove of, especially of different religion/culture/ethnicity or if they are same-gender attracted. 5. Rape and sexual violence: parents have forced their children to marry their rapists, as sex outside of marriage can be taboo and the girl may not be able to get married again if she is not a virgin. 6. Poverty: marriage as a means to escape poverty for women who migrate to Aotearoa for marriage because of promises of a better life and education. However, the promises are often deceptive and broken immediately upon arrival. Women get their possessions confiscated and made to do all the domestic labour, not allowed to go outside/study/work. They are given no money and are under constant scrutiny from the husband or in-laws family. 7. Marriage pressures in late 20s based on the idea that there is an expiry date, women over the age of 25 are “leftover” if they don’t get married. What is coercion? 1. Emotional pressure - “my dying wish is for you to get married”, “you are causing my health to suffer”, “If you don’t get married, your sisters can’t get married” 2. Physical violence or threats of physical violence 3. Threats of disownment 4. Taking young people overseas under false pretences 5. No informed, free or transparent consent - the decision has already been made, e.g. being told "you're going to get married when you turn 16" 6. Marriage involving any minor 7. Threats of suicide 8. Using ‘family honour’ to pressure someone to marry 9. Being put under house arrest, cell phone and internet confiscated, not allowed to talk to anyone or to go out of the house, being taken out of school until the young person complies. This campaign is supported with funding from JR McKenzie Trust. References [1] https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/84189235/Strangulation-coercion-to-marry-and-family-violence-to-be-new-crimes-with-tough-sentences-Govt
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  • Ban Rodeo in New Zealand
    We're asking Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern for an outright ban on rodeo in New Zealand. Rodeo is inherently cruel because it forces animals into stressful situations, risking their well-being purely for entertainment. Please send a message to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern encouraging her to ban rodeo completely. The NZ Animal Welfare Act calls for animals to be handled in a way that minimises the likelihood of unreasonable or unnecessary pain or distress. Rodeo, by its very nature, contravenes the spirit of the law. The Rodeo Code of Welfare is simply a tool that allows cowboys to avoid prosecution for contravening the Act. Animals used in rodeo buck because they are forced to wear a flank strap, which is tied tightly around their hindquarters. This causes discomfort and irritation. The animals buck to get rid of it. Being forced to buck in an arena full of spectators is stressful and terrifying for rodeo animals. In calf roping events competing riders mounted on a horse are timed in their attempts to throw a loop of rope around the calf's neck before dragging it to a sudden halt, throwing it on the ground, before restraining the animal by tying its legs together. The interpretation of the current laws do not go far enough to protect animals in rodeo. Please send a message to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern encouraging her to ban rodeo completely. Image: Anti-Rodeo Action https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/government-look-use-electric-prodders-and-tail-twisting-rodeos-but-doesnt-want-ban https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/other-sports/101294173/former-us-rodeo-rider-turned-activist-wants-calf-roping-banned-in-new-zealand http://safe.org.nz/calf-roping-cruelty https://rnzspca.org.nz/animal-welfare/campaigns
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