ActionStation is a growing community of 170,000 New Zealanders who come together in new ways, and in real-time, to create what we cannot achieve on our own: a society, economy and democracy that serves all of us - everyday people and the planet we love.

In 2017, we are seizing the opportunity that election year brings to engage New Zealanders of all stripes and colours in a nationwide conversation about where we want our wonderful country to be in 2040 (200 years on since the Treaty of Waitangi was signed).

We’ll leave party politics, special interests and the usual labels that divide us at the door. This is a chance for people of all ages, backgrounds, postcodes, and incomes to discover what we value as a people, and what is needed to create the more beautiful country and world our hearts tell us is possible.

 Cook-Ease Project's Kai & Kōrero event in South Auckland

Cook-Ease Project's Kai & Kōrero event in South Auckland

Where will the conversations happen?

The conversations will take place during the months of June and July

  • In person and over kai (food). People from all around New Zealand will host people-powered Kai & Kōrero events with friends, coworkers, neighbours and strangers to help create a vision for the future of Aotearoa New Zealand. At these events six to ten diverse participants will break bread and discuss the big questions through a uniquely designed and facilitated process. We've partnered with Civic Dinners to make hosting an event easy!

  • On the web. We have an online survey running to gather the views of New Zealanders. 

The insights that these conversations generate will form Te Ira Tāngata: People’s Agenda for Aotearoa New Zealand. A crowdsourced, people-powered vision for our shared future. 

We’ll work with independent policy experts, creatives, and tāngata whenua to fill in the details for our plan for a fair and flourishing Aotearoa.

The Agenda will cover everything from what is needed to ensure everyone has a warm, dry home to what New Zealand can do to seize economic opportunities that lie ahead; what can we do to ensure New Zealand is an inclusive and welcoming place to live and what is the future of education?

 Susan's Kai & Kōrero in Lower Hutt

Susan's Kai & Kōrero in Lower Hutt

Then what happens?

In August, we will present our people-powered vision to political parties to ask how their policies stack up against ours. We will analyse their responses, and publicise the results, along with full notes on how the analysis was done.

In September, members of the ActionStation community, as well as values and missions aligned allies, will gather in living rooms, pubs and churches throughout the country to have purposeful conversations with their friends and whānau about the need to vote for political parties that most closely align with Te Ira Tāngata: People’s Agenda for Aotearoa.

The conversations will take place through the mediums and channels people already know and use - Twitter, Facebook, email, text or real life. Our job will be to make it easier for people to have the best kinds of conversations that leave more New Zealanders feeling hopeful for the future.

Together, we will shift the usual boundaries of what is possible in politics.

The Agenda will also inform the next five to ten years of ActionStation’s work. It will provide a compass of where we’re headed and give us the ability to track our progress toward our fair and flourishing future. It will also send a strong message to Government to ensure they are tracking along with our goals.

Welcome to a new kind of politics

One that’s all about us, taking action together, in small everyday ways as well as bigger ones – in order to protect the best of what makes Aotearoa New Zealand wonderful, and shape an even brighter future.

Are you ready to be part of it?