Scroll down to read the 3 options then complete the survey to your right to have your say

Scroll down to read the 3 options then complete the survey at the bottom of the page to have your say


Next year New Zealanders will vote to choose our government for the next three years. With the input of allies, advisors and experts we’ve developed three different options for how the ActionStation community could have a positive impact on next year’s general election.

Now it’s time for the ActionStation community to decide together which approach we’ll take to the election. So what we need to know from you is which of the following goals would most motivate you to commit your time and resources to making a difference together?

Our goal is to hear from 10,000 members of the ActionStation community - it’s an ambitious goal but as a member-led movement, your input is vital. It will take some time to process all of your responses, so you can expect to hear the outcome of this process in late January.

Here’s how to get involved:

1. Scroll down this page to watch the videos and read the summaries explaining each different approach

2. When you are ready, click on the survey to the right (or at the bottom of the page on a mobile) and have your say







Option 1: Get Out Missing Voters

Only 70% of eligible New Zealanders vote. That’s one million missing voters. Only half of young Māori voted in the last election.

Don’t vote → Get poorly represented by politicians → Feel disempowered → Don’t vote. That’s the spiral for too many New Zealanders. It’s time to end that cycle.

There are enough non-voters in New Zealand to change the game. If they all showed up as voters they could inspire policies that would make a brighter future for everyone in our country.

In this option, we dedicate 2017 to inspiring, motivating and enabling as many as possible of these New Zealanders to vote.

The main challenges and risks of this approach are:

  • It’s really hard to do (many have tried before)

  • We’re not a political party, so we don’t have access to the electoral roll

  • Would require lots of people and resources to pull it off

The big trade-off in this approach is:

  • If our focus and priority is getting out voters, we can’t be sure what impact we’ll have - if any - on the issues that matter most to our community.

The main strengths of this approach are:

  • Nonpartisan - we won’t tell anyone who to vote for

  • Measurable - we’ll be able to tell if we’d made a difference

  • Could help to grow the diversity of our ActionStation community by engaging more young Maori and Pasifika people

In a nutshell:

We’d focus our collective efforts and resources on getting more people voting. We think this matters because a Parliament that represents more of us is both more democratic and more likely to commit to tackling the issues that matter to all of us, not just the best off. We’d have to trade-off our focus on big issues, but we’d do it to get a government that is more likely to focus on building a better future for everyone in our country.

What do you think?

Should getting out missing voters be the main goal for our campaigns in 2017?

Ready to have your say? Click on the survey on the right to tell us what you think or keep reading about the other approaches and then do the survey. If you do start the survey, you will be able to come back to learn about the other options.




Option 2: Set the Agenda

In this option, we choose the issues we care about the most and we go hard. We do everything we can to push our priority issues to the top of the election agenda.

Those issues might be things we are already campaigning on together:

  • funding essential health care services, including mental health

  • cleaning up our rivers so we can swim in them again

  • making sure every family in New Zealand has the resources they need to give their kids a good start in life; or

  • protecting public broadcasting, to keep our democracy open and accountable

Or it could be something new, like ending homelessness in New Zealand by 2020. We’ll decide that together.

The point is that we’ll ensure the focus this election is on the issues that matter to everyday New Zealanders, not just the major political parties. It’s time for us to set the agenda.

The main risks of this approach:

  • It’s really hard to set the agenda, especially without a big budget

  • Unless a LOT of us get involved, hard to influence major parties

The big trade off in this approach is:

  • We’d have to choose just a few issues, which means not focusing, or campaigning, on many of the issues that matter to us as a community and as individuals.

The main strengths of this approach:

  • It’s ActionStation doing what we do best, making an impact on the issues that matter is our superpower!

  • It flows on from the campaigns we are already running

In a nutshell:

We do what we do best - we combine our voices, resources, and influence to make it impossible for politicians to ignore the issues that matter most to us. In order to have a big impact, we’d have to choose just a few issues and stop campaigning on other things we care about. But if we choose the right issues, and force the parties to adopt ambitious policies on those issues, we’ll know we’ve made a lasting difference.

What do you think?

Should having impact on our issues be the main goal for our campaigns in 2017?

Ready to have your say? Click on the survey on the right to tell us what you think or keep reading about the other approaches and then do the survey. If you do start the survey, you will be able to come back to learn about the other options.




Option 3: The People's Manifesto

In this approach instead of choosing three separate issues, we will create and campaign together for a cohesive, positive plan for our country. Introducing the People’s Manifesto.

As a community, we’ll work with policy experts, creatives and tangata whenua to come up with our plan for a fair and flourishing New Zealand. We’ll present our manifesto to all political parties and see who will commit to the policies in it. Each of us can then pledge to vote for the party that has the strongest commitment to our plan for a fair and flourishing New Zealand.

Then by voting together, we’ll get them elected. Together we can rewrite the rules in favour of everyday New Zealanders and the planet we love. It’s a big, ambitious goal, but we think it might just work.

The main risks of this approach:

  • It only works if we get BIG numbers involved

  • Will voting like this forever mark ActionStation as partisan?

The big trade-off in this approach:

  • This is most ambitious of the approaches, so we might be trading off our ability to do anything else (including sleep). Seriously though, this option is not for the faint-hearted. It will take strategic vision, courage, persistence and creativity, but we think our community has what it takes.

The main strengths of this approach:

  • It’s bold! A real alternative to more boring politics-as-usual

  • We can focus on the values and issues that unite us

  • An opportunity to present a coherent alternative vision for NZ

In a nutshell:

We go beyond a list of issues, to look at how those issues are connected, the core values that underlie them all, and ways to make change on lots of them. And then we vote together for the party that makes the best commitment to that brighter, better plan for our country. The biggest risk of this approach is that we’ll be seen as partisan. This option is not for the faint-hearted. It will take strategic vision, courage, persistence and creativity, but we think our community has what it takes.

What do you think?

Are we ready to rewrite the rules this election with a People’s Manifesto for a better New Zealand for everyone?

Ready to have your say? Click on the survey on the right to tell us what you think