Te Ira Tāngata: People’s Agenda for Aotearoa.

Te Ira Tāngata: People’s Agenda for Aotearoa is a crowd-sourced vision for the future of our country, the values we need to commit to in order to create that future, and the policies that could get us there.


Photo courtesy of Serena Stevenson. All rights reserved.

Photo courtesy of Serena Stevenson. All rights reserved.

 

Why a People’s Agenda?


To move from resisting to reimagining and rebuilding

Over the past three years like-minded New Zealanders have come together, time and again, to resist harmful policies and call for changes in policy and approach. And in many cases we’ve won small and incremental steps in the direction of a more fair and flourishing world.

In 2017 the ActionStation community decided it was time to move beyond resisting what we don’t want for our country, and start reimagining what we do want. So that we can use the power of our 180,000 strong (and growing) movement to building a better future for all of us and the planet we love.

To shift the boundaries of what is possible

We can re-centre the political conversation around the values that so many of us share – like community, care and compassion – and introduce a positive and cohesive vision of an alternative future.

To rewrite the rules

For too long politics have been the domain of the powerful few. With this People’s Agenda as our guide, and a growing movement of people who want a fair and flourishing future, we can rewrite the rules in favour of everyday people and the planet we love.

 
Photo courtesy of Angus McNaughton. All rights reserved.

Photo courtesy of Angus McNaughton. All rights reserved.

 

Whose Agenda is this?


While the issues, vision and values laid out here reflect those prioritised by the 393,982 people who have taken part in ActionStation campaigns, surveys and events over the past three years, they obviously do not represent the views of everyone in this country.

ActionStation is a deliberately broad tent of fair-minded people who want to get things done. It’s our shared values, plus a willingness to act, that makes someone an ‘ActionStation kind of person’. Not your age, income, postcode, party politics or ethnic background.

As a movement we are committed to certain core progressive values. We act to promote and protect human rights, economic fairness, a flourishing planet and a transparent and accountable democracy. We honour Te Tiriti o Waitangi (the Treaty of Waitangi). We believe in the values of community, care, creativity, compassion, manaakitanga, kaitiakitanga and aroha are central to building a more fair and flourishing future for all of us and the planet we love and depend on for life.

Our community is diverse, but it is not representative of the entire country. This is our community’s People’s Agenda for Aotearoa. If you share these values and this vision for our country, then this is yours too. Because ‘People power’ isn’t just a nice slogan at ActionStation: it is ActionStation. It’s why we’re here and how we get things done.

 

What next?


Read Te Ira Tāngata: People’s Agenda for Aotearoa here, check out our election scorecards showing how each party stacks up against our People’s Agenda here, learn more about how the agenda was created here, and then take action here.

 
Photo courtesy of Sarah McCarthy. All rights reserved.

Photo courtesy of Sarah McCarthy. All rights reserved.

 

ActionStation would like to thank Serena Stevenson, Sarah McCarthy and Angus McNaughton for their kind and generous offer to use their photographs throughout the People's Agenda website. Ehara koe i a ia!