In 2017, ActionStation members participated in a nationwide distributed consultation process called Kai and Kōrero. We gathered in homes, cafés, community halls and even a McDonalds to discuss and imagine the future of Aotearoa New Zealand in 2040.
We chose 2040 because it will be 200 years since Te Tiriti o Waitangi was signed and because we wanted to invite the kind of imaginative thinking that can happen when thinking long-term. It is also the year that Matike Mai says we should be working towards for enacting constitutional transformation.
More than 500 people participated in those conversations and more than 4,000 people participated in the corresponding online survey.
The ActionStation staff team then took those insights to a panel of independent policy experts and Indigenous leaders to ask: What are the policies you recommend in the 2017 - 2020 electoral cycle that will help achieve these outcomes by 2040?
We put it all together and created what’s called Te Ira Tāngata - or the human blueprint - a crowdsourced living vision for Aotearoa in 2040, the values we need to get us there and some policy ideas to make it happen. Our plan then was to organise ourselves and our community to work together in new and creative ways to bring that vision and those policies to life.
Today we are proud to share a people-powered progress report on how we as a progressive movement are tracking towards this vision. With the help of some incredible volunteers, we’ve analysed the government’s progress on all 51 of our policy recommendations so that we may better inform where we focus our energy in 2020 - 2023 electoral cycle.
The victories and progress within this report do not belong to the ActionStation community alone. The wins have been achieved by many organisations and people working together over many, many years to make progressive change possible. We are grateful to every single person who takes action- big and small - for a fair and flourishing Aotearoa New Zealand.
We hope reading this progress report brings you hope, clarity and determination for the next electoral cycle.
Everyone in Aotearoa New Zealand has a warm, healthy and safe home.
The government ended the government-funded Crown Irrigation Investments Ltd. and instituted an important (and the first-ever) input control for nitrogen fertiliser, which is one of the key drivers of intensive farming and water pollution. However, the Provincial Growth Fund and Fast Track RMA process have supported large scale irrigation schemes that risk the health and mauri of awa.
Everyone has enough income to live a dignified life.
Policies we asked for
Raise the minimum wage
Set a 10:1 pay ratio in the public sector
Reduce the gender pay gap
Restore universal income support for parents and caregivers
12-month Best Start payments of $60 per week for parents of newborns was introduced regardless of the level of family income. This is an incremental step towards universal income support for parents and caregivers.
In April 2018, the government put in place a ban on new oil and gas exploration permits. The 2017 - 2020 electoral cycle also saw huge growth in the climate movement, particularly with the climate strikes that were led by young people.
A tax system which taxes wealth fairly, eliminates inequality and funds essential public services.
A compassionate justice system which prioritises prevention, restoration and rehabilitation.
Policies we asked for
Review Bail Amendment, Sentencing and Parole Acts
Direct judges to use imprisonment as a last resort
Remove criminal penalties for possession and use of all drugs
Invest in kaupapa Māori initiatives in communities including community-based rehabilitation centres
Over the past two years, a range of experts and the Government-appointed justice working group has come up with a raft of solutions that have not been adopted.
The Misuse of Drugs Act Amendment Act passed in 2019 affirming police are to use discretion when charging people for possession of drugs. The Act also encouraged a shift toward prioritising health and therapeutic approaches over punishment. In 2020 the referendum for cannabis legalisation lost narrowly by 2%.
The Department of Corrections released a new strategy that has an emphasis on prevention, rehabilitation and working with whānau.
The former Minister for Justice Andrew Little has said that repealing the three strikes legislation is on the agenda for this electoral cycle. There has been no progress on the Bail Amendment Act.
Gender Equality 🚻
Everyone is safe from violence and able to access vital health care and specialist support at all stages of life.
Policies we asked for
Provide universal and best-practice sexuality education.
Ensure nationwide coverage of culturally-appropriate, properly resourced specialist sexual violence support services
Provide all people with access to free contraception, free and legal abortions, and maternal health care
Every person, whatever their sexual orientation and gender identity, can live safely and with dignity and have equal rights protected by law.
Policies we asked for
Gather better demographic data
Ensure all schools and education centres are safe and supportive
Ensure our health system works for transgender, genderqueer and intersex people
Provide mental health services that work for LGBTQIA+ people
Guarantee formal equality under the law, including adoption law.
Clarify gender identity as a basis for non-discrimination.
Ensure the safety and dignity of trans and intersex people in prison.
This page outlines the ongoing work at Stats NZ to collect more data on Aotearoa's rainbow community, with the ultimate aim of including these topics in all social surveys and the 2023 Census.
The government has developed an extensive guide from the Ministry of Education with lots of resources for schools. The Ministry of Education is currently working alongside InsideOUT Kōaro to produce further resources and guidelines on creating rainbow inclusive schools to be released early 2021.
Labour MP Tāmati Coffey has a members bill to change surrogacy laws so they are more inclusive for LGBTQIA+ people. Labour has also said in their rainbow policy that they will reform adoption laws. Labour and Greens support a ban on conversion therapy.
The Waitangi Tribunal has stated that Māori should be considered as partners in international negotiations such as TPPA, not simply as 'stakeholders'. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs are yet to respond meaningfully though we hope this will be an area under greater development with Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta at the helm.