Friday 18 March 2022

Time to Take Action

An industrial-scale state house building programme to end the housing crisis for citizens on low incomes 

  •  We’ve solved housing crisis’s  in the past
  • We know how to do it
  • It must be done again

The petition for an industrial-scale state house building programme is here

It is the first stage in a campaign to get the government to meet the housing crisis head on.

The petition can be signed by individuals and organisations.

Please send the link out widely and share on social media. We will begin a second push in late January once the festive season is behind us but we are keen to get it out and around before then.

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Monday 27 July 2020

The Future Started Here

The video of the full nine hours of the Alternative Aotearoa seminar is below.

Over the next couple of weeks transcripts of all the seasons will be made available as will videos  broken down into session segments.  

The full list of sessions and speakers is here.

If you want to join us in  building a better, people centred Aotearoa, join our contact list by emailing us 

Other Resources

a) Final Report

b) The Presentations

Full Video and text (by presenter and session)

c) Report to Political Parties

Thursday 23 July 2020

A defining moment in the

post-pandemic debate

Finalised Programe and Speaker Details

This Saturday, 25 July at Pipitea Marae in Wellington.

Representatives of a wide range of health, social justice anClick for the finalised Agendad environmental organisations will speak at the seminar to propose an alternative approach to the “business as usual” proposals of mainstream politics.

We are delighted to have two marvellous New Zealanders, Justice Advocate Julia Whaipooti and 2020 New Zealander of the Year and President of Equity New Zealand Jennifer Te Atamira Ward-Lealand, to Co-chair the day.

Keynote speakers who will set the kaupapa for the day are the Director of Action Station Laura O'Connell Rapira and Pasifika community activist and Auckland City Councillor Efeso Collins.

Wellington City Councillor Tamatha Paul and University of Auckland Law Professor Jane Kelsey will record and collate the presentations into a final report which will be available to the media and will be presented in person to each of the main political parties.

We are thrilled with the calibre and integrity of the organisations and presenters throughout the various panels. These groups and individuals are the change-agents New Zealand so desperately needs at this critical time.

The full final agenda is pasted at the end of this media advisory. Pasted here also are more details for each of the speakers.

The best opportunity for media to speak with the co-chairs and keynote speakers will be at the lunch break at 12 noon which will be set up as a media conference.

The event will be livestreamed in several places including

The video and transcribed presentations will be found asap after the seminar at 

Details of Speakers


Laura O'Connell Rapira – Director of Action Station

Efeso Collins – Pasifika community activist and Auckland City Councillor

Health Panel

Teresa Wall – Former deputy director-general of health

Dr Jude Ball – Former chair of the Wellington Branch of the Public Health Association and a Research Fellow in the Public Health Department, University of Otago, Wellington

Phil Bagshaw – Phil Bagshaw, General Surgeon University of Otago Christchurch; Chair, Canterbury Charity Hospital Trust

Jane Stevens – After the preventable death of her son Nicky while in the care of the mental health system 5 years ago, Jane has become a passionate advocate for transformational change to our mental health system

Ian Powell – A health commentator and editor of the ‘Second Opinion’ blog from Otaihanga and former Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists for 30 years

Workers Panel

Tina Barnett – Former Chair Skycity Employees Association

Yvette Taylor – Transformational Campaign Team Leader at E tū, Aotearoa’s largest private sector union.  Her work has mostly focused on organising low pay workers in aged care, cleaning and security to be active in the Living Wage campaign and building the wider broad based community movement

Mike TreenNational Director of Unite Union. Mike has been a campaigner against war and for economic and social justice since he was a high school student 

Anu Kaloti – Anu Kaloti, the President of Migrant Workers Association, actively fighting against exploitation of migrant workers and campaigning for better migrant rights since 2012

Youth Panel

Oli Morphew – Year 12 student at Wellington Girls College and an SS4C (School Strike for Climate) Wellington organiser

Tara Watkins – School strike for Climate

Kalo Afeaki – Pacific Climate Warriors

Tiana Jakicevich – Te Ara Whatu


Environmental panel

Amanda Larsson – Amanda Larsson is a Swedish-born, Tāmaki Makaurau-based Climate and Energy Campaigner, who has been leading Greenpeace New Zealand's policy work on the Covid-19 recovery

Dr Mike JoySenior Researcher at Wellingtons Victoria University’s Institute for Governance and Policy Studies and a founder member the Better Futures Forum. He is a freshwater ecologist, environmental scientist and activist

Eleanor WestMember of Generation Zero, a youth-led climate action organisation that mobilises New Zealanders to engage with decision-making and campaign for intergenerational climate justice

Haimana Hirini – Extinction Rebellion Te Whanganui a Tara

Cally O’NeillParticipatory designer for sustainable architecture and social and environmental activism, with a focus on promoting participatory design in climate policy and political process transformation.

Kevin Hague – Kevin is the Chief Executive of Forest & Bird and a member of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission, and was previously a Member of Parliament, public servant and community activist

Aaron PackardAaron Packard is the chairperson of 350 Aotearoa, and has spent the last 10 years working on global campaigns and projects for, from blockading coal ports to supporting climate activists to organise safely under repressive regimes

Marcus Newton-Howes – Member of 350 Aotearoa for the past four years

Social Panel

Frank Hogan – “A somewhat aging criminal defence barrister practising for over 45 years mainly in South Auckland now “transitioning “into an advocate for our most vulnerable-namely the children beset by inequality”

Kassie Hartendorp – Community Organiser at Action Station

Liz Gordon – Quality Public Education Coalition

Dani PickeringCommunity organiser for People Against Prisons Aotearoa and the #ArmsDownNZ campaign, and a PhD candidate at Victoria University of Wellington. Their research covers political activation and the growth of social movements.

Brooke Fiafia PaoDaughter of the Pacific, Mama, and AAAP volunteer and media spokesperson

Michael Sharp – A lawyer who has been involved in a number of cases challenging government housing policy, helped to found a housing advocacy service based in Tauranga and is a spokesperson for the State Housing Action Network

Anjum Rahman – Project Lead of the Inclusive Aotearoa Collective Tāhono, a project developing a Strategy for Belonging and Inclusion for Aotearoa and seeking to implement it by bringing diverse communities together to work on shared goals

Economics Panel

Tania PouwhareTania (Ngāi Tūhoe) is a social intrapreneur at Auckland Council’s social innovation team where she leads the strategic thinking on livelihoods, wealth and economic power in the context of south and west Auckland

Social Intrapreneur at Auckland Council

Geoff BertramGeoff Bertram is an economist at the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies at Victoria University of Wellington

Susan St JohnEconomist with Child Poverty Action Group, Director of the Retirement Policy and Research Centre