What We Stand For

Democracy Action has been formed to give voice to equality and democracy.

We stand for:

  1. a representative democracy, where:

    • every vote has equal weight, and no unreasonable restrictions can apply to anyone seeking to become a representative
    • only elected and accountable members on our governing bodies have voting rights
  2. Resisting the notion that birth or background should entitle anyone to a greater voice in the process of governing

Who We Are

Democracy Action is a not-for-profit incorporated society working to protect the equality of citizenship in New Zealand. Our grassroots movement champions the fundamental importance of democracy, and the equality of citizenship.

Democracy Action was formed in Auckland, but is working across New Zealand on campaigns to promote and protect democracy.


Auckland's Unitary Plan

Auckland’s Mana Whenua requirements means you may need a 'cultural impact assessment' for your next resource consent. We believe that resource consents should be determined by a democratic body – not a section of Aucklanders based on race.

Resource Legislation Amendment Bill

The Resource Legislation Amendment Bill contains radical reforms which would erode our fundamental democratic rights of equality before the law. It takes power from democratically elected councillors and gives them to unelected iwi governing bodies.

Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011

The Marine and Coastal Area Act was created to replace the Foreshore and Seabed Act 2004. In 2009 the National-led government, as part of a November 2008 confidence-and-supply agreement with the Māori Party, undertook a review of the Foreshore and Seabed Act 2004.

Latest News

Win in Court

Earlier this week we received Justice Wylie's decision dismissing the High Court appeal by the Independent Maori Statutory Board against the decision made by Auckland Councillors...