loading
  • WELCOME TO
    DEMOCRACY ACTION

    We are a not-for-profit incorporated society working to champion the fundamental importance of democracy & equality of citizenship for all New Zealanders.

  • SPECIAL REPORT

    Auckland Council spent $129M on iwi consultation and other targeted Māori spending over the past six years. Read the report here

  • THREE WATERS REFORMS

    New reforms will see water controlled by a small number of multi-regional entities not directly accountable to the public

  • TREATY-BASED LOCAL GOVERNANCE

    Maori wards are just the start to the changes the government is planning for local government

  • MAORI WARDS

    Check to see if your council is considering one or more Maori wards and make sure you have your say



Latest news

  • Latest from the blog

    New rules set to encroach on private property rights

    Anger has erupted around the country over the Government’s much stronger approach to protect indigenous biodiversity, as outlined in the Draft National Policy Statement for Indigenous Biodiversity (NPSIB). Due to take effect in July 2021, it contains a set of objectives and policies to identify, protect, manage, and restore indigenous biodiversity. Continue reading

    Coming to a beach near you

    In a bombshell ruling, the High Court has granted 13 iwi claimants customary marine title and rights to several marine areas in the Bay of Plenty, a move which could set a precedent for the 580+ other claims that cover the entire coastline of New Zealand. This ruling grants the claimants a new form of property right, known as customary marine title, over areas of foreshore and seabed between Whakatāne and Ōpōtiki - from the high water mark on the land side, out 12 nautical miles to sea, including the airspace above.  Continue reading

    Update on separate Māori representation on councils

    Photo: Political lobbying - tikanga style Manawatū District Council chambers 20 May 2021 – how to turn a No to Māori wards vote to a Yes In a flurry of activity leading up to the final date to amend governance arrangements for the 2022 local body election, thirty-five councils have opted to establish Māori seats, some making an abrupt about-turn at the last minute after intense lobbying from iwi. Continue reading

    Māori seats in local government a step to 50-50 power share

    Photo: Andrew Judd hiding from a taniwha Before the ink has dried on the establishment of separate Māori seats on 38 councils, calls for "more equitable representation and a partnership with Māori" in a 50/50 power sharing model have arisen - not only from Māori sovereignty activists, but also from some councillors. Continue reading

    Petition to demand our democracy back

    A group of concerned citizens have launched a petition to return New Zealand to a true democracy. The petition, to be presented to parliament, states that ‘We Demand Our Democratic Rights & Democracy Back' Continue reading