Following last month’s newsletter, several supporters from around the country contacted us, some informing us of actions they have taken personally, and others saying they wish they could be of help.
We are appreciative of the feedback, and are hugely thankful to all who make submissions, send letters to editors, contact politicians, post information on social media, talk to friends and family about the issues, etc. Keep up the good work. Every action we take as individuals counts towards the whole. As the old truism goes “there’s strength in numbers”.
The value of making our concerns known to the powers-that-be was recently reinforced in a couple of instances which I’d like to share with you. Following the release of the result of a recent political poll, Prime Minister Ardern commented that while pleased with the result, she also takes note of issues of concern to the public as voiced in letters she receives. A few days later, National MP Dan Bidois, who is a member of the Maori Affairs Select Committee, remarked to one of our members that they had received more submissions against the entrenchment of Maori seats than for. Many thanks to all who submitted. It is obvious that support from the public gives strength and confidence to those MPs opposed to the bill.
Other issues of concern we are currently working on, and in which you too can be involved, include:
- Supporting Devonport citizens as they battle autocratic decision-making by the Tūpuna Maunga o Tāmaki Makaurau Authority. They have requested emails be sent to the TMA regarding the removal of Takarunga carpark. Please see more details below.
- Contacting National and NZ First leaders and MPs, urging them to oppose the Electoral (Entrenchment of Māori Seats) Amendment Bill.
- Sending letters of appreciation to the Hasting District councillors who voted against the introduction of unelected people at the decision-making table.
- Sending letters of thanks to National, NZ First and Act MPs for voting down the Canterbury Regional Council Ngai Tahu Representation Bill.
- Challenging false information as it arises.
My apologies – we will not be sending out a June Update. If you would like to keep up-to-date with what is going on, both the Kiwi Frontline site or Kiwi Frontline blog, and Mole News (at Breaking Views) include coverage of the issues.
You are welcome to share the information in this newsletter with your friends, family and other contacts. Also, please direct to our website anyone who may be interested in the issues we cover and would like to be added to our mailing list. See: https://www.democracyaction.org.nz/about
Democracy Action monthly meeting:
Date: 7pm Monday 13th May
Venue: 21 O’Rorke Rd, Penrose