MAKE YOUR VOICE COUNT
THESE ARE SOME WAYS OF MAKING YOUR VOICE COUNT IN NEW ZEALAND AND PARTICIPATING IN OUR DEMOCRACY.
- Write to your MP – Name, Parliament Buildings, Freepost, WELLINGTON
- Write to the minister responsible for a particular issue you feel strongly about. Details available at www.parliament.govt.nz – note there may be an associate minister. (Signed letters are a little more effective than emails.)
- Any questions phone Parliament – 04 817 9999, they will tell you who is responsible for what.
- Make an appointment to see your MP – front these people leading our country, hold them accountable. Phone them at Parliament also, talk to their private secretaries.
- Make complaints to people like the Human Rights Commission (email@example.com), Health & Disability Commission (firstname.lastname@example.org), Ombudsmen (email@example.com), Independent Police Conduct Authority (firstname.lastname@example.org), Human Rights Review Tribunal (email@example.com), Auditor-General (firstname.lastname@example.org), Office for Disability Issues (email@example.com), etc. Even if you have failed before, keep writing to them so there is a paper trail to follow. Persistence gets results.
- Buy pavement chalk and write inspirational quotes on the footpath, encourage people to be Idle No More. Highlight political, economic, health, employment, educational, social and environmental issues you are passionate about (don’t swear, not illegal if it is chalk).
- Talk with your friends and family about political issues – “Democracy doesn’t work without YOU” Encourage them to be Idle No More.
- Make up cardboard signs to bring out when you attend organised political events – attend organised political events – organise political events.
- Attend question time when Parliament is in session 2-3pm most Tuesdays-Thursdays.
- If you are an artist, poet, actor, songwriter, dancer perform/exhibit in the streets, outside MPs offices and at Parliament. “Flashmob”
- Put your own ‘state of the nation’ speech on UTube. Put any poetry or songs on UTube – tell people about it on facebook and twitter. Link to www.facebook.com/jrmurphypoetmusician
- Make comments on news items, facebook pages, twitter, MPs internet sites.
- Contact the media about how you feel – they appear as out-of-touch as our politicians.
- Write letters to the editor of newspapers.
- Phone talkback.
- Join a political party (not for everybody) and get involved. Vote in the next election.
- If you see an interesting news item that names a bureaucrat, consultant, etc. Google them and phone them to tell you what you think. Many of these people are unaware of the impacts of their decisions and recommendations.
- If you have had no luck with human rights or police complaints in New Zealand then write to: Office of the High Commission for Human Rights, Pacific Region – in Fiji firstname.lastname@example.org
BE IDLE NO MORE