About

What is ActionStation?

ActionStation is the new force for people who believe in a fair and flourishing New Zealand. Together we are building a vehicle for people of all backgrounds to unite independent of party politics, special interests and the usual labels that divide us.

We act together, in new ways and in real time, to create what we cannot achieve on our own: a society, economy and democracy that serves us – everyday people and the planet we love.

ActionStation believes in a New Zealand that is fair and flourishing, with courage and compassion at its core.

We believe in a robust democracy powered by informed and connected citizens, guided by accountable leaders.

We believe in putting everyday people and our precious planet first, and building a society and economy that truly serves us.

What does that mean in practice?

ActionStation is a movement connecting you with thousands of like-minded people and providing you with opportunities to take collective action on issues that matter to you. Our job is to connect you up with others, so that your voice has more impact and power to hold political and corporate interests to account.

What kind of issues?

ActionStation stands for a fair society, a thriving environment, human rights and global peace, and transparent accountable politics. Every week there will be dozens of opportunities to mobilise for collective action. Informed and led by our members, we'll choose the issues and actions that have the greatest potential to contribute to those four broad aims. 

Who's behind ActionStation? 

Independent and member-led, we are affiliated with no political party, and answer only to our members. ActionStation is a not-for-profit organisation and relies on donations from real people to fund its work and in-kind donations from the public. We do not accept donations from political parties or the Government. 

If you think that ActionStation is a much needed solution to the problem of political disengagement and you want to see us thrive -- then please join us.

If you'd like to know more please have a look at our FAQ page here.

Meet the ActionStationHQ team

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Laura O’Connell Rapira is our Director of Campaigns. She is also the Co-Founder of RockEnrol - a volunteer-run organisation dedicated to building and activating political power for young people.

Laura is passionate about unleashing the power of the crowd through digital and community organising, effective collaboration and values-based campaigning. She is a Live The Dream 2014 Alumni with Inspiring Stories Trust.

"I love the idea, the energy, the team, the networks, the mana, the opportunity and the timing. The time for something like ActionStation is now, and it is an honour and a privilege to be involved."

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Rick Zwaan is our Campaigner supporting all our campaigns. Rick’s previous work includes leading the Victoria University of Wellington Students’ Association advocating for student rights, coordinating the Wellington Local Body Election Campaign for the Green Party, as a climate change researcher for Dr Kennedy Graham MP, representing New Zealand young people at international climate negotiations and travelling around the country with The ReGeneration Trust showcasing inspiring community change makers.

“We all play a part in cultivating positive social and environmental change in Aotearoa and I see ActionStation as a key vehicle enabling the our collective power to be realised.”

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Eliot Pryor is our Community Campaigns Manager looking after OurActionStation and supporting your campaigns. He was formerly Campaign Director of the animal advocacy group SAFE and had roles previous to this with Amnesty International NZ. He has adventured to different corners of the globe but always comes back to Aotearoa.

 “ 'Democracy' is Greek for 'strength of the common people'—it is something that was invented, has been given to us, and it's up to all of us to perfect. ”

 

 

 

Meet the ActionStation Board

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Megan Salole is ActionStation's Board Co-Chair. She is a social entrepreneur in Wellington, initiating projects that bring about a more connected, conscious world. She ran an award winning design company for a decade, and was the champion of ActionStation after managing a much celebrated national political campaign in 2011, increasing the vote share by 60%.

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Lani Evans is ActionStation's other Board Co-Chair. She is a CEO, adventurer, avid promoter of generosity and advocate for good climate change policy. She is Co-Chair of the Thankyou Charitable Trust, a grant-making organisations that has developed an innovative 'pay-it-forward' funding model that puts the decision making in the hands of communities. Lani's past adventures include running national youth organisation The ReGeneration Trust, creating a series of 60 documentaries about community changemakers and being one of the first women to successfully walk the length of the South island via the Southern Alps.

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Phill Coxon is our Treasurer. Phill runs his own consulting business (Get Results Limited) in Christchurch.  He is also heavily involved with the Enspiral group based in Wellington which is doing amazing things to make the world a better place, one social enterprise at a time. Phill is Enspiral Foundation’s Financial Operations Manager, Collaborative Funding Manager and is a Enspiral Services Limited Director. He also co-leads the Enspiral Services Limited Lean Lab Team

 
Allie.png Allie Cunninghame is a Professional Practice Fellow at the University of Otago Legal Issues Centre. Allie has a particular interest in issues concerning access to justice, change and innovation within the legal profession, and diversity. At the Legal Issues Centre, Allie is leading a project investigating possible areas of innovation and reform of to ensure the delivery of legal services that are more efficient, more cost effective, and therefore more accessible. Allie spent 10 years practicing in the ligation team at a large national firm, where her practice focused on insurance and insolvency litigation. She is an expert on New Zealand’s health and safety law. 
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Garth Nowland-Foreman has an extensive nonprofit governance experience. For six years he was national director of a major advocacy group for low-income and disadvantaged people in Australia. He has taught for 18 years in a graduate programme on not for profit leadership, has a keen interest in research-you-can-use, and is widely published on government/nonprofit relations. Garth also brings strong political analysis - he ran a national advocacy nonprofit in Australia; operated in Cabinet minister's office, serviced a Parliamentary inquiry, participated in several government advisory bodies; and managed a government policy unit.

   
 

 

 

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