About

What is ActionStation?

ActionStation is an independent, member-led not-for-profit organisation representing over 100,000 Kiwis holding power to account, standing for a fair society, healthy environment & economic fairness.

ActionStation is a vital piece of democratic infrastructure for Aotearoa in the 21st century, here to reinvigorate our proud tradition of participatory democracy and people power, using the potential of new technology. 

What does that mean in practice?

Like Avaaz, but built by and for New Zealanders, ActionStation is a digital community connecting you with thousands of like-minded progressive Kiwis 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 actions?

All sorts. Online actions like petitions, social media swarms and mass emails to decisions makers. Crowd-funded creative campaigns like TV ads or billboards. Offline actions like creative stunts, vigils or hikoi - and many other online and offline tactics we've seen used effectively by organisations like GetUp in Australia, MoveOn in the USA and 38Degrees in the UK. 

What kind of issues?

ActionStation stands for a fair society, a thriving environment 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 three broad aims. 

What impact are we having?

Read our annual report to see how much impact we are having as an organisation.

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.

To check out what people power means to us, click here

Meet the ActionStationHQ team

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Marianne Elliott is our National Director. As a lawyer Marianne worked for the UN in Afghanistan and is dedicated to the causes of human rights and social justice, with considerable experience in building online communities, social entrepreneurship and storytelling.

"We all have a role to play in building a better future, and that's why ActionStation is about people-powered change.

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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 focusing on supporting all our campaigns. Rick’s previous work includes leading a major Students’ Association advocating for student rights, coordinating political campaigns, 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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Nina Atkinson is our Campaigns Manager who will focus on maintaining our systems and processes. Her background is in climate change advocacy and organisational management.

 “I’m excited by the potential of ActionStation to make it easy for people to have an impact on a huge range of issues.”

 

Meet the ActionStation Board

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Megan Salole is ActionStation's board 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 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 inspiring 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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Phil 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

 
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Angela Meyer is a writer, speaker and marketing and communications professional, currently working as the Director of a public relations agency. She is sought after for her ability to combine strategy and story to create campaigns that surprise, delight and empower people to make the right choices. 

 

Christine is communications professional with 15-years senior government experience developing and managing successful public relations strategies for government and NGOs She is an accomplished, creative writer and award winning social media strategist, with a strong crisis communications and media relations background. She is passionate about human rights, and wants to help New Zealanders realise that human rights need to start here at home in Aotearoa with issues that impact all of our lives such as homelessness, poverty and abuse.

Allie

Allie is a litigator in a large national law firm. As well as bringing much needed legal expertise to the Board, Allie’s work with corporate and government clients, combined with her passion for social justice, diversity and sustainability, gives her an understanding of and tools to negotiate corporate and government worlds and aids her goal of facilitating positive change, step by step. Allie is on the board of trustees of her son’s Intermediate School and she volunteers at Community Law Otago.

Graham

Graham has fifteen years direct involvement in governance and management roles in iwi, communities and neighbourhoods in Wellington and Tauranga Moana, and strong relationships with other iwi and communities throughout Aotearoa. He provides cultural supervision to local agencies, training local health and social service providers in Whānau Tū Whānau Ora (a Whānau Ora service delivery model), speaking to groups and organisations about community development and the imperative for generosity in relationships within and without communities, and about biculturalism and the centrality of whakawhanaungatanga in engaging Māori communities.

Garth

Garth 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.