Building a People’s Agenda for Aotearoa

ActionStation are organising thousands of New Zealanders to come together for conversations about the future of Aotearoa over kai (food).

This process might work for the UK for a vision we need to build as an alternative to walking off the Brexit cliff?

We believe in working together to create what we cannot achieve alone: a society, economy and democracy that works for all of us – everyday people and the planet we love.

ActionStation is a place for people of all backgrounds to come together independent of party politics and the other labels that divide us. We’re excited to invite you to take a seat at the table for a conversation about our shared future.

From June – September, thousands of New Zealanders will gather together for Kai & Kōrero events. Over food we’ll discuss some of the big questions and dive deep into the dreams, aspirations and challenges facing New Zealand.

You can host a Kai & Kōrero with friends and whānau, or you can host a Kai & Kōrero with strangers and acquaintances – it’s totally up to you!

We believe meaningful conversation over food can spark real and lasting change. As much as possible, we’re encouraging people to come together over dinner, but your Kai & Kōrero event could be as a simple as a cup of tea and a biscuit, or hot chips and a beer in a pub.

If you don’t want to cook, but you still want to host, you can also organise for your Kai & Kōrero meal to be held at your favourite café, restaurant or pub. You can host it in your workplace over a morning tea, or as part of a Church or marae group gathering.

While food is a critical element in making people feel comfortable, it’s the conversation that matters most.

After your Kai & Kōrero event, we will gather the insights from these conversations with a quick post-event survey of all attendees. This will form the basis for to create a People’s Agenda for Aotearoa, combining our shared values and vision for this country with clear policies and actions that will get us there.

Kai and Korero Process: https://kaiandkorero.com/

Host guide : ActionStation: http://www.actionstation.org.nz/

 

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Parihaka, New Zealand: Celebrating Nonviolence on November 5th, not Guy Fawkes!

20171009_202214On  October 10th  I demonstrated with many others at Wellington NZ’z West Pac, ‘Cake Tin’  stadium against a big Arms Fair, meeting a Maori gardener from Parihaka village, where in 1881 villagers used nonviolent resistance against soldiers imposing a land grab. Coincidentally, I’d also met Doris Zuur who had given me a delicious wholemeal loaf of  bread, who told me how the Parihaka villagers had greeted the soldiers with gifts of 500 loaves, and the children had given flowers. She wanted to create an alternative 5 November Festival.
Doris said that the inspiration for Parihaka came mostly from those two sources
and it resulted in our “Bread baking festival of Sharing”, see here

Her current main project is to ponder over holistic adult education, as an individual self created/self responsible life long learning journey that is well supported in community, as describe here:

https://medium.com/@doriszuur/learning-through-experience-f9751bd04d6f

Toru Education is all very small and simple, see ww.toru.nz. and she likes it that way. If there is a way that it wants to grow in a truly sustainable way, she will let it grow and if it wants to stay small and simple, that is also fine with her.
A green shoot from New Zealand!

For the Love Of Bees: Auckland

Sarah Smuts Kennedy, an inspiring social artist, introduced me at a breathtaking pace to the ‘For The Love of Bees’, a bee social sculptural project that is animating bee life in Auckland. We went to the Bee School at the historic Campbell Free kindergarten at Victoria Park. This is a carbon reducing, biological and community art project to strengthen inner city living conditions for humans and our long suffering bee population.

ART BUZZ: Art buzz: Sarah Smuts-Kennedy and Taarati Taiaroa.

Sarah Smuts Kennedy and Taarati Taiaroa

For The Love Of Bees is a living social sculpture that imagines Auckland as the safest city in the world for bees. Our project offers opportunities for businesses, students, individuals, schools, community gardens, brand partners and beekeepers to collaborate and produce a vision that will live on through the city of Auckland for years to come. By working in collaboration with Auckland Council Parks and Activate Auckland we are creating an ecosystem that supports thriving beehive colonies by introducing hives and focusing on the quality and quantity of flowers throughout our city. Sarah animated a wide-ranging conversation, inviting a young teenage beekeeper along to teach children about bees, talking about the developing OMG partnership with  CRL over leasing a ‘waste’ lot for a bee garden, education and organic pocket park, explaining the biodynamic peppering approach to deterring slugs and snails-and more included . Questions explored the scarcity of organic and biodynamic produce in NZ, how NZ communal land needed re-imagining, ‘some land is never owned’.;land access for gardening, allotments and community gardens and Maori views of the very notion of ‘ownership’ being problematic..guardian, or custodianship better?How to introduce more profound biological knowledge? How to rebuild models  of collaborative action, and support others initiatives, but in a linked up way.

Commoning – perspectives on conviviality – Farm Hack