Election campaign – help stop National’s healthcare cuts this election
ActionStation (NZ) has started an election campaign to save our public healthcare system from National’s plan to slash funding for public health, putting good health and peace of mind out of reach for hundreds of thousands of people.
Each cut the Government makes to our health budget represents a person who might not receive a hip operation, cancer screening, counseling service, or a hospital bed that can’t be funded.
The worst part? The Government could afford to fund healthcare properly. They choose not to.  Some speculate that this is how the National Government plan to pay for vote-bribing tax cuts next (Election) year.  We’re looking for people around New Zealand to help us pull it off.
Here’s what they’re going to do:
We’re going to build a community-led movement so powerful that whoever wants to win our vote in 2017 has to commit to at least $200 million in additional funding in our annual Health Budget. Two hundred million is the minimum amount we need to bring health care funding in line with inflation, population growth and an ageing population. It is a massive ask, and will take a serious re-prioritising in Government spending, but we believe if our movement can build grassroots popular community support for this, we can make health funding one of the key Election issues in 2017.
But we have to start now:
We’ve set up 20 local campaigns – one for each DHB in New Zealand – in the different regions. All 20 campaigns have petitions focused on pressuring local MPs to step up to invest in our health system. Five of these campaigns already have teams of people or individuals committed to making sure they gather community support. We’re now looking for people to step up and get to work for our public health system in the following areas:
Ready to help save our public health system from under-funding?
First – you’ll fill in this online form that will tell us a little bit more about how much time/energy you have to give to this audacious campaign.
Second – if the fit is good, we’ll sign you up as a local leader of the campaign, send you a handy guide and give you a call to ensure you have all the information you need to start collecting signatures in your community. We’ll provide online and over the phone training in the key tactics for winning campaigns, like writing emails that inspire people to join your campaign, and getting media coverage for your effort.
Finally – we’ll support you to organise a petition delivery to your local MP – and help you get media coverage too.
This combination of community-led campaigning and widespread media coverage will ensure that health is a key election issue in 2017.
In order for this to work, we need ActionStation members in every corner of the country signing up to drive local campaign action. We’re looking for both leaders and people who can be part of a team, who will work with ActionStation staff to collect signatures online and in the community, and organise a petition delivery to your local MP. The best part? You’ll be supported every step of the way.
You don’t need expert skills to apply, just commitment to the cause, determination, and at least one hour a week to give to this. Apply here to help lead your local campaign today for health care … ActionStation campaigners will be just one email away.
This is a long-term strategy, and we can’t pull it off without your help, but I reckon together we can help lay the foundations for a strong and secure future where all New Zealanders can receive the quality healthcare they need.
PS. If you don’t want to be a petition leader, you can still find and sign your local petition by clicking here. Simply type in your address or region to be directed to your nearest campaign!
- ‘Funding New Zealand’s public healthcare system: time for an honest appraisal and public debate’, New Zealand Medical Journal (pay-walled)
- ‘John Key hints he’ll fight election $3 billion package tax cuts‘ (NZ Herald, 16 May 2016).