Marama Davidson has been doing the mahi on helping people enrol to vote in the 2017 General Election.
— Marama Davidson (@MaramaDavidson) August 10, 2017
Today I spoke to people waiting in the long lines outside of both the Manurewa and the Clendon offices of Work and Income.
The photo below was supposed to be a selfie with just me and the office door. I don’t like to expose people who might treated cruelly in public.
But Kataraina went out of her way to run over to me after I’d spoken with people in the line about our Green Party plans to end poverty. And after I’d spoken to people about what happened to Metiria.
She insisted on being in the photo with me. She insisted on being named. I told her that I wanted to post my photo publicly and that I didn’t want her to be in it.
She looked me in the eyes and had to spell it out: she wanted to be in the photo.
So who am I to take her voice away. She wanted her voice to count.
I enrolled lots of people to vote this morning. I gave out flyers about how we will end poverty, starting with increasing benefits and removing benefit sanctions. I asked people to vote, and to vote for the Green Party so we can make peoples voices count.
End poverty. Take our country back from cruelty.
We’ve had a rough week. We’re determined now more than ever.
For anyone feeling inspired to get out there, here’s some knowledge gleaned from activists.
Access inside WINZ offices is problematic because the spaces are heavily controlled now, but it seems like handing out food and enrolment forms on the street outside of WINZ offices is ok. People are not allowed to eat or drink inside some offices, so if offering these please let people know they can get them on their way out.
Other options for helping people enrol are supermarket car parks and shopping centres. Be aware that these are privately owned spaces and you probably need permission, but might be able to ask forgiveness. You can also ask to set up a table outside shops, most are happy to give permission. Public and university libraries are another option.
You can offer to fill out forms for people and then make sure they get posted. If people take forms away, it’s likely not all will get completed. If someone is unsure, they’re probably not enrolled. You can ask if they got a letter in the past month, people often remember the Electoral Commission’s orange man.
Forms are available at Post Offices, and from the Electoral Office along with brochures about voting and the election. Unions and political organisations can also help organise bulk lots.
You can also help people enrol online, and by phone,
Can also call the 24 Hour Freephone 0800 36 76 56 to have an enrolment form sent to your home to complete, sign and return.
— Maddy Drew (@mdrewnz) August 11, 2017