As the dust settles on Election 2023 many people may be feeling discouraged and uncertain about what a change of government will bring.
Many of our collective values, and already marginalised communities, took a battering in the fight for bandwidth, donations, and votes. If we want to reverse this trend and to continue building a fairer, more just and sustainable world through advocacy and collective action its a good time for us to reflect, learn, and remind ourselves that action is the antidote to despair.
While this election may have seemed mired in negativity and divisiveness, many advocacy groups did a great job of campaigning with clear, positive messaging and a coordinated approach. In the spirit of reflection and progress, we thought it timely to have a look back and share what we think worked and what didn’t.
We hope you find something here to take forward in your mahi.
Kristin, Zenaida, Emma, Anna, and the team
Our post election analysis
If any party slogan best captures the mood of this election it’s Labour’s "In it for You". However, this election campaign has also seen advocacy groups working together using positive and impactful messaging to inform and empower voters, build community, and create hope for the future. Check out which approaches we found most inspiring.
Sick of Scorecards? We’ll we’ve got one more for you! We’ve scored the 2023 Aotearoa New Zealand General Election scorecards. We saw a bunch of scorecards shared across the internet this General Election, some good and some less so. Here’s what our panel of expert judges thought.
Our election mahi
We’re super proud to have played a small role in helping two political parties achieve their best election results ever. We also supported election mahi that elevates the voices of communities and socially-led organisations working to achieve positive outcomes for people and the planet though the election, Check out our wrap up here.
Make it 16 - Lower the voting age
The proposed Electoral (Lowering Voting Age for Local Elections and Polls) Legislation Bill is in a pivotal moment - submissions close 20th October!
Support young people’s fundamental right to be heard, show your support in a couple of minutes and make your submission here