Tāmaki Makaurau faces unique challenges as a large city with a rapidly growing population. The Generation Zero Auckland team is made up of a diverse bunch of high school and university students and young professionals that focus on lobbying local government for low emissions transport across our city, advocating for greater urban density and engaging young people in policy decisions to improve outcomes for everybody. 2022 is shaping up to be another massive year! The big ticket item is of course the local elections - watch this space as more information is released!
We love seeing new faces, if you'd be keen to volunteer with the Tāmaki Makaurau team please flick us an email at [email protected] and we will be in touch - all backgrounds and skillsets encouraged! We meet weekly on Tuesday evenings to hang-out, learn and do the mahi. On the campaigning front we might be organising events, working bees, responding to media, lobbying councillors, writing submissions, and more but on the social side we also hold potlucks, picnics and games nights - ultimately volunteering should be fun! Beyond the local team there are also opportunities to get involved with the University of Auckland team and national campaigns.
Recent or ongoing campaigns:
- Climate Action Targeted Rate - One of our most recent campaigns saw us buddy up with 350 Auckland to encourage people to submit in support of the proposed Climate Action Targeted Rate that was out for consultation as part of the 2022/2023 Annual Budget. The package proposed to raise $1 billion over 10 years (through rates and central government support) to help tackle climate change. The funds would be used to improve bus networks, decarbonise ferries, build pedestrian and cycling infrastructure and invest in urban ngahere (forests) and māra kai (food gardens). This is a much needed step towards Council addressing our climate emergency. You can see the submission guide we created here (please note submissions have now closed). We are yet to hear the final outcome of this consultation.
- All Aboard! The race to decarbonise Auckland's transport by 2030 - an ongoing campaign with some of our allies (including Lawyers for Climate Action NZ, Bike Auckland, Greater Auckland, The 1point5 Project and more) pushing for the 40 decision makers in the transport space (over local and central government) to fully decarbonise transport by 2030. Have a look at the original open letter and the ongoing campaign efforts on the all aboard twitter!
- Submitting on Auckland Transport projects - Auckland Transport run consultations for many of their street upgrades. There's often room for improvement in prioritising safety for all road users. This is concerning because we need active transport (walking, cycling and other active modes) and public transport to be safe and attractive to incentivise people to use it, and ultimately reduce emissions. Last year we submitted on over 50 of their local projects! You can see AT's current consultations open here if you're interested in adding your voice. For a number of large projects we will release quick-submit forms to make having your say as easy as possible. Most recently we submitted on the New North Road and Symonds Street upgrade as part of the Connected Communities program.
- Coalition for More Homes - an ongoing campaign with a group of citizens and organisations calling for more quality homes near transit, amenities & jobs for a more equitable, sustainable future. See the Coalition's website here and twitter here.
- Free Fares - We're a part of the Auckland branch of the Free Fares campaign calling for free public transport for Community Service Card holders, tertiary students and under-25s. See the website here and don't forget to sign the petition here if you haven't already.