Auckland Action Against Poverty is a direct action, advocacy and education group mobilising against the neoliberal agenda on jobs, welfare and poverty.

Office address: 120 Church Street, Onehunga 1061.  We are open on Tuesdays and Thursdays for walk-ins from 10am-3pm

We are also based at the Waitemata Community Law Centre, 1 Trading Place, Henderson on Wednesdays from 12:30pm-3pm.

Who we are

Since 2010 we have been organising against the government’s agenda on unemployment, welfare and poverty.

We believe that everyone has the right to:

  • a decent job

  • free access to quality education and training that leads to decent work

  • enough income to thrive, whether on a benefit or in work

  • be respected for the unpaid work we do, in home and community.

AAAP has two main areas of work:

  1. Political action, education and research

  2. Beneficiary advocacy 

How we take action

Every day, people leave Work & Income feeling humiliated and harassed because the current welfare system is complex and unfair. Successive governments have cut benefits but failed to create decent jobs.  The narrow focus on pushing people into paid work, any job at any cost to their welfare, has created a culture which punishes people for being unemployed.

We don’t accept that this is the way things have to be.

Instead, we stand up, speak out and fight back through:

  • Street actions, pickets and demonstrations

  • Media and social media work

  • Accepting invitations to speak to groups who invite us

  • Running education workshops and doing research on our issues


We have many ideas about solutions to unemployment, poverty and a broken, punitive welfare system, including a government commitment to the creation of liveable incomes for all, decent jobs for unemployed people, total transformation of the welfare system, a major state housing programme and the introduction of progressive UBS (Universal Basic Services).

AAAP calls on political parties, unions, church and community organisations to join us in 4 key demands:

  • Lift benefits to liveable levels

  • End all sanctions and obligations

  • Individualise income support

  • Tax wealth

AAAP in the News