Kia ora e hoa mā welcome to the AAAP fam!
Thank you for thinking about joining Auckland Action Against Poverty.
AAAP wants a membership model which builds a base of people interested in being part of a movement to transform the welfare system in whatever capacity they have!
WHAT MEMBERSHIP INVOLVES?
- Hold voting rights at our Annual General Meeting, an are able to nominate and elect members to be a part of the co-ordinating group
- 5 members together may request a Special General Meeting
- Attend the quarterly forums to plan our direction
- Invitations to workshops and trainings
- Be a part of a growing AAAP fam ready to transform the system!
Decisions at all meetings of Auckland Action Against Poverty will, if possible, be reached by consensus. However, where a consensus decision cannot be reached and the decision cannot be deferred, the decision will, unless otherwise specified in this constitution, be made by a 75% majority vote.
You don’t have to be actively involved to be a member, but we want you to be a part of the movement.
To become a member, read through this page, and sign up at the end. To be a member, we ask for a membership fee of $5. If you are currently an active volunteer OR if you already pay a weekly donation this fee is waived.
A copy of our Constitution is available here.
A copy of this form will be reviewed at the next meeting of the Co-ordinating Group for approval.
These are our principles as part of our Constitution
- Everyone should have the chance to participate fully in the economy and society.
- We are committed to the realisation of a society which honours tino rangatiratanga and is grounded in Te Tiriti o Waitangi
- Social security is a human right.
- Unemployed people and beneficiaries should not be blamed and stigmatised for their situation and should be treated fairly and with respect by state agencies.
- Benefits should be enough to live on with dignity
- Sole parents and those who are sick, injured or disabled should not be coerced into work.
- Volunteer work in the community and caring work in the home and elsewhere should be valued.
- Government should play an active role in helping to maintain and create good jobs across all sectors: private, state and community.
- Everyone should have the right to appropriate education, training, income support, and housing.
- Low wage workers, unemployed people and beneficiaries should not have to pay the cost of the crisis in capitalism.
The objects of AAAP are as follows:
- To advocate in support of the principles;
- To educate and inform members of the public about issues relating to poverty, including through public speaking, media work, forums, web-based outreach, and other forms of information-sharing and networking;
- To engage in campaigns and activities to challenge and promote alternatives to the neo-liberal agenda on jobs, welfare and poverty;
- To promote political involvement and activism by unemployed people and beneficiaries, unions, church and community sector allies, students and others who support the principles of the Society; and
- To raise funds and accept monies consistent with furthering the other purposes of the Society, provided that pecuniary gain of members of the Society is not a purpose of the Society.