"Network New Zealand"

Together We Can Do It!

Creating the Best New Zealand Possible –

For All New Zealanders.

(Socially – Economically – Environmentally)

Network New Zealand is a tool to link existing networks across sectors and provide an easy and effective way for these networks to be aware of each other and dialogue on vital subjects of common interest. It recognises that there are a lot of great networks already in New Zealand and its role is to add value to what already exists. It is vision driven and values / principles based to enable and stimulate New Zealanders to come together and create the best possible future for all New Zealanders. It encourages taking personal and collective responsibility for our future.

PURPOSE of NNZ is to:

  1. Stimulate the collective will of New Zealanders to take responsibility for their own future – individually and collectively.
  2. Increase public awareness of
  3. Strengthen networks at all levels and promote vital dialogue across sectors and throughout society that empowers us and enables action to follow vision.
  4. Promote values and principles, which lead to sustainable communities and a sustainable nation - socially, economically, and environmentally.
  1. Generates dialogue and debate on critical issues, leading to action and results - by providing a link between existing networks and people across society, culture, socio-economic strata, including public, business and community sectors.
  2. Provides a compendium of networks, organisations and projects, which are contributing, to a better New Zealand for all New Zealanders. This enables these existing networks, organisations and projects to be resourced and supported, for people to become involved in them, and for them to be models for future developments.
  3. Creates a compendium of visions together with projects for implementing these visions – thus enabling collective visions for New Zealand’s future to begin to form.
  4. Encourages and enables cross-sector initiatives to be created and implemented.
  5. Acquires collective opinions and feedback on strategic and key questions.
  6. Communicates latest news and developments in areas relevant to NNZ.
HOW this is done is through a:


Potential outcomes of NNZ include:


A common vision for many New Zealanders is that Aotearoa New Zealand is a land of great promise and opportunity, a land of New Zeal, God’s Own or God Zone – the land of Everlasting Light. Aotearoa New Zealand has everything going for it – our people, capitalising on our diversity and strength as a society, and achieving our highest aspirations to take our place within the world community.

This generalised vision will be expressed in many diverse ways. These can be in youth, senior citizen, family / parenting, employment, education, health, social, housing, environment, spirituality, men / workmen, media, arts, personal development, community development, etc. projects (you name it).

In addition, National level initiatives can be developed such as New Zealand becoming:


Values are the compass by which we make our decisions. NNZ values are those espoused by all world religions and caring successful societies. They include for example respect, integrity, love, forgiveness, good will, creativity, collaboration, empowerment, responsibility and unity in diversity.


The principles upon which NNZ is based include:

  1. It is up to us to be individually and collectively proactive in creating our future.
  2. Opportunities are stressed in a situation rather than the problems.
  3. WinWin is a central feature of the decision making process.
  4. Society decisions are best made across sectors and through the social-economic spectrum.
  5. Decision-making is devolved to include the persons affected by the decision.
  6. Societal well being is measured by social-economic-environmental criteria.
  7. People have the most control over their future and are supported in their growth best at the level of community.
  8. Our strength is in consciously and creatively using our diversity.

One of the objectives is to grow Network New Zealand across all sectors of society to encompass a cross section of the country. This is done by networking the existing networks that represent those sectors.

The following sectors and topics of interest will be addressed in full as the Network develops. The list includes the following, but not limited to it.
  • Education
  • Social services
  • Health / Medicine
  • Mental Health
  • Complimentary Health
  • Business
  • Employment / Work
  • Economics
  • Environment
  • Media
  • Legal
  • Religion
  • Spirituality
  • Consumer rights
  • Youth / Children
  • Senior citizens
  • Families / Parents
  • Women
  • Men
  • Maori
  • Treaty of Waitangi
  • Pacific Island
  • Human rights
  • Arts
  • Housing
  • Religion / Spiritual
  • Community 
  • Rural
  • Organics
  • Local government
  • Regional government
  • National government
  • NGO’s
  • Science / technology
  • Futures
  • Peace
  • Ethics
  • Justice
  • Change
  • New Paradigms
  • Communication
  • Conflict resolution
  • Sustainability
  • Globalisation
  • Ecology 
  • Genetic Engineering
  • Leadership
  • Sexuality
  • Communications
  • Sports / Recreation
  • Many others



The Network is seen as a tool for change, providing a source of useful information, an opportunity to dialogue and link within and across sectors and a means for mobilising the people involved toward common goals. It is an activating agent.

This is done through:


A newsletter will be sent out to all members. This will inform members of activities and plans. It will be a point of contact and a link, particularly for those not yet on Internet. It will provide an opportunity for inviting new members into Network New Zealand.


Network membership is encouraged for:


Network New Zealand is presently led by a small core group of people who subscribe to the Vision, Values and Principles. This core group is composed of Dave Breuer, Louise Belcher, John Williams, Paul Butler, Sylvie Gibbins, Ross Merritt, and Susie Kelt.

A Trust is being formed to provide a structure from which to operate. The Trust is designed to serve the people of New Zealand, their needs and desires. Your feedback and involvement will be a vital part of Network New Zealand’s success.

The Trust and its administration addresses the strategic and administrative functions of the Network – but will not be involved directly in the "Content" of the Network. The "Content" is set by YOU.

The Network will require a most significant participation and ownership by "The People of New Zealand" and the "Existing Networks". Network New Zealand is a TOOL for you to develop and use.


Network New Zealand is funded from contributions from individuals and organisations that subscribe to the Vision, Values and Principles. It "answers" to no one and is an independent organisation aimed at representing the people of New Zealand.


In August 1998 prominent leaders from throughout Aotearoa New Zealand launched the programme, "Our Nation’s Promise" at public events in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Taupo, with key leaders from New Zealand alongside visiting world leader of transformational change, Dr. Jean Houston. These events were designed as a time for inspiring creativity and commitment to facilitate change.

Close to 2000 people attended these events with more than 500 participating in workshops, and 900 registering their interest in participating in a network.

Network New Zealand, formed as a result, is inclusive and open for people to participate. It operates within the strategic guidelines of the Vision, Values and Principles.