WHAT: "Calls For Action" is a section of the Website which enables people to be aware of issues or projects which require public participation. These are generated by people / networks on the NNZ Network and are consistent with the Vision and Values/ Principles of NNZ. Each will have a "desirable result" as an outcome.

"Calls For Action" will include

Information describing the overview of the project or issue.

Substantive back up information. (If a particular "Calls For Action" involves a debate or discussion, information needs to be presented which gives a fair and credible view of all sides.)

Opportunity for dialogue / debate on the website and/or via email.

Opportunity for dialogue / debate as a public forum (if appropriate).

If and when action is required, the guidelines are stated clearly to enable full public participation.

Report on progress to date.

WHY: To enable New Zealanders to
Be aware of issues of common interest.

Work together collaboratively.

Become active and involved, if desired.

HOW TO BECOME INVOLVED: If a particular topic is important to you, contact NNZ, and we will assist you to get the project going on the Website.

We invite you to contribute to this compendium by

Notifying us of "Calls For Action" which should be included and

Writing and sending complete descriptions of the initiatives that you want to forward. These should include the vision, purpose, objectives, methods used, etc.

Respond to the Examples given, with your thoughts and ideas.

Send information to Box 32, Albany Village or email to


Organisation’s name and contact information.

Key words – 5 maximum

Full description of project

See the format in the following examples.


Coherent with values and principles of NNZ

Coherent with the vision of NNZ.



Towards a definition of "Global Park"

A nation with a vision for a sustainable future

Living that vision to its fullest possibility,

Addressing environmental issues,

Addressing social concerns,

Applying the vision to a number of areas, and

Defining wealth in terms of our people and natural resources, and in social, environmental and economic terms (getting the balance right).

"Global Park is a term that will describe a nation with a vision paving a fresh approach into the next millennium. Such a nation will subscribe to a wholistic philosophy in its approach and car for the environment and its people. To gain Global Park status, a nation will be expected to be an example in many key areas of environmental and social reform. The next millennium challenges the whole human race to restore and rebuild our precious environmental resources and human families as opposed to on-going destruction and greed. Progress will have a different meaning. Accumulating wealth at the expense of our happiness, environment and people will be a way of the past. Any country wishing to attain Global Park status must be setting an example in many key areas in terms of both social and environmental concerns. Humans must be striving to live in harmony with nature, not using and abusing it. Economics is part of the deal, but must not be the only measure.

"New Zealand is the greenest country by far that I have every visited. If New Zealand can’t make it work, what hope is there for the rest of the world?"

David Bellamy

Factors in favour of New Zealand becoming the first nation to achieve Global Park status:

Low population density.

Relatively high % participation in the outdoors.

Ideas move quickly.

Clean Green "image".

National figures with outdoor interest.

Tourism due to scenery, ecology, and adventure.

Already nuclear free and proud of it.

Established Maori culture values links between humans and the land.

Kiwis national pride.

We will be the first to see the dawn into the new millennium, why not set an example?

Factors against:
Obsession of society with value being measured in monetary terms, and with making profits.

Cynicism and realism … this is too big so why bother starting it?

Many small groups working on the same thing. Sometimes there is reticence to work together and things get bogged down on small trivialities.

No matter how you look at it, there is still a bog monetary cost to implementing this.

Areas in Which Action Can Be Taken


Community development.

Tangata Whenua.

Corporate sector.




Local Councils.

Department of Conservation and similar authorities.


Government Initiatives

Others (do you have additional ideas?)

This is a massive undertaking – a Utopian dream!


Too much work…

So why bother?

"To leave behind a decent place

for our children to grow up in."

We welcome your interest and ideas on this initiative.


This is an open field of exploration – for our children and youth. How can we link together (network) "what is" now active in New Zealand, to be more effective and efficient in delivering value to our young people?

It is recognised that there are a plethora of projects presently active assisting children and youth. Many of them are doing great work. The questions are:

How can we assist each other to better understand how to enable young people to be capable, creative and balanced people who will lead New Zealand in the New Millennium?

How can we ensure that the "overlaps" in service provision are not counter-productive (in cost and effectiveness for our youth) and how can we fill gaps in service provision?

What can we do together that we can’t do alone – that will ultimately better assist young people through New Zealand?

How can we move toward an integrated process in developing our young people?

One possible structure is Dr. Sue Bagshaw’s submission (in the Visions Section of this Website) called Youth Health – Which Way For The Future.

To quote Bernie Brown (manager of Cell Block, a one stop youth health centre in Sydney), "young people need something to do, and something they can do." In order to develop they need to do.

From Dr. Bagshaw’s submission:

Developmental needs of a young person:
They need to learn how to exchange ideas – thus they need someone to do that with and somewhere safe to do it in.

They need to learn how to provide for themselves – thus they need education and training which will lead to a job which earns money to provide a house, clothing, food etc.

They need to find and give emotional nurture – they need to learn about intimacy and relationships (sexual and not), how to negotiate and communicate without hurting themselves or others - thus they need practice in a safe environment.

They need to discover the answer to the most important questions of all "Who am I? and Where do I fit?" – thus they need to hear from others about who they are – do some comparing, find out about spiritual ideas, try them out for themselves, and they need to have a safe place to do this.

What do you think of this structure?

What are some possible other structures which assist our young people from a wholistic perspective?

We welcome your interest and ideas on this initiative.


Complementary media (in the form of newsprint, radio, television and internet) can make a significant contribution to society by offering:

Credible, trustable information which can inform the public on critical issues of the day, not distorted by political / economic agendas. This can help fill one of the prerequisites of democracy.

A positive orientation to news, e.g. reporting the positive, exciting things which are presently happening across New Zealand and the world.

News and editorial coverage which is driven by values and principles deigned to assist society in its deepest needs at this time – not simply following the receipt of sensational, fear driven news coverage.

A coalition of local and national complementary media can make a most valuable contribution to society as it aims to increase the level of civic knowledge and participation at community and national levels. This can fill the gaps in information presently available on globalisation, national and community levels.

We welcome your interest and ideas on this initiative.