Oz Kiwi received the following message from one of our supporters, a year 12 student so only 17 years of age. She is a great example to all of us of what we can do, and what we need to do to get change.
The more people writing to and meeting with Federal MPs and Senators, the more who talk to their family, friends and colleagues, the faster we will see change. We have redacted her name for privacy reasons.
“Kia Ora All,
I am a year 12 student living in Australia. I have been in Oz for 6 years and as time comes for me to start university, I have been made aware of the horrible treatment of Kiwi people here in Oz. I am writing to let you know that as an avid public speaker and activist for New Zealander’s in Australia, I am really wanting to get the message across to everyone.
I have written to many people, presented a speech on such matters to Parliament Adelaide and numerous competitions, and made people aware of the disparity between our countries.
If you ever need anyone to campaign with you or even travel to Canberra committees, I am more than happy to become acquainted with you all. Please consider my offer as I am a very intelligent Maori person wanting to make a difference in this country”
When meeting with officials from New Zealand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade (MFAT) last week, it was stressed that MFAT need Oz Kiwi supporters to contact their MP or Senator and tell their story.
How do the 2001 changes stop you and your whanau from achieving what you want?
We need your help to educate politicians on the issues. See the Get involved page for template letters and resources to help you write to their MP or Senator.