How to write to politicians

Why write?

Members of Parliament need to hear from their constituents. They depend on you to educate them about what issues are most important to you. Writing a letter only takes a few minutes of your time, but it lets the people who make decisions on your behalf every day know how you want to be represented.

Which politicians should I write to?

If you know which electorate you live in, you can find contact details for your local Member of Parliament on this page. If you’re not sure which electorate you live in, first check out this map.

You might also like to write to a government minister with responsibility for an area affected by inequality, for instance:

Should I send a letter or an email?

Either is fine, but a letter on paper may have more impact. And you won’t need a stamp — just address your letter to

(Name of MP)
FreePost Parliament
Private Bag 18888
Parliament Buildings, Wellington 6160

What should I say?

Here are some ideas:

  • The last 30 years have seen a big increase in inequality, which is doing a lot of harm to our society.
  • I know many other New Zealanders share this concern. Recent polling from Roy Morgan shows it as New Zealand’s number one issue.
  • I believe it’s really important that all political parties work to reduce inequality and poverty in New Zealand.
  • I think we need to address inequality because it’s a driver of child poverty, poor housing, and our high rates of mental illness and imprisonment.
  • Can you tell me which of your party’s policies will help achieve this?
  • I want you to prioritise raising the incomes of the worst-off in our country, by
    • increasing welfare benefits to move people on benefits above the poverty line, so that they and their children can fully participate in our society.
    • raising the minimum wage.
    • supporting a Living Wage, by for instance only purchasing services from businesses who pay a living wage.
    • investing in a high-wage economy.
  • I want us to pay for this by
    • introducing a new top tax rate.
    • introducing wealth taxes, such as a capital gains tax, and a financial transaction tax (like 11 countries in the EU are doing).
  • If you’re well-off: I’m willing to pay more tax to make a fairer New Zealand.

 

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