How to write to politicians
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?
You might also like to write to a government minister with responsibility for an area affected by inequality, for instance:
- Prime Minister, Rt Hon John Key (also MP for Helensville)
- Minister of Finance, Hon Bill English (also MP for Gore)
- Minister for Economic Development, Hon Steven Joyce
- Minister for Social Development, Hon Paula Bennett (also MP for Waitakere)
- Minister of Housing, Hon Dr Nick Smith (also MP for Nelson)
- Minister of Labour, Hon Simon Bridges (also MP for Tauranga)
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)
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.