Meeting with MP Paul Eagle

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Eileen Brown John Maynard and Debbie Leyland meet with Paul Eagle.

We talked with MP Paul Eagle and his advisor, Brian Dawson and covered:

  • The mental health needs and unmet needs of people living in Rongotai and the continued lack of recognition of the importance of community facilities and housing needs.
  • The lack of any engagement structure at the DHB level to advocate for people with mental health and their family’s needs
  • Having a community meeting on mental health, a listening meeting
  • That there needs to be an update on the Mental Health Plan – Te Ara Oranga
  • The lack of communication and activity and responsiveness on the development of locality plans in Rongotai as previously promoted by the DHB and to be a structure within the new health reforms and legislation
  • That locality plans should be based on community led development models
  • Promotion of the UCAN charter and some of the specific actions in this plan e.g., abolishing the pharmacy charge


  • Paul to raise locality plans with the DHBs when meets Local officials this week
  • UCAN and Paul to discuss with other MPs in this area– Greg O Connor, Grant Robertson and Barbara Edmonds about progress on locality plans and discuss the model.  

Progress Report September 2021

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[ First Posted 10 September 2021]

UCAN members are meeting with Paul Eagle on October 4th to discuss establishing a mental health service in South-East Wellington.

This is to ensure that people in this region get the mental health services they are entitled to.

We are also meeting with a local Pharmacist, community Psychiatrist, and other like-minded people that are able to make this happen.

Please check our web site, to be updated on the progress of this project.

Media: ‘Welfare Rally at Parliament today’

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“This year there will be thousands of families who won’t be able to afford Christmas. They have no Christmas tree and their children will wake up on Christmas morning in a cold damp house with no presents and no food,” said UCAN’s chairperson Debbie Leyland to the group of 60 gathered in front of parliament. Rally organizer, youth advisor to UCAN and beneficiary Stacey Ryan said it wasn’t just parents and children locked in poverty by the inadequate income support rates.

“Disabled and chronically ill people all over Aotearoa need help, and we need it now. This is not just about Christmas, this is about survival,” said Ryan.

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“People to descend on Parliament urging politicians to consider those less fortunate at Christmas”

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Reporting from Newhub on coming action at Parliament:

“The demonstration has been organized by the United Community Action Network (UCAN) after more than 40 welfare and poverty charities signed an open letter to the Government pleading for them to increase welfare in the lead up to Christmas…They are all going to go to homes that they own and they are going to have big dinners and lunches and gifts for all of the family and I want them to see the faces and hear the voices of people who don’t have that opportunity. The real people who are affected by the decisions that they are denying us.”


Liveable Income For All

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As we all know, The Labour Party’s recent election campaign focused heavily on “eliminating poverty in New Zealand”. However, now that they hold the majority in government, they have said that “this is a problem that cannot be fixed in a month, a year, or even a term”.
They seem to have U-turned on this policy. Anger and indignation on this stance are rife throughout the country.

In response to this, UCAN and other groups have organised a picket protest outside of Parliament on Tuesday December 8th, gathering from 1:30pm and beginning at 2pm when Parliament rises for the day. At the same time, there will be a partner protest outside of Jacinda Ardern’s MP office in Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland, being run by AAAP, another in Ōtepoti, Dunedin, and also in Ōtautahi, Christchurch.

Bring your signs and banners for the day.

We are looking for speakers for the Wellington event. You can contact the organiser at stacey.ryan.988@gmail.com or 0226942372.

After the protest, Ricardo Menendez-March of the Green Party, Spokesperson for Social Development and Employment, has reserved seats for protestors to watch his Maiden Speech in Parliament at 4:30pm.

Click HERE for the Facebook EVENT


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Tick 4 Kids, Child Poverty Action Group, Anglican Movement, ActionStation and the Equality Network have come together to host this Election forum event.


September 16

Come listen to the political parties answer the demands of people living and working on the frontlines of housing, welfare and tax issues.

The online political forum will go from 6 – 7.30pm.

*If Wellington is at Alert level 1, the event will proceed with limited seats at St Peters on Willis Street and by livestream on Facebook and Twitch. At level 2 only the politicians and those hosting the event will be in person. If we are at level 3 or above, everyone will be online.

Our very own UCAN member Stacey Ryan is on the program, challenging the candidates with questions on tax and income support measures. Let’s give her loads of support by registering and attending this event!

Please forward this invitation to friends and neighbours and click the event link above to register via the facebook event page.

We hope to see you there!

NZ Group Sets Sights on International Film Festival

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For the first time ever, the World Health Organisation is holding an International Film Festival – Health for All.

The United Community Action Network (UCAN) have submitted a short film they produced as part of the local government and District Health Board elections last year. UCAN and the Public Health Association (PHA) partnered together to raise the public’s and the candidates’ awareness of the social determinants causing inequity in health outcomes for New Zealanders.

The Health for All Film Festival aims to put storytelling power in the hands of people and seeks to showcase the role of individuals and communities as champions for health and well-being.

“The festival is a great fit for us, we wanted to focus attention on health equity, and we did this through asking people in the community to come forward and tell their story about inequity and the change they’d like to see” says Debbie Leyland, the film’s director and UCAN spokesperson.

The entire project was achieved through volunteer contributions from UCAN and the PHA’s wider network including the Child Poverty Action Group, the Equality Network and members of UCAN and PHA. The film brings together in one place best practice and solutions to some of New Zealand’s most pressing problems.

“This is especially important with a general election coming up this year. We have a unique go to resource that provides information on what works, a helpful tool in holding our elected officials to account and judging progress” says Dr Prudence Stone, Chief Executive of the PHA

devastating statistics when it comes to equity. But there are solutions out there and we wanted to focus attention on this knowledge about what works” says Prudence.

The list of selected videos will be announced in March 2020 and the selections screened in Geneva in May, coinciding with the 73rd World Health Assembly.

The film can be viewed here: https://filmfreeway.com/VotingforpublichealthRaisingAwarenessduringdistricthealthboardelections

DHB Candidates endorsement of the Health Charter

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The following DHB Candidates have endorsed the UCAN Charter for Health.
We will be updating the following list over the next 2 days

Auckland District Health Board
Zoe Brownlie
Pete Williams
Kyle MacDonald
Doug Armstrong
Adam Amos

Bay of Plenty District Health Board
Peter White

Capital & Coast District Health Board
Eileen Brown
Ayesha Verrall
Sue Kedgley
John Fiso
Marion Clark
Vanessa Simpson
Roger Blakeley
Nathan Clark
Dr Alvin Mitikulena
Susan Turner
David Shand
Kathryn Adams

Counties Manukau District Health Board
Rae Pitch
Dianne Glenn
Geoff Smith

Lakes District Health Board
Claire Mahon
Johan Morreau
Jean Batt

Mid Central District Health Board
Adrian Gregory
Les Pillow
Dorothy Lock
Jenny Warren
Heather Browning

Northland DHB
Bill Bradford
Carol peters
Paul Brownlie
Paula Martin

Whanganui District Health Board
Judith (Jude) MacDonald
Kiritahi Firmin

Waitemata District Health Board
Warren Flaunty
Sandra Coney