New Zealand

Photo courtesy of Christine Valverde

Kia ora! 

Welcome to the Democrats Abroad New Zealand page.  We are the official country committee for American Democrats living in New Zealand.  Here you will find information about our upcoming events across the country and how to contact the DANZ Executive Committee.

Feel free to get in touch with any of us if you have questions, suggestions, or just want to meet up for a cuppa.

Please send press inquiries here.

Don't forget to join DANZ on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @DemsAbroadNZ!

Cheers!

Melanie Dutt, Chair
Democrats Abroad New Zealand
Info-New-Zealand@democratsabroad.org

 

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  • News

    Congratulations to the 2017-2019 DANZ Executive Committee

    DANZ held its 2017 Annual General Meeting and biennial elections on Saturday 18 March.  In addition to hearing an engaging speaker talk about his experiences in Venezuela under the Chavez regime and the parallels between Chavez's and Trump's rise to power, we elected a full Executive Committee for the 2017-2019 term.  Congratulations to:

    Melanie Dutt (Auckland), Chair
    Ronald Nelson (Wellington), Vice-Chair
    Christine Valverde (Wellington), Secretary-Treasurer
    Amanda Claire Richards (Wellington), Counsel
    Dawn Dromgool (Katikati), At-Large Member
    Wendy R. London (Hawera/Wellington), At-Large Member

    Many thanks to everyone who attended and voted, either in person in Auckland and Wellington or by Webex from across New Zealand.  The DANZ Excom looks forward to hearing from you, so please do get in touch.

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    How YOU can make a difference

     

    Have you been wondering how you can make a difference in the elections right from your pc?  It's easier than you might think to volunteer to help get out the vote.  And it's now free to the volunteer with our new CallHub GOTV system!  It does cost Democrats Abroad to use it, so another way you can help is to donate.  

    There are three great ways you can donate your time, efforts and talents as part of the GOTV efforts this year.  You can help by being part of the Phone Bank Team, the Voter Information Help Team, or as a Social Media Promoter!

    1. Get Out the Vote Phone Bank Team

    Make some calls to fellow members of Democrats Abroad iin our 3R Campaign (Request, Receive and Return ballots) now until mid-October.  This year we're using an online system called CallHub to make the GOTV calls.

    • You'll need your own computer or laptop (CallHub doesn't work on tablets like iPads)
    • The computer makes the call for you, so you won't use your phone minutes or much data.  
    • CallHub will offer prompts for what to say and ask.  Depending on the month, you'll be contacting DA members in New Zealand to check if they've requestedreceived or returned an absentee ballot. 
    • You can make as few or as many calls as you are able to between now and mid-October.  We'd love for you to make calls in each of the three phases of the campaign, but we also understand if you can only commit for a few weeks or can only make a few calls.  The time you put into it is completely up to you.
    • You make the calls when it suits you, from the comfort of your home or office.

    Instructions to Sign Up for Phone Banking 
    a. Log on to Democrats Abroad at https://democratsabroad.nationbuilder.com/login (Only US citizens can be DA members & volunteer)

    b. Copy http://www.democratsabroad.org/voter_support_team into your browser once you are logged on.

    c. Select 'phone banking' (see below about the GOTV Help Desk Team)

    d. Select the number of calls you think you can make in any given week of the 3R campaign. 20 - 50 calls a week is actually about an hour's worth of time for democracy, because the calls are short and you'll get a fair number of voice malls and invalid phone numbers.

    e. Sign the confidentiality agreement and submit!

    f.  CallHub works best on the Google Chrome browser.  You can download it at https://www.google.com/chrome/

    g. Activate your CallHub account by clicking the link in the email sent to you with your username.  (It may take up to 10 minutes for the email to be sent).

    i. Bookmark https://app.callhub.io/login/

    j. Your first call will be test call with a Democrats Abroad Australia assessor, who will then contact DA to get you set up with the Australia campaign.

    k. You'll receive an email and you'll be good to go to start making calls!


    2. Get Out the Vote Voter Information Team

     Can I vote at the Consulate? Can I vote from overseas as US citizen who never lived there? Where's my ballot?  Be a part of the global team answering these questions and more sent to the VoteFromAbroad Help Desk.  You'll get training to help direct voters to resources for all their answers.

    Instructions to Sign Up for the Voter Info Help Team

    a. Log on to Democrats Abroad at https://democratsabroad.nationbuilder.com/login (Again, only US citizens can be DA members & volunteer)

    b. Copy http://www.democratsabroad.org/voter_support_team into your browser once you are logged on.

    c. Select 'voter information'

    d. Select the estimate of your time commitment.

    e.  More info will be sent to you by email shortly!

    3. Be a Social Media Promoter

    Post or tweet about www.votefromabroad.org, a great resource to request absentee ballots and voter information. Take a selfie of you sending in your ballot request or absentee ballot.  Please also share any selfies to the DANZ Facebook page; we'd love to see them.  There's nothing like the positive pressure of social media!

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