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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!

Christine Valverde, Chairperson
Democrats Abroad New Zealand

 

DA New Zealand Leadership:

Christine Valverde
| Chairperson
Brad Weekly
| Vice-Chairperson
Christen Reed
| Secretary-Treasurer
Kate Lewis
| At-Large Member
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  • News

    Call for Nominations: DA Asia Pacific RVC

    Call for Nominations:
    Democrats Abroad Regional Vice Chair Asia Pacific

    We are now accepting nominations for the bi-annual election of Regional Vice Chair (RVC) for the Asia Pacific (AP) region! This election will take place during the AP Regional Meeting on the 16th of May as part of the Democrats Abroad Global Meeting. One vote is allocated to each AP country committee and will be cast solely by country committee chairs and vice chairs. The chair and vice chair each carry ½ vote. If either is not present, the other will carry the full vote.

    Democrats Abroad has three RVCs, one for each region, who:

    • Are elected to a two year term that begins and ends with the regional election.
    • Cannot serve more than two consecutive terms.
    • Serve as one of 8 voting members of the International Executive Committee. Meetings are currently held weekly and typically last from two to three hours, but this is subject to change with the new leadership. 
    • Organize and lead monthly regional calls of about one to two hours to encourage, inform, and create a sense of community among regional country committees. 
    • Organize and lead a one to three day annual regional meeting to encourage, inform, and create a sense of community among regional country committees. When practical, these annual meetings are held as in-person events with remote participation available. 
    • Act as a liaison between the International Executive Committee and one or more of the Democrats Abroad committees, lending a hand to the committee chair and assuming chair responsibilities should that position not be filled.
    • Assist in organizing and attend the annual Democrats Abroad Global Meeting, preferably in person when conditions allow. Note that travel costs are the responsibility of the RVC.
    • Work with existing country committees to mediate and resolve issues within their committees including election issues, membership queries, etc. 
    • Track compliance status of country committees with Charter requirements and work with emerging and out-of-compliance countries to help bring them into compliance.
    • Communicate International Executive Committee decisions, policies, and Democrats Abroad best practices to the country committee leaders.
    • Bring regional issues to the International Executive Committee for discussion and resolution.

    The eligibility requirements for AP RVC are as follows: 

    • Be a citizen of the United States. 
    • Be a member of Democrats Abroad residing within a country in the Asia Pacific region.
    • Adhere to the principles of the Democratic Party of the United States.
    • Due to the extenuating circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, residents of the AP region who are temporarily residing outside of their country of residence due to the pandemic may still run for AP RVC (example: resident of Singapore who is temporarily residing in France due to quarantines and travel restrictions). There must be an intent to return to the AP region following the lift of travel restrictions.

    Self-nominations and nominations of others are both welcomed and encouraged! Please submit any nominations via the nomination form at this link no later than 23 March 11:59 PM EDT (UTC-4). Each nominee is required to accept their nomination no later than 31 March 11:59 PM EDT (UTC-4). Nominations from the floor of the election meeting will be accepted as well, and all official candidates will be given time to make a short speech.

    A list of candidates will be released on 1 April following the nomination acceptance deadline. 

    Please direct any questions to [email protected].

    On behalf of the 2021 AP Nominations and Elections Committee (NEC),

    Anthony Nitz (Vietnam, Chair)
    Christine Valverde (New Zealand)
    Michael Ramos (Australia)
    Phong Quan (Singapore)



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    GA Runoff Elections

    Elections were held for both of Georgia’s US Senate seats on November 3, 2020. Both of these races are going to Runoff elections, to be held on January 5, 2021, as no candidate received at least 50% of the vote. Democrats need to win both of these seats to have a majority in the Senate so we can have progress in America and the world.

    The two races are:

    • US Senate: Jon Ossoff (Democrat) versus David Perdue (Republican)

    • US Senate Special: Raphael Warnock (Democrat) versus Kelly Loeffler (Republican)

    Both US Senate races in Georgia are going to a run-off election on January 5th, 2021. Ballots will not be available until Nov 21, GA has said they would send out ballot even if the recount isn't finished.
     
     
     
    Here's what you should do:
     
     
     
    💙 DA Global needs to raise funds for ads to support the GA Senate runoffs. We must turn out as many GA voters abroad as possible. Due to FEC rules, country committees cannot pay for the ads; only DA Global can. If you can give any amount to support this effort, that would be great! As proven, overseas voters are the margin of victory. Donate here: https://www.democratsabroad.org/georgia_runoff
     
    🗳️ If you didn't vote in the November election, you can still vote in the run-off. Go to https://www.votefromabroad.org/ and request an absentee ballot or register to vote. Ask for your ballot to be sent to you by email. If you will be 18 years old by Jan 5, you can also vote.
     
    🏴 If you voted in November, check your absentee ballot status: https://www.mvp.sos.ga.gov/MVP/mvp.do
     
     
     
     

    If it doesn't show that your absentee application has been received, you can still vote in the Runoff election but you will request a ballot at https://www.votefromabroad.org/ by Jan 5th. Ask for your ballot to be sent to you by email. If you will be 18 years old by Jan 5, you can also vote.
     
    ✍️ Fill out and mail back a Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot, FWAB at https://www.votefromabroad.org/fwab/. Ballot return to Georgia is by postal mail only, so hurry. Because of the mail disruptions from COVID and Christmas, voters should mail back their ballots ASAP. Regular mail may work in November, but by Dec it'll be too late and you should definitely use a courier. Because the FWAB isn't set up for 2 Senate races, here's an example FWAB showing how to fill it out:

     

     
    FWAB Example:
     
     
     
    ☑️ Verify your ballot was accepted, and fix if needed. https://georgia.ballottrax.net/voter
     
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    Upcoming Events

    Sunday, April 18, 2021 at 02:00 PM Wellington Time · 5 rsvps
    University of Auckland Central Library in Auckland, New Zealand

    Earth Day - Join us in Auckland

    In honor of Earth Day 2021, please come and join us for a free screening of "Chasing Coral," a Netflix original documentary. 
     
    A team of divers, photographers and scientists set out to document the disappearance of the world's coral reefs and along the way reveal the underwater mystery to the world.
     
    Sunday, 18 April @ 2 pm
    University of Auckland General Library
    Basement Level Lecture Theatre B10
    (Building 109, Lecture Theatre B10)
    Princes Street, Auckland CBD
     
    Any questions?  Contact Jennifer Frost ( [email protected])  and hope to see you there!
     

    It’s not too late for coral reefs…  indeed, for many other ecosystems that are facing challenges from climate change. It’s still possible to reduce the rate at which the climate is changing, and that’s within our power today.”

     

    – Dr. Ove Hoegh-Guldberg

    Sunday, April 18, 2021 at 02:00 PM Wellington Time
    University of Auckland Central Library in Auckland, New Zealand

    Earth Day - Join us in Auckland

    In honor of Earth Day 2021, please come and join us for a free screening of "Chasing Coral," a Netflix original documentary. 
     
    A team of divers, photographers and scientists set out to document the disappearance of the world's coral reefs and along the way reveal the underwater mystery to the world.
     
    Sunday, 18 April @ 2 pm
    University of Auckland General Library
    Basement Level Lecture Theatre B10
    (Building 109, Lecture Theatre B10)
    Princes Street, Auckland CBD
     
    Any questions?  Contact Jennifer Frost ( [email protected])  and hope to see you there!
     

    It’s not too late for coral reefs…  indeed, for many other ecosystems that are facing challenges from climate change. It’s still possible to reduce the rate at which the climate is changing, and that’s within our power today.”

     

    – Dr. Ove Hoegh-Guldberg