Deborah East

  • signed keep it public 2017-08-10 23:56:40 +1200

    Keep it Public!

    Public tertiary education gives all New Zealanders the opportunity to develop skills, learn trades, and create knowledge which helps our families, communities and economy.

    But Paul Goldsmith, the Minister for Tertiary Education, is trying to change the law to take public funds away from our universities, polytechs and wānanga and hand them to private companies who are more concerned with profit than providing quality education.

    Together, let’s make sure tertiary education stays public, local and focused on learning.

    4,858 signatures

    This would be the single biggest change to tertiary education funding in a generation. If enough of us speak out, then together we can stop it happening.

    By pledging to support public tertiary education you will be adding your voice to the many others that want to keep tertiary education public, local, and focused on learning, not profit.

    Tertiary education belongs to all of us. Now is the time to tell Paul Goldsmith you want it to stay that way.

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  • signed Thank You Driver 2017-06-14 23:22:21 +1200

    Thank You Driver

    On a bus anywhere in the Wellington region, you hear it all the time - “thank you, driver” - as passengers get off at their stop. We say it because we appreciate our bus service - a good bus network and great drivers make a huge contribution to the life of our cities.

    But, for something that is so important, we’re treating the people who drive us poorly.

    Greater Wellington Regional Council has ditched the current bus companies from many of the region’s routes. The drivers on those routes are about to lose their jobs - they have no idea if they will get work with the new contractors. Even if they do, they may be forced to work for less money or under worse conditions.

    So, let’s show the Regional Council that - unlike them - we appreciate our bus drivers. Please sign and say thank you driver!

    7,715 signatures

    I value the contribution that bus drivers make to the bus network in the Wellington region.

    Wellington’s bus drivers should not have their jobs taken from them or get paid less to do the same work when the Wellington Regional Council makes a decision to change the bus contracting company.

    I want Greater Wellington Regional Council to provide job security for Wellington’s current bus drivers.

    And I want the Greater Wellington Regional Council to show they value bus drivers too, and make sure that if they decide to change the company who provides the bus service, then bus drivers are protected and have security.

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  • signed double crew 2017-05-22 16:23:06 +1200

    Safer Ambulances for Everyone

    "Right now the Government won’t fund two qualified paramedics for rural ambulances. In just a few days’ time, the Government makes its final budget decision on funding, so I need your help today if we're to fix this. Please sign my petition asking the Prime Minister for an extra $4.5m to ensure everyone working in an ambulance is clinically-qualified. Please don't let people suffer waiting for another qualified ambulance officer in a rural or provincial town like mine." - Dorothy

    2,436 signatures

    To the Rt Hon Bill English:

    I’m a rural paramedic, and I work on my own in an ambulance. This puts my patients at risk at the most vulnerable time in their lives.

    Your Government just announced extra staff for rural and provincial ambulances. But most will be clinically-unqualified assistants.

    Moving from working on my own to working with an assistant is a late step in the right direction. But to deliver the best patient outcomes, I need to work with another qualified officer.

    Instead of saving lives you're trying to save $4.5m. Ambulance officers, patients and a 2008 government inquiry want two qualified staff in every ambulance.

    Two qualified staff are essential in critical life-saving situations and where there is more than one patient. Examples include cardiac arrests, vehicle accidents and complicated births.

    That's why your government funds two qualified officers in most urban areas.

    Prime Minister, I can't stand for this. I've started this petition with YesWeCare.nz1 to demand you fix this dangerous plan.


    [1] https://www.yeswecare.nz/

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  • signed Keep Cadbury in Dunedin via 2017-03-02 12:09:19 +1300

    Keep Cadbury in Dunedin

    For over 80 years, Cadbury has been a part of Dunedin's culture. More than 400 people work there and that helps their families and their communities, and dozens of Dunedin businesses.

    And it's good for Cadbury too - they're doing well out of it.

    But Cadbury’s parent company, Mondelez International, wants to make more by shifting this factory out of New Zealand. They get a bit more money but everyone else loses a lot.

    For Mondelez this is about profit. Plain and simple. But they need people like us to make that profit. And if enough of us tell their Director of Manufacturing ANZ Jason Bonisoli that leaving Dunedin is a deal-breaker, they'll have to listen.

    Let’s show them that all Kiwis stand together with Cadbury workers. Sign the open letter.

    11,076 signatures

    To Jason Bonisoli,

    The Cadbury Factory in Dunedin is a profitable business and a vital part of our local economy. For every job lost, dozens more people are affected. The closure of the plant will be a devastating blow to the local community and economy.

    You rely on customers like us to keep your profit up, and abandoning Dunedin is a deal-breaker for us and for all New Zealanders.

    We, the undersigned, ask you to reverse your decision and keep Cadbury's Dunedin factory open. It's good business and it's the right thing to do.

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  • signed stand with pike via 2017-05-09 09:39:04 +1200

    Stand with Pike

    Twenty-nine men lost their lives when the Pike River mine exploded in 2010. The Government made all sorts of promises to do everything they could to get the boys back.

    Instead, late last year, they started to permanently seal the mine without trying to recover any remains or evidence. That’s despite many international mining experts saying the drift - the 2.3km tunnel leading up to the mine - could be safely re-entered and may contain evidence and remains.

    The Government wants to seal off Pike River and forget about it. But the families of the men killed there, their communities, and the majority of Kiwis won’t let Pike be forgotten.

    Sign the open letter asking Prime Minister Bill English to do the right thing by the families of Pike River and work with them to recover the drift.

    17,178 signatures

    To the Right Honourable Bill English,

    On 19 November 2010, 29 men died in their workplace. Your predecessor, John Key, promised to do everything possible to recover them.

    Now you’re planning to seal off the mine with their bodies still inside - while vital evidence about what happened there remains undiscovered.

    That’s not right. We urge you to stick by your Government’s commitment to the families of the Pike River miners: to leave the mine open, and work with them to safely recover the drift and any remains of their lost ones it contains, along with any evidence that could finally determine what caused this disaster

    It’s the right thing to do.

    Yours,

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  • signed Equal Pay via 2016-09-26 22:58:58 +1300

    Equal Pay

    123 years since women got the vote, the Government has finally agreed to adopt equal pay principles. That's step one down, now there's two more to go.

    We're sending a message to Parliament to support equal pay.

    Will you add your name to it?

    3,929 signatures

     

    To the Female MPs of New Zealand

    On the 19th of  September you received a white flower in celebration of Suffrage Day. 123 years on from the enfranchisement of women in Aotearoa, it's time to really tackle the suffrage movement's next big issue - Equal Pay.

    And doing that is easy as 1, 2, 3:

    1. Implement the agreed Equal Pay Principles
    2. Settle the equal pay claim brought by Kristine Bartlett on behalf of all caregivers
    3. Allocate funding so that equal pay claims can be settled.

    I want you to know I'm right beside you taking those next steps.

    Yours sincerely

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