350 Aotearoa is the New Zealand arm of the international climate movement 350.org, which aims to unite the world around climate change solutions.
Our mission is to strengthen and grow climate action in communities across New Zealand.
We coordinate local campaigns by providing education, practical tools, and support for community leadership. Our campaigns challenge the cultural acceptance of fossil fuels, and push New Zealand and the rest of the world back on track to 350ppm and, consequentially, climate safety (350 is the number that leading scientists say is the safe upper limit for carbon dioxide—measured in “Parts Per Million” in our atmosphere. 350 PPM).
350 Aotearoa is committed to the responsibilities that come with honouring Te Tiriti o Waitangi and understanding our obligation to uphold the rights of Māori. As a result, our response to climate justice is guided, sustained, and strengthened by the tangata whenua assertion of Tino rangatiratanga.
The work of 350 Aotearoa is sustained by our passionate teams of volunteers across the country, our small team of hard-working staff, our dedicated board, and our supporter base, who donate and amplify our work.
Alva has a background in community organising, campaigning, and lobbying in the human rights and climate justice space. She first got involved with the 350 Aotearoa community as a volunteer in the 350 Ōtepoti Dunedin group in 2018. She enjoys working with volunteers and in an organisation that wants to unite people by collectively tackling the climate crisis.
Alva joined our staff team in 2021 initially as our Volunteer and Mobilisation Manager a few months later stepped into the position of Executive Director.
Iara’s activist journey has been one centred around social, racial, and climate justice. She first joined 350 Aotearoa as a volunteer for the local Tāmaki Makaurau group in 2020, and later joined the staff team as the Executive Assistant in mid-2022.
Iara’s passion for the climate movement stems from her deep love for Pachamama. As a member of the 350 movement, she aims to make sure that all volunteers have the space to be included and heard.
Maddison Hagger (She/her, ko Ngāi Takoto tōku iwi, ko Wharemaru o Kaimaumau tōku marae)
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Maddison (Maddy) has a passion for advocacy, people power, and motivating positive change. She’s inspired by a fair and inclusive future, driven by knowledge of our past. She’s held leadership roles within local branches of Amnesty International, and delivered research and recommendations on measuring tamariki wellbeing at Oranga Tamariki. Maddy is currently in her final year studying History and Political Science at Victoria University of Wellington.
The whenua where Maddy’s whānau come from are experiencing the first-hand effects of climate change.
Matt is an experienced transformational leader with a background in leading digital strategy and change across diverse environments & sectors. Matt is passionate about inclusion and equity, and how through tech disruption and innovation, we can challenge the status quo, creating a level playing field and fostering a more inclusive world. He is currently studying part-time for a Masters in Technological Futures focussing on decolonising our energy ecosystem. He joins the team as a Project Manager leading our Short Film Project – 350 Aotearoa initiative.
Local volunteer groups
We know our voices are stronger when we raise them together. Climate change is the fight of our time, and to create meaningful change we need to act together. We began as a grassroots movement in 2009 and that hasn’t changed, by bringing together our skills, time, and networks we can create the change we need.
Together, we can put pressure on our banks, councils, unions, schools and other local institutions to divest from the fossil fuel industry. And it’s happening everywhere: your local group is one of thousands across the globe, all calling on our institutions to cut their financial ties with this dirty industry.
What’s involved with local group organising? Our dedicated teams across Aotearoa organise local events, activities and climate actions. This could involve everything from banner painting, outreach, and social media, to getting behind the megaphone on the day. There’s a place for everyone and we strive to make sure everyone’s skills and talents are valued. We also provide opportunities to up-skill, so make sure you let us know what you’re interested in – whether you’re an expert or completely new to all of this!
Interim Chairperson Barry has campaigned on climate change since 1991 with allies globally, in the Pacific and New Zealand. He was co-chair of the Global Campaign for Climate Action, CEO of Oxfam New Zealand, and a Green Party list MP in 2016-17. He is an economist with a Masters from Yale University. He has recently founded a new charity, Mindful Money, which provides ethical and fossil-free investment alternatives to New Zealand KiwiSaver investors. @BarryCoates
Board Secretary Karen brings to the board 20 years’ experience of delivery and operational management in the private and NGO sectors, including IT and project management. She is a passionate believer in sustainable change and loves to drag her kids along to climate actions whenever possible. She is the Operations Manager of Mindful Money, on the board of Ooooby and her local school, the co-founder of community organisation Pachamama Alliance Aotearoa, and a keen musician and veggie gardener.
Sam is a trade unionist and campaigner based in Wellington. He is Strategic Researcher with E tū union and former National Secretary of the NZ Council of Trade Unions 2014–2019, where he led the union movement’s work on just transition for workers and communities affected by climate change. Sam brings twenty years of involvement across unions, the community sector, campaigning organisations and students’ associations including as National Convenor of Campaign for MMP in 2010 and 2011, Co-President of NZUSA in 2000 and 2001 and as a part-time lecturer on Unitec’s Graduate Diploma in Not-For-Profit Management between 2008 and 2013. @SamHuggard
Board Member Naushyn is a lawyer working for the government in Wellington. She has a background in research focusing on the nexus between climate change and the international trade and investment law regimes. She is committed to creating equitable outcomes grounded in effective legal advocacy and indigenous frameworks. Naushyn is originally from the Maldives, a country on the frontlines of climate change impacts, and is passionate about climate justice for all frontline communities. Naushyn brings legal experience across a range of contentious commercial, trade and regulatory matters in New Zealand and Hong Kong. She is an active member of the Asia New Zealand Foundation (Te Whītau Tūhono) Leadership Network. She was also awarded the Waitematā Local Board’s Good Citizens’ Award for her work in advancing youth political engagement.
Ko Ngai Takaoto toku iwi. Ngai Takato is my iwi. Kei Rotorua toku kainga inaianei. Rotorua is where I live. Ko Jonathon Hagger ahau. I am Jonathon Hagger.
Jonathon is the Chief Executive for Rotorua Community Hospice. He brings to the 350Aotearoa board experience in governance and senior leadership roles. He has an MBA awarded by the University of Waikato and is currently the chair for Wera Aotearoa Charitable Trust, a not for profit, delivering social change for people who are disadvantaged. The ancestral lands where Jonathon’s whānau originate from are experiencing first-hand the effects of climate change through coastal erosion as well as wild fires becoming far more frequent.
Tania Sawicki Mead
Tania has a background in campaigning, advocacy, political strategy and human rights policy. She currently works for the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission and previously had roles as the Executive Director of JustSpeak, at the Green Party of Aotearoa and in foreign affairs. She has a Masters in International Relations from the University of British Columbia. She is a born and bred Wellingtonian and is passionate about supporting interconnected movements for social, climate and economic justice, and enjoys diving, cooking feasts for family and friends and dance.
Treasurer Roshni is a qualified Chartered Accountant who brings financial insight from her experience working in both the New Zealand and international markets under various regulatory frameworks. Having migrated from Africa to New Zealand aged 10, she is a fierce advocate of environmental movements that have the power to unlock climate justice and create greater economic equality for disadvantaged communities. She is an avid traveller, lover of the outdoors and enjoys off-the-grid living.
Inangaro Vaakafi Board Member Pacific Climate Warriors Council of Elder Inangaro Vakaafi is the Polynesian Council of Elder and founding member for the Pacific Climate Warriors. An experienced producer and journalist in Niue, she is now based in Wellington, New Zealand where she is the Pacific representative of the 350 Aotearoa board, and actively campaigns for climate justice. A strong youth advocate, Ina has served as the President of the Niue Youth Council, a Board Member for the Niue Island Organic Farmers Association and Vice President for the Pacific Youth Council.
Ina also worked with the United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth (UNMGCY) and was the Pacific representative at the 2015 UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction.Ina’s driving force for her work is her belief that we inherit lands from our ancestors and borrow them from our children.
Her aim is to reconnect the Pasifika to their island roots, and navigate spaces between tradition and the western way of life. Of Niuean and Cook Island heritage, Ina intends to return home to the Pacific Islanders to share her skills and build capacity on her island.
350 Aotearoa is the New Zealand arm of 350.org. the international climate movement of ordinary people working to end the age of fossil fuels and build a world of community-led renewable energy for all.
350 Aotearoa run flaxroots campaigns here in New Zealand, from decarboning the state sector, to calling for renewable community energy projects to fossil fuel divestment. All of our work leverages people power — individuals working together in pursuit of a common goal — to dismantle the influence and infrastructure of the fossil fuel industry. Find more on our About page.
How do I get involved?
At minimum, make sure you’re on our mailing list to find out about our campaigns and receive low-bar actions you can do from the comfort of your home straight to your inbox. Browse our Get Involved page to see how you can make bigger contributions in a local group setting. From there, what you do and how much you get involved is up to your group’s needs, your interests, and how much time you want to put in!
I don’t have time to commit to a local group. How can I still be involved?
Whether in person or online, simply talking with those around you about the climate crisis and what’s happening in your area is an important step toward making change. Also, follow climate action groups like 350 Aotearoa on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and share our content for a low-commitment way to show your support.
If there is no local campaign group in your area yet, consider bringing other local supporters together for a one-time event – a potluck meal, film-screening, or roundtable discussion. By building relationships between passionate people in your community, a group is more likely to emerge, even if you’re not available to lead it yourself. From there you might like to consider starting a group in your area. Let us know so we can support you.
You know your own community better than anyone, so we believe local groups are best suited to run – and win! – their own campaigns. However, we can provide resources and guidance so you’re prepared to act on the changes you want to see.
What is climate justice?
Climate justice is the international environmental justice movement’s response to climate change. It views climate change as a complex social justice issue, as opposed to simply an environmental one. While environmentalism may see climate change as a result of poorly regulated industries, climate justice sees it as a product of inequality and an economic system obsessed with growth for the sake of growth. Racism and classism are inextricably linked to climate change, and these issues cannot be ignored.
Why aren’t you talking about things like recycling and veganism?
Our campaigns focus on building transformative power that challenges the status quo and social license of the fossil fuel industry. That means less focus on personal consumption choices (which are incremental) and more emphasis on collective action (which can tackle massive systemic issues).
Both are important, but we believe that by building a movement linked to these three demands, we can reach political tipping points that allow for change big enough to halt the climate crisis:
A fast and just transition to 100% renewable energy
No new fossil fuel projects, anywhere
Not a penny more in finance for the fossil fuel industry
So should I go ahead and start a local group?
If you can identify a few other dedicated people in your community to help you and are committed, yes! Get started.
Our vision is to have thousands of local community groups standing in solidarity with each other. It does take time, commitment, and energy to steer a group to maturity, but it’s precisely that sort of commitment we need if we are to change the course of history.
How much support will 350 Aotearoa offer when I start a group?
We have plenty of trainings and resources available to help you, and we often run campaigns that local groups can easily plug into. Depending on your location and how much staff or volunteer capacity is available, we also might be able to provide coaching and other direct support. But remember, in the end it’s you who can build a real local movement where you live.
I want to make a donation but I don’t want to use my credit card. What is your bank account number?
Our bank details are as follows:
Account name: Three Fifty Aotearoa
Account number: 38-9009-0488496-00
If you choose to make a donation this way, please make your name the reference and email us at email@example.com to let us know your donation amount. That way we’re able to keep an eye out for it and send you a tax receipt once the payment has been made.
I want to set up an automatic payment to 350 Aotearoa. What is your bank account number?
Our bank details are as follows:
Account name: Three Fifty Aotearoa
Account number: 38-9009-0488496-00
We’ll send through a tax receipt at the end of each financial year.
How do I go about leaving a gift to 350 Aotearoa in my will?
Leaving a bequest is a powerful act of kindness so that you can have a lasting impact to create a brighter, cleaner future for future generations. Bequests enable us to keep leading ambitious campaigns that move us towards a more just, sustainable Aotearoa and send ripples of impact to end the fossil fuel industry, and giving you the ability to support the fight for climate justice into the future.
In our guide to ‘Leaving a gift in your Will’, you can read more about making donations to 350 Aotearoa, the work your gift will support, and how to go about setting up a bequest in your will. As well as all the 350 Aotearoa bequest information required about leaving a gift in your will including; different types of bequests, recommended wording and bequest FAQ’s.
Where is my donation going?
A huge amount of our organisation’s costs go towards volunteer development and support. We invest in the people that are involved in our 350 Volunteer Network by up-skilling and training them and ensuring that they have all the resources to create meaningful change in their communities.
Part of our success so far have been nationally coordinated campaigns that empower people across the country to take action. That is why we continue to invest in our campaigns.
Our staff team consists of two permanent staff members, combined we have just enough capacity to support our volunteers, create meaningful and impactful campaigns and keep our small charitable trust running smoothly yet are small enough to keep staff costs as small as possible.
350 Aotearoa is almost entirely (with the exception of a couple of grants we apply for to cover campaigning costs) funded by our generous donors. We are proud to not be accepting any money from the government, fossil fuel industry or any other corporations that conflict with our campaigns and values.
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