MAHI FOR UKRAINE
An easy, step by step guide on how you can help to stop Putin, and the war in Ukraine
On the 24th February 2022 the Russian Federation, started an unjust war against the peaceful people of Ukraine. Millions of refugees. Thousands are dead. Kremlin is bombing historical cities full of civilians. Aotearoa New Zealand has always been a strong defender of life, peace, democracy, and international law.
This is not some far away no-man’s land issue. This is not a problem that we, Kiwis, can just ignore. The Ukrainians, Russians, Belarusians and everyone else affected by this horrific war, are right here in NZ living and working right beside you. Developing software, building wind turbines, working in supermarkets, designing and constructing buildings. It affects our loved ones, our friends, our work colleagues. We are your whānau. We watch as our own people die, while our own people kill. New Zealand can no longer JUST watch. We must act immediately to do our part in stopping Putin, saving our Ukrainian whānau and along with it Europe, and the civilised world. We are doing the Mahi for Ukraine, and here is how YOU can help.
1. Reach your local MP
Email your MP using this template. Do not forget to fill out your MP's name, your full name, and your address. This is very important so that your MP understands that you are their potential voter. Your address won't be shared with anyone but your MP and their team.
If you’d like to take it a step further - call your MP's office and book an appointment. You will most likely be talking to the MP's staff. Talk to them about situation the in Ukraine, and your attitude towards it. Express the urgency, and that you can't wait few days for the meeting. And remind them that you sent them an email. Be polite and cooperative.Attend the meeting with your MP. Discuss the situation, and how it affects you. Petition your MP to act now. Again, be polite.
Find your MP on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and try contacting them there as well.
1. Permit immediate entry to New Zealand the immediate and close family members of Ukrainians living in NZ on humanitarian grounds (along with their partners and children).
2. Increase New Zealand’s refugee quota for 2022/2023 with a special allotment for Ukrainian refugees (emergency intake of 3,500 to 5,000 refugees).
3. Increase New Zealand’s humanitarian aid to assist Ukrainian people from NZD2,000,000 to a minimum of NZD 20,000,000.
4. Apply stringent sanctions against the Russian Federation and Republic of Belarus.
5. Commit to establishing a direct diplomatic mission to Ukraine to assist the Ukrainian families of New Zealanders bound for NZ. And create a platform to condemn and counter the misinformation by the Russian Federation.
Local NZ based Givealittle initiatives
Givealittle: Medical supplies for the Ukrainian peopleGivealittle: Help a Ukrainian Kiwi to #StandWithUkraine
Official Ukrainian Government Funds
Account for humanitarian aidHelp Ukraine Armed Forces Defend Their Country
UnicefVoices of Children Foundation
Kyiv Independant - GoFundMe, Patreon
Other recognised initiatives
Come Back Alive - Supplying Ukraine's defence forces with defensive equipment. Armour, bullet proof vests, night vision goggles, etc.Army SOS - Supplying Ukrainian soldiers with necessary medicine.LGBTQIA+ Ukraine Support Organisation: Insight UkraineRevived Soldiers Ukraine - A non-profit to help wounded soldier, and their rehabilitation.A large list of available charities around the world - Recognised by Ukrainian government.