I’m Zak, one of the Dunedin Coordinators of SS4CNZ. I joined SS4C out anger and frustration over the lack of government action in light of the ever growing climate crisis. Since then the organisation has provided a platform for me to productively focus my energy and angst by actively participating in my democracy and helping to give the youth of Aoeteroa a voice.
Zoe de Malmanche
Kia ora! My name is Zoe and I am one of Tauranga strike organisers. I live in Mount Maunganui but come from a background of a Waikato farming family. My passion for mitigation of climate change began at a young age as my family had always been environmentally conscious but it wasn’t until I learned how truly confronting climate change was an issue facing not only our species but our earth. It’s not too late to act and that’s why I believe School Strike 4 Climate is such an important movement as it generates power and confidence within our leaders to take action now.
Taa Ramsay Vili
Kiaora team. I'm Luke Wijohn. He uri tenei no Ngai Tūhoe me Te Rarawa. My love for our whenua and for sports is where my passion for the environment began. My involvement with environmental activism started when I realised that our planet is being killed by a small group of people who are selling our futures away for billions in short term profit. I believe that through peaceful protest we can change our country to create a better future, worth growing up in.
Oli Morphew, Wellington
Wellington team, Comms & Content team
Kiaora, I'm Oli and I'm a high school student living in Wellington. I grew up in the great Lower Hutt in Eastbourne right by the beach, and while I spent most of my time outdoors as a child, I'll admit it took me awhile to fully understand how everything we do connects back to our earth. Standing up for our voices as youth is a tough political fight, but it's one I am set on fighting until we see some change. It's not just the future of primary school kids, high schoolers or uni students: It's the futures of wider groups, communities and cultures. Preserving what we stand for in Aotearoa is what school strike is all about for me!
Youth Climate Coalition
Kia Ora, I am Lennox and I love the outdoors, filmmaking, music and I am passionate about doing my bit to help overcome the climate crisis. One of my goals is to get a formal strand of communication between youth and the NZ government, because it is really important that our voices our heard by the people in power.
Comms & Content team
Kia Ora! I’m Maia and I can’t remember a time when I haven’t been passionate about the environment. I’ve grown up in and around the ocean on the East Coast, and am keenly aware about climate change and how it will hurt my home. This movement gave me the opportunity and the motivation to stand up and do something to get our leaders to wake up and take action, and help pass that motivation onto others. Aside from fighting for our environment and our futures, I’m a writer and I love theatre.
My names Rachael and I enjoy spending time in nature and with family and friends. I am a part of this movement because I believe it is crucial that we fulfil our duty to protect people and the planet. Climate change threatens everything and it is important that our voices are heard and acted upon.
Comms & Content team
Kia ora! I am part of the ss4c movement because I really love the beautiful whenua that we have the privilege of living alongside and how horrible it is some people are destroying it. I want to help to empower youth in my small town because I know that that can sometimes feel quite isolating. Other than working with School Strike, I really enjoy art, writing and kapa haka.
Hi I’m Linea! I have always been concerned about the state of our environment since I was very young, and joining the SS4C movement has been an amazing way for me to get involved in taking action and inspiring other young people to make a change. Besides activism, I do ballet, art, piano, and I love learning.
Kia orana. My name is Lourdes Vano. I am apart of this movement because I am from the Cook Islands and I am from Samoa. Climate Change is one of the biggest threats to my islands. Through the strike, I want to lift up my brothers and sisters and give them the same platform I have been given. Outside of the strike, I love to play cello, compose music and have fun with my younger brothers and sister.
Christchurch Team, Co-coordinator, and Admin.
Kia ora, I’m Lucy, I’m part of the SS4C team, because people in power are not treating this crisis, like a crisis. We need to take urgent action and as a student, I think it’s so important to take collective action, and connect with people who hold similar values to you and to urge our leaders to take action on this crisis. As soon as I realised what a crisis we were in, I wanted to take action and joining School Strike 4 Climate, was an awesome opportunity to do this!
Wellington team, Strategy team
Kia ora, I’m Raven! I’m a Uni student in Wellington, and I’m involved in School Strike 4 Climate because I know that the climate crisis is the biggest threat facing humanity, and that I can’t wait until I graduate to make change - it will be too late, we need to act now. I feel that it is my responsibility to the thousands of people who are already on the frontlines of climate breakdown, including our neighbors in the Pacific, and to my generation and future generations who will inherit the consequences of inaction today, to do everything I can while we still have a chance. I hope you’ll join us!
Wellington team, Comms & Content team lead
Kia ora! I’m Molly Doyle! I’ve been a member of the Wellington team from almost the very start of SS4C NZ movement! I decided to join the movement as our only home is being destroyed by us. And as the lorax once said : UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better it’s not” . So I decided to do something. And you should too…