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ESRA does not have big business backers or major philanthropic donors like other think tanks. At this stage we are funded almost entirely by donations from individuals who support our kaupapa. more

25 August 2016

I'm a union organiser and I currently donate $20 a week to ESRA. Growing inequality and continued environmental degradation are the hallmarks of capitalism. It is becoming increasingly clear that we need new ways of thinking and new methodology to combat the cultural dominance of neo-liberalism. We need stronger links between quality research and activist organisations to be able to counter this narrative and I see ESRA as a vital part of our various struggles for a fairer and more equal society.

Unionist, Auckland

I am passionate about creating change in Aotearoa - change that directly addresses the gap between the rich and poor, the damage from colonisation and the oppression that many still face today in different forms. To do this, I believe that we need the tools to dismantle harmful myths, and bring together transformative knowledges of our own. I only donate a small regular amount to ESRA, as I'm on a part time wage - but to me, it represents the trust and confidence I have in this project. I am excited and hopeful for where this mahi will lead.

Young activist, Wellington

Donating to ESRA helps me contribute to an innovation never before attempted in Aotearoa New Zealand, to a place of research and learning that stands to benefit all who currently carry the true costs of capitalist development. In this way, it provides me with a tangible way beyond my role as a university lecturer to help challenge the limiting effect that simplistic marketplace thought has come to play in the daily organisation of New Zealanders’ everyday lives.

University lecturer, Auckland

We are a couple of social researchers completing our studies while bringing up our first child. We make a fortnightly $20 donation to ESRA because we believe that it has the potential to radically reshape political discourse and, through this, social conditions in Aotearoa. This is so important for our baby’s future and that of any family who like us struggles to survive in an increasingly financialised and unequal world.

Two post graduate students, Auckland

ESRA is trying to launch on an absolutely shoe-string budget, primarily through the work of volunteers, and I think it needs all the support it can get. As I have three young children, live in Auckland, and can only find work on short-term contracts, life often feels pretty precarious. I give to ESRA because I see my AP as a way of creating a better life for my children and for future generations.

Mother & precarious worker, Auckland


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If you wish to donate – you can do so easily via credit card through the form below, or directly to ESRA’s bank account: ESRA — 38 9016 0380440 00

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