Doing Our Bit

Doing Our Bit

The Campaign to Double the Refugee Quota

While I’ve spent enough time in universities to understand the meaning of various freedoms, I’ve also spent enough time in the world to see the opposite of freedom: persecution, detention, and the slow drag of less obvious oppressions.

In 2013, Murdoch Stephens began a campaign to double New Zealand’s refugee quota. Inspired by his time living in Aleppo, Syria, over the next five years he built the campaign into a mainstream national movement – one that contributed to the first growth in New Zealand’s refugee quota in thirty years. Doing Our Bit is an insider’s account of political campaigning in New Zealand. This BWB Text is essential reading for anyone interested in grassroots campaigning or how political change happens in New Zealand.

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Print publication:
Ebook publication: Aug 2018
Pages: 208
RRP: $14.99
ISBN: 9781988545233
DOI: 10.7810/9781988545233

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'How I gamed facebook to get the refugee quota increased', The Spinoff, 3 September 2018.

'Double the Quota: How to campaign', Jesse Mulligan, RNZ, 9 August 2018.


'This is a clearly written, honest account of how political change happens and how an individual can make a difference.'
– Ann Beaglehole, ODT Books, 29 September 2018.

'Many of the lessons Stephens learns are transferable, making the book an excellent tool and guide to campaigning and political change. [...] The book is not about heroism. At its heart it is an invitation for others to undertake their own campaigns and fight for change they believe in.'
– Ruby O’Connor, Journal of New Zealand Studies, NS28 (2019), 150-151.