27/08/2020

Businesses are soon coming off life support. What happens now?

The Early Warning Program: The recent pandemic shock has highlighted the need for an effective program to support businesses in distress rebuild or exit, in a manner that minimises financial, social and personal damage. As part of its Innovation Policy, The Sustainable New Zealand Party’s Early Warning Program is designed to do just that. Early Warning Program is modelled on a successful initiative in Denmark counseling SMEs facing the risk of bankruptcy. There the program has helped over 4,000 Danish businesses deal with the severe economic challenges and helped keep alive about 2/3 of these companies. The purpose of the Early Warning Scheme is:…

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25/08/2020

Wasting Your Vote & Other Lies

As a new party we hear the same advice dished out again and again – ‘Don’t waste your vote’ – unfortunately this bogus argument invariably causes many to abandon their true preferences for an unsatisfactory compromise.   This carefully crafted fable, concocted and perpetuated by the incumbent parties is designed to limit their exposure to competition from new ideas. They cleverly employ the propaganda trick of tyrants throughout the ages; if you repeat a lie loud enough and often enough eventually people will believe it. The truth is that there is no such thing as a wasted vote. Your vote belongs…

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10/08/2020

Putting New Zealand Back on Top

The Sustainable New Zealand Party are proponents of the ‘bright green’ environmental movement taking the position that the convergence of technological change and social innovation provides the most successful path to sustainable development.  Our Innovation Policy provides a plan to effectively harness the creativity and synergy between business, academia and government to deliver a sustainable, prosperous future for all New Zealanders and return us to the top of the international environmental, economic and innovation rankings The Problems we need to address The world continues to become more interconnected and complex. New Zealand’s growth model, based largely on exploiting natural resources,…

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07/08/2020

Sustainable Development and Its Discontents

Sustainability is our chosen name and the cause to which we are dedicated. Quite simply this is because it provides a critically essential framework for humans to live in harmony with nature, rather than at nature’s expense. We believe it is an idea or principle of the same level of fundamental importance as freedom, equality, and justice and one of the most important ideas to come out of the 20th century. However, as sustainable development (or sustainability) has grown in prominence, its critics have equally become more numerous and more vocal. We propose that these criticisms arise from either misinterpreting…

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