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29/06/2020

Neither Left Nor Right But Out In Front

This statement is an inspirational and visionary ‘green movement’ proposition that the Sustainable New Zealand Party embraces and is founded upon. It is one that the Green Party have used from time-to-time but failed miserably in delivering. This message of hope and positivity faded into the background over a period in which the NZ Green Party was increasingly dominated by the ‘Red Green’ brigade. Placing themselves to the left of Labour, they have alienated the majority of New Zealanders, limited their partnership options and, as a consequence, become an ineffectual plaything for their coalition partner to exploit and toy with.   Sustainable New Zealand, on the other hand, can genuinely proclaim and embrace the fact that we are ‘neither left, nor right but out in front’. We are a true party of sustainability – environmental, social, cultural and economic – willing and able to be an independent…

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14/10/2020

It’s time we stopped playing the blame game

It has been well documented that the core issues New Zealand confronts are: Continuing environmental degradation Low productivity Poor urban planning In fact, it is difficult to think of a problem in New Zealand including poverty, homelessness, inequality and sustainability that is not a symptom of the very poor management of these core issues. However, while you don’t have to look far to find the solution successfully applied by other small, advanced economies the parties currently in Parliament, for the most part, prefer to take the easy path. They distract us with scapegoating one group or the other; creating new…

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28/09/2020

Why has MMP in NZ failed to deliver?

A troubling phenomenon continues to unfold in NZ under its system of Mixed-Member Proportional (MMP) voting. Contrary to its intent it has become a system that is undemocratic, distorts voting behaviour, and prevents the rise of new political forces. Why has MMP in NZ failed to deliver? MMP The Theory: The idea was that by denying absolute power to any one party – in effect, requiring parties to negotiate and compromise on key policies – the MMP system would force governments to become more accountable and consensus-driven. A bonus was that by giving greater power to minor parties, MMP would…

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08/09/2020

Putting UBI theory to the test

We took TOP’s UBI for a test drive and it was found (seriously) wanting View or download this article in PDF or DOC format. Given all the bold claims surrounding it, we decided to put TOP’s UBI through its paces.  Unfortunately, the results were gravely disappointing. Not only will it fail to deliver on its promises but, in our view, this policy achieves the opposite to what is intended. We found that instead of reducing poverty and diverting money away from housing into more productive assets, the proposed program would: See low-income earners, in most cases, no better off and; Super annuitants…

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07/09/2020

Cameras on fishing boats non-negotiable — SNZ

“New Zealand First could still put the brakes on the extension of cameras on more fishing boats, depending on the outcome of the election.” — Radio NZ News The Greens will be powerless to stop them, choosing instead to make funding a private school their die in a ditch issue. For Sustainable New Zealand, cameras on commercial fishing vessels are non-negotiable. #VoteSustainable

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03/09/2020

Tragedy in the East China Sea highlights why live export must be banned

Statement – Sustainable New Zealand Party Tragedy in the East China Sea highlights why live export must be banned We now have confirmation that the livestock carrier ship Gulf Livestock 1 has sunk in the East China Sea. 43 crew, including 2 New Zealanders, were on board and just one crew member has been found alive. Our deepest sympathies go to the families of the crew. The 5,800 cows on board the boat – which were likely all pregnant – have died one of the most terrifying deaths imaginable yet this is only mentioned as a footnote in media reports….

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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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