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New government is here and all that matters is policy

Dear Members, Candidates, Supporters and TOP Voters

Well we’ve arrived, a new government has been announced – congratulations to our new Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. The next relevant event will be what policy has been agreed on. At The Opportunities Party (TOP) all that matters is policy so the outcome of the election is still for us, to be discovered.

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Help Us Move Forward

As most of you who have followed along will know, we are driven by evidence based policy that will make New Zealand better for all those living here.  In the aftermath of the election, we want to find out how successful we were at getting this message across, and how we can improve it. 

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Moving Forward

That was a disappointing outcome for TOP from my perspective, but at least we now know that there are 50,000 early adopters out there for TOP & our best practice, evidence-based policy which promotes economic growth, social justice, and environmental sustainability. Thank you for caring and appreciating the difference between robust, progressive policy that benefits everyone, and the stagnant, tribal-based politics that has long been New Zealand's status quo.

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Climate Change & The Emissions Trading Scheme - New Zealand.

ACT and the Green Party’s idea of putting a tax on carbon isn’t the best way to fix our emissions problem. Nor for that matter is a nitrogen tax the best way to solve our fresh water woes. Cap and trade systems are far better, and here’s why. 

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New Zealand Green Party and Immigration Issues.

On Backbenches last night Green Party candidate Golriz Ghahraman refused to be drawn on any details of the Green Party immigration policy. Their policy appears to be to talk about it in terms of values only, but who and how many people do they want coming into the country? It is the inability of the Green Party to face up to these basic tough questions that leaves one feeling a bit uneasy about them being in government.

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The Future of the New Zealand Dairy industry.

The future for New Zealand dairy products remains providing ingredients to global markets. Consumer goods and the so-called “high value” those products offer remains a fanciful destination for our dairy industry as it is currently structured. We have long been a high volume producer of pasture-fed milk whose competitive advantage lies in low costs – low enough to outweigh the tyranny of distance from our main markets.

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We Have Plenty Of Affordable Housing

With all the talk of the housing crisis, here’s a few facts to bear in mind.

According to the last census, we have an estimated 185,000 unoccupied dwellings - just over 10% of all houses. That is more empty houses as a % of total houses than ever in recorded history; at the end of WWII it was half of that. Of course many of these will be baches/ 2nd or 3rd homes in the Coromandel or Wanaka. The houses in these areas spend most of the year less than half occupied. However, even in Auckland we have over 30,000 unoccupied dwellings – over 6%. 

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Things to watch out for on election day

In New Zealand, there are certain things you are not allowed to do on election day which may influence peoples vote. These things can lead to a fine or imprisonment and it's important you read the document below.

 


Why We Need to put a Price on Water, Not a Tax.

It isn’t a Water Tax, it is a Water Price.

Farmers and their mates in the National Party have been quick to label any charge on water a ‘tax’, and claim it will push up the cost of everything from a glass of water to milk or even beer. They are wrong on all counts; pricing water would not only raise revenue to clean up our waterways, but if managed well would actually be good for our economy. 

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New Zealand's leading fresh water scientist Mike Joy endorses TOP.

The country’s leading freshwater scientist, Dr Mike Joy, has endorsed The Opportunities Party ahead of Saturday’s general election.

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