We’ve been working hard to compare the policies of different parties, and will be releasing our findings soon. Perhaps the starkest finding is that the two parties with the most similar policies are actually Labour and National.
During our research into the extent of harm from cannabis prohibition that we published last week, we uncovered alarming data on harm from alcohol. And of course it is legal, and its regulation has been relaxed over the last decade or two. The question is whether we have become too liberal with our alcohol laws. Certainly compared with what we recommended for cannabis that seems to be the case.Read more
Budget 2017 was a valiant attempt to play catch-up on a bunch of issues that we have refused to deal with for many years now. It was a good try but inevitably it fell short.Read more
Let’s be honest; Budget 2017 will be the same old, same old. The Government will take our money and offer it back to us in a lolly scramble, while the opposition will cry out that it is not enough. It will be a continuation of the same, fiddling around the edges approach that we have seen for the past 9 years, not to mention the 9 before that.Read more
“I’m proud to announce our first set of candidates,” says The Opportunities Party Leader Dr Gareth Morgan. “They are all top quality people who are committed to offering Kiwis evidence based solutions to the problems we face. These are the kinds of people we need in Parliament.”Read more
Inequality is on the rise in New Zealand. At the bottom end wages have stubbornly refused to keep up with the cost of living, particularly given the rapidly rising cost of housing.Read more
At The Opportunities Party (TOP) we’re so glad the Greens are joining us in choosing to address child poverty with policy that is supported by high-quality scientific evidence.Read more
The Opportunities Party is pleased to launch its REAL DEAL Policy for the regulation of cannabis cultivation and sale in New Zealand.
Minimising Harm from Cannabis Use – Policy Detail
Evidence shows that use of cannabis is a predictor for a number of serious health problems[i]. However, as discussed in the main policy, this remains the case whether cannabis is legal or not. Legalising allows for these harms to be reduced by education, regulation, taxation and greater investment in drug rehabilitation.Read more