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Tax Reform and Pensioners - TOP

Some comments on social media have expressed concern at the impact of our tax reform package on the frail and elderly. However, the package is designed so that it won’t impact on their lifestyles in the least. Here’s five reasons why. 

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Climate Change policy background

The world is getting hotter and it is increasingly certain that human activities are the major driver of this warming. Tackling this challenge requires a deep cultural shift toward “greener”, more innovative sources of growth and sustainable consumption patterns. 

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The beginnings of a UBI and Thriving families - Launch presentation

Here is the video from the launch of the UBI and Thriving families policy. The video outlines The Opportunities Policy and gives a background to the concept of a UBI.

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Politics and Environmental Degradation - TOP

Yesterday I attended the Save Our Water rally in Christchurch. It was fantastic to see so many people out braving the southerly wind to take a stand for our fresh water. The atmosphere was positive and friendly, so why did I feel slightly uncomfortable? When the left wing anti-trade and #ChangeTheGovernment rhetoric started up I knew why. 

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Why the Government Won’t Charge Water Bottlers

Around New Zealand today there will be protests about fresh water. And rightly so, our once wonderful rivers and lakes are now degraded, particularly in lowland areas. To add insult to injury, businesses are allowed to take what little pure water is left in our aquifers and export it for profit. The only cost they face is getting the consent.

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Climate Change Launch presentation

The science is clear; climate change is real and as a result we need to wean ourselves off fossil fuels by 2050. This is a great challenge for the world, but as a nation we should embrace the opportunity to reduce emissions. After nine years of doing nothing we are slipping behind other countries.

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Candidates for the 2017 General Election - Message from Gareth

We need to assemble a team of candidates to stand for The Opportunities Party in the upcoming general election. Not any old candidates mind you, we’re on the hunt for people with a genuine commitment to build a prosperous nation founded on a non-negotiable principle of fairness. That’s the philosophical requirement and beyond that we’re genuinely interested in people who have the talent, the intelligence and the compassion to fight for a strong economy and inclusive society that delivers benefit for all.

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Politicians abandon younger generations

The political response to our unsustainable New Zealand Superannuation reads like a hall of shame for incompetent economic management. Our Establishment Parties are just incapable of showing any leadership and dealing with long term issues.

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The problem with NZ super

Yesterday I was at a retirement village and we ended up having a chat about the topic of the day - NZ Super. Here is a summary of why we can't wait around to deal with this issue.

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NZ Super Claims Don’t Add Up

Our new Prime Minister Bill English has made a tentative nod towards the unaffordability of New Zealand Superannuation, raising the age of eligibility to 67 in 2040. It’s a timid step given the size of the issue, but that is typical of his Government’s incremental approach.

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