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The issue of land banking

Land banking is a serious problem in Auckland, including the Mount Albert electorate and it's now pushing rent and house prices up across NZ. Why would you bother building a house and renting it when you can get such a good return from doing nothing? We need to stop land prices going through the roof and get developers building. TOP's tax reform policy will do exactly that.

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A New Zealand Constitution: Starter for Discussion

We need a Constitution – badly. As covered in our policy release #4 Democracy Reset, confidence in government and faith in our democracy is falling away rapidly, particularly amongst those generations younger than the Baby Boomers. The unbridled power of Cabinet and the implied loss of sovereignty of parliament are both reasons New Zealanders regard voting as futile. A Constitution would make it loud and clear to politicians what it is New Zealanders value and what we require to be protected.  Restoring an Upper House would ensure that parliaments sovereignty is protected and the unbridled power of Cabinet, ends. Constitutions and Upper Houses are essential features of almost all democracies.

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Values that really define us as New Zealanders

A few weeks ago we asked people about their views on 'Kiwi values'. We got some great feedback and the overall response was pretty clear.

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Democracy Reset Media launch (unedited)

Here is the full press conference from the launch of our 4th policy - Democracy Reset www.top.org.nz/top4

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Populist Poser Fools Nobody

It was an enjoyable visit to Te Tii Marae today – in contrast to media reports of “tense” standoffs and reporters’ fits of pique, those of us invited into the home of the hapu who had hosted the hui of those first Maori signatories, were warmly welcomed, enjoyed the very special ambience that only this very special wharenui can offer and as is customary, were welcomed to respond to the pōwhiri if we chose. 

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Why did Geoff Simmons and The Opportunities Party enter the Mt Albert by-election?

Because there is nobody else wanting to push Mt Albert’s issues from now until September 23rd with the government of the day.

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TOP Speech Notes From Mt Albert Launch

The Opportunities Party (TOP) is going to contest the Mt Albert by-election.

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The Opportunities Party Announces Candidate for Mt. Albert

On the final day to officially register candidates for the Mt Albert by-election, The Opportunities Party (TOP) has today announced they will contest the seat, standing Geoff Simmons as their first political candidate. 

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Why Trump’s immigration policies are an opportunity for NZ

I’ve had a lot of people asking me what The Opportunities Party’s (TOP) response is to the volley of executive orders issued by Donald Trump in his first week of office. Like many, I guess I have been surprised that he is moving so fast to “honour” the campaign promises he made, many of which seemed outrageous at the time – and of course he seems to have run into legal walls already, trying to ban residents from even returning to the US. Not bad for just one week in office.

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Why Gareth Morgan Called Winston Peters Uncle Tom

Here’s the definition of an “Uncle Tom” – one who works against the interests of his own people, sometimes pretending that he is not. Used particularly in the context of a people who are enslaved or do not enjoy the full rights they should.

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