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National Party Voters of Mt Albert – Who You Gonna Call?

About a third of voters in Mt Albert are National Party voters. Who is going to represent their interests in Mt Albert for the 7 months between this weekend’s by-election and the General Election of September 23rd?

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My Story: Gareth Morgan - Putaruru High School

When I attended it had 700 pupils – only 10 in Year 13. Nowadays it includes the town’s intermediate school years so goes from Year 7 (was 9) to 13 - & has 350 pupils. The roll is 35% Maori students which is well up as a percentage from my days (1966-1970).

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Education Backgrounder

Data shows that education, cognitive skills, and social and emotional skills all play a role in increasing health outcomes, income, and life satisfaction (OECD).  As New Zealanders we have a lot to be proud of when it comes to our education system and the way it contributes to our society. The Ministry of Education overview and OECD tell us that:

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The Problem with the Left in Mt Albert

With nine days to go in the Mount Albert by-election, we have had the first two debates, and the difference between the candidates is clear to see. The left of politics has a lot of heart and cares about a lot of things, but simply can’t prioritise. The potential value of TOP is clear – we could bring heart to a right wing government, and some much-needed head (rationality) to a left wing government. 

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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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