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Kia ora, I’m Helen Jeremiah.
I love New Zealand, and I love our little blue planet and the diverse and beautiful flora and fauna living on it. Nature is amazingly resilient, but our species is putting severe strain on that resilience. We need to change now, we need to change fast, we need to stop doing a lot of things that we are currently doing. I believe that only The Opportunities Party has the policy that will enable us to change fast enough. The tax reform and UBI will help us move from an employment-based economy to a resources-based economy that responds to the needs of all our people.
I came to New Zealand with my husband and two little children in 1975, when my husband took up an appointment at the Ruakura Research Station in Hamilton. He died in a motor accident in 1978. I brought up my children on my own, studied psychology, and engaged in voluntary work for PlayCentre, CORSO, the Peace Centre and the Electoral Reform Coalition. Later I went back to study economics and was active in UBINZ, an early group promoting Universal Basic Income. I was brought up in a Quaker family. I have been only intermittently active in the Quaker community, but it is very much my cultural home aligning with my values of fairness, integrity and “speaking truth to power”.
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