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  • Joseph Laumemea
    pledged support 2017-06-02 18:51:12 +1200
  • Liz Makalio
    pledged support 2017-05-25 21:42:34 +1200
  • Michele Hubert
    pledged support 2017-05-25 00:27:35 +1200
    This is long overdue. We are one of only 2 countries in the world NOT to have a constitution. It is imperative that along with an Upper House, decisions by the Supreme Court stay Supreme and MUST apply to everyone, especially government, which overrules a Supreme Court decision by using "Retrospective Law". Another antiquated tool that must be eliminated.
  • Martin Finkel
    pledged support 2017-05-24 15:30:09 +1200
    One way to encourage public participation in the democratic process is to utilise the technology available today: the internet. Why did the flag referendum use paper ballots (for example), costing millions, when a vote can be done electronically via the MyGov web site (making it secure)? Additionally, issues of the day can be put out for public review and comment in the same manner, ensuring that our representatives are actually representing the views of their constituents. The internet can make a true Democratic process viable, in a way we couldn't before (which is why representative republican governance was invented since large populations simply couldn't place their thoughts before the group directly; now we can). ToP should champion this approach for future legislation in New Zealand.
  • Joel Rowlands
    pledged support 2017-05-23 15:59:06 +1200
  • Tim Fleming
    pledged support 2017-05-20 20:24:20 +1200
  • Matt Walkington
    followed this page 2017-05-19 17:41:01 +1200
  • Matt Walkington
    pledged support 2017-05-19 17:40:42 +1200
    I support this policy. It represents vital and overdue progress towards a better society (and economy) that works fairly for all. The policy doesn't go as far as I would like (for example, it doesn't appear to address democracy in the workplace or worker coops). It's a big step in the right direction, though. Well done TOP.
  • Eli Ben Avrham Aven
    pledged support 2017-05-07 14:23:58 +1200
  • Charles Thomas
    pledged support 2017-05-02 17:16:59 +1200
    It is vital to address the decline in voter turnout ( which MMP was supposed to facilitate) because turnout indicates how representative our democracy is. Recently, Jack Vowles indicated that voting is habitual and that decisions to vote (or not) are formed early and usually become entrenched. This policies focus on Civic's development could prove a good step in developing more active participation and representation.
  • Mhairi Mackay
    pledged support 2017-04-30 17:58:23 +1200
  • Raffi Jongkind
    pledged support 2017-03-29 14:49:58 +1300
    I think that introducing an STV (single transferrable vote) would be beneficial for party and electoral votes alike. This system is already in use for many local election such as in Dunedin. This would allow for better representation of peoples interests, and would propbably increase the number of people willing to vote for TOP without fear of their vote being wasted (2014 election had 6.2% of the vote wasted). Our current voting method creates stronger polarisation as people become more concerned with voting for candidates/parties that have a chance of winning rather than those whom they actually support fundamentally.
  • Maureen Grimwood
    pledged support 2017-03-28 16:06:16 +1300
    This is sooo good. It was only recently I learned NZ didn't Have a bill of rights and I'm 63
  • Roana Bennett
    pledged support 2017-03-25 21:08:00 +1300
    Stongly agree with the policy .... but .... dedicated resourcing for RNZ and Te Mangai Paho needs to be retained to guarantee objective reporting.
  • Hannah Smith
    pledged support via 2017-03-25 08:13:27 +1300
  • Raffi Jongkind
    pledged support 2017-03-23 10:09:12 +1300
    Civics? YES.
    Upper house? YES.
    True public interest journalism? YES.
    Compulsory voting? YES PLEASE. (There should be consequences for not voting, which could involve withholding rights to a community services card; or even a special income tax rate for those who have not voted, which is minutely increased form the tax rate that the individual would otherwise have had)

    I am loving this policy. Keep it up TOP
  • Christopher Cookson
    pledged support 2017-03-15 18:30:01 +1300
  • Lauren Hayward
    pledged support 2017-03-14 20:14:16 +1300
  • Kate Tyson
    pledged support 2017-03-14 10:08:30 +1300
  • Bill Parks
    pledged support 2017-03-10 15:31:28 +1300
    I agree with another poster. Do away with party lists. Part of the problem is MPs and elected officials are more loyal to party than constituency. All MPS should be elected.

    Also, all votes should be conscience votes and the party should have no ability to punish you otherwise. If for example, I am a Labour MP and my constituency generally supports Labour on X, Y and Z but my is vehemently opposed to W, why should I be obliged to violate the wishes of my voters? What if ultimately, W is a flawed policy or a compromise could be reached that retains some of W without its more egregious aspects.
  • Bill Parks
    canceled their pledge of support 2017-03-10 15:21:19 +1300
  • Bill Parks
    pledged support 2017-03-10 15:20:22 +1300
  • Marty Sebire
    pledged support 2017-03-09 23:43:58 +1300
  • Kim Forbes
    pledged support 2017-03-08 12:35:20 +1300
  • Jill Greathead
    pledged support 2017-03-07 06:52:17 +1300
    It sure is time for change!
  • Richard Renai
    pledged support 2017-03-06 12:28:54 +1300
  • John Thomson
    pledged support 2017-03-06 11:15:32 +1300
  • John Blyth
    pledged support 2017-03-03 16:47:39 +1300
  • Shannon Smith
    pledged support 2017-02-25 19:42:30 +1300
  • Dolf van Asbeck
    pledged support 2017-02-21 08:25:06 +1300
    Children: In our multicultural society children's rights needs to include specific steps against female circumcision and under-age marriage. That includes passports for the very young and active measures to prevent people leaving the country to follow these practices and then expecting to return. Sanctions on residency.

    Upper House: Must be free of party aligned politics or voting to avoid the polarisation we see in the USA (and let's not forget Muldoon).

    The concept of a village gathering / national marae is rooted in both early European culture and Maori and could be the core of a modern adaption for our purposes.