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  • Ben Thomas
    pledged support 2017-02-20 23:04:21 +1300
  • Paul Elwell-Sutton
    pledged support 2017-02-17 17:21:05 +1300
    I'm not so sure about devolution to local communities because, living in a rural community as I do, I have seen how easily money and power coerce and/or intimidate dissent. There must be standards to abide by to prevent this from happening, and resources to ensure that those standards are met.
    Devolution is a two-edged sword.
    I very much support the principles for a constitution as they are outlined, especially human rights and the rights of Nature.
  • ray & Jenny lilley
    pledged support 2017-02-17 15:49:46 +1300
  • David West
    pledged support 2017-02-17 14:45:06 +1300
    I would like to see significant changes to the election process:
    * Abolish the party (list) vote. Everyone in parliament should be an elected representative.
    * Elect at least 2 people from each electorate, on a proportional basis (STV or similar). This would ensure most voters are represented by someone they actually voted for.
    * Parliament (our elected representatives) to elect a Prime Minister and Cabinet.
    * Cabinet Ministers to be head of Select Committees. Departments and other agencies report directly to them.
    * Select committee membership to be same party balance as Parliament.
    * MPs to be free to speak in Parliament on behalf of their constituents (ie, actually represent us) rather than toe a party line.
    * An upper house is a good safeguard. It should take over and extend the role of Governor-General, who currently has to give her/his assent to all legislation. G-G role should be ceremonial only (assuming we want to keep some sort of formal recognition of NZ's relationship with the British Crown).
  • Kevin Chamberlain
    pledged support 2017-02-17 13:51:16 +1300
    Democracy Reset - Very good - to improve:
    1. Focus on getting the constitution & Upper House (UH) over the line with the UH having 50/50 Maori/Non Maori representation, limited tender of UH reps, two 5yrs terms. Total UH reps 10 plus independent chair-governor. Lower House limited to 72 (MMP 60+12 list =20%), four year terms max. LH 4x4 terms for a member (16yrs)
    2. Get rid of some TVNZ comment - deal with it under Crown Commercial Entities - an overall in Govt. competing with the private sector
    3. Have local govt. subject to defined services, (complementary not overlapping with CG), caped rates increases, independent quality reviews every two years, elected council tender 4 terms, each term 4yrs,
    4. Set Policies on better process for all CG & LG elected members to be required to stand down - a Mayor at the moment can't be fired for incompetence yet a statutory manager can be appointed by Govt to a school if the school is dysfunctional
    5. Local Govt needs constitutional reform at the same time and needs to be included in the policy - at present they are out of ratepayer control and CG is setting on the sideline as the tax burden is shifted to ratepayers and the core council services can be anything under the 2002 LG Act - LG Annual revenue is around 9b with assets of nearly 130b - Council actions affect all NZers and at present they give the illusion of democracy
  • James P Barton
    pledged support 2017-02-17 13:41:07 +1300
    The clarity of thought in this TOP policy is brilliant and it would be great to seee implemented in New Zealand ASAP. As a starter bring back the Upper House.
  • Martin Manning
    pledged support 2017-02-17 12:21:41 +1300
  • Andrew Schollum
    pledged support 2017-02-15 11:37:47 +1300
  • James Wilson
    pledged support 2017-02-13 16:02:23 +1300
    Exciting departure from the same old same old. Keep this up please
  • Merv Robertson
    pledged support 2017-02-12 17:44:00 +1300
    Thoughtful and thought-provoking - a complex weave of interlocking ideas. To me the most significant TOP policy released so far.
  • Seann Paurini
    pledged support 2017-02-10 15:47:53 +1300
    I love the policy although I am concerned about compulsory te reo.
  • Hamish Norton
    pledged support 2017-02-09 06:47:15 +1300
  • Michael Hunter
    pledged support 2017-02-08 20:12:06 +1300
  • Jack Miller
    pledged support 2017-02-08 15:57:09 +1300
    this cynical old joker welcomes the display of weel thought out new policies to shake up the old moribund gezzers in the behive .
  • Caroline McGurk
    pledged support 2017-02-08 08:37:30 +1300
    Excellent, I want a Constitution for all the reasons the policy outlines. I see a healthy, kind and representative society because of it.
  • Alan Dawn
    pledged support 2017-02-08 06:53:36 +1300
  • Daniel Schwalm
    pledged support 2017-02-08 01:10:54 +1300
    Full steam ahead with this one, Gareth!
  • ray taylor
    pledged support 2017-02-07 22:16:47 +1300
    Gareth did you consider compulsory voting as an option?
  • Peter Littler
    pledged support 2017-02-07 21:49:50 +1300
  • Malcolm Long
    pledged support 2017-02-07 20:01:28 +1300
  • Josko Sestan
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-02-07 17:24:52 +1300
    I pledged to vote for TOP
  • Josko Sestan
    @JoskoSestan tweeted link to this page. 2017-02-07 17:24:49 +1300
  • Josko Sestan
    pledged support 2017-02-07 17:23:51 +1300
    Solid information Gareth. Solid direction. I like thus policy. I would also like to see more done on binding referendums. And more of themy when it comes to important decisions.
  • Barbara Hay
    pledged support 2017-02-07 16:43:48 +1300
    The principles as stated are long overdue and would go a long way to redressing the power imbalance that is increasingly impacting negatively on our society.
  • Warwick Barnes
    pledged support 2017-02-07 16:38:44 +1300
    Top continues to impress me. Identifying problems. Providing solutions
  • Raylene Carston
    pledged support 2017-02-07 15:21:13 +1300
  • John Cussins
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-02-07 15:19:18 +1300
    I pledged to vote for TOP
  • John Cussins
    pledged support 2017-02-07 15:18:41 +1300
  • Brian Hawthorne
    pledged support 2017-02-07 14:52:57 +1300
  • John Grater
    pledged support 2017-02-07 14:30:01 +1300