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Launch of a Political Party

I am pleased to announce the formation of a new political party: The Opportunities Party.  

I know that as a country we are not fulfilling our potential, that with the right policies we can materially improve fairness, and give many more New Zealanders the opportunity to fulfil their aspirations.

If we do this we will not just be more prosperous, but will improve our overall well-being in terms of:

  1. fairness,
  2. reduced poverty,
  3. housing affordability,
  4. environmental sustainability and making the most from our natural capital, and
  5. national pride.

I’m reasonably sure there does exist a suite of policy initiatives that will do this. But we have to break from the lethargy that Establishment parties and career politicians have us locked in. Their fear of losing votes makes them champions of inertia and only ever reluctant proponents of incremental change. 

Our programme

The next few months for us at TOP is all about convincing you the voter that what we propose will produce a substantial improvement in well-being, and that we deserve your support in chivvying the government along – whoever they may be. The changes I’m talking about will benefit us, our children and our grandchildren. But to effect change we need to be in parliament and in sufficient numbers to have undue influence.

Today is Ground Zero for us – this is where we begin. Our first target is to get enough members and to do this we intend to;

  1. Release our policy priorities by the end of January,
  2. Convince New Zealanders that we have a strategy to make New Zealand more prosperous but at the same time make New Zealand fair again. You cannot boost prosperity by protecting privilege.

Call to Action

TOP is a rebellion against the politics of mediocrity, against the inertia of the Established parties. I look forward to engaging New Zealand on the topic of how we do better – a lot better. If you want to be part of this, keeping up with what we’re doing, contributing to the discussion, or becoming a member then go to www.top.org.nz and register.

Finally I have resigned as a trustee of Morgan Foundation to focus on this political campaign. MF will continue the work on the public policy research, environmental projects and projects as it has been since its establishment in 2006.

Showing 24 reactions

  • Oliver Krollmann
    followed this page 2016-11-12 13:07:08 +1300
  • Daryl A voice from the north
    followed this page 2016-11-07 18:22:36 +1300
  • LIsa Wall
    followed this page 2016-11-05 14:42:22 +1300
  • Dave Reid
    commented 2016-11-05 09:33:17 +1300
    Lots of good ideas by Gareth, I especially applaud a focus on equality. I have joined to see what happens when the party gets registered, and has a serious voice. However, 1080 may be an issue that stands between me, and an actual vote for TOP, as I cant support such an immoral poison regardless of the value of the cause. It will depend on what polices actually develop.
  • Graeme Kiyoto-Ward
    commented 2016-11-04 20:59:34 +1300
    I think that there’s a lot of knowledge about how we can better run our society that we fail to act on because the conversations get shut down. We do too much because it’s always been done that way. Great idea to have an party focused on evidence based policies. I suspect it be a hard road but great for NZ to have some difficult and overdue discussions.
  • Jeremy Bayliss
    followed this page 2016-11-04 20:40:17 +1300
  • Ray McKeown
    commented 2016-11-04 20:09:39 +1300
    Great news Gareth. Looking forward to being involved in something that uses evidence to produce policy. Don’t always agree with you but who does always agree. At least this may be a way to give NZ a choice unlike what we have now.
  • Ray McKeown
    commented 2016-11-04 19:57:36 +1300
    Great news Gareth. Looking forward to being involved in something that uses evidence to produce policy. Don’t always agree with you but who does always agree. At least this may be a way to give NZ a choice unlike what we have now.
  • Selwyn Feary
    commented 2016-11-04 16:35:06 +1300
    What is TOP’s position on TPP?
  • Andrew Burton
    commented 2016-11-04 15:49:46 +1300
    Fantastic! Good on you Gareth! Just what I and my family have been looking for! NZ Govt spends money on a stupid agrihub in the desert and pays a bribe (by any other name) to a Saudi who is not short of money = the last straw. Meanwhile New Zealand children live in substandard housing and have nothing to eat, we can’t even swim in our rivers and lakes anymore, and the majority of New Zealanders are now renting which only makes someone else rich – and I wonder who? And the average price for a home is now over half a million dollars for something that looks like it has been built from a bunch of pick up sticks!

    New Zealanders are too scared of change and too conservative – but I ask myself why is there so much cancer and asthma and sickness in this country? Why are NZ houses so expensive and yet so cheap? And what happened to our inventiveness (my full congratulations to Rocket Lab)?

    Someone needs to break the status quo and challenge all New Zealanders to create a better and fairer place to live, and lets start right away with fair and even taxes, a real cut to government spending and waste, and especially a cut to politicians salaries and perks which would have the best effect of all – to humble our arrogant politicians. The way New Zealand is currently heading, 10% of the population will be wealthy, and the middle class will disappear.

    Change is good!
  • Mark Pickering
    followed this page 2016-11-04 13:39:52 +1300
  • Annie Cass
    commented 2016-11-04 12:45:15 +1300
    Actually, Lindsay Curnow, let’s do sweat the detail. I absolutely do want a fairer taxation system, one that acknowledges that people need a certain level of income to stay alive, and taxes only above that level. One that taxes all the money made by the wealthy and doesn’t let profits out of the country. One that actually functions as a means of sharing the wealth of the nation and permits a good universal income. I’m not at all sure, though, that Mr Morgan has what it takes to bring this about. I also worry about his endorsement of 1080 baiting and the vitriolic bitterness of his cat-hating rants.
    So I do want to know the nuts and bolts of his strategy, and why he hasn’t joined the Greens or Labour with them if they’re any good. We don’t need another new party. What we need is to fix the ones we’ve got, and to mend them you need to join them and pitch in. Of course, that might involve listening to others and – oh the horror! – changing your mind a bit on some issues. Gareth Morgan doesn’t seem like a man who can change his mind in the face of new information. And this, to me, is the thing that most disqualifies him from political life. He’s a talker, not a listener.
  • Kerry Sainsbury
    commented 2016-11-04 12:36:31 +1300
    You lost me at “National pride”. My country is not better than your country. USA! USA! USA! No thanks.
  • Bruce Gourdie
    commented 2016-11-04 12:27:05 +1300
    I remember Bob Jones political party, it’s impact was to split the Labour vote and give National another 3 years in power. I believe another 3 years of National would be disastrous for New Zealand. Can TOP assure me that it will not consider any sort of coalition with National if that would allow National to form a Government next election?
  • Jonathan Dunlop
    commented 2016-11-04 11:46:55 +1300
    Bring on a CCIT and UBI – we need major reform so the economy can move forward in a sustainable and equitable way! Great to see a written constitution on the agenda and a commitment to the TOW in the party constitution!
  • Megan Owen
    commented 2016-11-04 11:44:49 +1300
    A bit worried about splitting Green Party vote when they are needed to bring down Key… are you working on a MoU with them? Love the use of Red Peak ❤ and the priorities (except national pride… can be interpreted as dog whistling as comments already reveal…..) I hope a return to the values of NZ as egalitarian and innovative is what is meant. PS Approach Chloe Swarbrick!!!!
  • Mariette Kritzinger
    commented 2016-11-04 11:18:19 +1300
    As an immigrant I support the notion of national pride…I chose to move to a western based society where my family could assimilate…not being alienated as current policies are fast achieving!
  • Lindsay Curnow
    commented 2016-11-04 10:41:10 +1300
    Annie Cass, he hasn’t said that; he has said fairness . . . let’s not sweat the detail yet. This is a start to an attempt to break with the old system which is undeniably a disaster. Anything different has got to be better than our current undemocratic system.
  • Albert Barr
    commented 2016-11-04 10:41:05 +1300
    Good stuff Gareth. As a political activist I am heartened a new political party has been formed to challenge the status quo. Most interested in adding my voice. Under this current regime we see the uber rich, the desperate poor and the struggling in-between. This is not the Kiwi way many of us want to continue.

    Best of fortune in your attempt to create a fairer, equitable society.
  • Annie Cass
    commented 2016-11-04 10:39:57 +1300
    How, exactly? And by “national pride”, do you mean “immigrants (I’m one!) out”?
  • Lindsay Curnow
    commented 2016-11-04 10:39:55 +1300
    Annie Cass, he hasn’t said that; he has said fairness . . . let’s not sweat the detail yet. This is a start to an attempt to break with the old which is a disaster. Anything different has got to be better than our current undemocratic system.
  • Mark James
    followed this page 2016-11-04 10:39:09 +1300
  • Albert Barr
    commented 2016-11-04 10:39:04 +1300
    Good stuff Gareth. As a political activist I am heartened a new political party has been formed to challenge the status quo. Most interested in adding my voice. Under this current regime we see the uber rich, the desperate poor and the struggling in-between. This is not the Kiwi way many of us want to continue.

    Best of fortune in your attempt to create a fairer, equitable society.
  • Annie Cass
    commented 2016-11-04 10:23:32 +1300
    How, exactly? And by “national pride”, do you mean “immigrants (I’m one!) out”?