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We want to know what is on your mind now - the issues you think are the most important for NZ; the things we should be tackling first.  Then after we release our TOP 7 policies, we will have a process for you to add new ideas.  

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Before you suggest an idea, please search previous posts to see if someone has suggested it already. You can tag and comment on that suggestion to lend your support. If you have several suggestions we are keen to hear them, but keep them to one per post please. Please keep the ideas brief. Thanks for your time! 

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    • NIMCET Application Form 2018 For New Registration

      As per the recent update, National Institute of Technology (NIT) is going to announce the notification for the upcoming academic year admissions process. This is an excellent opportunity for the aspirants to join in the top most institutions around the country by appearing for the NIT MCA Entrance Exam 2018. The admissions will be conducted based on the online exam result of the applicants who have participated for the exam. NIT has released the NIMCET Application Form 2018 only on online mode.

      No other mode of application will accept by the conducting authority. The exam will conduct foran entry pass to the candidates to book their admissions in the NITs. The exam will be organized as a national level eligible test to select the perfect candidates for the MCA course. The selected candidates can join MCA courses in Raipur, Jamshedpur, Calicut, Allahabad, Bhopal, Surathkal, Durgapur, Tiruchirapalli and other NIT.   

      NIMCET 2018 Online Application

      Now it’s time for the budding aspirants to act quickly for getting the admissions in the NITs. The candidates must have the minimum educational qualification to appear for the application process. All the details are relevant to eligibility criteria provided in the provided along with the booklet. So refer it properly before making your NIT MCA CET Online Application.

      The board has all the rights to select or reject a candidate’s application form and admission process at any time. Candidates can send the online registration form with the entire particular which will help you strongly until the end of the admission. Candidates don’t miss any documents to attach make sure you have done with all before confirm your registration.

      How to Registration Online for NIMCET 2018

      For NITs admission process, online registration will be treated as one of the important things to do. Few of them think that registration process is difficult to complete. Here we provide some easy instructions to make your work simple.

      • Applicant must visit the official website of NIMCET2018 using the registration link.
      • Candidates can click on the application window and start your registration.
      • First, enter your details to create an online account. Then login to your account by using the application number and password.
      • Now enter other particulars relevant to educational qualification, exam venue, and more.
      • Now candidates can upload the scanned document in the required column.
      • Complete the application fee through online transaction using any of the banks.
      • Now send your application and note down the login particulars for further process.

      NIMCET 2018 Exam Fee

      The applicant should pay the application fee as per the board instruction. The fee will be varied on the category.

      For general and OBC: Rs. 2000/-

      For SC/ST: Rs. 1000/-

      NIMCET 2018 Application Form :- https://onlineentrancesexam.co.in/nimcet-application-form/

    • AP EDCET And Jee Main 2018 Application Form

      The Andhra Pradesh State Council for Higher Education is planning to organize the Andhra Pradesh B.Ed Entrance Exam2018 for the admission in Bachelor of regular education courses. For the next academic year, the entrance exam is carried out by the institute of advanced study in education, Andhra University under the regulations of APSCHE. The Andhra University has decided to upload AP EdCET Application Form 2018 for the upcoming exam. The written test is common for all the candidates who willing to participate for getting the admissions. The AP EdCET 2018 Official notification has uploaded in February on the official portal with all the detailed information.

      It’s important for the candidates to download the information booklet and read carefully to send your online Performa. The online test will help the candidates to get their admissions in government and private colleges within the state. The university has requested the aspiring youngsters to submit their AP EdCET Online Registration Form on or before the last date. The candidates should fill the application with original information to support their eligibility during the verification process.

      The detailed information booklet for filling the online form has provided for the candidates. Only one application can send to a person, more than one online form found on the verification, the candidate will be rejected from the written exam procedure. Also, you can attach the required files along with the AP B.Ed Online Form in the required column.

      You need to send your filled forms with proper details if you will send any incomplete or error in the application form or without exam fee shall not be taken for the verification process by the authority.

      How to Fill the AP EdCET Online Application Form

      • Candidates who want to submit the online registration form through online mode on the official page using www.scheap.gov.in website.
      • Tab on the application link on the website and open online form filling your entities.
      • Now make your online registration for EDCET with your personal and educational credentials in the required fields.
      • You can enter only original information on the application Performa. Also, you can choose the choice of examination zone in the options column.
      • Now you will jump to the attachment page and attach the documents like mark sheet, photograph, identity proof, signature, and thumb impression of the candidate.
      • Now candidate can make your online payment via online using any bank credit card/ NEFT/ debit card or E-centers.
      • Enter the transaction details in the online form and then press the submit option to complete your online registration.
      • Finally, you need to take a hard copy of the online form for your future use.

      AP EdCET 2018 Exam Fee

      The board has instructed the candidates to pay the non-refundable exam fee along with the applications. The exam fee will be varied on the category.

      The registration fee for general and OBC: Rs. 600/-

      Registration fee for SC/ST: Rs.400/-

       

      AP EdCET 2018 Application Form:- https://onlineentrancesexam.co.in/ap-edcet-online-application-form/

      JEE Main 2018 Application Form:- https://onlineentrancesexam.co.in/jee-main-application-form/

    • Evolution Revolution

      Having read through most policies/visions, I am stuck with an uncomfortable feeling. While all ideas are good, they all start from the status quo. But alas, the current way of doing things is past its use by date. Tinkering and adjusting will not solve our problems. The premise of growth, being it sustainable ( a beautiful oxymoron) or not, has reached its useful life. We need to change to a 'sustainable living' society. This can (only) be achieved through decentralising and giving the power back to the communities to make their own decisions on what serves them. Starting from the premise that we are all in it together; what would you do if all others were your brothers (sisters)(parents)etc. Thom Hartmann wrote a nice book about how we got where we are, and some ideas on how we could get out of this mess. 'The last hours of ancient sunshine'. Having read through most policies/visions, I am stuck with an uncomfortable feeling. While all ideas are good, they all start from the status quo. But alas, the current way of doing things is past its use by date. Tinkering and adjusting will not solve our problems. The premise of growth, being it sustainable ( a beautiful oxymoron) or not, has reach its useful live. We need to change to a 'sustainable living' society.

    • Website – make suggestions more accessible

      Establish a framework of topics and sub-topics by which suggestions can be classified and/or provide a global search.

    • Establish a Criminal Cases Review Commission

      England, Wales & and Northern Island have had a CCRC since 1997, and Scotland since 1999. Those Commissions have operated very successfully and at remarkably low cost. In 2005 Sir Thomas Thorp published a report concluding that New Zealand too needs a fully independent authority to deal with claimed miscarriages of justice. That proposal has been supported by the Chief Justice, Crown Law Office, New Zealand Law Society, Auckland District Law Society, Criminal Bar Association, and the Justice and Electoral Select Committee. It’s high time the politicians got on with it.

    • TOP Immigration Policy needs a corresponding Tertiary Education Policy

      For NZ to become Dawkins’ “the Athens of the modern world”, attracting European and US Nobel Laureates, we need to rebuild NZ universities. Compared to the rest of the OECD, we spend much less on public tertiary education and and much more on private tertiary education which (as TOP recognises) is often of poor quality. See the chart here… https://data.oecd.org/eduresource/spending-on-tertiary-education.htm#indicator-chart We also underspend on blue-skies research (the very thing that top academics want to be able to do). NZ’s Marsden fund has a success rate round 8% while Australia’s ARC fund is round 20%. Apart from work that is tied to health, agriculture and (to some extent) ICT, academia in NZ has be subject to funding/hiring cuts and/or freezes for nearly a decade. The world’s great thinkers and scientists don’t want to work in glorified polytechnics / industry training schemes. Part of the problem is that NZ has fallen into the STEM trap of thinking that tertiary education is most useful for imparting technical skills that directly drive current or short-term needs of employers. If we want to avoid an NZ version of “ Brexit, Trump and the ugly march of nationalism moving across Europe” we need to enhance opportunity and equality, but also social cohesion, and quality of life in general. Universities should be tackling all these interdisciplinary issues. Having said all this, I agree with Dawkins that we really could attract a lot of talent here and we really could have the knowledge economy that other have paid lip-service to for so long, but we won’t do it unless we fix tertiary education first.

    • Please let decriminalization be next, please let decriminalization be next, please, please, please

      Actually. This is more of a plea to have a bit more feedback. I'm sure you are harvesting for ideas but it does feel a bit like we are talking into a vacuum. Also, without feedback are we really heading the direction envisioned? Anyway. Some feedback. Also, I do recognise decriminalization is next. Housing policy is a rooic du jour and your policy is another set of howitzers blasting away. Decriminalization is an atomic bomb from nowhere that will have you front and centre in the news leading the debate.

    • TOP tax policy - brief critique

      Complicated, vague and unclear. Thought we were about evidence based policy - this policy is as aspirational as my own Tax suggestion. We already have an asset tax on property - rates. Good example of knowing the price of everything and the value of nothing. To some of us a house is not a financial asset but a home for our family. This policy will encourage a spend society: if I have the option of spending on a holiday (which will be mentally enriching) or making my home more comfortable (increasing the value and the amount of asset tax) I'll be more likely to take the holiday. We may end up with run down housing stock and consequent housing standards. We have always viewed home ownershipas a symbol of financial freedom: if this the the cultural change being advocated I for one don't want it.

    • An Activism "UBI" to Help Rebalance Democracy Away From Concentrated Wealth

      This policy would establish "activism credits" (New Zealand ActCreds) each worth one New Zealand dollar that could be exchanged for their value in NZ dollars at a central agency only by registered activist groups. Each registered voter would receive an equal allocation of NZ ActCreds (an activism "UBI") and would then be charged with reallocating them to registered activist groups of their choice. There would need to be rules about the constitution of a registered activist group, along the lines of registered charities or incorporated societies. The rules would not say anything about the objectives of the activism, just as there are no rules around the policies that may be pursued by political parties. Political parties would be excluded from being registered activist groups. Along with other policies, this policy would help to rebalance the democracy deficit of less wealthy people compared with more wealthy people and of people compared with corporations. It is necessary if we wish to reverse the trend toward plutocracy where concentrations of wealth and power influence and control government to grant themselves greater concentrations of wealth and power.

    • Public Servants

      Two parts to this One - IMHO a politician is a servant of the people so he/she should serve no other masters - none! This means that a politician - once elected - should have no other income, nobody else should be able to pay him/her for anything - anything that is ongoing like royalties should be directed to a national recognized charity In order to make that work he/she should be paid a lot more than presently - at least twice as much PLUS - I am thinking that he/she should get a "pension" and also be unable to get anything other than that pension for at least five years after leaving office Two - At the moment politics is a rich man's game, I propose a wealth limit - if you are a multimillionaire then you cannot also be a politician unless you divest yourself of that wealth In the UK if you are a Lord/Lady entitled to serve in the House of Lords you cannot serve in the House of Commons unless you renounce your title - pass it on to your heir (at least it used to be like that) We could treat excessive wealth the same way - you have to pass your wealth on before you can be elected - and it can't come back!

    • The right to water

      I think this Slovenien Parliamentary resolution sums it up. https://www.facebook.com/DavidAvocadoWolfe/videos/10153998109381512/

    • Corporate ownership control and responsibilities

      Limited Lability companies were set up with the implied bargain that they get the ‘limited Liability” in exchange for the benefits they bring to the society And that worked for a long time Big companies (the vast majority of them) used to operate as “responsible citizens” – looking after Their employees Their neighbours Their society As well as their stockholders Sometime in the 70’s this behaviour changed and shareholders became the only beneficiary – Breaking the implied contract We need to remake that implied contract as an actual contract – the company getting it’s “limited liability” in exchange for the old deal of looking after the society

    • We need to build up not out

      We're continually making good productive land available for housing. I know we need housing but I think we need to build more quality condensed housing & apartments. Not everyone wants their own garden. Community gardens could even be a good idea for some builds. If land needs to be made available more weight should be given to protecting productive land & using poor quility for new builds

    • Opportunity for Self Sacrifice

      If foe example I have no children and want to leave my money to conservation or i want a meaningdul retirement in conservation i have no opportunity to do that. If the government can put aside small blocks for conservation with forest and predator free covenants and max one off grid sustainable dwelling you would see people self sacrificing and donating to add to the conservation and natural heritage of NZ

    • JAFA Tax

      I have suggested this before in a tongue in cheek manner but we should have some serious discussion on this subject Auckland has about one third of the total population of this country I believe that is too large a percentage and that having that large a percentage will badly distort the development of the rest of the country that way that London has damaged the UK This leads to What is the optimum size for a city? Large enough that it can afford all of the benefits of city life, the concentration of market and people that drives industry Not so large that the costs and inconvenience of moving inside it become too large a negative The way I see it the advantages of scale will follow a curve of diminishing improvement – increasing size may continue to offer advantages but they will become less as the city grows The disadvantages of scale will follow a different type of curve – getting steadily greater as the city grows The disadvantages of size will be made worse if the city is in an area with limited growth capacity due to the local topography– like Dunedin as opposed to Chrischurch Having decided on an optimum size we should use a taxation/subsidy regime to reduce the growth pressure on cities (Auckland) above that size and to transfer that growth to cities that are below the optimum size

    • Prisoner rehabilitation

      Our current method of reintegrating prisoners into society is a disaster. It is no wonder that we have high reoffending rates when at the end of their sentence prisoners are released on the streets to fend for themselves. They do get some support but not enough. In an environment where they carry the stigma of their conviction it is hard for them to get a job and provide the income needed to re-establish themselves. Some are lucky enough to come back to supportive families, many don’t. I propose that funding be made available to support prisoners for at least a year after release. That would include:

      • Accommodation, food, clothing, etc.
      • Life skills training – everything from how to wash your clothes to how to apply for a job, whatever they need to be a self-sufficient, law abiding citizen
      • Help to integrate into social networks – particularly those that would otherwise find themselves back in their old criminal networks otherwise.
      At all costs they need to be placed in an environment where they are not tempted to turn back to crime in order to support themselves or their families. Yes, this will cost money, but the cost is likely to be repaid by a reduction in crime and an increase in productivity. Like any good policy, this one would be subject to tracking and assessment. If the evidence in the form of lower recidivism does not exist after 5 years, another policy would replace it.

    • Add exploitative practices to the remit of the Commerce Commission

      NZ is both put at a disadvantage and people are exploited for our benefit when supply chains include unethical practices. NZ is put at a disadvantage where overseas supply chains use forced labour or unsustainable low rates of pay or extremely long hours. Essentially NZ is uncompetitive as a result of our worker protection laws. Sure a lot of times we can't compete because wages in some other countries are lower than here. In some cases it's more than that. Also, if we in NZ buy from unethical growers or manufacturers we encourage the persistence of slave or sweatshop conditions. I propose that we expand the powers of the Commerce Commission to allow it to investigate, prosecute or prevent the importation of goods and services that have been produced unethically. E.G. http://m.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11759397

    • Intergenerational Inequality

      I am very concerned about the future costs and debts our current form of economic management is loading onto young New Zealanders. Our property and wealth taxes benefit the older generations. The young people now paying exorbitant prices to buy or rent houses are the ones being saddled with very large debts into their futures. This is on top of tertiary fees which have been increasing seven times faster than inflation. Moreover, by 2060, our current National Superannuation settings will bankrupt our country according to a recent Treasury report. As early as 2030, there will only be 2 workers for every pensioner. So young people will be facing higher taxes and cuts to health and benefits themselves to fund this. Furthermore, as an economy, we are once more pursuing a pre-GFC path of personal debt funded growth (New Zealand household debt is now 163% of annual household disposable income) rather than productive investment fueled economic growth. NZ is near the bottom of OECD productivity league tables and our GDP growth per person is only 0.2%. And then there is the degraded environment we are bequeathing to young people (global warming, ocean acidification, nitrate and phosphate contamination of our waterways etc). The potential for young people to bear the burden of all these costs and debts looks bleak given that the real incomes of two-thirds of households in 25 advanced economies (NZ included) were flat or fell between 2005 and 2014; and that young people today can expect their starting real incomes to be lower than their parents were (see McKinsey’s July 2016 report - ‘Poorer than their Parents’). In addition, wealth in NZ is becoming increasingly unevenly distributed, with 10% of Kiwis now owning 60% of NZ’s wealth. A massive impediment to addressing this issue is the fact that so many young people seem to both be unaware of the negative legacy they face and also fail to vote - almost half of 18-24 year olds did not vote in the 2014 election. One way to address this ignorance and/or apathy could be for TOP to find a messenger (such as a respected, well known young sports person) who young New Zealanders will take notice of who will make them aware that they really need to start thinking about these issues and exercising their right to vote. Otherwise, their futures will be decided by the self interests of the older generations in NZ.

    • Call for checks and balances in our justice system.

      There are too many prisoners in our penal system who are either innocent or not culperble for the offences they have been convicted of. Once subject to a prison sentence it is next to impossible to exonerate one self with out a great deal of time and expense being expended, Regardless of new evidence or facts which allude or point to an unsafe and unjust conviction. Either the appeal process requires an overhaul or a body, panel or council outside of the immediate justice system with the jurisdiction and authority to make or refer any miscarriage of justice back to the courts. This way it may be dealt with in an expidiate manner thus minimizing the harm to the victim of a justice system that fails to deliver justice for all.

    • Economic Democracy