All people have aspirations, and all of us have a right to fulfil those aspirations. We also have a responsibility to ensure others have the same opportunity.
In my experience if you help people pursue their own goals, you'll find that they are curious, independent, creative and motivated. If you tell them what to do, or how they should live, or get in the way of their goals, they will shut down. There is simply no good reason to do this, particularly in today's society.
Being a New Zealander used to mean you get a fair go. But not everyone these days enjoys the same opportunities I had when I was a kid.
I want my 4 kids and 6 grandkids to have the same opportunities that I did when growing up.
TOP understands the importance of people starting businesses, or being in paid work, and we also acknowledge the contribution of unpaid work. Without it our economy would collapse.
We seek to restore the Kiwi tradition of being the most equitable or fair society on the planet.
We also want all Kiwis to benefit from our incredible natural environment. It is our greatest asset.
We are intolerant of policies and regulations that protect the privileges of a few. We object to policies that allow people to get rich at the expense of others or our environment. We are equally intolerant of any policies that prevent our economy from performing to its potential. New Zealanders don’t have to put up with any of this.
Read more about TOP's political strategy here.