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Share your story with us: What opportunities do you want for yourself, for your family, for New Zealand?

TOP is all about restoring opportunities that are slipping away from everyday Kiwis, and getting policies in place to secure a brighter future.

Tell us your story of lost opportunities and your hopes for new ones. Upload a few photos, and we'll share your story, like the one you see on this page, and we'll share a few with a hashtag #KiwiOpps.

If we make the national conversation about missing Kiwi opportunities, we are going have a huge impact on the election this year, and beyond!

Kiwi Opportunities

“Caring about the environment isn’t just for hippies nowadays. As a PhD in Accounting who’s studied business for 20 years, I worry about clean swimmable rivers, sure, but more so I worry if our impact on the climate is going to create a world that’s unsafe for my kids to live in.

The Labour government put in an emissions trading scheme to limit our use of carbon, then when National came in they kept it to look like they were doing the right thing, but they completely gutted it.

They made it profitable to pollute while ignoring the biggest opportunity for growth – sustainability-oriented businesses! Regenerative agriculture, energy efficiency initiatives… ALL long-term growth opportunity is in sustainable industries.

For me, it’s about finding solutions to real problems that actually are gonna fix those problems, and not just things that we like the sound of, or things that fit within a belief system. We need leaders with ideas that are actually going to get the job done, and work with everyone to make it happen.”

– Jenny, Tawa

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    • Ventura Fitzgerald
      followed this page 2017-05-25 02:00:23 +1200
    • Peter Griffiths
      commented 2017-05-09 09:48:58 +1200
      Although he was lucky enough to get a Golden Bay Housing Trust house at lower rental, [the original idea being that in 5 years he could save enough for a deposit on a house], my hard-working son and others like him won’t be able to save enough no matter what because house prices are forever skipping ahead.

      We live in a bay dominated by a dairy farm that was originally a flax swamp. There’s the anecdote of a visitor paddling his kayak up a tributary of the river, getting stuck and stepping out into “knee-deep cow poo”. The “unprecedented” flood at the end of 2011 built up the river bed to such an extent that now it floods after any heavy rain. I don’t think the dairy farm is sustainable, financially or environmentally. The tail end of Hurricane Ita at Easter 2014 did as much damage as the flood. It will take years to recover felled trees and repair access.
      40% of the houses in Golden Bay belong to absentee landowners. Where once many of them would rent out in the off season, now they’re more likely to want a ‘walk in, walk out’ situation for themselves when they holiday here. Eventually [now?] there won’t be housing for the workers needed to care for sections. As with the proposed Waimea dam, it’s those with the big bucks who are trying to control the already well over-allocated water, and our iconic Pupu Springs are beginning to show signs of pollution.
    • Lance McCaughan
      commented 2017-05-08 17:01:51 +1200
      Looking after the environment is easy and essential. trouble is that government keeps lowering the standards and businesses will only ever met those standards, not exced them