Taxpayers’ Union Party Election debate hosted by The Working Group



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Folks, we are now into our season of live debates around NZ as part of our attempt at providing more democracy this election.

The content and questions are independent and not influenced by anyone other than me as host.

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We have had electorate debates in Napier and Ilam to date and tonight at 7pm simulcast on Freeview TV and live streamed on the NZ Herald we are hosting the Party debate where we have asked each Party to send their best advocate to debate the big issues.

ACT – David Seymour
National – Simeon Brown
Labour – Willie Jackson
Greens – Ricardo Menéndez March
Māori Party – John Tamihere
NZF – Jenny Marcroft


David Seymour vs Simeon Brown vs Willie Jackson vs Riccardo Menéndez March vs John Tamihere vs Jenny Marcroft

After this we will have a Northland debate, an Auckland Central Debate, a post Leaders Debate show in Wellington and a Tamaki debate with unique polling from Curia.

It’s $10 on the door or watch live for free on Facebook, YouTube,, The Daily Blog or Juice TV Channel 200 Freeview and posted up afterwards on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Rova & YouTube 

That’s 7 live debates across NZ with unique polling live-streamed and simulcast on prime-time TV and now live streamed on the front page of the NZ Herald.

NO other news network is even close to doing what we are attempting this election, and all done without one red cent from NZ on Air!

It will be politics done differently.


  1. Its too bad no one from TOP was invited. Guess they aren’t polling high enough to join the ‘maybes’ of the next parliament, not that some people or the National Party cheerleading group would want more voices at the table. Can’t give everyone a voice in MMP or we might end up like those ‘dilapidated’ Mediterranean and European countries – the horror!

    Unless the current lot can band together and coherently serve up something resembling more than a morsel of hollow hope and grumbling gizzards, then no one should be surprised when we’re talking about the same brokenness that plagues us now when the next election rolls around. No magic wand is going to solve every systemic issues in a single parliament, but why then trust and endorse those who preemptively rule out any willingness to work together to tackle those problems? Aren’t these problems caused in part by people not working together for the betterment of all? Have your deep and ideological disagreements for sure – just model a better way or more people will check out or be pushed to the extremes and margins. We all end up suffering one way or another if we think there’s more separating us than what actually exists right now.

  2. Willie Jackson “”they will get rid of Women’s Affairs”. ………….can’t come fast enough as now women can have a penis according to the Labour candidate for Manerewa, Arena Williams

    • The first rule of having a ministry is to know who that ministry is advocating for. Labour don’t even know what a woman is so how can they still demand that we need to have a Ministry of Women’s Affairs?

    • Well he’s been a toddler for a number of years so good to see him finally walking, though he did spit his dummy today.

  3. Tonight we ask Labour, National, Greens, The Maori Party, New Zealand First and ACT, to send forward their best advocates to articulate, The Four Big Issues of this Election.

    Issue 1 The economy and cost of living crisis

    Issue 2 The crime crisis

    Issue 3 Co-Governance, The Treaty and extremism crisis

    Issue 4 The climate crisis

    “Folks, that’s a lot of crisis for one election…

    Indeed it is.

    But it overlooks one.

    To put the cat among the doves, and really sort the sheep from the wolves, we need to debate just one more crisis this election.

    Issue 5 The Looming war crisis

    The question:

    Should New Zealand join ‘Pillar 2 AUKUS’?


    Unlike so many times before in our history, let’s not get caught with our pants down this time, This time, let’s not have this issue decided for us by others, but decided by us, the voters.

    Our democracy will not be served by ignoring this issue

    To commit to wage war, is the single biggest decision a nation or a people will ever have to make.
    A conflict of interests in the Pacific region between the major powers is leading to increasing tension between them. It is possible, even likely, that this conflict and rising tension will break out into open warfare. It is also possible, and more than likely that these powers will want to drag us into it.
    It would be remiss in our democracy, if it wasn’t discussed openly during this election, whether we should be going to another war alongside other nations against some other nation or nations.

    War and Peace?

    The national election is one of few chances we the people get to influence the general policy direction of our parliamentary leaders going forward.

    Going by this debate. Doesn’t look like we are going to get it.

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