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GE-FREE NZ response to Opportunities Party Gene Editing policy is Anti-Science – TOP

By   /  May 3, 2019  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

Last month Australia allowed the use of gene editing in cases where no new genetic material is added. The Opportunities Party has called for New Zealand to follow Australia’s lead.   This prompted a hysterical response from GE Free NZ, who likened the Australian move to the “Wild West” of gene editing.   Opportunities Party […]

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1080 drops could be a thing of the past if New Zealand followed Australia by harnessing gene editing solutions. – TOP

By   /  April 29, 2019  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

New Zealand’s outdated legislation for genetic modification is hindering our ability to effectively solve major environmental challenges such as predator control and kauri dieback.   The Opportunities Party proposal would update New Zealand’s genetic modification laws in line with recent changes in Australia. It would enable scientists to use gene editing, which has identical outcomes […]

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Gareth Morgan, founder of The Opportunities Party, has resigned – TOP

By   /  April 1, 2019  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Gareth Morgan, founder of The Opportunities Party, has resigned – TOP

Party Leader Geoff Simmons has accepted the resignation of Dr Morgan from all roles, including the Policy Committee. It seems that politics is too similar to herding cats for his liking, and he can’t wait to sink his claws into his many other interests. Dr Morgan started the party in 2016 to contest the 2017 […]

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The Tax Working Group Report: The Good, The Bad and the Predictable

By   /  February 21, 2019  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on The Tax Working Group Report: The Good, The Bad and the Predictable

The Good Let’s start with the good stuff, and there is a bit of that, mainly around the environmental tax proposals. The Tax Working Group has acknowledged that the notion of a ‘circular economy’ has informed their recommendations. The proposed changes to the Waste Levy (to reduce waste), Emissions Trading Scheme (to reduce carbon emissions) […]

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Opportunities Party Welcomes New Parties with True Environmental Credentials

By   /  January 29, 2019  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Opportunities Party Welcomes New Parties with True Environmental Credentials

The Opportunities Party is committed to doing what works for the long term good of Aotearoa New Zealand. Giving young people opportunities means we need an economy, environment and society that are sustainably run.   Everyone can see that is not the case right now.   The concept of a blue green party – one […]

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TOP Leadership Election Winners Announced

By   /  December 13, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  2 Comments

The Opportunities Party is delighted with the results of the first-ever party election: The winner of the Leader position is Geoff Simmons. Geoff has been acting as the interim leader and was formerly General Manager of the Morgan Foundation. He brings with him a rock-solid background in TOP’s policy as well as excellent communication skills, […]

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TOP Leadership Election Candidates announced

By   /  November 17, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on TOP Leadership Election Candidates announced

The Opportunities Party has announced candidates for the Leadership and Member Representative roles in the party elections to be held in early December. The candidates for Leader of the party are: Anthony Singh Amy Stevens Jessica Hammond Doube Donna Pokere-Phillips Geoff Simmons The candidates for Member Representative are: Jemma Penelope Adam Dalgleish Benjamin Wylie-van Eerd […]

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TOP runs NZ’s first Blockchain political party election – TOP

By   /  November 7, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on TOP runs NZ’s first Blockchain political party election – TOP

The Opportunities Party (TOP) will run their first ever leadership election on the emerging global technology, Blockchain. Horizon State, a New Zealand technology firm based in Porirua, will provide the mobile election services with which members of the party will be able to vote from their phones. The blockchain-secured approach will be a first for […]

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TOP calls on Government to take Cannabis Referendum seriously

By   /  October 27, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on TOP calls on Government to take Cannabis Referendum seriously

After a disappointing year of inaction by the coalition government, the Opportunities Party calls on the Government to give New Zealand a plan for the Cannabis Referendum. “Politicians shouldn’t need to waste taxpayer money on hiding behind an expensive non-binding referendum. There is a strong interest in a legal, regulated market in New Zealand as […]

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Managing our water resources – Will it be a case of too little too late? – TOP

By   /  October 11, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Managing our water resources – Will it be a case of too little too late? – TOP

On Monday the Government released their response to our freshwater crisis. The upshot is that very little will be achieved in this term except more talking. The Government expects to start seeing improvements in the swimmability of our rivers by 2023, but if the public does return them for a second term there is no […]

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GUEST BLOG: Andrew Courtney – New Zealand: A living breathing example of Dr Seuss’s The Lorax

By   /  May 7, 2018  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  Comments Off on GUEST BLOG: Andrew Courtney – New Zealand: A living breathing example of Dr Seuss’s The Lorax

Our land 2018, a recent report released  by the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ, has found we are damaging and losing our soils and our native plants and animals.

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GUEST BLOG: Andrew Courtney – Winners and Loser: The New Zealand Tax System

By   /  April 19, 2018  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  1 Comment

There has been the constant spectre of the Tax Working Group hanging over us, and over the weekend, the appointment of Marama Davidson as Co-leader of the Greens gave rise to the discussion of new and higher taxes, including higher income tax, for which she is a supporter.

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TOP on Cannabis Reform

By   /  February 5, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on TOP on Cannabis Reform

The new Labour bill for cannabis reform is another in a growing list of policy that has failed to live up to its pre-election billing.  Asked in an election debate whether Labour would legalise cannabis for medicinal use, for pain relief or extending life, Jacinda Ardern responded unequivocally; “absolutely yes.”. Labour continued to campaign pre-election […]

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TOP MEDIA RELEASE – The myth of the lazy poor – Gareth Morgan

By   /  February 1, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  2 Comments

I always think twice before diving into the weird and wonderful world that is the comments thread on Stuff, but after a recent article that linked the increase in food parcel deliveries to growing inequality in NZ I felt compelled. My optimism that perhaps the notion of 300,000 kids living in poverty in NZ would […]

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Kudos on Zero Carbon Commitment – TOP

By   /  November 8, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

Labour has begun to make its way through their list of promises for the first 100 days in office. So far we have been somewhat underwhelmed by the policy announcements made; you can see our thoughts on Labour’s minimum wage increases and their foreign ownership ban here. In general this Labour-led Government looks like a […]

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Foreign Buyers – The Villain or the Scape Goat – TOP

By   /  November 2, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  3 Comments

Does anyone seriously think that Labour’s first loud policy initiative is anything but window-dressing for the masses, a solution chasing a problem that hasn’t even been evidenced? Sure, Phil Twyford doesn’t like Chinese-sounding names, but that is hardly evidence. Where is the evidence that foreign absentee owners are the fundamental driver of the soaring house […]

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