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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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TOP SLAMS ALL WATER TAXES. IT’S ABOUT SETTING A PRICE

By   /  September 20, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  5 Comments

The Opportunities Party has joined farmers across the country in rejecting Labour and other parties plans to tax water.   Deputy Leader Geoff Simmons has written a hard-hitting blog rejecting water taxes set by politicians and bureaucrats in favour of a market price for water.   This would allow farmers and other business folk to […]

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PEOPLE ARE DYING CANNABIS REFORM MUST BE HIGH PRIORITY – TOP

By   /  September 18, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on PEOPLE ARE DYING CANNABIS REFORM MUST BE HIGH PRIORITY – TOP

The Opportunities Party will make cannabis reform a high priority if elected to Parliament, and calls on all other Parties to do the same.   With at least twenty deaths linked to synthetic cannabis in the past three months it is past time for the country to deal with what the Dominion Post describes as […]

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TOP Party Launches Stop Peters Campaign

By   /  September 13, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  3 Comments

With the polls closing in just ten days The Opportunities Party has launched a strategic voting campaign designed to remove Winston Peters and New Zealand First from their position as monarch makers in the New Zealand election. While still hopeful of a five percent plus outcome on election night TOP believes for either a National […]

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HEY JACINDA AND BILL WE WEREN’T OFFERING YOU A DEAL – TOP

By   /  September 11, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on HEY JACINDA AND BILL WE WEREN’T OFFERING YOU A DEAL – TOP

The Opportunities Party says Labour and National are dreaming if they think TOP was ever offering them a deal in the Ohariu electorate.   The Leaders of the two old establishment parties have rejected the idea of folding their campaigns in Ohariu because both their candidates are guaranteed list seats anyway.   “Of course, the […]

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TOP’s Ōhāriu candidate has Greg O’Connor worried

By   /  September 9, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  9 Comments

The Opportunities Party Ōhāriu candidate Jessica Hammond Doube, calls upon Labour candidate Greg O’Connor to give up trying to convince her to fold her electorate campaign. “Mr O’Connor asked me 6 weeks ago to tell my supporters to give their electorate votes to him.  And this week he told a TOP volunteer that I was […]

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Morgan backs Maori Party over Hosking’s incompetence – TOP

By   /  August 26, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  2 Comments

The Opportunities Party Leader Gareth Morgan is joining Maori Party Leader Te Uroroa Flavell in questioning the competence of TVNZ host Mike Hosking. “Two weeks ago, we wrote to NZME complaining about the ill-informed and vacuous editorial comments of Mr Hosking in regard to our tax policy,” says Dr Morgan. “We received a less than […]

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THE OPPORTUNITIES PARTY MAKES MAORI SEATS ITS ONLY BOTTOM LINE

By   /  August 20, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on THE OPPORTUNITIES PARTY MAKES MAORI SEATS ITS ONLY BOTTOM LINE

In a speech at Turangawaewae Marae in Ngaruawhahia today, Opportunities Party Leader Dr Gareth Morgan has made the retention of the Maori seats the party’s only bottom line for negotiations after the general election. Dr Morgan promised TOP’s full support, in or out of parliament, in resisting any moves to diminish or disestablish the Maori […]

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LABOUR AND NATIONAL FIDDLING WHILE HOUSING CRISIS BURNS ON – TOP

By   /  August 18, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on LABOUR AND NATIONAL FIDDLING WHILE HOUSING CRISIS BURNS ON – TOP

After Labour’s announcement yesterday that it would look to conduct a “review” of taxation mechanisms to deal with the housing crisis, it is now obvious that both old establishment parties have zero commitment to deal with the root causes of the problem.   The Opportunities Party Deputy Leader Geoff Simmons says, “Any questions about whether […]

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GARETH MORGAN PAYS TRIBUTE TO KENNEDY GRAHAM AND DAVID CLENDON

By   /  August 8, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  2 Comments

The Opportunities Party has paid tribute to Kennedy Graham and David Clendon for their service as New Zealand MP’s. Both these men have served with distinction in Parliament and worked hard to advance the causes of conservation and environmental protection which are so vital to the countries future. I also admire the principled stand they […]

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The post-truth World of Winstonomics – TOP

By   /  August 1, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  4 Comments

It is not unusual for policitians to make promises they can’t keep. In an attempt to restore some integrity and transparency into politics, The Opportunities Party (TOP) has undertaken to fully cost all our policies and show where the money is coming from. Not all parties are this robust however. One party in particular is […]

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