Policy in a minute – Democracy reset

Voter turnout is falling around the
world and power is becoming concentrated in the hands
of a few. We need to ‘take the power
back’ and The Opportunities Party has a plan to do that. We want to see a written
constitution so that everyone knows their rights in this
modern, diverse, multicultural society that we live in. That includes the rights of the
environment. We want to honour the Treaty
as our founding document. We need to clarify and understand
our obligations; I’m particularly looking at you Pakeha. Thirdly, we need to resolve this
issue of rangatiratanga. It’s often seen as divisive – Article
Two of the Treaty – but it doesn’t need to be…
everyone, including Pakeha, wanna have more say over the services
that affect them. And lastly, we need to protect
those rights. We need an Upper House
to protect us from any breaches of the constitution. We need to see a public service
that serves the public, not ministers. We need to invest in civics and
in public-interest journalism to make sure that we all know our rights
and look after them. I hope you enjoyed that Policy in a Minute. If you wanna see more videos like these, click here and if you have a particular question you’d like answered, comment below.

Maurice Vega

7 Responses

  1. I like the idea of having a constitution. A few years ago an amendment to the Crimes Act was passed that made online trolling illigal, in the US for example that wouldn't happen as freedom of speech is protected under the first amendment

  2. Invest in 'public Interest' journalism = fake news! We have enough manufactured news broadcast by a liberal, biased, corporate, left wing media NZ, without being lectured at by a distorted globalist agenda crap and more purchased media. The 'opportunitistic' party will fade away like Dotcom did. Gareth needs to take his rich-prick, cat-hating, and pro compulsary vaccine agenda and piss off.

  3. legal system is hard enough for the layman, a written constitution would be a great step in right direction for kiwis understanding their rights as opposed to the current state of affairs. Tidy it all up and codify in one place like the yanks!

  4. I was thinking for some time now, why don't we vote on all major political decisions?
    this may need streamlining the/a voting system, but that should happen anyway (a voting system for the citizens of this country to be more active in what we do as a country).
    As NZers, we should have that expectation of ourselves to finally achieve that. achieve a revived, new, true-democracy where we also see a detailed breakdown of the vote and what it means for us individually and as a unit, the country as a whole.

    1) we should all know what is happening, as it happens:
    Most the time, we're all just playing a lottery, not even too sure as to what our leadership is doing, no wonder people are voting less, we're losing faith in the government as it has become too normal to say "you can't trust politicians" but it's filled with politician's. Transparency and proof is needed now.

    2) we as citizens should have the right to vote, at the very least, on the decisions that affect us:
    A more direct democracy.
    It would be an example to the world if we did this, all other countries would seem like dictatorships by comparison.
    For example, people should be able to have some direct say in weather we send troops where, let our soldiers know that if they go somewhere to fight, they go with our direct will, our hopes and if you're religious, our prayers.

  5. When I look at other countries with written constitutions, I dont see them being in a better position than we are. A written constitution would in my opinion hamstring New Zealand. With no upper house or written constitution our politicians can change laws to meet demand and have generally done so in a thoughtful and sane manner. I will be the firs to admit some laws have been passed that that have changed our country rapidly and dramatically for the worse (Robert Muldoon, Roger Douglas and Ruth Richardson being some of the major offenders) but the change to MMP was the public's response to countering out populist power grabs and economic crusades. With a written constitution and upper house in addition to MMP I would be afraid important current and future issues in New Zealand couldn't be fixed without a constitutional re-write. I look at the States as the shining example of where a good meaning idea becomes a nightmare later, the second amendment. New Zealand has gun laws that mostly work. When the dont work parliament can legislate to pass them through the select committee process. No constitutional amendment, no upper house approval. Looking at the states shows how such a simple issue as gun control is impossible to solve.

    We can actually look at our own founding document as another example as a piece of fundamental law having unexpected and confusing ripple effects over the decades. The treaty was written in 5 days, by two people who dint really know what they were doing and with no legal guidance. The Maori translation was written in one evening by one person who used words and concepts not comprehensible to tribal Maori and words that were "created" to explain concepts that did not exist. Everyone who lives in New Zealand has seen the results. We would be better off with specific laws the assist Maori that could be changed as the world and New Zealand changes with a goal of one day in the far future not needing the law at all. Instead we are hamstrung by a well intentioned but poorly written document that has become the lynch pin of our countries legal system that we are effectively unable to change.

    I really like The Opportunities Party. I feel like none of the other parties have both the vision for a better future for New Zealanders at the bottom of the heap and are prepared to actually put major policies in place to get New Zealand to that place. How ever I can not vote for a party that wants to create a chunk of immutable law regardless of how good your intentions are. I wont make New Zealand law more difficult to change in the future

    Sorry guys I cant vote for you, god knows who im voting for this time. Maybe Winston in the hope that we dont get a coalition government and all of the parties have to go back to the drawing board, get new policies and we try this whole thing again in 3-6 months with a party that is electable

  6. As a Canadian, probably the most laudable thing you Kiwis have done was abolishing your Senate. America and Australia deadlock is proof that multicameral institutions just make things harder to change. That's the only constant they bring in, they make things harder to change from whatever screwed up status quo may exist. That includes bringing in your ideas.

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