Conservative Party top 5 Policies

Binding Citizens’ Initiated Referenda Policy

What is a Binding Citizens’ Initiated Referendum?

It’s when an individual or group feel so strongly about an issue, that they get enough signatures from New Zealanders to force the government to put the issue to a General vote. The result of which must be implemented by the government.

What sort of Issues?

Usually, it would be when parliament passes a law that the general population disagree with. Eg Sale of state assets, Anti-smacking law. Ideally Binding Citizens’ Initiated Referenda would take the place of the so called “Conscience votes” in parliament.

How often would they take place and how much would they cost?

The idea is that if the government knew that the population could overturn their decision, then they wouldn’t pass laws people didn’t want. If however a referendum was required, it would ideally take place with a general or local body election so costs would be a minimum.

Referendum are binding now , aren’t they?

No. The only binding referenda was the flag referendum which the Prime Minister called without getting public support. All Citizens Initiated Referenda so far have been non-binding and successive governments have ignored them all, even with over 80% support!!

Is it really that big a deal?

We think so. New Zealand is meant to be a democracy, however it is more like an elected dictatorship as once a government is elected it can (and does) do anything it wants. It is definitely not a representative democracy and since we only get to vote on one day in every three years, is 1 in 1095 really a democracy?

Full details on the policy will be released in the coming months.

Family Policy

The Conservative Party is committed to protecting and promoting the family unit. The nuclear family unit consisting of a mother, a father and children, is a vital building block of our society and we are committed to stemming the governmental degradation of this unit. It could not be clearer that as rates of marriage reduce, our nation is worse for it. The evidence is beyond doubt – when the family unit and commitment to each other is strong, our communities and our nation gain strength.

We will promote family friendly policies aiming to strengthen, promote and rebuild the place of this pillar of our society.

Article 16 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948 says:

  1. Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family. They are entitled to equal rights as to marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution.
  2. Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses.
  3. The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.

We honour the place of commitment and marriage in our society, and the importance that this stability has in the lives of our children. We would work tirelessly on rebuilding the broken image of marriage and ensure help is available to assist committed couples work through relationship pressures.

We would call for the repeal of the so-called “anti-smacking legislation’ as 87% of the public demanded, and review benefits/taxation on families to strengthen their financial position for the right reasons (e.g. parental leave), removing current discrimination against married couples and those who value investing time into the raising of their children.

Except in exceptional circumstances, Parental Notification in regards to all medical care and procedures for children aged 16 and under should be compulsory.

We would also, among a number of other initiatives, form an Independent CYFs Complaint Authority to hold CYFs accountable.

Full details on the policy will be released in the coming months.

Health Policy

The Conservative Party believes in the value of Life. Health equals life.

New Zealanders love life!

New Zealanders are known for our adventurous enjoyment of the outdoors and in general our desire to maintain a good level of fitness.

We will do all we can to encourage healthy living, the sort that keeps us out of hospitals as much as possible. We will incentivise lifestyles that ease the burden on our health system.

We will discourage self inflicted health issues and require some responsible follow up action from those who willfully contribute to their need for hospital treatment.

New Zealanders respect life!

We value the living, from the womb to the tomb, and we will do all we can to see that life at every stage is respected and cared for to the highest standard.

We will insist that education for our young people is centred around an emphasis on responsible healthy living, rather than so called “safe” irresponsible risk taking. Life is too precious to be gambled with.

We will ensure that parents are notified of any medical intervention in their child’s life.

New Zealanders value life!

Equality is not about dollar value, it is about intrinsic value. The unborn child in the womb is as valuable as the celebrity, the business person or the professional.

The UN Convention on the Rights of a Child 1989 states, “the child, by reason of his physical and mental immaturity, needs special safeguards and protection, including appropriate legal protection, before as well as after birth,” and “every child has the inherent right to life.”

We will do all in our power to ensure the rights of the unborn child are defined in law, and to see that the current law is upheld in relation to abortion procedures, “having full regard for the rights of the unborn child.”

We will oppose Euthanasia in any form (insisting that any proposed change in law should go to referendum), and provide the best palliative care for the elderly and terminally ill.

Euthanasia, like abortion, is in fact a justice issue, not a health issue, because a person’s life is at stake.

Full details on the policy will be released in the coming months.

Housing Policy

The Conservative Party recognizes that housing availability, affordability and quality all need to be addressed on multiple fronts. There is no simple solution to this critical area and therefore a number of initiatives are required including focus on the following 5 key areas:

    Addressing the shortfall in the supply of housing on various fronts including more bare land being brought to market, higher density, improved and sustainable regional growth, review of taxation levers and curbing foreign investment.
    Find innovative ways to manage the demand on housing such as initiatives to help New Zealand families into their own homes. Reviewing immigration policies and long-term plans. We would also look at the use of levers like tax incentives and Kiwisaver changes, along with rent-to-buy schemes.
    Cost is creating one of the single biggest hurdles to home ownership. We would address this encouraging and incubating greater efficiency in property markets and removing unnecessary regulation and compliance costs, particularly from the residential housing sector.
    Introduction of new apprenticeship schemes (designed by builders, for builders) and work hard to identify tradespeople at school to ensure the right personality types are doing the appropriate training early in life.
    Many areas can be addressed here such as better standards regulation, greater use of public/private partnerships, learning from nations that have shown over time to be effective (e.g. Europe). Use building methods that are time-proven and reduce maintenance moving forward.

Full details on the policy will be released in the coming months.

Law and Order Policy

The Conservative Party believes that Law and Order needs some urgent review in New Zealand. There continues to be too much repeat offending of all kinds, and we are not getting to the vulnerable quickly and firmly enough, to curb the sometimes inevitable crime that young people lead into.

The Conservative Party intends to address some core areas of Law and Order such as:

  • Ensuring people feel safe in their own homes
  • Increasing sentences
  • Plea-bargaining effectiveness (should it be an option at all?)
  • Enforced minimum parole standards
  • The bail system – this option should exist for only very minor crimes
  • Cumulative sentencing
  • White collar crime review – better addressing the damage done by fraud and other deception – crimes that rip families and communities apart
  • Prisoners working to recompense victims
  • Raising the drinking age back to 20 years (as recommended by numerous reputable reports)
  • Doubling the cost of fines commensurate to the value of the crime
  • Reviewing the court system from end-to-end to improve outcomes for all stakeholders
  • Tougher drug policing and sentencing, including reasonable-cause testing

Full details on the policy will be released in the coming months.

More policy will be released leading up to the election.