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Domestic Policy  ›  Armed Teachers

Should teachers be allowed to carry guns at school?

A>A  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Equal Pay

Should employers be required to pay men and women the same salary for the same job?

A>A  Public statementsNo, there are too many other variables such as education, experience, and tenure that determine a fair salary

Immigration  ›  Deporting Criminal Immigrants

Should immigrants be deported if they commit a serious crime?

A>A  Party’s support baseYes

Science  ›  Mandatory Vaccinations

Should the government require children to be vaccinated for preventable diseases?

A>A  Party’s support baseYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Terrorist Citizenship

Should citizens lose their citizenship if they join a terrorist organization in a foreign country?

A>A  Party’s support baseYes, as long as the organization is internationally recognized as a terrorist group


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Healthcare  ›  Drug Price Regulation

Should the government regulate the prices of life-saving drugs?

A>A  Party’s support baseYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Internet Regulation

Should the government regulate the internet?

A>A  Party’s support baseNo

Immigration  ›  Immigrant Assimilation

Should immigrants be required to learn English?

A>A  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Capital Gains Tax

Should New Zealand introduce a capital gains tax?

A>A  Public statementsNo

Housing  ›  Foreign Land Ownership

Should foreigners need consent to purchase more than five hectares of non-urban land?

A>A  Party’s support baseYes, but I’d prefer that land should only be owned by citizens and domestic companies

the Economy  ›  Welfare Drug Testing

Should welfare recipients be tested for drugs?

A>A  Public statementsYes

the Economy  ›  Taxes

Should New Zealand raise taxes on the rich?

A>A  Public statementsNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Drug Policy

Are you in favour of decriminalising drug use?

A>A  Public statementsYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Government Surveillance

Should the government be able to monitor phone calls and emails?

A>A  Party’s support baseNo

Immigration  ›  Citizenship Test

Should immigrants be required to pass a citizenship test to demonstrate a basic understanding of our country’s language, history, and government?

A>A  Party’s support baseYes, but it should only cover very basic and simple topics

the Environment  ›  Plastic Product Ban

Should disposable products (such as plastic cups, plates, and cutlery) that contain less than 50% of biodegradable material be banned?

A>A  Party’s support baseNo

Education  ›  Te Reo Māori

Should Te Reo Māori be compulsory in schools?

A>A  Public statementsNo

Social  ›  Abortion

What is your stance on abortion?

A>A  Party’s support basePro-choice, but ban after the first three months

Housing  ›  Housing Infrastructure

Should the government increase spending on infrastructure (roads, water and sewerage) to support the construction of more housing communities?

A>A  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Retirement Age

Should the age of retirement be raised?

A>A  Public statementsYes

Elections  ›  Minimum Voting Age

Should the minimum voting age be lowered?

A>A  Party’s support baseNo

Science  ›  Nuclear Energy

Do you support the use of nuclear energy?

A>A  Party’s support baseYes

Immigration  ›  Muslim Immigrants

Should Muslim immigrants be banned from entering the country until the government improves its ability to screen out potential terrorists?

A>A  Party’s support baseNo, but we should ban immigrants from “high risk” countries

Transportation  ›  Public Transportation

Should the government increase spending on public transportation?

A>A  Party’s support baseNo

Healthcare  ›  Marijuana

Do you support the legalisation of Marijuana?

A>A  Public statementsYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Maori Parliament Seats

Should New Zealand abolish Maori parliament seats?

A>A  Public statementsYes

Healthcare  ›  Mental Health

Should the government increase funding for mental health research and treatment?

A>A  Party’s support baseNo

Education  ›  University Tuition

Should the government provide free tertiary education?

A>A  Public statementsNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Woman Quotas

Should political parties be required to run a certain percentage of women candidates?

A>A  Party’s support baseNo

Healthcare  ›  Universal Dental Care

Are you in favour of universal dental care?

A>A  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Minimum Wage

Should the government raise the national minimum wage?

A>A  Public statementsNo, and eliminate all wage standards

Foreign Policy  ›  United Nations

Should New Zealand maintain a presence at the United Nations?

A>A  Party’s support baseYes, but scale back our current involvement

the Environment  ›  Environmental Regulation

Should the government increase environmental regulations on businesses to reduce carbon emissions?

A>A  Public statementsNo

Social  ›  Gay Marriage

Do you support the legalisation of same sex marriage?

A>A  Party’s support baseYes, but allow churches the right to refuse same-sex ceremonies

Social  ›  LGBT Adoption Rights

Should gay couples have the same adoption rights as straight couples?

A>A  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Welfare

Should there be fewer or more restrictions on current welfare benefits?

A>A  Party’s support baseMore

Social  ›  Euthanasia

Should terminally ill patients be allowed to end their lives via assisted suicide?

A>A  Public statementsYes

Healthcare  ›  Healthcare Privatisation

Should there be more or less privatisation of hospital and healthcare services?

A>A  Party’s support baseMore

Education  ›  National Standards

Do you support national standards in education?

A>A  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Economic Stimulus

Should the government use economic stimulus to aid the country during times of recession?

A>A  Party’s support baseYes

Crime  ›  Criminal Voting Rights

Should convicted criminals have the right to vote?

A>A  Party’s support baseNo

Social  ›  Death Penalty

Should the death penalty be reinstated?

A>A  Party’s support baseYes

Immigration  ›  Immigration Ban

Should there be a temporary ban on all immigration into New Zealand?

A>A  Public statementsNo

the Environment  ›  Water Tax

Should businesses be taxed for the water they use?

A>A  Party’s support baseNo

the Environment  ›  Fracking

Do you support the use of hydraulic fracking to extract oil and natural gas resources?

A>A  Party’s support baseYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Syrian Refugees

Should New Zealand accept refugees from Syria?

A>A  Party’s support baseNo

Crime  ›  Drug Trafficking Penalties

Should drug traffickers receive the death penalty?

A>A  Party’s support baseNo

Elections  ›  Criminal Politicians

Should a politician, who has been formerly convicted of a crime, be allowed to run for office?

A>A  Party’s support baseYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Social Media Regulation

Should the government regulate social media sites, as a means to prevent fake news and misinformation?

A>A  Party’s support baseNo

the Environment  ›  1080 Ban

Should the government ban the use of 1080?

A>A  Party’s support baseNo

Education  ›  Charter Schools

Do you support charter schools?

A>A  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Trans-Pacific Partnership

Do you support the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)?

A>A  Public statementsYes

Elections  ›  Right of Foreigners to Vote

Should foreigners, currently residing in New Zealand, have the right to vote?

A>A  Party’s support baseNo

Housing  ›  First Home Buyers

Should the government increase incentives for first home buyers?

A>A  Party’s support baseNo

the Environment  ›  Genetically Modified Foods

Do you support the use of genetically engineered crops and foods?

A>A  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Corporate Tax

Should New Zealand raise or lower the tax rate for corporations?

A>A  Public statementsLower

Foreign Policy  ›  Mandatory Military Service

Should every 18 year old citizen be required to provide at least one year of military service?

A>A  Party’s support baseNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Flag Burning

Should it be illegal to burn the flag of New Zealand?

A>A  Party’s support baseNo

Immigration  ›  Skilled Immigrants

Should New Zealand increase or decrease the amount of temporary work visas given to high-skilled immigrant workers?

A>A  Party’s support baseIncrease

Healthcare  ›  Single-Payer Healthcare

Do you support a single-payer healthcare system?

A>A  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Universal Basic Income

Do you support a universal basic income program?

A>A  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Bonus Cap

Should bankers’ bonuses be capped at 100% of their pay?

A>A  Party’s support baseNo

Elections  ›  Elected Representatives

Should the number of elected representatives be reduced?

A>A  Party’s support baseYes

Crime  ›  Private Prisons

Should the government hire private companies to run prisons?

A>A  Party’s support baseYes

Housing  ›  Land Supply

Should local councils increase the supply of greenfields, or undeveloped, land for housing?

A>A  Public statementsYes

the Economy  ›  Labor Unions

Do you believe trade unions help or hurt the economy?

A>A  Party’s support baseHurt

the Economy  ›  Farm Subsidies

Should the government subsidize New Zealand farmers?

A>A  Party’s support baseNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Whistleblower Protection

Should the government pass laws which protect whistleblowers?

A>A  Party’s support baseYes

Elections  ›  Candidate Transparency

Should political candidates be required to release their recent tax returns to the public?

A>A  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Government Spending

Should the government make cuts to public spending in order to reduce the national debt?

A>A  Party’s support baseYes

Elections  ›  Campaign Finance

Should corporations, unions, and non-profit organizations be allowed to donate to political parties?

A>A  Party’s support baseYes

Social  ›  Gender Workplace Diversity

Should businesses be required to have women on their board of directors?

A>A  Party’s support baseNo

Healthcare  ›  Safe Haven

Should cities open drug “safe havens” where people who are addicted to illegal drugs can use them under the supervision of medical professionals?

A>A  Party’s support baseNo

Domestic Policy  ›  GP Visits

Should health insurers be allowed to cover GP visits?

A>A  Party’s support baseYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Term Limits

Should there be term limits for members of Parliament?

A>A  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Government Pensions

Should pension payments be increased for retired government workers?

A>A  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Domestic Jobs

Should the government provide tax incentives to private companies to keep jobs within the country?

A>A  Party’s support baseYes

Crime  ›  Prison Overcrowding

Should non-violent prisoners be released from jail in order to reduce overcrowding?

A>A  Public statementsNo, but we should increase funding to offer education and skill building services for prisoners

Education  ›  Student Allowance

Should more students be eligible for an allowance?

A>A  Party’s support baseNo

Social  ›  Niqāb

Should women be allowed to wear a Niqāb, or face veil, to civic ceremonies?

A>A  Party’s support baseNo

Immigration  ›  Dual Citizenship

Should immigrants to New Zealand be allowed to hold dual citizenship status?

A>A  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Offshore Banking

Should New Zealand’s citizens be allowed to save or invest their money in offshore bank accounts?

A>A  Party’s support baseYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Foreign Aid

Should New Zealand increase or decrease foreign aid spending?

A>A  Party’s support baseDecrease

the Economy  ›  Tariffs

Should the government add or increase tariffs on products imported into the country?

A>A  Party’s support baseNo

Social  ›  Women in Combat

Should the military allow women to serve in combat roles?

A>A  Party’s support baseYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Israel Boycott

Should it be illegal to join a boycott of Israel?

A>A  Party’s support baseYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Military Spending

Should New Zealand increase or decrease military spending?

A>A  Party’s support baseIncrease

the Economy  ›  Bitcoin

Should the government classify Bitcoin as a legal currency?

A>A  Party’s support baseNo

Social  ›  Parental Leave

Should parental leave payments increase based on the mother's wage?

A>A  Party’s support baseNo