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Domestic Policy  ›  Armed Teachers

Should teachers be allowed to carry guns at school?

  Party’s support baseNo, hire professionally trained security guards instead

Social  ›  Abortion

What is your stance on abortion?

  Public statementsPro-choice

the Economy  ›  Equal Pay

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

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

Social  ›  LGBT Adoption Rights

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

  Party’s support baseYes, as long as they pass the same background checks as straight couples

Social  ›  Gay Marriage

Do you support the legalisation of same sex marriage?

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


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Healthcare  ›  Mental Health

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

  Party’s support baseYes, but only increase funding for personalised care instead of subsidising pharmaceutical companies

Social  ›  Euthanasia

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

  Public statementsYes

Healthcare  ›  Drug Price Regulation

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

  Party’s support baseYes, and the government should regulate the price of all prescription drugs

Science  ›  Mandatory Vaccinations

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

  Party’s support baseYes, they are essential to protecting other children who are too young to be vaccinated

Domestic Policy  ›  Internet Regulation

Should the government regulate the internet?

  Party’s support baseNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Government Surveillance

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

  Party’s support baseNo

Healthcare  ›  Universal Dental Care

Are you in favour of universal dental care?

  Party’s support baseYes, but only for children and senior citizens

the Economy  ›  Taxes

Should New Zealand raise taxes on the rich?

  Public statementsNo

Healthcare  ›  Marijuana

Do you support the legalisation of Marijuana?

  Public statementsYes

Immigration  ›  Deporting Criminal Immigrants

Should immigrants be deported if they commit a serious crime?

  Party’s support baseYes

the Environment  ›  Environmental Regulation

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

  Public statementsNo

the Economy  ›  Minimum Wage

Should the government raise the national minimum wage?

  Public statementsNo, and eliminate all wage standards

Domestic Policy  ›  Drug Policy

Are you in favour of decriminalising drug use?

  Public statementsYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Terrorist Citizenship

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

  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Welfare Drug Testing

Should welfare recipients be tested for drugs?

  Public statementsYes

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?

  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Welfare

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

  Party’s support baseMore

Education  ›  University Tuition

Should the government provide free tertiary education?

  Public statementsNo

Foreign Policy  ›  Mandatory Military Service

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

  Party’s support baseNo, service should be a choice instead of an obligation

Social  ›  Gender Workplace Diversity

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

  Party’s support baseNo

Housing  ›  Foreign Land Ownership

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

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

Crime  ›  Drug Trafficking Penalties

Should drug traffickers receive the death penalty?

  Party’s support baseNo, sentence them to life in prison without parole instead

Housing  ›  First Home Buyers

Should the government increase incentives for first home buyers?

  Party’s support baseYes, reduce first home deposits to 1-5%

the Economy  ›  Capital Gains Tax

Should New Zealand introduce a capital gains tax?

  Public statementsNo

Social  ›  Hate Speech

Should hate speech be protected by freedom of speech laws?

  Party’s support baseYes

the Environment  ›  Animal Testing

Should researchers be allowed to use animals in testing the safety of drugs, vaccines, medical devices, and cosmetics?

  Party’s support baseYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Hong Kong Fugitive Extradition

Should the Chinese government be able to extradite fugitives from Hong Kong?

  Party’s support baseNo

Transportation  ›  Public Transportation

Should the government increase spending on public transportation?

  Party’s support baseYes, and provide more free public transportation

Housing  ›  Housing Infrastructure

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

  Party’s support baseYes

Science  ›  Nuclear Energy

Do you support the use of nuclear energy?

  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?

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

the Economy  ›  Economic Stimulus

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

  Party’s support baseYes, but in the form of tax breaks for all citizens

Education  ›  National Standards

Do you support national standards in education?

  Party’s support baseYes

Education  ›  Te Reo Māori

Should Te Reo Māori be compulsory in schools?

  Public statementsNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Maori Parliament Seats

Should New Zealand abolish Maori parliament seats?

  Public statementsYes

the Economy  ›  Universal Basic Income

Do you support a universal basic income program?

  Party’s support baseNo

Healthcare  ›  Single-Payer Healthcare

Do you support a single-payer healthcare system?

  Party’s support baseYes, but allow people to use private insurance

the Economy  ›  Retirement Age

Should the age of retirement be raised?

  Public statementsYes

Healthcare  ›  Healthcare Privatisation

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

  Party’s support baseMore

the Environment  ›  1080 Ban

Should the government ban the use of 1080?

  Party’s support baseNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Social Media Regulation

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

  Party’s support baseNo

Foreign Policy  ›  United Nations

Should New Zealand maintain a presence at the United Nations?

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

the Economy  ›  Corporate Tax

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

  Public statementsLower

Social  ›  Niqāb

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

  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Government Spending

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

  Party’s support baseYes

Social  ›  Women in Combat

Should the military allow women to serve in combat roles?

  Party’s support baseYes, as long as they can pass the same physical tests as men

Domestic Policy  ›  Woman Quotas

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

  Party’s support baseNo

the Environment  ›  Fracking

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

  Party’s support baseYes

Healthcare  ›  COVID Mask Mandate

Should the government require people to wear face masks in public during the COVID pandemic?

  Party’s support baseNo

the Environment  ›  Water Tax

Should businesses be taxed for the water they use?

  Party’s support baseNo

the Environment  ›  Genetically Modified Foods

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

  Party’s support baseYes

Immigration  ›  Immigration Ban

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

  Public statementsNo

Social  ›  Transgender Athletes

Should transgender athletes be allowed to compete in athletic events?

  Party’s support baseNo, athletes should compete based on the biological sex that is listed on their birth certificate

Domestic Policy  ›  Whistleblower Protection

Should the government pass laws which protect whistleblowers?

  Party’s support baseYes, but only if releasing the information does not threaten our national security

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?

  Party’s support baseYes

Immigration  ›  Immigrant Assimilation

Should immigrants be required to learn English?

  Party’s support baseYes

Elections  ›  Minimum Voting Age

Should the minimum voting age be lowered?

  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?

  Party’s support baseNo

Foreign Policy  ›  Israel Boycott

Should it be illegal to join a boycott of Israel?

  Party’s support baseNo, this is a violation of free speech

Foreign Policy  ›  Syrian Refugees

Should New Zealand accept refugees from Syria?

  Party’s support baseYes, but only after extensive background checks and continuous monitoring to ensure they have no terrorist connections

Immigration  ›  Skilled Immigrants

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

  Party’s support baseIncrease, our economy relies on businesses hiring the highest skilled workers at the lowest cost

Elections  ›  Campaign Finance

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

  Party’s support baseYes

Education  ›  Charter Schools

Do you support charter schools?

  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Labor Unions

Do you believe trade unions help or hurt the economy?

  Party’s support baseHurt

Social  ›  Parental Leave

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

  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Bonus Cap

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

  Party’s support baseNo

Immigration  ›  Dual Citizenship

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

  Party’s support baseYes, unless they have committed a crime

the Economy  ›  State Ownership

Should the government acquire equity stakes in companies it bails out during a recession?

  Party’s support baseNo, the government should never own shares of private companies

Elections  ›  Criminal Politicians

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

  Party’s support baseYes

Elections  ›  Right of Foreigners to Vote

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

  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Farm Subsidies

Should the government subsidize New Zealand farmers?

  Party’s support baseNo

Housing  ›  Land Supply

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

  Public statementsYes

Crime  ›  Prison Overcrowding

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

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

Foreign Policy  ›  Foreign Aid

Should New Zealand increase or decrease foreign aid spending?

  Party’s support baseDecrease

the Economy  ›  Domestic Jobs

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

  Party’s support baseYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Military Spending

Should New Zealand increase or decrease military spending?

  Party’s support baseIncrease

the Economy  ›  Trans-Pacific Partnership

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

  Public statementsYes

the Economy  ›  Offshore Banking

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

  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Tariffs

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

  Party’s support baseNo

Elections  ›  Candidate Transparency

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

  Party’s support baseNo

Healthcare  ›  World Health Organization

Should the government fund the World Health Organization?

  Party’s support baseNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Flag Burning

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

  Party’s support baseNo, this is a violation of free speech

Domestic Policy  ›  Political Advertising on Social Media

Should social media companies ban political advertising?

  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Tech Monopolies

Should the government break up Amazon, Facebook and Google?

  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Bitcoin

Should the government classify Bitcoin as a legal currency?

  Party’s support baseNo

the Environment  ›  Corporate Subsidies

Should cities be allowed to offer private companies economic incentives to relocate?

  Party’s support baseYes