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Domestic Policy  ›  Armed Teachers

Should teachers be allowed to carry guns at school?

  Party’s support baseNo

Science  ›  Mandatory Vaccinations

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

  Party’s support baseYes, but with exceptions for those whose religious beliefs forbid use of vaccines

Social  ›  Abortion

What is your stance on abortion?

  Public statementsPro-choice

Foreign Policy  ›  Terrorist Citizenship

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

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

Immigration  ›  Deporting Criminal Immigrants

Should immigrants be deported if they commit a serious crime?

  Party’s support baseYes, as long as it is safe for them to return to their country


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the Economy  ›  Equal Pay

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

  Public statementsYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Foreign Elections

Should the government attempt to influence foreign elections?

  Party’s support baseNo, and we should not try to influence any other country’s elections or policy

Healthcare  ›  Drug Price Regulation

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

  Party’s support baseYes

Social  ›  LGBT Adoption Rights

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

  Public statementsYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Internet Regulation

Should the government regulate the internet?

  Party’s support baseNo

Social  ›  Gay Marriage

Do you support the legalisation of same sex marriage?

  Public statementsYes

the Environment  ›  Environmental Regulation

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

  Public statementsYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Government Surveillance

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

  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Taxes

Should New Zealand raise taxes on the rich?

  Party’s support baseYes

Social  ›  Euthanasia

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

  Public statementsYes, but only after a psychological examination to show they fully understand this choice

Healthcare  ›  Mental Health

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

  Public statementsYes, our mental healthcare system needs more funding to provide a higher quality of care and services

Domestic Policy  ›  Drug Policy

Are you in favour of decriminalising drug use?

  Party’s support baseYes

Healthcare  ›  Marijuana

Do you support the legalisation of Marijuana?

  Public statementsYes, but only for medical use

the Economy  ›  Capital Gains Tax

Should New Zealand introduce a capital gains tax?

  Party’s support baseYes

Social  ›  Death Penalty

Should the death penalty be reinstated?

  Party’s support baseNo

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 baseYes

Housing  ›  Foreign Land Ownership

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

  Party’s support baseYes

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

Healthcare  ›  Universal Dental Care

Are you in favour of universal dental care?

  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Welfare Drug Testing

Should welfare recipients be tested for drugs?

  Party’s support baseYes, but provide treatment for those testing positive

Education  ›  University Tuition

Should the government provide free tertiary education?

  Party’s support baseYes

Transportation  ›  Public Transportation

Should the government increase spending on public transportation?

  Party’s support baseYes

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, but it should only cover very basic and simple topics

the Economy  ›  Minimum Wage

Should the government raise the national minimum wage?

  Public statementsYes, and adjust it every year according to inflation

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

Elections  ›  Minimum Voting Age

Should the minimum voting age be lowered?

  Party’s support baseNo, and voters should be required to pass a basic test demonstrating their understanding of politics in order to vote

Immigration  ›  Immigrant Assimilation

Should immigrants be required to learn English?

  Party’s support baseYes, but the government should provide free language learning courses

Science  ›  Nuclear Energy

Do you support the use of nuclear energy?

  Party’s support baseNo

Foreign Policy  ›  United Nations

Should New Zealand maintain a presence at the United Nations?

  Public statementsYes

Healthcare  ›  Healthcare Privatisation

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

  Party’s support baseLess

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

Education  ›  Te Reo Māori

Should Te Reo Māori be compulsory in schools?

  Party’s support baseYes

the Environment  ›  Fracking

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

  Party’s support baseNo

Crime  ›  Drug Trafficking Penalties

Should drug traffickers receive the death penalty?

  Party’s support baseNo

Immigration  ›  Immigration Ban

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

  Party’s support baseNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Maori Parliament Seats

Should New Zealand abolish Maori parliament seats?

  Public statementsNo

Crime  ›  Criminal Voting Rights

Should convicted criminals have the right to vote?

  Party’s support baseYes

Housing  ›  First Home Buyers

Should the government increase incentives for first home buyers?

  Party’s support baseYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Woman Quotas

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

  Voting recordYes

the Economy  ›  Universal Basic Income

Do you support a universal basic income program?

  Party’s support baseYes

Crime  ›  Private Prisons

Should the government hire private companies to run prisons?

  Party’s support baseNo

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, but not for cosmetics

Healthcare  ›  Single-Payer Healthcare

Do you support a single-payer healthcare system?

  Party’s support baseYes

the Environment  ›  Genetically Modified Foods

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

  Party’s support baseYes, but require the labelling of foods that are genetically modified

Education  ›  Student Allowance

Should more students be eligible for an allowance?

  Public statementsYes, and increase the amount of allowance

the Environment  ›  Water Tax

Should businesses be taxed for the water they use?

  Public statementsYes, and use the funds to clean up local waterways

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

Foreign Policy  ›  Syrian Refugees

Should New Zealand accept refugees from Syria?

  Public statementsYes

the Economy  ›  Government Spending

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

  Party’s support baseNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Whistleblower Protection

Should the government pass laws which protect whistleblowers?

  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Corporate Tax

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

  Party’s support baseRaise

Foreign Policy  ›  Israel Boycott

Should it be illegal to join a boycott of Israel?

  Public statementsNo

the Economy  ›  Retirement Age

Should the age of retirement be raised?

  Public statementsNo, the current age of 65 is sufficient

Foreign Policy  ›  Hong Kong Fugitive Extradition

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

  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 baseYes, drug abuse should be treated as a health issue, not a criminal issue

Crime  ›  Prison Overcrowding

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

  Party’s support baseYes

Social  ›  Niqāb

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

  Party’s support baseYes

Elections  ›  Campaign Finance

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

  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Labor Unions

Do you believe trade unions help or hurt the economy?

  Public statementsHelp

Social  ›  Transgender Athletes

Should transgender athletes be allowed to compete in athletic events?

  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Trans-Pacific Partnership

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

  Public statementsNo

Domestic Policy  ›  GP Visits

Should health insurers be allowed to cover GP visits?

  Public statementsYes

Housing  ›  Land Supply

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

  Public statementsYes

Education  ›  Charter Schools

Do you support charter schools?

  Party’s support baseNo

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  ›  Foreign Aid

Should New Zealand increase or decrease foreign aid spending?

  Party’s support baseIncrease

Immigration  ›  Dual Citizenship

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

  Party’s support baseYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Military Spending

Should New Zealand increase or decrease military spending?

  Party’s support baseDecrease

Domestic Policy  ›  Flag Burning

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

  Party’s support baseNo, I don’t respect anyone who does but they should have the right to do so

the Economy  ›  Tariffs

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

  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Farm Subsidies

Should the government subsidize New Zealand farmers?

  Party’s support baseNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Term Limits

Should there be term limits for members of Parliament?

  Party’s support baseNo

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, as long as offshore income is reported

the Economy  ›  Government Pensions

Should pension payments be increased for retired government workers?

  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Bonus Cap

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

  Party’s support baseYes

Elections  ›  Candidate Transparency

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

  Party’s support baseYes

Elections  ›  Elected Representatives

Should the number of elected representatives be reduced?

  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Tech Monopolies

Should the government break up Amazon, Facebook and Google?

  Party’s support baseNo

Social  ›  Parental Leave

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

  Party’s support baseNo, but increase the equal pay amount and duration of leave

the Environment  ›  Corporate Subsidies

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

  Party’s support baseYes