Annual Conference Report
16 October, 2019
Energized and encouraged from our fantastic conference in Wellington this weekend this thought of the week has been a couple of days in the making. Our theme………Let’s Fix This in 2020.
We acknowledge there are challenges, some almost overwhelming challenges, but we are focused on solutions and had the keynote speakers who were able to talk about these solutions.
There are so many people to acknowledge and thank from conference who enabled it to be such a great success. We were able to make some great announcements at conference so this is written to update everyone with the news.
Your support is our success
With the growing commitment to our $20 per week for 20% in 2020 we are now able to confirm that Elliot Ikilei will now be working full time for New Conservative. This was also linked to his confirmation as the electorate candidate for Botany. We recognize that Botany deserves an elected representative who will actually engage with and service their community. We are confident that voters will appreciate what Elliot has to offer. With a great team building on the ground this will be an exciting campaign. We still need to rent office space and employ an office worker, so keep those commitments coming in!
Right on Target
We were also privileged to announce Victoria O’Brien as our representative and spokesperson for the firearms community. Her first video released for Hunting Spots has been shared broadly and at the time of writing has been viewed over 21,000 times!
Education as a Priority
Helen Houghton, who was recently recognized for her contribution to protecting family values at the Family First conference this year, was announced as the New Conservative candidate for Christchurch East. Helen brings a wealth of experience in education and has been active in the growing success of New Conservative in Canterbury.
Environment of Success
Deborah Burnside was announced as the candidate for Napier. She is another fantastic candidate who brings a wealth of knowledge in terms of environment, women’s health and farming. She is a born and bred Napier local and provides a fantastic option for voters. She has tremendous drive and energy and a great team around her.
And You Could Hear a Pin Drop
Mel Taylor was announced as the candidate for Northland. She is already a hard-working member of the board who has a long history with New Conservative. She was not able to attend conference but her speech regarding the solutions for family was delivered at conference and I have never seen an audience so engaged. Mel’s story is compelling and what she offers as a political representative is unrivalled across any political party. She reminded all of us why we are invested in making sure New Conservative is successful in 2020.
Power in the Engine Room
We have been busy, and to support the team we have been grateful for the dedication from Jared Luke. Jared was the only nomination submitted for Board membership, and he was appointed to the Board at the AGM. He has been a driving force on our social media platforms and his expertise in communication will be invaluable in the coming months.
Phil Johnson will be taking on the Party Secretary responsibilities that will reduce some of the workload on Kevin Stitt. He has experience in this role and with the growing membership and activity the added resource is important.
More to Come
Our membership and profile continues to grow. We have been overwhelmed by the interest in candidacy and introductory interviews were started on the weekend. A half day training workshop was held for candidates and electorate conveners on the weekend. We have a great team building and we continue to rely on our supporters and members to spread the word, provide financial support and contribute your energy.
We need sign locations so if you have a prominent site or front fence we can use please let us know so we can link you up to the electorate committees.
We are a grass roots movement. We are here because of people who believe in family and want a conservative voice in our next government. Together we will make this happen.
Leader, New Conservative