"The vote of the people is essential in any modern democracy. It is used to elect representatives to Parliament and to choose and reject Governments.
"New Zealand’s Governments have extensive powers, yet our political system contains few of the safeguards against the abuse of the power of the executive that exists in other countries.
"The ability to force a referendum against the wishes of Government would help provide that security." Source: The Royal Commission on the Electoral System.
Along with Referenda as suggested above, New Conservative recommends an electoral system where every vote counts (no wasted votes). We also recommend a Parliamentary system with fewer sitting MPs, honouring the rejected referenda result calling to reduce the number of MPs in 1997.