New Conservative is committed to unified communities that will be made safer, healthier, and stronger, through priority being given to what unites us and encourages respect towards our differences.
New Zealanders are united in our expectation that our government will provide
good education for our children
affordable and accessible healthcare
protection from the impacts of crime
opportunity to be able to provide for ourselves and our families
support and security for our most vulnerable citizens
freedoms to live our lives without unreasonable interference where these freedoms do not adversely impact the quality of life for others
assurance that all citizens will be treated equally before the law, regardless of ethnicity, gender, age or religion.
New Conservative holds that New Zealanders are one people, and will ensure that all New Zealanders have their rights represented equally, regardless of ethnicity, gender, age or religion.
New Conservative will recognise and ensure support is provided based upon need, with greatest need enjoying greatest benefit. We will not predetermine policy assuming that all persons of a particular ethnicity, gender, age or religion, have a greater need than others.
It is important for New Zealand to be forward focused, free, fair, and flourishing.
Investing in the family unit, requiring individual responsibility and accountability, and encouraging unity based upon mutual respect, are the priorities of New Conservative in building healthy communities.
New Conservative believes the Treaty of Waitangi-Te Tiriti o Waitangi ensures the same rights and privileges are available for everyone.
As such legal and property rights in New Zealand should be based on citizenship, not ethnicity.
TE TIRITI O WAITANGI – THE TREATY OF WAITANGI
New Conservative recognises that the Treaty of Waitangi -Te Tiriti o Waitangi is an agreement signed in 1840 between Māori Chiefs and the British Government, affirming that New Zealand shall have one sovereign government, which shall protect property rights, and that all New Zealanders shall have the same rights, privileges, and responsibilities as British subjects including the right to stand for election to government.
New Conservative will implement corrections to current legislation and policy, so that the capability and potential for all those of Māori ancestry is respected, and that policy does not infer incompetence according to collective identity as currently observed.. Social, commercial, education and health policy will be delivered based upon need.
The corrections required will include:
Repeal race-based co-governance arrangements that have been built into legislation, recognising that New Zealand has one sovereign government and democratic process which includes the involvement of citizens of any ethnicity.
Repeal any requirement for race-based consultation from the Resource Management Act on the basis that consultation with all affected parties already exists.
Disestablish Māori electorates acknowledging that the separate Māori roll is dividing New Zealanders by ethnicity at the same time as dividing Māori. The original purpose for the separate Māori roll has long passed. MMP provides greater opportunity for minor party and special interest representation negating the need for segregation based upon ethnicity.
Disestablish the Waitangi Tribunal by repealing Sections 4-8 of the Treaty of Waitangi Act 1975, leaving any final historic settlements that are still in the pipeline to be negotiated directly with the Crown.
Set a deadline to end Treaty settlements. The deadline for historical claims was September 2008 yet new claims are being added continually. An end date could be set within the first 100 days of a new government.
Remove reference to “the principles” of the Treaty of Waitangi from legislation. Any reference to the Treaty should be to the actual Treaty where no mention of principles exist
Repeal the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011 to return ownership of the coastal and marine area to everyone, held in trust by the government.
Review all race-based funding to ensure that funding is delivered according to need not ethnicity, and that there is consistent transparent accountability for public funding
Protect and fund the teaching of Māori language and culture making it readily available without allowing compulsion being incorporated into education or cultural programming
We will focus on the delivery of a future that provides opportunity to succeed, protection from harm, and recourse for any breaches to individual human rights.
Thirty years of expanding welfare delivery by successive governments has undermined our families/whānau and has created an underclass which has marginalised some of our most in need.
New Conservative is committed to stop treating Māori as incompetent citizens, turning this around by focussing support based on need, not race, and by encouraging personal responsibility and ensuring that all able-bodied adults are either caring for their dependents, in training or working.
New Conservative upholds and defends the current definition in New Zealand that:
“Everyone has the right to freedom of expression, including the freedom to seek, receive, and impart information and opinions of any kind in any form.”
New Conservative will ensure that free speech in New Zealand remains free, in order to allow ideological engagement and robust debate, to give citizens the right to hear all information in order to make properly informed decisions in the spirit of true democracy.
Controls and restrictions on communication must be carefully considered. The role of government is not to dictate to individual citizens on what is subjectively viewed as acceptable or not, but censoring only when addressing criminal offending.
THE SOCIETAL VALUE OF WOMEN AND MEN
New Conservative recognises the importance of women and men in our community, families, and in the workplace.
Successful communities are created on the basis that all individuals are provided the opportunity and freedoms to achieve their potential.
New Conservative will continue to recognise that women’s contribution to society is not measured purely on the basis of remuneration.
Choice of career, decisions to work full or part time, taking promotion, should be based upon personal preference and not on an expectation that earnings are the determination of success or equality.
New Conservative recognises the value of men as husbands and fathers in the lives of their children and will correct any deficiencies and gender discrimination in the family courts.
New Conservative recognises the value of women and sees no positive benefit resulting from legalising prostitution. We will adopt the Nordic model and criminalise the buying of sex.
New Conservative will continue to drive policy that protects individuals from discrimination based upon gender. In addition we will deliver social policy that will support options other than two full time working parents, such as income splitting tax options, to assist parents who choose to provide full time care for their children.
New Conservative recognises that there are two biological genders. We also recognise that Gender Identity Disorder/Dysphoria and Disorders of Sex Development are challenging issues that require support and understanding.
In support of strong healthy communities that focus on what unifies its citizens New Conservative will:
Continue to recognise two biological genders
Recognise that within these genders there is a psychological condition of gender dysphoria
Support taxpayer funding for counselling, and will withdraw funding for any form of gender reassignment
Remove teaching of gender ideology from all education programmes including “Mates & Dates.”
The ripple effects from suicide are huge. Sadly, far too many New Zealanders have been affected by the loss of a loved one to suicide. As our suicide rate continues to grow, we recognize the reality that not enough is being done by Government agencies such as Mental Health (both now and in the past) to deal with the escalating tragedies.
If the Nation of New Zealand is serious about reducing suicide statistics then we need to give the message that all New Zealanders are wanted and needed in our society. The Assisted Suicide, or End of Life Choice Bill gives the wrong message as it says that suicide is an option if you are tired of living.
The loss of resilience that we once had as a people, generations of broken families, substance abuse/addictions, mental health disorders and depression, are just some of the factors that are contributing to our escalating suicide rate.
Although culture will take time to shift and reshape, there are interventions that need to be implemented in the short term to address the urgent specific needs of New Zealand’s acute mental health crisis and suicide rates.
New Conservative will ensure:
Triage - The Mental Health Crisis Team will be required to ensure that an ‘in person’ assessment is carried out within 24 hours, following a phone call assessment. New Conservative will work to ensure that we have the funding and resources needed and available for ‘in person’ assessments to be carried out nationally.
Primary care - Review and update education and training for all primary care providers in Mental Health.
Emergency Departments – Clear pathways must be established between emergency department and crisis team staff with after-care programmes for suicidal patients who present to the ED services. Research shows the highest risk of suicide for individuals contacting Emergency Dept services or following discharge from a mental health ward is within 30 days. Good quality follow up is essential in suicide prevention.
Training - Gatekeeper training for allied health, public-facing government agencies, educational institutions, workplaces and communities - Gatekeepers are any people who come into contact with at-risk individuals and can refer those at risk to appropriate assessment and care.
Hotlines - Funding will be increased to suicide crisis helplines engaging in mental health support.
Specialist Mental Health Services – Education of mental health providers, adequate resourcing of specialist mental health services, and psychosocial and pharmacotherapy treatments. Most people who make serious suicide attempts or die by suicide have mental illness, and have had recent contact with mental health providers. Regular auditing of these mental health services will ensure that they are not only well resourced, but that they are also using the resources well. More incentives for relationships between private and public mental health providers to maximise use and access to expertise both in secondary and primary sectors. The possibility of care packages funding that follow the client to empower them to access and contract the best service team or providers whether public or private.
Education - Recent ideological changes to our education system has led to a significant reduction in resilience within the young people of our nation. New Conservative will invest in school programmes that equip young people with necessary skills to deal with psychological distress, and that teach resilience.
Accountability - New Conservative is comprised of many people who have worked on the frontline in social service areas. These frontline workers have identified that throughout New Zealand there is an ever growing dissatisfaction and little public faith in the current Mental Health system.
There must be accountability, for Mental Health staff and all other primary care providers, both individually and collectively as a provider/DHB etc. NC will review and ensure that the Health and Disabilities Commission is functioning as intended.
Outpatient care - Ensure proactive and regular outpatient follow up care, and an intensive wrap-around program is provided for those who are either post suicide attempt/identified at risk of suicide.
Increase funding for more mental health and respite facilities, to ensure sufficient beds/accommodation for those with identified suicidal ideation
Ensure that all post suicide attempt patients discharged from a medical facility are dealt with by professionals in a sincere and purposeful manner, as opposed to a formal routine check-up.
Ministry for Men - In New Zealand, the rate of suicide is highest amongst males. New Conservative will establish a ministry for Men will allow for a focus on the gender most at risk for suicidality and Male-specific factors that go towards such ideation.
Causation- New Conservative are committed to addressing the causes of suicide however there is a lack of adequate research to identify main drivers. New Conservative will invest in data and statistical collection to identify these issues and fund accordingly.
Citizens of New Zealand enjoy religious freedom and are allowed to engage in any belief system that does not impinge on others rights, or contravene New Zealand law.
New Zealand culture is the combination of Democracy and Judeo/Christian principles including personal accountability and corporate responsibility. This provides the freedoms, the fairness, and the environment to flourish, that our nation is renowned for. New Conservative will uphold these foundational principles and ensure there is no conflicting jurisdictional authority in New Zealand, such as aspects of Sharia Law.
New Zealand is a generous society and New Conservative will work to protect people’s charitable initiatives and activity.
New Conservative will protect and encourage charitable activities and will:
Protect Schools/marketplaces/groups fundraising from unnecessary bureaucracy
Amend current legislation to protect Volunteers from prosecution under the health and safety except in cases of criminal activity or gross negligence
Review the charities commission to ensure that the board uses clear and impartial objectives in determining the status of organisations/groups
Apply normal corporate tax rules when a charitable enterprise engages in commercial activity in competition with other businesses.