TOP registered, seeking candidates

The Opportunities Party has now been registered as a political party, and they are now looking for candidates, including electorate candidates.

Candidates for the 2017 General Election – Message from Gareth

We need to assemble a team of candidates to stand for The Opportunities Party in the upcoming general election. Not any old candidates mind you, we’re on the hunt for people with a genuine commitment to build a prosperous nation founded on a non-negotiable principle of fairness.

“A non-negotiable principle of fairness” sounds lofty, and it’s also a bit waffly.

You can’t be ‘fair’ to all of the people all of the time. One person’s fairness can be another person’s unfairness.

It’s as if Morgan means (and he’s not alone with this approach to politics) – what fair for all as deemed by a few.

That’s the philosophical requirement and beyond that we’re genuinely interested in people who have the talent, the intelligence and the compassion to fight for a strong economy and inclusive society that delivers benefit for all.

If you or someone you know is of that mindset please consider submitting a nomination. There’s a form to fill in below but hey, form filling can only tell us so much, go ahead and express freely why you want to play a political role in our team. For us this exercise is all about putting some grunt into political progress in our country, shaking the Establishment parties out of their inertia and getting go forward.

We’re not entering parliament to make up the numbers, to tread water and mark time. For us it’s forward or not at all – no political careerists need apply.

They tend to already have careers.

Where are we standing candidates?

We have yet to decide on either the number of candidates or whether we’ll stand in all, or any electorates. Personally I prefer the List as it’s the nationwide social and economic challenges that have always rocked my boat, rather than the special interests of any single geographic area. And we want colleagues with deep knowledge in these areas of national importance if we are to lead New Zealand forward on the big socio-economic challenges of our time. So the calibre of our List is really important to me.

But since we launched we’ve been approached by some pretty outstanding folk who identify strongly with their local area as well and also want to be part of this. We therefore are happy to consider representation electorate by electorate as an option for this talent. Ultimately, I suspect the decision of whether we run in a particular electorate will come down to whether we have an outstanding candidate available. There is no way we’re putting up 60 electorate candidates just because there are 60 electorates – quality comes first.  How many if any electorates we contest is an open-ended question right now – convince us.

What’s our political objective?

A good objective would be to be a lot less wordy.

TOP’s 7 policy priorities will soon be all announced (2 to go) so what we’re striving for, in Stage 1 of our political life at least, is there for all to see. Purely on tactics though, our goal is to influence the government of the day, to snap them from their natural lethargy and get progress in these areas of TOP importance. We have stated on numerous occasions we’ll work with whoever is the government of the day, all that matters for us right now is our TOP 7.

So naturally for us a cross bench position is most attractive, supporting the government of the day in return for as much progress on our TOP 7 as we can negotiate. We don’t really want day to day positions in a coalition government, our goal is to get these 7 policy projects done. It’s the policy that matters, we have no interest in partisan political tribalism.

I want to persuade people with the appropriate credentials to offer themselves as a potential candidate for the sake of a healthy and dynamic democracy. I recognize it’s a huge leap for someone with real talent to put their reputation up for public scrutiny and possible ridicule, especially from political foes and the trolls that contaminate social media. My take on that has been it’s worth a go, the vulnerable in New Zealand need help and we can make a difference for them. That’s how you need to look at it – the worst case scenario is you look back and can say ‘at least I tried’.

So, if this non-Establishment approach to the politics of policy reform appeals to you, and you have real subject knowledge and sufficient resilience to take the crap of politics, then you might well be the type of talent we need to make New Zealand both fair and prosperous again. Alternatively, you may know of someone who fits the bill and might be interested – we’d be keen to hear about them.

Look forward to hearing from you.

http://www.top.org.nz/candidates_for_the_2017_general_election_message_from_gareth

A problem committing yourself to a new party is that you have no idea until well into the process where you will stand in the list pecking order.

If TOP manages to make it past the threshold it won’t get much more so only the top 6-10 candidates will stand any chance, on top of their already low chances of getting to 5%.

 

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  1. Blazer

     /  March 8, 2017

    hope they attract some good candidates.Love him or hate him,Morgan has a genuine desire to make NZ a better place.

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  March 8, 2017

      Why doesn’t he emigrate, then ?

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      • PDB

         /  March 8, 2017

        Nice Kitty!

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        • Blazer

           /  March 8, 2017

          Morgan and his son started Trademe ,part of a high % of peoples lives.You and Kitty supposedly admire people that contribute to the greater good in our country,yet you want a wealthy,self made ,entrepreneur to emmigrate!what sort of shallow people are you and….what have …you done?

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          • PDB

             /  March 8, 2017

            Don’t be such a sore loser Blazer – the cat just scratched you up…….oh, and from the Trademe site: “Sam single-handedly built the site and ran it out of his small Wellington flat and, within two days, Trade Me had its first twenty registered users.” So Gareth never started up Trademe, he only invested in his son’s venture to fund its expansion.

            Gareth was talking up the North Korean way of doing things when he visited the place so perhaps he could move there? Maybe you could join him??

            “Gareth and Jo and their group were free to set their own route through North Korea, witnessing at first hand the lives of ordinary North Koreans.
            What they found surprised them – a people who were poor, yes, but wonderfully engaged, well-dressed, fully employed and well informed. In Gareth’s view, what North Korea has achieved economically despite its lack of access to international money has been magnificent.” Worldbybike blog

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            • Blazer

               /  March 8, 2017

              the truth is a bitter pill for you to swallow isn’t it PDB?Gareth committed heresy by praising Nth Korea ,a country you have been systematically brainwashed by the MSM to regard as ‘bad(no pvt central bank’.Gareth used to work for Fay FFS…lightweight.Without Gareths capital raise .TM would have died,Sam even recognises that.Who negotiated the Fairfax buyout with earn out bonus lightweight…you have NFI!

            • PDB

               /  March 8, 2017

              Ha Ha! Keep ya wig on Blazer! You said Gareth ‘started’ Trademe – he didn’t, nor was it his idea. North Korea is a great place……..

            • Blazer

               /  March 8, 2017

              no I did not say Gareth started TM….stop telling lies….Sam copied Omydar developing Ebay….in lockstep.Lightweight.

            • PDB

               /  March 8, 2017

              Your comment on this very page just a bit further up from this;

              Blazer: “Morgan and his son started Trademe”

              Blazer: “no I did not say Gareth started TM….stop telling lies….”

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  March 9, 2017

          Purrrrrrrr……….

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      • Blazer

         /  March 8, 2017

        the Q remains …we know Gareths contribution…your Q at you…what have ..you done?

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        • Blazer

           /  March 8, 2017

          @PDB….’no I did not say Gareth started TM’…………..’Morgan and his son started Trademe …spot the …difference…lightweight,desperate.

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          • PDB

             /  March 8, 2017

            Ha! Gareth DIDN’T start Trademe with his son though, he invested in it later on to fund its expansion once his son had started it (“single-handedly’ as it says on the Trademe history page)………Hilarious!

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            • Blazer

               /  March 8, 2017

              this is what you have to prove….’ You said Gareth ‘started’ Trademe ‘….its easy …did I say that..its a yes or no?Liar.

            • PDB

               /  March 8, 2017

              Let me say it again slowly…….you said: “Morgan and his son started Trademe” – I’ve proven above that Gareth Morgan didn’t start Trademe his son did – therefore you saying Gareth Morgan was one of two people that started Trademe is incorrect. Says a lot about you that when caught in an obvious lie, rather than admit it you accuse me of lying…..

            • Blazer

               /  March 8, 2017

              NO you maintain I said ‘Gareth started TM…..I said no such thing…end of!

            • PDB

               /  March 8, 2017

              Arguing that ‘Gareth’ and ‘Morgan’ as in ‘Morgan and his son’ refers to two different people is the funniest thing ever!

              I’ll let you have the final words as quoted below;

              Blazer: “Morgan and his son started Trademe ,part of a high % of peoples lives”

              Blazer: “NO you maintain I said ‘Gareth started TM…..I said no such thing…”

            • Blazer

               /  March 8, 2017

              your direct quote…’a Ha! Keep ya wig on Blazer! You said Gareth ‘started’ Trademe – he didn’t, nor was it his idea’….show me where I said that and you will win..if you can not you lose…..!Sam Morgan,Gareth Morgan =2 people ,father and son.

            • PDB

               /  March 8, 2017

              I think you have finally lost the plot………

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  March 9, 2017

          What are his-apart from making money and getting free publicity for himself ? I remember him saying that it was wrong to drive big petrol-drinking cars-so he was selling his.

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  2. Kitty Catkin

     /  March 8, 2017

    Dear Mr Morgan

    My name’s Fido Catkin, and I would like to be a candidate,

    I hate cats, too, and want to have the white one who sits on my fence sucking his paws at me (the cat version of the human middle finger) done away with especially.

    I am a total believer in fairness for all. Free treats and really meaty bones for ALL dogs, not just some, would be a start. Dog roll would be banned by law. Cars would have windows that automatically wind down as soon as a dog steps in. All houses would have to have covered areas with covered passages leading to them for dogs to do their business on in bad weather. Letting the dog/s sleep in or on the bed would be a legal requirement.

    If I am elected, I promise to have all my meals in Bellamy’s and invite my dog friends to join me there-and ride with me in my Parliamentary car so that it’s not wasted by having just me in there..

    Fido Catkin

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    • Blazer

       /  March 8, 2017

      do you have any children?

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  March 8, 2017

        If that’s a proposition, the answer is no, thank you-even if it meant that the human race would die out.

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        • Blazer

           /  March 8, 2017

          I can assure you it is NOT a proposition….most passionate cat lovers do not have children.Morgan is quite right about their effect on our bird population.City slickers dont know,don’t care and don’t want to..know.

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          • patupaiarehe

             /  March 8, 2017

            Oh puhleez Blazer! Wherever do you get your strange ideas from? FYI, this ‘city slicker’ has both cats & kids. A bell on a cats collar, removes any risk to birdlife.

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            • Blazer

               /  March 8, 2017

              good answer Patu,makes sense.How many bother..though?

            • patupaiarehe

               /  March 8, 2017

              I wouldn’t know Blazer. But IMHO all cats should have them, as they are predators by instinct. They stalk & hunt for fun, even if they aren’t hungry….

            • patupaiarehe

               /  March 8, 2017

              And BTW Blazer, cats are far better pets for people with young children than dogs. Cats can stick up for themselves, but are small enough to not do any serious harm. They are very useful creatures to have around, when a parent is trying to educate young children about respecting animals…

              And being wary of them…

          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  March 8, 2017

            City cats have little impact on bird populations. Feral cats have coexisted with bird populations for thousands of years world wide and for a century and a half here. If they were going to wipe out any bird species they have had plenty of time but so far that honour belongs to the humans.

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            • Blazer

               /  March 8, 2017

              feral cats are not..domestic cats..Al I thought even you ,could understand ..that.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  March 8, 2017

              Actually they are, B. That is the problem.

            • Blazer

               /  March 8, 2017

              @Al…so you concede…there is a …problem.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  March 8, 2017

              That is the problem Morgan claims to exist.

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  March 9, 2017

            Generalise, do. GM is a city dweller himself, I think. Many cats sleep inside to stop them marauding nests, mine always did.

            It’s absurd to say that because someone lives in a city they don’t know and don’t care-it’s not logic. If people really don’t know, how CAN they care ? Don’t talk nonsense.

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    • patupaiarehe

       /  March 8, 2017

      …..And then, once ‘Fido’ had gained the confidence of Mr Morgan, he invited Fido over for coffee & biscuits, to discuss politics. It was only then that he realised her true identity, and attempted to capture her. But Kitty was too cunning, & too fast for the old fellow. She exacted her revenge, then made good her escape…. 😀

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  3. Kitty Catkin

     /  March 8, 2017

    The TOP thing uses loaded and emotive language and false logic. He tries to make it impossible to disagree with him, but it doesn’t work any more than it ever has. People of integrity and intelligence wanted, ergo, those who don’t want to be part of it have neither.

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    • Blazer

       /  March 8, 2017

      Cat culture has prejudiced you against objectivity..I fear.

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  4. Bell collars should be mandatory for cats, and, as someone once commented, they should have 10kg bells on them …

    “We estimate that free-ranging domestic cats kill 1.3–4.0 billion birds and 6.3–22.3 billion mammals annually [in the USA]”

    http://www.nature.com/articles/ncomms2380

    “Sir David Attenborough has warned that cats are killing huge numbers of birds in British gardens.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/dec/10/cats-killing-birds-gardens-david-attenborough

    “‘Shocking’ decline of UK countryside birds revealed” … although not especially due to cats … https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/dec/09/decline-uk-countryside-birds

    As a veterinarian I know once said, “Cats are vermin”

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    • patupaiarehe

       /  March 8, 2017

      Cats are far from vermin PZ, they are clean, independent animals. What other species, aside from humans, buries it’s excrement? That said, I agree that bell collars should be mandatory, for the reason I stated above.

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      • PDB

         /  March 8, 2017

        It’s not the cats fault Patu – their behavior is but a by-product of neoliberalism and the problems we have faced since the 1984 New Zealand Labour govt.

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        • Blazer

           /  March 8, 2017

          their worst manifestation was the Kiwi ‘Cat in the Hat’…John Key….what hat are you wearing today John,private citizen,leader of the Natz,PM,M.P for Helensville,Father,ponytail puller,serial liar?!

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        • @ PDB – ” … but a by-product of neoliberalism and the problems we have faced since the 1984 New Zealand Labour govt.”

          How pathetic PDB. You’re a credit to the Right Brigade …

          Anyhow, cats are not so political as killer attack dogs that chew young children’s faces off … Our newfound FREEDOM!

          How about saying something JUST FOR ONCE that describes or even intimates where you actually stand on a subject …

          Or is every little thing just hunky dory …?

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          • PDB

             /  March 9, 2017

            To add……………white cats should be ashamed of being born…………white.

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            • You mean … To add MORE PATHETIC …!!!

            • PDB

               /  March 9, 2017

            • OMG … and still MORE … PATHETIC … !!!

              Dig PDB …. DIG that hole …

            • PDB

               /  March 9, 2017

              Your sense of humour must have left you when all sense of reason disappeared PZ……

            • Yeah, yeah PDB … Its a good old trick that … and equally PATHETIC …

              Bash, bash, bash … [Bloody nose, fat lip, black eye]

              Oh … I was only joking …

              Where’s your sense of humour?

              How dare you talk to me about reason Pantsdown …

      • Blazer

         /  March 8, 2017

        the cats in my yard lay brown…’eggs’ but they don’t ..taste …like..chocolate.

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        • patupaiarehe

           /  March 8, 2017

          So you have…tasted them…Blazer??? 😀 😀 😀

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          • Blazer

             /  March 8, 2017

            I’ll try anything…once…said Johnny Dangerously(cryptic habit)

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            • patupaiarehe

               /  March 8, 2017

              A ‘bitter pill to swallow’, might be just the….medicine…that ‘Johnny’ requires….

          • PDB

             /  March 8, 2017

            Ha! Bad night to be Blazer, getting shot down in flames everywhere………

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            • PDB

               /  March 8, 2017

            • Blazer

               /  March 8, 2017

              somethings burning….and it aint me…..pants on…fire!

            • PDB

               /  March 8, 2017

              Just remember Blazer, only one person started Trademe (not two) and it wasn’t Gareth Morgan…….

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  March 8, 2017

      So your link claim annually cats kill 2 billion birds and 12 billion rats in the US. So every bird you might save from the cats will cost you 6 additional rats which will probably eat far more than two bird eggs each as well as breeding even more rats.

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      • All those people could buy pneumatic gas-powered rodent traps Alan …

        Hence a government policy – cat prohibition – fosters a unsustainable pest control industry … its perfect Friedmachiavellian economics …

        Personally I wouldn’t irradicate cats Alan … but I think they should be registered, auto-speyed-or-neutered [unless proof available in advance of credible homes for kittens] and ownership numbers limited …

        Good source of local government revenue eh?

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  5. Blazer

     /  March 9, 2017

    @PDB…do you even know what a sentimental ‘backstory’ is.Col Sanders/KFC,is the gold standard.

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  6. I got an email from Gareth the other day entitled … “An opportunity for you to participate in deliberative democracy”

    “With just under 5% of the vote we were really pleased with the outcome [in Mt Albert]. The next challenge is putting together our List … In the mean time we are pleased to announce the launch of our cannabis law reform process.

    This is our first experiment with a member-led policy development process, with the goal of involving people in the decisions that affect their day-to-day lives, as per the goals of our TOP Policy #4: Democracy Reset.”

    What other political party would you get that from? Winston’s mind (and NZF’s policy) is set like concrete against cannabis … part of what Peter Dunne describes in his weekly self-exoneration and aggrandisement letter to Northland Age today as “absolutely no political appetite across parties for change” …

    … We’ll see about that …

    So despite Gareth’s shortcomings – who doesn’t have those – and my own misgivings about him – I agree with the general tenet of what TOP is doing … “Democracy Reset” … What I have previously called Democracy Defrag …

    IMHO, cannabis law reform including decriminalisation for recreational use and a controlled market, plus End-of-Life-Choice, plus Flexi-Super and other possible retirement policies, plus a ‘community wage’ and destigmatisation of ‘unemployment’, could have massive tangential affects, and make a huge difference across a range of so-called ‘social problems’ … eg, crime, domestic violence, the road toll and other alcohol related harm, poverty, health and education …

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