Kia Koe – a party offering empowerment to all

Duncan Brown: A new political party, intentionally different from all the rest


About the name “Kia Koe”

New Zealand is the birthplace of our party and it was important that our name reflected those origins. The original idea was to name it the “You Choose” party, which is what the party is all about, but that had no obvious connection with the New Zealand culture.

So we looked to the Maori language for a translation of “you choose” to find a name or phrase, or adaptation, that shouts New Zealand, that combines well with our uniquely New Zealand logo and is easily recognized, being unlike anything else in the New Zealand political arena.

And so the name Kia Koe was born. It is not intended to be a strict translation from the Maori language. We trust that people will accept that and embrace the meaning and intent of Kia Koe in the same way that words such Aroha, Whanau and Haka have become accepted throughout New Zealand culture.

We are sometimes asked if the name implies a Maori political party. The answer is no, it caters to everyone. The ambitions of Kia Koe are outlined in the Mission Statement that appears on this page.

Kia Koe!

What is it that the Party stands for?

The Kia Koe party, hands over its power and control to the members of the party, in the proposal and selection of policies, and their importance.

In this sense, what the party stands for, is a belief in that the people of New Zealand, overall, are rather clear, or becoming more clear on the importance of having good governance from the Government.

And that the good governance, is going to require clear direction, from the people of NZ, for the policies that we, as a Nation, want to have represented by our elected representatives.

The ability to gather those views, and to set them in order (to rank them) according to our own individual preferences, is the key to keeping this an extremely democratic process.

So, the party stands for a democratically elected set of policies:

Which are proposed by the members of the Party, not by a Party committee, council or body

Which all members have had involvement in, and we trust, are satisfied overall that the process of arriving at those top policies, which matter to everyone one the most, were transparently arrived at

Which involve a larger base which includes minors over the age of 12 years old. This is because these are tomorrows custodians, and we want them to arrive at the vote with a greater politically savvy understanding of what is going on, better able to contribute to the direction of where our country is going. And, this choice, is also in the interests of fairness – that as there is a cut off of 18 years of age, to be able to vote for the Party of your choice, there are a great many, who have not yet voted, who can be as old as 21 years old, minus one day, before they are actually able to make that choice.

Is inclusive of all ethnicities and backgrounds

Who is the Kia Koe Party to Represent?

All members of NZ society, no matter which ethnic background, or any other possible bias. There is no preference in the membership, apart from that we expect that members will make their choices with consideration and honesty, for the good of all of us, as individuals, for ourselves in the sense of community, and for our nation, as a whole, in general

Upon what principles, is the party based?

That the five Basic Rights, and the five Basic Freedoms, will be honoured. These basic rights and Freedoms, have their limits in terms of Boundary, and Responsibilities that go with them.

  • The Right to Life
  • The Right to Freedom and Liberty
  • The Right to Work/Labour
  • The right to enjoy the Pursuit of Happiness
  • The Right to Love/Friendship
  • The Freedom of Choice
  • The Freedom of Speech
  • The Freedom of Association
  • The Freedom of Movement and
  • The Freedom of Enterprise

Further, that as custodians of our beautiful Country, on behalf of our descendants, that we will do our utmost, to pass the country on, in better condition, than we arrived in it, environmentally, financially, spiritually, and socially.

How does it work?

Currently, and as has been for a long time, the offerings on Election Day are overall, rather flat

So, our being at the tail end of Party Policy, that is, that at the time of elections, the Parties represent to you, the voter, a final non-negotiable set of Policies upon which and amongst which, we must choose that which best suits our needs

This Kia Koe party, turns that around, and puts the responsibility for policy suggestion, approval, and ranking, in the hands of those who matter most. The voters themselves.

The way this works is to follow a basic simple process:

If you have a policy suggestion, and it fits within the underlying principles (above), propose the Policy

For all policies, if you feel it is worth commenting on, either in support of, or to oppose, we want you to do so, and to keep the process organised and somewhat ordered, we have developed 4 differing forums (quadrants) to debate or offer views, so it does not become an unmanageable lengthy interminably long blog. Two of these quadrants, by default, are those of Information, and Financial. Financial is important, because every time we require the Government to “Do something for us” there will naturally be a cost. And these costs must be able to be estimated, in order to decide whether it is a good idea or not. Sometime, and increase in costs is absolutely justified, but we need to know what those costs are estimated to be.

You are also able to provide links, and upload data and information which may assist with your side of an argument or view, to enable members to see both sides more clearly

For all policies, choose your level of support for each, whether you agree with it, or not.

Once you have chosen whether you support or not, Rank the Policy.

As new policies come up, or the level of importance that you attach may change, for each of the policies you have chosen, continue to order, and reorder your ranking so that it constantly mirrors your best choices for the party to represent on your behalf.

The Concept of Kia Koe

Kia Koe, broadly meaning: you choose, is a political party where the key philosophy is “empowerment”. It provides a platform for people of all ages and walks of life to contribute to current debate and influence the issues and events affecting their society.

Involvement in Kia Koe is like having access to an unlimited 24/7 referendum that actively solicits ideas, concepts and discussions from registered members who want to influence the actions of government.

Input is via supervised forums (quadrants) that lie at the heart of Kia Koe and registered users can participate in any of the quadrants once they are qualified to do so (Aged 12 to 17, is free, which means they have immediate membership and ability to influence policy development and choices, 18 and over, there is a membership fee)

We encourage you to submit a registration request as soon as possible and look forward to your participation. Kia Koe is not yet a registered political party, and cannot be until the minimum number of members (500) defined the relevant Electoral Commission is reached.

We are so confident that this will be your best Political Party experience that we are offering a 100% money back guarantee on your membership fee if you are not satisfied that we are collectively achieving the outcomes stated for the benefit of all.  We expect that within 90 days you will become comfortable with the Kia Koe system and what it delivers to you personally and your fellow countrymen.  If this is not your personal experience simply complete the online refund application and we will credit your account in full.  A period of 90 days of your joining fee must have lapsed as this is not a system for instant gratification.

http://nz.kiakoe.org/

40 Comments

  1. NOEL

     /  June 29, 2017

    Looks really attractive at first glance until you remember its going to require trough feeding politicans in the mix.

  2. Corky

     /  June 29, 2017

    Lol…. what a great way to implement Eugenics. All you need is the party membership list.

  3. Blazer

     /  June 29, 2017

    latest IMP poll has National on a…slide.-‘who would you vote for if there was an election tommorrow?
    National-38%
    Labour-27%
    NZF-12%
    Greens-13%
    Undecided-6%
    all other parties-balance.
    Margin of error 3%.

    • PDB

       /  June 29, 2017

      Little will be disappointed that this poll of Labour MP’s has seen a drop in support for the Labour party.

  4. i feel there are too many parties already. I wonder if one joins a mainstream party and garnered enough support for proposals they my well be implemented as policy. I get that people are disenchanted with a very flawed system, but working on the inside of one tent seems arduous, time consuming but may be the way to go in this crowded marketplace.

    Question re your “worship” freedom. What religion are you? Do you believe in pluralism or secularism or neither. Is right to life and anti-abortion position?

    Not judging and not wishing to label, merely seeking an idea of your position on the liberal-conservative spectrum, or if you prefer a multi-axis political model, where you might fit between the libertarian and authoritarian in the overall eco/social continuum.

    Thank you and good luck.

    • I don’t warrant a reply.

      • Gezza

         /  June 29, 2017

        💃🏼 🌹 Best I can do at short notice.

        It was a reasoned, polite, question worthy of a considered reply, I thought.

  5. Brown

     /  June 29, 2017

    “(Aged 12 to 17, is free, which means they have immediate membership and ability to influence policy development and choices, …”

    Dumbed down kids influencing things. Yep, that’ll work.

    • Chris Kernot

       /  June 29, 2017

      only in specific areas, not in all, when you write a policy, you choose at that time if it is restricted – for example, I think kids should be able to vote on environmental issues, at 15 or 16, kids are working hopefully and paying taxes, and should have a say where they can, on how that is going to affect their
      future. Chris

  6. Alan Wilkinson

     /  June 29, 2017

    Democratic policies inevitably mean the majority will seek ways to rob minorities and minorities will seek ways to fool the majority into robbing themselves.

    There is nothing particularly virtuous about democratic policies other than whatever transparency can be preserved from concerted attempts to avoid or distort it.

  7. I haven’t even read it, but I’m already thinking Oh no, another left wing loony party to take 0.25% of the vote, why cant we have vote sapping loons on the right to balance it out? They are pretty good at poetry so I hear?

    • Corky

       /  June 29, 2017

      Sounds like a ‘have’ to me.

    • Chris Kernot

       /  June 29, 2017

      take a closer look. it is neither left nor right, the party does not take a position on the spectrum, the members choose their own positions and they can be a mixture of whatever makes the most sense.

      • PDB

         /  June 29, 2017

        I disagree – the questions are just about all related to left-wing themes hence will attract more left-wingers.

      • PDB

         /  June 29, 2017

        To add, this style of political party will mostly appeal to those on the left hence Shane is correct in suggesting this will only further fragment the overall vote of the left.

        • Chris Kernot

           /  June 30, 2017

          then it needs more open minded, forthright right, to add their views and policies, it is about involvement, to bring the right mix to the top..

  8. Trumpenreich

     /  June 29, 2017

    Why have they got Santa Claus on their website header? Is he one of their list MPs?

    Is this an indication of their policies – free socialist prezzies for everyone?

    • PDB

       /  June 29, 2017

      You’re right – Micky Mouse would have been a more suitable figure.

  9. Gezza

     /  June 29, 2017

    ACE logo! 👍

    • PDB

       /  June 29, 2017

      You mean the one that looks like the school bully is about to beat you up?

      “You choose”, sucker!

      • Gezza

         /  June 29, 2017

        Tennis balls under the arms. I love it! 😃

        • PDB

           /  June 29, 2017

          Is it meant to be Metiria Turei? Big, green and nasty.

          • Gezza

             /  June 29, 2017

            Garn! You’re having the nightmares again, aren’t you? She’s just a giggly girlie.

  10. Chris

     /  June 29, 2017

    Before making a decision I would like to know who are the people who have set up this party? I didn’t see them mentioned in the blurb.

    • Corky

       /  June 29, 2017

      University students doing social research study from a ‘safe space’ at Auckland Uni.

      • Missy

         /  June 30, 2017

        Wrong, according to their Facebook page their location is Port Vila. Not even NZ.

        https://m.facebook.com/Kia-Koe-Political-Party-1207511116000207/

        It is all a little strange.

        • Gezza

           /  June 30, 2017

          Good spotting, Missy. You’re looking lovely. Have you done something different with your hair.

          • Missy

             /  June 30, 2017

            Cheers G, just a little googling looking for more information on who is behind it.

            Funny you should mention it, I have just had a haircut, and am trying a different way of styling it, well spotted G I am very impressed. 😉

        • Missy

           /  June 30, 2017

          Further to this, I did a reverse search on the phone number, no information who it is registered to, but it is a Vanuatu mobile phone number.

          Mobile phone number in Vanuatu: +678 – 5 – 547744
          Country: Vanuatu
          Country code: 678
          Area Code 5: Mobile Phone
          Capital of Vanuatu: Port Vila
          Local Time: 06/30/2017 01:40:45 AM
          Time Zone: Vanuatu Time (VUT)

          http://www.searchyellowdirectory.com/reverse-phone/6785547744/

          So, surely the question has to be: why is someone in Vanuatu registering a political party in New Zealand?

          This appears a little dodgy – it may not be, but so far it doesn’t look fully kosher.

          • Missy

             /  June 30, 2017

            A little more info – if only I had read the Facebook posts first.

            It seems that the person who may be behind it is a Chris Kernot – at least that is the person who appears to own the phone number given.

            His Facebook page seems to confirm this. An ex-pat kiwi, who appears to be settled in Vanuatu.

            https://www.facebook.com/chris.kernot

            He owns a freight logistics company.

            http://www.fr8.vu/freight-services-2/team

            Okay, not looking as dodgy as it was, but I personally still have issues about an ex-pat who lives in a different country setting up a political party just before an election. It will be interesting to see what other connections he has, and if anyone high profile comes out in NZ as being involved. The NZ launch seems to be from 15 July.

          • Gezza

             /  June 30, 2017

            Indeed Missy. Most unusual. May warrant further investigation by someone very experienced in ferreting out dodgy political goings on via the internet.

            Have you considered maybe showing a bit of leg to see if you can entice, say, a retired but still-active former intel analyst, or some other intrepid private citizen investigator to immediately commence an urgent, intensive google search for more clues? 😳

            • Missy

               /  June 30, 2017

              It definitely requires some investigation G.

              I am not sure how to find a former intel analyst, is there a website, something like ‘former intel analysts are us’? or do you think the yellow pages are a better bet?

              Also, to be honest the condition I have had since birth – vertically challenged syndrome is the Missy ‘official’ name, my dad, however, just called it duck’s disease, (bum too close to the ground) – means I don’t have much leg to show. 😉

            • Gezza

               /  June 30, 2017

              I’ll see if the twins can assist, Missy.

              👯

              😮 Yoohoo … Colonel !

              Can you possibly leave the Clintons to others on team & urgently get involved in this investigation please? 😳

            • Gezza

               /  June 30, 2017

              PS: My lovely wife had the heart of a lioness, but was very petite, Missy. It simply added cuteness to her loveliness.❤️

            • Missy

               /  June 30, 2017

              Always knew you were a man who could appreciate the finer (and smaller) things in life G. Such a lovely thing to say about your wife. 😘

    • Missy

       /  June 30, 2017

      Chris, a little googling and Facebook stalking has thrown up one name (as above) Chris Kernot, a businessman based in Vanuatu.

      • Chris

         /  June 30, 2017

        I see a person with that name has replied to comments on this blog a couple of times, but he hasn’t said anything about being involved.
        If you want people to follow you, you need to be upfront about who you are!!

        • Missy

           /  July 1, 2017

          I noticed that too Chris.

          Perhaps the Chris Kernot commenting here could advise if s/he is the Chris Kernot behind the new political party.

          Transparency is important, and if he is the same one it would have been prudent to tell us, rather than come in supporting the party as if he was ‘neutral’ which is dishonest.

          I still have a lot of reservations of someone offshore starting up a political party in NZ just before the election – ex-pat kiwi or not.

  11. Missy

     /  June 30, 2017

    It seems Scoop did a brief article on it on Sunday.

    http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1706/S00337/new-political-party-offers-empowerment.htm

    However, as with the bit above, and the official page, no mention that it is based offshore. It is only when looking at the Facebook page that you can find out it is based in Vanuatu.

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