Election policy tool

If you like to look at party policies in depth The Spinoff has a tool that may help.

Introducing Policy NZ: an incredible new tool to help you decide how to vote in Election 2017

Personality is central to politics. That much is a truism. And it’s not just inevitable but necessary that voters get a chance to examine the people seeking the highest seats of power. We want to get a sense of them, to weigh up trustworthiness and character, to understand better how they might behave under pressure, how they interact with others and what they look for in a biscuit.

But sometimes it gets a bit much. While the ability to communicate a party’s ideas and plans are critical to the modern politician, we don’t always get enough of the ideas and plans themselves.

In the last fortnight, for example, a couple of high-profile leader resignations have sucked most of the oxygen out of the campaign preamble, leaving some to say – and here I’m paraphrasing – What ho, Spinoff / other friendly media outlet! How about giving us more about the policies the parties are actually putting forward.

So here it is. The Spinoff is thrilled to bits to lift the curtain today on what we think is a very important and beautiful addition to media coverage of the election.

Conceived and assembled by Asher Emanuel, Ollie Neas, Racheal Reeves and their exceptional team of developers and researchers, Policy is, we think, a seriously big deal. Collecting the policy positions of the main parties and presenting them in a clear, accessible and digestible fashion, the tool allows readers to flick through policy areas, compare the parties’ positions and drill down for more detail

Election 2017 policies: http://policy.thespinoff.co.nz/

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  1. PDB

     /  14th August 2017

    1. It seems way out of date – for instance transport policies of both Labour and National seem behind the times.
    2. It should be called ‘promises’ not ‘policies’ – half the stuff parties promise never come to fruition. Policies can only be good if they have make sense economically, have been costed properly and flow-on effects have been taken into account. People might ‘like’ a policy of zero-tax for everybody but is that good for the country.

  2. Geoffrey

     /  17th August 2017

    I have just made the time to complete my provisional Policy Profile. I am amazed that “Defence” does not rate even a mention, and even more so, that not one of the political parties surveyed seems to have defined any Defence policies whatsoever.
    We have long had our head in the sand concerning Defence issues in New Zealand (arguably since the Lange “Nuclear Free” blurt isolated us from all of our allies). It is really absurd that a resource-rich country like us should be willing to trust that the rest of the world will be nice to us if (or when) things get tough.


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