Vote for Policies survey

Vote for Policies was adapted for New Zealand by volunteers to help inform voters and encourage participation in the election. It is based on a UK election tool.

Vote for policies, not personalities

Can’t decide who to vote for?
Not sure what you’re voting for?
Find out whose policies you prefer for the 2017 general election.
It’s quick, fun, and sometimes surprising! 

Vote for Policies helps you make an informed, unbiased decision about who to vote for. Compare policies on a range of key issues (such as Education, Economy or the Environment) without knowing which party they belong to. It’s the best way to get a clear, informed and unbiased view of what each party is promising to do. But be ready – the results can be surprising!

In 2017 a group of volunteers brought Vote for Policies to New Zealand! We are not linked with any political party or commercial entity. Our aim is to increase participation in elections by helping people compare the policies of the political parties. We read all the policies for you, summarise the most important points and present them side by side so you can make an informed decision.

How did you choose which parties to include?

The MMP system is designed to give smaller parties a chance for representation. In the same spirit, we decided to include all parties represented in Parliament and all those parties outside Parliament that have at least as much support as the smallest party in Parliament. We excluded parties that do not have policies for at least 3 of the 5 main areas that we cover. In 2017 the following parties are included:

  • National Party
  • Labour Party
  • NZ First Party
  • Green Party
  • ACT
  • Maori Party
  • United Future
  • Mana
  • The Opportunities Party
  • Conservative Party

How did you choose which issues to include?We aim to cover the main policy areas that all parties have policies for, and we update them with each new election to make sure they are relevant. To keep the survey short, we grouped the issues into 5 main areas:

  • Economy: jobs, housing, tourism, infrastructure, crown debt
  • Education
  • Environment: water, climate change, energy
  • Foreign Affairs: immigration, trade, defence
  • Welfare and Social Issues: tax, benefits, healthcare, inequality/poverty, Maori affairs

You can select which of the 5 topics are important for you and only do the survey about those.

Where do you get the policies from?

The policies come from the documents published on the websites of each political party. We take up to eight policies based on the priority in which they appear in the policy documents. We also try to include policies on core issues from every party (e.g. superannuation age, house building, net migration) to make it easier to compare across parties. Before releasing them on the site we send them to each political party for any comments.

How is Vote for Policies different to other voter advice services?

There are other ‘Voter Advice Applications’ (VAAs) available, we recommend you try them all. There is a list of links below. What’s different about Vote for Policies is that it allows you to focus on the merits of the policies of each party. You can compare actual policies without knowing which party they belong to, so you can put aside your preconceptions.

These are some of the other VAA applications in 2017:

It would be good to get some feedback the Vote for Policies survey.


  1. Brown

     /  August 29, 2017

    Waste of time because the bastards lie all the time. It’s simple really. Vote Labour or Greens, Maori, TOP and productive workers will be worse off because someone has to pay. Its always Joe Average and the rich but the rich are paying most of the bills now so will get bolshie if leaned on too hard and that costs. National, two faced lefty light that they are are the lesser evil if you are working. ACT are centre based on the old days so a further lesser evil. I think we are stuffed unless we rediscover morals and integrity but have little hope, it’s just a case of how long the workers can pay the bludgers bills.

  2. PDB

     /  August 30, 2017

    The problem with all these sites (and this one is particular bad) is that you are not given the consequences of any of the policies therefore people vote for free tertiary education, 100,000 new homes, free money for all etc as they all sound great when you don’t have to consider if the country can afford them, or even if the policies are in fact doable.100,000 new homes sounds great in theory but the reality of the policy is that it isn’t possible.

    What they should do is add in a budget for the country which gets affected every time you add a policy you agree with which would point out how affordable all these polices are when looked at collectively. This budget would at the end give estimates on how much additional tax each taxpayer would need to contribute to pay for all these new policies and how much extra debt would be required if the extra money was to be borrowed.

    That may be the wake-up-call needed for those that think the country has an endless pit of spare money.

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