The KiwiBlog challenge

I was challenged on Kiwblog last night and have posted a first response.

I find Kiwiblog easier to participate on these days, the general feel there seems to be more tolerant and accommodating of different views, although it can still be robust which is a good thing.

I first went to Kiwiblog two years ago, first simply to post some satire I’d written (on TV “news” programs), but I got drawn in to the fray. It was often very difficult, as if a gang member had sat in the middle of another’s patch. But there was enough that was worthwhile to persevere. I took a few knocks, and stood up to a few knockers.

And I learnt a lot. About politics. And about people interested in politics. The good, the bad, the ugly, and Johnboy.

Kiwiblog fitted into my idea of running an experiment to give ordinary people more of a say in politics, so was a great research tool.

My ideas preceded Kiwiblog. When Labour lost the last election (I didn’t think they should win and didn’t vote for them) I thought they would need some down to earth rebuilding. So I offered a local MP a connection with ordinary non-political people so they could keep in touch with “us out there”. She said “and yes I’d like to connect”, but she didn’t.

And I believe Labour have stayed disconnected from the real world people ever since. They’ve stumbled from disappointing to disappointing.

If Labour had recovered and looked like they were rebuilding into a good opposition party and prospective government in waiting I would have been ok with that, I would probably not back them this year because I think National have done well enough in very difficult times to deserve another term, but they would be in serious contention for 2014.

But Labour look to be in serious trouble, within themselves. The Standard is one reflection of that. I think it’s sad, but they don’t seem to want to face reality.

The other alternatives didn’t look encouraging either. I’ve voted Green tactically before but see them as a perpetual niche party. And there’s nothing else that looks worthy of a considered vote.

Talking to others, on blogs and around the community, it sounded like a common disappointment. Sick of the same old party antics. Too much mudslinging. Don’t listen. Don’t take any notice of us. Too closeted in their own party worlds.

So I decided to test the mood for something different.

The only way to find out if there is room for a wide spectrum responsive representative party is to try it. We’re lucky that in New Zealand anyone can stand for parliament, so I decided to go for it, and see who would like to join the movement, to offer a real difference, to make a real difference.

I know it hasn’t been done before. I don’t care about that. I really believe it can be done now.

Johnboy, that’s how I feel.

How YOU can make a BIG difference

  1.  Spread the word about Your NZ. Share, like, email, talk, blog, txt. We are spreading via people  and social media, under the main media radar.
  2.  Become a member. It’s not a promise to vote, it’s a promise to stand up for change, and it’s a promise to force change.
  3. Promote “Poll for Your NZ” – if we register in the polls we will be noticed and we will shake up NZ politics.

People for people.

More people, less party

We need more people in politics, ordinary people with ordinary life experience.
We need less party, less party influence, less party self obsession, less party poor behaviour.

Your NZ will do this two ways:

  • by adding a small group of MPs, people representing people. There are many interest groups represented in parliament – we will represent ordinary people.
  • by forcing other parties to change, when they see that people really do want to be heard more they will start listening more too.

We can change how we do politics in New Zealand. You can be a big part of that change. You will make it happen.

Your NZ won’t be government, but we can change how government does things by strongly representing ordinary people.

A small party can have a big voice. For you. For Your NZ.

And you can spread the word to make it happen.

About Your NZ

Your NZ is a general blog with a centrist political emphasis, and a moderate moderation policy that emphasises encouraging a wide range of views with minimal restrictions.

  • Please be civil and post comments that you would be happy to say face to face.
  • Inappropriate posts may be edited or deleted, and posters may be banned but we hop to avoid having to do this.
  • You will not be censored, deleted or banned for having different opinions expressed reasonably.

Please self moderate, and report any behaviour you think justifies attention to:  contact.yournz@gmail.com

HISTORY

Your NZ began in May 2011 as an idea for a new political party based on blog discussions on what need improving in our politics. These ideas were floated on the internet and advertisments were place seeking feedback and expressions of interest.

There was interesting responses from a range of people around the country. It became obvious that:

  • there was a widespread sentiment that people wanted a better sort of democracy
  • most people were not interested in doing much about it

As a result of the publicity I was approached by an existing political party – UnitedFuture – who suggested:

  • many of the political principles of UnitedFuture  were very similar to those of Your NZ
  • UnitedFuture was wanting to expand it’s appeal using similar ideas to those proposed by Your NZ
  • that I stand as a candidate for them combining ideas

After investigating I decided that more could be achieved by joining UnitedFuture without major compromises of  the principles behind Your NZ. Obviously  some compromises are necessary in any political party.

I have joined UnitedFuture, and the Your NZ has adjusted to become a general blog, as described at the start of this post.

Pete George

 

Everything begins small

Launching a completely different approach to politics is challenging. Most people with an interest in politics already have alignments and preferences, their own ideas on what they think might work.

Your  NZ  is targeting an audience that usually mostly ignores politics, and what they do notice is usually superficial and based on personalities. The Mana party is also trying to target unpolitical voters, but they have high profile people involved including a recently resigned MP who attracts a lot of media attention.

This is a real grass roots concept, with a strong silicon rots component. It’s not likely high profiles will be a part of it, it’s more ordinary people working for ordinary people. It’s most likely reach is through  a slow spread through word of mouth and word of post and text. If it gets some sympathy and some enthusiasts it may get enough momentum to be a real influence.

It’s up to the small people to aim for a big voice.

Your NZ Site Feedback

Version 1 of the Your NZ site is up now. It is a base to start from, it will be developed on an ongoing basis with more information, news, details of candidates and more.

If you want to comment on it, suggest changes or additions or ask anything related to it fire ahead here.