Responses

Summary of Responses

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(David Haynes, President, New Zealand Federation of Freshwater Anglers has also done his own independent analysis here)

How They Stack Up

How They Stack Up

Notes on the survey:-

We forwarded our 2014 Election Charter to all major political parties asking for responses within a calendar month. National were the only major party failing to respond within the alloted timeframe, but has now arrived and is included. ACT and Mana both failed to respond, with Maori responding later.

How well do they fit with the CORANZ Charter?

 (Please note that a late response from the National Party was received we understand due to a mislaid email. We are still working on the full analysis. However, given its length it may be a day or so before a full detailed analysis is available here)

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

3 - 8 = -5

-29%

9 - 3 = 6

32%

13 - 0 = 13

76%

15 - 2 = 13

76%

15 - 0 = 15

88%

8 - 6 = 2

12%

No Response
to date

10 - 4 = 6

35%

No Response
to date


Full Analysis of Responses - Note Only National Party Score Negative Overall

Full Analysis of Responses - Note Only National Party Score Negative Overall

Full Analysis of Responses - Note Only National Party Score Negative Overall

How Well Parties Agree With CORANZ Charter:-

How Well Parties Agree With CORANZ Charter

How Well Parties Agree With CORANZ Charter

How Parties Remain Neutral on the CORANZ Charter:-

How Parties Remain Neutral on the CORANZ Charter

How Parties Remain Neutral on the CORANZ Charter

How Parties Disagree With the CORANZ Charter:-

How Parties Disagree With the CORANZ Charter

How Parties Disagree With the CORANZ Charter


 

Analysis of Responses (details of all responses are included below)

Legend:- 

-     No Response to Date
√    Complete Agreement
N    Neutral
X    Disagree

 

Notes on Assessment of Responses:-

  • All responses received are included below for completeness

  • Most simply agreed or disagreed with the articles contained within the Charter, although of course many added explanation

  • Some replies insisted on stating what their Party had acheived historically rather than answering the questions regarding "what they will do" going forward. Such historic discussion has been ignored

  • Where it was felt a judgement call had to be made, consideration was given to the overall intent of the response.

  • No politically affiliated persons were involved in the assessment process

How they responded (if at all)

Charter
Item
National Labour Conservative United
Future
NZ First Green
Party
ACT Maori Mana
1 √  √  -
2 N √  √   
3 √  √  √   
4 √  √ 
5 N √  √ 
6 N N √  √  N  
7 N √  √   
8 N N √  √  √   
9 X X √  √  X
10 X N N √  √  N X
11 X X √  √  X
12 X √  √  √   
13 N √  √  N
14 X X √  X
15 X N √  √ 
16 X N N √  √  √ 
17 X N N N - -


Detailed Responses from Political Parties

NB Given the length of the late response from the National Party, it is not appropriate to include everything here. We have taken the liberty of extracting a precis of their reply. The full text for those interested is available for download as a PDF file here

Government must value outdoor recreation as a legitimate right of all New Zealanders - adequate, credible, non-political, recreational representation in the decision-making of resource use and improve recreational opportunities and freedom of access for all.
 
National National is making the most of our great outdoors so New Zealanders and visitors can enjoy our natural environment. We recognise that public conservation land and oceans provide New Zealanders with economic, environmental, and recreational opportunities. Access to them underpins our way of life.We want to encourage all New Zealanders to get out and enjoy our magnificent country. That’s why recreation is now a key consideration of Conservation Boards – the link between the community and the Department of Conservation (DOC).
Labour Agree – Labour led the world in 1987 by establishing the Department of Conservation (DOC) as an agency dedicated to the protection of our natural environment, as well as to providing opportunities for Kiwis to enjoy the great outdoors.
Conservative AGREE
United Future UnitedFuture is firmly devoted to recognising outdoor recreation as an inherent privilege and right for Kiwis. This is an unconditional part of the New Zealand existence. Those who vote for UnitedFuture know that they are voting for a party that is committed to protecting and realising that right for us all and for those who visit us.
NZ First Absolutely agree.
Green Party Yes That’s one reason the Green Party has campaigned to keep the maintenance and enhancement of amenity values as one of the environmental principles in the Resource Management Act so  councils consider how developments affect recreational values. It’s also why it’s important to have recreation representations on Conservation Boards and the NZ Conservation Authority which advise DOC.
Act No Response
Maori Agree
Mana No Response
2 Support the concept of “Clean, Green New Zealand” - clean rivers and lakes, no indiscriminate toxins and an efficient bio-security system to prevent undesirable imports entering NZ.
   
National No Response in our Precis
Labour Labour agrees with the concept of Clean, Green New Zealand
Conservative AGREE
United Future “Clean Green New Zealand” and “100% Pure” must be more than marketing slogans. They must inform how we operate. This begins with our water which we have to keep healthy and clean; it has to be owned by us all, not private interests; and water must be fit to swim in. The National Policy Statement for Freshwater and the National Objectives Framework are positive steps but the standards need to be strengthened further. Retaining the principles of the Resource Management Act in the current form is also crucial
NZ First Yes, as per our Outdoor Recreation Policy and Border Security Policy
Green Party Where no practical alternatives exist the Green Party supports the use of 1080 to ensure effective pest control  to prevent further decline in threatened native species thrive Effective and well-funded biosecurity system is important in preventing new pest species becoming established in NZ.
Act No Response
Maori Agree. Everyone has a fundamental right to clean air, water and land, which means being protected from the production, release and disposal of toxic and hazardous waste, freedom from ecological destruction and collective responsibility to ensure that we use the resources of the earth in ways that preserve the planet for current and future generations.
The Māori Party would like to see that the RMA retains a greater emphasis on the sustainability of the environment and environmentally sustainable land use that does not degrade our whenua or water systems. We would like to see the enactment of Section 33 of the RMA as well as a collaborative freshwater and resource management reform process for greater Māori participation in planning.
Mana No Response
3 A meaningful, mandatory and scientifically valid National Environmental and Recreational Standard for Water and reversing the current degradation of fresh water.!
   
National New Zealand’s freshwater resource is at the core of our national identity and our competitive advantage.Budget 2014 commits $20 million over four years to strengthen our existing environmental initiatives. This includes reforms to strengthen the Resource Management Act (RMA), improve water quality, and the way fresh water is managed.
Labour Agree – Labour believes freshwater management will be underpinned by strong environmental standards and nationally-set bottom lines.
Conservative AGREE
United Future As above, clean water is imperative. Water standards should also include the minimum environmental flow levels as well as minimum levels of nitrates and phosphates.
NZ First No specific policy by that particular name, but the intention of it is covered in our Environment Policy
Green Party Yes, we have consistently campaigned for strong rules that protect our rivers and will continue to do so including a much stronger National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management and national environmental standards.
Act No Response
Maori Agree. Te Mana o Te Wai is a key over-arching objective in our freshwater management policies. The aim is to help communities to restore their local freshwater bodies through initiatives such as planting, riparian buffers, the use of nitrate inhibitors and establishing artificial or constructed wetlands.
We recognise the serious effects of global climate change and will ensure that tangata whenua are not disproportionally impacted by climate change and the way in which we respond to it. Specifically, we
Mana No Response
4 Full legal recognition sporting freshwater fish such as trout, salmon and perch are valued recreational assets, an established part of and compatible with the 21st century ecosystem, e.g. National Parks Act
   
National National recognises the recreational value of sporting freshwater fish in New Zealand. The Conservation Act 1987 has extensive provisions for sports fish management and recognises sporting freshwater fish as a recreational asset. In addition to this, the Resource Management Act 1991 provides specific protection for trout and salmon habitats in New Zealand.Sports fishing is allowed, and provided for, in national parks by General Policy. In addition, the major sports fish (salmon and trout species) are well established in all freshwater ecosystems that are capable of providing good sports fishing.
Labour Labour agrees many Kiwis share in a long-held tradition of recreational hunting for deer, pigs and other introduced game mammals. Labour recognises this valuable contribution to the protection of our indigenous biodiversity.  
Conservative AGREE
United Future Sports fish are already recognised under the Conservation Act by formation of Fish & Game Councils.  UnitedFuture supports the user pays model of Fish & Game. 
NZ First Yes, as per our Outdoor Recreation Policy
Green Party No. The protection of  the habitat of trout and salmon is already recognised as important  under the RMA. National parks are places where our native plants and wildlife can thrive. Often these species are found nowhere else in the world so NZ has an international responsibility to protect them
Act No Response
Maori Partially agree – as long as the management and protection of introduced species can take into account Maori rights and interests.  For example Ngati Tuwharetoa has a track record of managing introduced species alongside the Crown. This is reflected in the partnership that Tuwharetoa have had with the Crown since 1926, with the management of trout within the environs of the Taupo Waters. It is because of this relationship that the responsibility of management and governance of the Taupo trout fishery has not been delegated to a third party, namely Fish and Game. This partnership has not only been beneficial to Tuwharetoa and the Crown, but also for the good of the nation, evidenced by the economic spin-offs from the fishery (accommodation, retail shops, tourism etc). This has occurred without the degradation of indigenous species or cultural values and practices.  
Mana No Response
Full legal recognition that game animal species (e.g. deer, wapiti, tahr, chamois etc) are valued recreational assets, an established part of and compatible with the 21st century ecosystem. e.g. National Parks Act.
   
National The new Game Animal Council is consistent with National’s collaborative Bluegreen approach of having recreational groups and commercial hunters more involved in the Department of Conservation’s decision-making processes.
Labour Labour agrees many Kiwis share in a long-held tradition of recreational hunting for deer, pigs and other introduced game mammals. Labour recognises this valuable contribution to the protection of our indigenous biodiversity.  
Conservative AGREE
United Future UnitedFuture is responsible for the formation of the Game Animal Council and fully supports the recognition of game animals as a valued recreational resource. We support amending Section 4 of the National Parks Act to reduce game animal numbers in National Parks rather than exterminate like all other introduced species.
NZ First Yes, as specifically covered by our Outdoor Recreation Policy
Green Party No. The Game Animal Council has already increased the recognition of game animals on conservation land.
Act No Response
Maori Partially agree – as long as the management and protection of introduced species can take into account Maori rights and interests
Mana No Response
 6 Recognition of freshwater and saltwater fish, game and game animal resources as publicly owned with full, equal and proper public access to them. The principles of Section 23, Wildlife Act, that no purchase or selling of rights to recreation be allowed, shall apply to all and be clearly written into all relevant law.
   
National National is committed to public access on our conservation estate. 
Labour Labour agrees many Kiwis share in a long-held tradition of recreational hunting for deer, pigs and other introduced game mammals. Labour recognises this valuable contribution to the protection of our indigenous biodiversity.  
Conservative Neutral, Those using public conservation lands for commercial hunting and fishing operations should pay a concession fee for their use of public lands.
United Future UnitedFuture steadfastly supports the provision of public access for recreational fishers and hunters. Where conflicts or disputes occur, UnitedFuture would envisage this being referred to the Walking Access Commission. The WAC would receive greater resources and stature in order to properly take on this role.
NZ First Yes, as per our Outdoor Recreation Policy and Fisheries Policy
Green Party Neutral, Those using public conservation lands for commercial hunting and fishing operations should pay a concession fee for their use of public lands.
Act No Response
Maori Agree
Mana No Response
Damming or diversions through private canals of river systems for hydro or storage be avoided in all situations and where necessary alternative storage/energy options be established. Residual river flows must be adequate for wildlife and fish and recreation such as fishing, jet boating canoeing etc. Alternative energy options be implemented.
   
National New Zealand’s freshwater resources are precious. National has an unwavering commitment to improving the quality of our freshwater, and developing a package of cohesive reform and clean-ups that will lead to more productive and sustainable use of our freshwater resource within a generation.Freshwater is essential to New Zealand’s economic, environmental, cultural, and social well-being –and the Government’s mixed and balanced approach is making the most of all of New Zealand’s energy opportunities. Nationals “Bluegreen” approach balances economic growth with improved environmental management – supporting improved freshwater management.
Labour Labour agrees that use of water is environmentally sustainable in both urban and rural areas, and will accordingly support catchment-based integrated land and water management programmes.
Conservative AGREE WITH EMBOLDENED CONDITION BUT UNSURE OF WORDING “AVOIDED IN ALL SITUATIONS"
United Future UnitedFuture advocates for minimum flows to form part of the national standards for fresh water. This doesn’t prevent the damning or diversions of water systems but sets a minimum standard that allows recreation to continue to occur. UnitedFuture remains in favour of seeking alternative energy supplies.
NZ First No specific policy on that. I believe fish ladders or the equivalent are required for resource consents for projects of this type, which we support.
Green Party Yes
Act No Response
Maori Agree
Mana No Response
The law recognises the public’s right to catch saltwater fish and gather shellfish for sport and/or sustenance. The rights of the non-commercial sea fishing public should be paramount or at least equal to other sectors and written clearly into law and clearly implemented in all fisheries management decisions. Sea fisheries management and implementation of policies must be based on the principle of “more fish in the water”. But successive recent governments have ignored these obligations. Sustainabilty and equitable sector management must be restored.
   
National National is committed to carefully managing our fisheries sustainably for all sectors – recreational, commercial and customary.
Labour Neutral
Conservative AGREE
United Future UnitedFuture has a comprehensive policy on this see here: www.unitedfuture.org.nz/policy/rec-fishing
NZ First Yes, as per our Fisheries Policy
Green Party Yes, we support recreational take being given greater weight in fisheries management.
Act No Response
Maori Agree
Mana No Response
The aerial poison regime with 1080 and brodifacoum be immediately stopped. Possums are not a conservation pest (Landcare Research) but are a valuable resource for fibre and meat.
   
National Using current technology, the aerial application of 1080 is by far the most cost effective tool for the population control of possums over large areas of difficult terrain. 
Labour Disagree - Aerial 1080 is the best available option for possum, rat and stoat control particularly in difficult to access country, and its use is strongly supported by the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment.
Conservative AGREE
United Future UnitedFuture does not support th use of 1080 except in specific circumstances and with strict conditions for example during this year’s beech mast. UnitedFuture would prefer to see funding moved to developing alternative pest control methods to 1080 and developing an extensive possum fur industry.
NZ First Yes, as specifically covered by our Outdoor Recreation Policy
Green Party No, we don’t support halting of use of 1080 until an alternative solution is found that ensures our threatened native species can be saved from extinction. We support research into alternatives that will enable us to stop using 1080.  The Greens MOU with National led to funding for the development  and trial or self-resetting Good Nature traps.
Act No Response
Maori Disagree. Possums destroy native trees and the areas covered are very large. 
Mana No Response
 10 Establish an Independent Environmental Protection Council independent of government or industry (akin to the Nature Conservation Council of the 1970s) as a public watchdog. Appointments must be non-political.
   
National You can’t manage what you don’t measure. That’s why National has introduced the Environmental Reporting Bill that will, for the first time, provide New Zealanders with credible, robust, and independent environmental information in a way that is easy to understand, independent and relevant.
Labour Neutral
Conservative UNSURE
United Future The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment is an existing body that fulfils this watchdog role. UnitedFuture would support the introduction of a Council that sits alongside and works in tandem with the PCE as well as more resources for the PCE.
NZ First No specific policy on that but we supported the Game Animal Council and are happy to look at proposals
Green Party The Parliament Commissioner for the Environment is an independent environmental watchdog. The Green party would increase funding for the Department of Conservation which would include increased funding for conservation boards and the NZ Conservation Authority which have watchdog roles.   We would make the EPA more independent.
Act No Response
Maori Disagree. We think this is the role of the Environment Protection Agency.
Mana No Response
 11 Department of Conservation
    
National See below
Labour See below
Conservative See below
United Future UnitedFuture believes that the Department of Conservation should be responsive to the interests of all stakeholders when administering the conservation estate; including outdoor recreation groups, environmental organisations, the business sector, and individual New Zealanders in general.
We are particularly concerned at the attitude of the Department towards recreational users such as large game hunters and fishers. As a consequence, UnitedFuture wants to ensure that the Department of Conservation is required to consult with, and genuinely take into account the views of all relevant stakeholder groups in a fair, balanced and transparent way. Such a process may not change land management outcomes on the conservation estate, but it will at least mean that everyone is able to receive a fair hearing and have their views taken properly into consideration.
NZ First See below
Green Party See below 
Act No Response
Maori See below
Mana No Response
    (a)     Reorder priorities of the Department of Conservation to make first priorities conservation, the environment and recreation.
   
National The Department of Conservation’s (DOC) stated priorities are a reasonable synopsis of the purposes of existing conservation legislation (principally the Conservation, Reserves and National Parks Acts).
Labour No Response
Conservative AGREE                                                                                                                                                                       
United Future See above
NZ First Agree
Green Party These are its priorities in the Conservation Act
Act No Response
Maori Disagree. We think the priorities, if they are to be reordered, must be done so in association with tangata whenua, those who uphold kaitiakitanga responsibilities towards protection of our land, rivers and environment
Mana No Response
    (b)     Commercial undertakings, e.g. so-called partnerships with ethnic groups (via Section 4 Conservation Act) or corporate partnerships be rejected.
   
National Section 4 of the Conservation Act is a legislative obligation upon the Department of Conservation to give effect to the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi. As this is legislation enacted by the New Zealand Parliament, it can only be rescinded or revoked by the New Zealand Parliament.
Labour DOC's role is advocate for conservation. But it's important that people are part of that, both Maori and Pakeha. We need people and culture to be part of the conversation on conservation. Maori in particular have a long standing connection with the land, and Labour has always acknowledged successful conservation relies on working with tangata whenua".
Conservative AGREE
United Future See above
NZ First Agree
Green Party We respect the Treaty of Waitangi. Low impact commercial activity can occur with appropriate controls. Some activities eg new coal mines or private tourist accommodation are incompatible with the legislation and the protection of conservation values.
Act No Response
Maori Disagree. We support section 4 of the Conservation Act but reject corporate partnership
Mana No Response
    (c)     DOC’s statutory obligation to outdoor recreation and access be fully and properly recognised by adopting the name Department of Conservation and Outdoor Recreation (DOCOR).
   
National Under the newly established Game Animal Council and revised focus of Conservation Boards, outdoor recreation is a key consideration in the functioning of DOC when consulting with stakeholders and recreationalists.
Labour Labour will ensure that DOC plays a leading role in maintaining New Zealand’s biodiversity, and is properly resourced to do so
Conservative AGREE
United Future See above
NZ First Agree that DOC needs to be reviewed 
Green Party The Green Party does not support a change to the Department’s responsibilities as set out in section 6 of the Conservation Act 
Act No Response
Maori Disagree
Mana No Response
    (d)     First and foremost DOC must protect and maintain the public lands conservation estate embracing the 21st century ecosystem and not trying to recreate and preserve a hypothetical pre-European world.
   
National DOC works to protect the values for which lands and waters have been reserved, as it is required to do by relevant legislation.  Most protected ecosystems are already altered (for example, remote islands) and opportunities to protect pre-human ecosystems are, in fact, rare.
Labour Labour will ensure that DOC plays a leading role in maintaining New Zealand’s biodiversity, and is properly resourced to do so. 
Conservative AGREE
United Future See above
NZ First Agree
Green Party No, we support DOC protecting our wild places. We do not support protecting wild animals such as Himalayan thar species that put our threatened native species at risk of extinction. 
Act No Response
Maori Neutral
Mana No Response
 12 Impose stricter controls on foreign ownership of New Zealand land, including accurate statistics about the extent of foreign ownership of properties and businesses Foreigners can lease land long-term with the mandatory proviso that any lessee purchaser must become a registered New Zealand citizen and reside in New Zealand for nine months of every year. Public access be not undermined by foreign leases
   
National A level of foreign investment – with the right checks and balances – is vital to the New Zealand economy and to our own ability to access foreign markets. 
Labour Labour agrees that conservation is the preservation and protection of New Zealand’s unique environment, landscapes and biodiversity. 
Conservative AGREE, WITH ADDITION THAT ANY LEASE FOR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES INCLUDE PARTNERSHIP WITH NZ COMPANIES
United Future UnitedFuture is primarily concerned about public access to land for recreation. Through the Overseas Investment Office and the Walking Access Commission we would like to see public access provisions maintained and strengthened regardless of the nationality of the owner.
NZ First Absolutely agree 
Green Party We support stronger controls on foreign ownership of land in NZ including limiting land sales to citizens and permanent residents. 
Act No Response
Maori Agree
Mana No Response
 13 Full recognition by government of the public right to public resources of value for outdoor recreation with greater impetus and support to the Walking Access Commission. Maintenance, enhancement and development of public access rights to public lands. Education of Local Authorities and other State institutions, on their respective roles in protecting the public interest, are needed.
   
National National recognises that recreational access to public conservation land underpins our way of life. We’re committed to public access of our great outdoors, and it is a priority under all conservation legislation.The Walking Access Commission is actively involved in negotiating access arrangements with private landowners, and works with other public agencies to resolve access disputes and educate stakeholders about rights and obligations.
Labour Labour established the Walking Access Commission in 2008 to create ‘free, certain, enduring and practical’ public access for outdoor recreation, including around lakes, along rivers, and to public resources (which include trout, salmon and game birds).
Conservative AGREE
United Future We fully support this sentiment. 
NZ First Yes, as per our Outdoor Recreation Policy 
Green Party Neutral 
Act No Response
Maori Agree
Mana No Response
 14 Treaty of Waitangi
 
National National believes the Crown has a responsibility to put right real injustices committed in the past. However, it is wrong to suggest Treaty settlements have interfered with public access to or enjoyment of national parks.
Labour Labour stands for a strong, enduring relationship between Crown and Maori. Labour is committed to the historical Treaty settlement process. Labour will ensure that DOC plays a leading role in maintaining New Zealand’s biodiversity, and is properly resourced to do so.  
Conservative AGREE
United Future It is entirely appropriate for joint Iwi-Crown management of National Parks, particularly where this has been negotiated through the Treaty Claims process.
NZ First See Below
Green Party The Conservation Act requires the department to give effect to the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi. The Green Party supports this. 
Act No Response
Maori See Below
Mana No Response
    (a)     Recognise that the Treaty of Waitangi was about bringing two cultures together into one integrated society and work towards establishing New Zealand into a harmonious, egalitarian society in line with Article 3.
 
National See above
Labour See above
Conservative See above 
United Future See above
NZ First Yes, this has always been New Zealand First policy                                                                                                         
Green Party See above
Act No Response
Maori Partially agree – the spirit of the Treaty can not be separated into honouring only part.  Should honour all the articles of the Treaty.
Mana No Response
    (b)     Treaty claim settlements are diluting the integrity of national parks e.g Urewera, Tongariro and other protected land tenures. Settlements should involve the Crown on behalf of the public, as the manager.
   
National See above
Labour See above
Conservative See above 
United Future See above 
NZ First We have generally supported Treaty settlement bills, however we have opposed Tuhoe’s settlement although on other grounds. We do support upholding the integrity of existing national parks. 
Green Party See above 
Act No Response
Maori Strongly Disagree
Mana No Response
 15 Response to environmental needs. Governments should not use a free market trading ethos to solve environmental threats. For example trade-able carbon credits serve no purpose to “global warming” and are detrimental with a monoculture of pines and economically.
   
National This Government is committed to act on climate change. That’s why we’re continuing with the ETS as the most economically effective climate change action. 
Labour Neutral. Free market solutions do not always work to solve environmental threats but in the case of climate change we support a comprehensive Emissions Trading Scheme.
Conservative AGREE - AS FAR AS I COULD UNDERSTAND IT 
United Future UnitedFuture supports moves to reduce carbon emissions and to do our bit to reduce the effects of climate change. The ETS doesn’t seem to be working as effectively as it could, but neither would a carbon tax be the right approach. 
NZ First Agree 
Green Party We support using solutions that work. The ETS has not worked and we have proposed replacing it with a climate tax and returning the revenue raised to businesses and households via a tax cut. 
Act No Response
Maori Economic drivers are definitely part of the solution, but should not be used as the main solution to Environmental needs. 
Mana No Response
16  Establish a population policy for New Zealand - relative to national, regional, cultural conflicts and immigration aspects. People put demands on resources, both land, water, fishery and other resources.
   
National New Zealand currently has a three-year residence programme that plans for between 45,000 – 50,000 new residents per year. The majority of these places are for skilled migrants, but this also includes family and partner visas, as well as humanitarian streams.Resident visa numbers have been relatively stable over the past decade – although 2013 saw the lowest number of new visas in a decade, at around 39,000.
Labour Neutral. Population does place a pressure on environmental resources however Labour does not support population control beyond careful management of the immigration system.
Conservative UNSURE 
United Future It is time New Zealand created an independent “Futures Commission” to investigate the future effects of our current policy settings. Our population trends would be best evaluated by such a body. 
NZ First Agree 
Green Party Yes, however we need to play our role in accepting refugees especially from our Pacific neighbours as sea level rise drives people away from their homes. 
Act No Response
Maori Agree
Mana No Response
17  The index for national prosperity, Gross Domestic Product (GDP) based on solely economic indicators, be replaced by a Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI) based on three !values - social, environmental and economic to thus fully measure the quality of life.
 
National It’s not correct to describe GDP as “the index for national prosperity”. GDP is an internationally-comparable index providing the broadest measure of economic growth. 
Labour Our policies will improve New Zealanders lives in social, environmental and economic matters but we don’t have a policy to change the way GDP is measured.
Conservative UNSURE BUT IT LOOKS A GOOD ADDITION RATHER THAN A REPLACEMENT AT THIS STAGE 
United Future All indexes have flaws including GDP. We would support the introduction of a ‘Genuine Progress Indicator’ in addition to the GDP index. GDP remains the most effective way for us to measure the size and progress of the economy and our relative standing in the world.
NZ First No policy in support of that to my knowledge.
Green Party Yes
Act No Response
Maori Agree
Mana No Response