Outdoor Kiwis Urged to Vote

by Rupert Pye

A New Zealand-wide outdoor recreation organisation says the outdoors voting public has the potential to have a big impact on election day if they apply judicious examination of polices and integrity of parties.
Chairman of the Council of Outdoor Recreation Associations of NZ (CORANZ) Andi Cockroft of Wellington said the environment and outdoor recreation issues are “several and varied” comprising degraded rivers, the controversial ecosystem poison 1080, foreign land sales, loss of access, anti-wild animal policies,  exploitive economic polices, population policy and several others.
“There’s a big groundswell of concern. The potential impact is great as “outdoors minded Kiwis” number hundreds of thousands,” he said.
Estimates suggest the outdoors vote comprises over 700,000  – possibly grater – eligible-to-vote New Zealanders. In 2012 a Horizon Poll survey revealed fishing has five times more participants than rugby, comprising both men and women and ranging from youngsters to pensioners.
Andi Cockroft said depth of concern naturally varies between individuals, but hypothetically a conservative estimate of half (350,000) voting with outdoors issues uppermost would have a tremendous influence. Political pundits say just a 2 percent swing can determine an election.
CORANZ believed political parties had suddenly become more aware of the election impact of outdoors. 
Broken Promises
But voters had to be aware of a lack of sincerity and integrity in promises.
National when elected in 2008, promised recreational fishing zones around the coast. But in their nine years in office to 2017, the National-led government set up no “recreational fishing only” areas. The National-led three term government reduced bag limits such as Auckland’s snapper fishery and imposed some draconian rules on recreational fishers in the Marlborough Sounds and set netting along the South Island east coast.
Many outdoors voters were dismayed at the three parties of the present government – Labour, Greens and NZ First fared little better.
Labour promised to review the corrupted fishing industry quota management system (QMS) structure but Fsheries Minster Stuart Nash reneged on that.
NZ First promised to end aerial 1080 drops but had been silent on the issue for the last three years. All three parties – Labour, Greens and NZ First pledged to deal to deteriorating rivers but virtually nothing tangible had been done. 
The same three parties promised to stop farmland being bought by foreigners. Again a broken promise.
CORANZ produced a 2020 election charter and analysed responses from political parties.  Seventeen topics covered sea fishing, rivers, access, 1080 poison and “big picture” environmental issues such as issues as the Resource Management Act, population limits and replacing the GDP measurement of growth with a Genuine Progress Indicator. National/Labour Total Failure
Andi Cockroft is incensed at the failure of the two major parties – Labour and National – to respond despite given a reminder.
“It shows Labour and National in a  poor light while minor parties in particular scored well,” he told me.
In contrast, the response from most minor parties had been good. 
The Outdoor Party scored 100%, followed by Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party also on 100%, New Conservative at 89% and New Zealand First at 82%.
“But NZ First’s broken promises from election 2017 raised questions about their sincerity.”
Surprisingly ACT scored only 46% and the Green Party just 39%. TOP scored mid-range 50%. 
A CORANZ panel comprising “politically uncommitted” members assessed the responses said Andi Cockroft..
Interestingly the CORANZ panel’s assessment of the Green Party’s response being well down at 39% said it probably reflected its shift in policy emphasis from environmental issues to a more centrist social philosophy plus ideology infiltrating its ranks said Andi Cockroft.


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2 Responses to Outdoor Kiwis Urged to Vote

  1. Shelby Wright says:

    If enough people weigh up policies and on past recent performances by parties who have been in coalition governments, and broken promises, giving your vote to a minor party may not be wasted. If enough are bold enough, it would give the existing parties a real wake-up call and who knows, we might get new faces in Parliament? Heavens above! It’s needed.
    Sterling work CORANZ.

  2. Charles Henry says:

    I think it was Patrick Moore, co-founder of Greenpeace (now resigned) who became severely critical of the modern green movement as being “anti-human”
    Like my own lifetime experiences, Moore believes the post-war idealistic groups such as “Ban the Bomb” or “Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament” slowly dissolved and the extremists among those groups found a natural home inside the Green Movement.
    The migration from the extreme left-wing Ban the Bomb to the Greens, saw the policies of the Greens shift markedly away from ecological issues such as Save the Whale, Save the Planet, Save the Rainforest, Protect the Ozone Hole towards more pointed Climate Change, anti-Civilisation, anti-Industry – As Moore suggests “Anti-Human”.
    Tie that up with Labour’s policies and need for support in a minority Government and it’s hard not to see how things are as bad as they are today. Extreme left-wing ideology now permeates both Labour and Greens, with extreme pro-UN policies adopted such as Agenda 21 and Agenda 30.
    Peters signing of the UN Pact on Immigration without reference to the Public was indicative of how far this Country has been removed from Democracy,
    The previous Labour Government under Clark was no better, showing complete disdain for the New Zealand electorate by unilaterally creating the biggest Constitutional change since 1840 by removing GodZone from the auspices of the Privy Council. We were never asked – doesn’t matter what you think – just ask any constitutional lawyer.

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