Soapbox NZ will host up-to-date political analysis, coverage and commentary on the 2011 NZ election. This includes the latest polls, political videos and stories that will have an impact on how you vote.
Included below is an extensive list of polls relating to the upcoming election:
Latest Poll Results: 3 News-Reid Research (24.11.2011)
- National 50.8%
- Labour 26%
- Greens 13.4%
- NZ First 3.1%
- Conservative Party 1.8%
- Maori Party 1.5%
- Act 1%
- Mana 1.1%
- United Future 0%
ONE News Colmar Brunton Poll (24.11.2011)
- National 50%
- Labour 28%
- Greens 10%
- NZ First 4.2%
- Conservative Party 2.4%
- Maori Party 2%
- Act 1.7%
- Mana 1%
- United Future 0.1%
If it plays out this way on Saturday night, National would govern alone with 65 seats.
Assuming current electorate seats are held, a National-led Government could also add in four seats from the Maori Party, two from Act and one from United Future.
On the poll’s numbers, Labour cannot form a government, even adding their 36 seats with 13 from the Greens.
Herald Digipoll (11.11.2011)
- National 49.5% (+0.7%)
- Labour 28.7% (-1.2%)
- Green 12.6% (+1.6%)
- NZ First 3.7% (-1.1%)
- Maori 0.5% (+0.7%)
- United Future 0.7% (+0.4%)
- ACT 1.5% (-0.6%)
- Mana 0.8% (nc)
- Conservative 1.0% (-0.1%)
- National 63
- Labour 36
- Green 16
- Maori 3
- United Future 1
- ACT 2
- Mana 1
- Total 122
This is based on Maori Party winning three electorate seats and ACT, United Future and Mana one each with Labour winning Te Tai Tonga.
Pundit.co.nz’s ‘Poll of Polls’:
We’ve complied a range of videos related to the upcoming election which have been organised by their theme:
One News: 2011 Leaders Debate #1
One News: 2011 Multi-Party Debate #1
Mixed Member Proportional (MMP) Description
First Past the Post (FPP) Description
Preferential Voting (PV) Description
Supplementary Member (SM) Description
Single Transferable Vote (STV) Description
Election 2011 – Party Philosophies
The Act Party describes its goals as to promote an open, progressive and benevolent society in which individual New Zealanders are free to achieve their full potential.
To this end the Party upholds the following principles:
- that individuals are the rightful owners of their own lives and therefore have inherent rights and responsibilities; and
- that the proper purpose of government is to protect such rights and not to assume such responsibilities.
The Party shall promote, develop and pursue policies and proposals which:
- encourage individual choice and responsibility and the pursuit of excellence in all fields of human endeavour;
- enhance living standards for all New Zealanders through sustainable economic growth and international competitiveness;
- enhance choice and diversity, and raise standards of achievement in education;
- ensure that all New Zealanders have access to quality health care and have security in retirement;
- maintain social and economic support for those unable to help themselves and who are in genuine need of assistance;
- provide for the nation’s security and the protection of individual lives and property;
- explore and implement practical and innovative ways to protect the natural environment;
- maintain sound economic management, including (but not limited to) a balanced government budget, price stability and a free and open market economy; and
- limit the involvement of central and local government to those areas where collective action is a practical necessity.
The Greens as a party and as members of that party, aim to:
- Act according to our Charter
- Respect the planet and the web of life of which we are one part
- Take the path of caution in the face of serious uncertainty about the consequences of human actio
- Think long term and holistically
- Make decisions by consensus whenever possible
- Engage respectfully, without personal attacks
- Support ideas on their merit, regardless of where they originate
- Actively respect cultural and individual diversity and celebrate difference
- Maintain a community focus
- Enable participation with dignity and challenge oppression
- Encourage new voices and cherish wisdom
- Recognise our duty of care towards those who cannot speak for themselves
- Foster compassion, a sense of humour and mutual enjoyment in our work.
The Mana Party philosophy as set out by its website is as follows:
- Mana will promote the principle that what is good for Maori is good for Aotearoa.
- Mana will promote policies that allow all New Zealanders to lead a good life.
- Mana will outline a budget to meet those expectations.
- Mana will bring courage and honesty to political endeavour.
- Mana will guarantee a measure of people power and accountability from its MPs, that has never been seen before in this country.
- Mana is a principle we bring out of our history, to serve us in the present, and to provide us with the platform to transform this nation.
The Māori Party describes its philosophy in the following way:
- The Māori Party is born of the dreams and aspirations of tangata whenua to achieve self-determination for whānau, hapū and iwi within their own land; to speak with a strong, independent and united voice; and to live according to kaupapa handed down by our ancestors.The vision for the Māori Party will be based on these aspirations, for they speak to us of whānau whose wairua is strong and vibrant; who have fully developed their spiritual, intellectual, emotional and physical well-being; and who are confident, secure and pro-active in all aspects of the environmental, social, cultural, economic and political life of this great country of ours.
Here is the description of the National Party philosophy as set out via their website:
We believe [a brighter future] will be achieved by building a society based on the following values:
- Loyalty to our country, its democratic principles and our Sovereign as Head of State
- National and personal security
- Equal citizenship and equal opportunity
- Individual freedom and choice
- Personal responsibility
- Competitive enterprise and rewards for achievement
- Limited government
- Strong families and caring communities
- Sustainable development of our environment.
Here is the United Future philosophy as outlined on their website:
- United Future is a modern centre party, focused on New Zealand’s best interests. We promote strong families and vibrant communities. We seek a fair, and open society, free from poverty, ignorance and prejudice, and based on innovation, self-reliance, justice and integrity in business and personal dealings. We promote a sustainable environment, access to the outdoors and a competitive economy which encourages growth, prosperity, ownership and opportunity through market policies where possible, and government where necessary.UnitedFuture is here to make sure commonsense is always at the heart of government. We pride ourselves on keeping governments honest, moderating extremes, and making sure the interests of families and communities are at the very centre of everything we do.
- National plans to extend a mixed-ownership model to four state-owned energy companies: Mighty River Power, Meridian, Genesis, and Solid Energy. The Government’s shareholding in Air New Zealand is also to be reduced. (more available here)
- National are pledging to introduce and pass tougher consumer credit laws in order to target loan sharks and protect unwary consumers.
- National will tighten the rules for company directors and company registration – including expanded powers for the Registrar of Companies.
- They will also pass the Commerce (Cartels and Other Matters) Amendment Bill. (more here)
- Establish the Future Investment Fund to receive the proceeds from the mixed ownership model – estimated to be worth $5 billion to $7 billion to the NZ economy over three to five years.
- Invest $60 million over the next four years in a series of competitive National Science Challenges, to find innovative solutions to some of the most fundamental issues New Zealand faces in its future development. (more here)
- Labour states that it will prevent overseas purchases of more than 25% of monopoly infrastructure, where that interest is worth $10 million or more.
- Labour will also introduce a general ministerial discretion covering all assets worth more than $100 million which are not covered by their new farm land or monopoly infrastructure rules, modelled on the Australian equivalent. (more available here)
- Labour will, in the case of procurement contracts over $50m, require the production of an Industry Participation Plan (IPP), which sets out how Kiwi companies can play a bigger role.
- All IPPs must be approved by a newly established Industry Participation Group (IPG), which will be comprised of mostly private sector individuals. The IPG may also offer advice to parties in respect of any complaints and may also advise the Minister of Economic Development on any aspect of policy or implementation as they see fit.
- Labour proposes the removal of GST from fresh fruit and vegetables
- The introduction of a capital gains tax which will be set at a flat rate of 15% with no indexation for inflation
- Changing the tax system to raise the the top rate for incomes over $150,000 to 39% and make the first $5000 of all income tax-free
- National introduced the biggest tax reforms for 25 years
- They are calling for further tax reductions on savings
- They’re increasing the minimum KiwiSaver contributions for employees and employers in 2013, and establishing KiwiSaver auto-enrolment in 2014 subject to returning to surpluses
- Maximum wait for elective surgery to be reduced from six months to four by 2014
- Increase the number of people getting elective surgery by at least 4,000 a year (more here)
- Cancer chemotherapy within four weeks of referral
- Free after-hours primary care for children under six (more here)
- Increase the training places for medical school students to 200 extra places by 2013
- Every district health board to have a dedicated stroke unit
- Roll out a $12 million nationwide rheumatic fever programme targeting vulnerable communities (more here)
- Free primary health care 24/7 for children under six
- Free dental care for pregnant women by 2014
- Greater focus on preventative health care which will recieve the greatest share of funding
- GST off fruit and vegetables
- Pledge that all core government will have health impact assessments (more here)
- Labour will not privatise ACC and will reverse any privatisation of any part of ACC that occurs before the election