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  • J Spencer
    commented 2017-04-13 15:59:12 +1200
    Gareth Morgan. If you really cared about birds you would be campaigning against layer hen cages of any kind and promising in government to fund factory owners to change to open range NOW. Otherwise, you’re in danger of sounding like a selective exhibitionist, only supporting the decoratives, not the working birds.
    So, what are you intending doing about freeing layer hens from cages and overstocked barns without sunshine or freedom?

    Remember that hens used to lay about 15 eggs for procreative purposes, now induced to provide 300.

    As you treat them, so you will treat us.
  • Kia King
    commented 2017-04-10 20:15:12 +1200
    April 8, 2017

    Dear Ministry of Health, Housing, Social Development and Education

    I usually don’t like group e-mails, but in this case, I need answers from all of you about issues closely linked. My name is Kia King and I have lived in this beautiful country for nearly ten years. Soon after I arrived I realised what a wonderful social country NZ still was in contrast to The Netherlands where I came from. It was easy to find a rental, public healthcare was pretty good and the locals here in Blenheim seemed to have a vast range of Community Services to choose from if needed. NZ felt like Australasia’s equivalent of Denmark in Europe and I had won the golden ticket of residency by marrying my wonderful Kiwi husband.

    Recently I am saddened by the realisation that my rose-tinted glasses keep slipping off. The first major disappointment comes in the form of the deteriorating public health system. Various health professionals have pointed out that it has become harder to tick boxes and get on a waiting list. I myself have been taken off a waiting list after 10 months of waiting and this has happened to others around me too.

    Nowadays, when I call the GP, I need to get assessed by the nurse first, to see if I am ‘sick enough’ to pay them $42,- for a 10-minute appointment today — if not I might get an appointment next week. I am told that the local after hours GP will be opening full-time next year to assist with people that can’t get into their GP at all. This didn’t use to happen, not ten years ago or even five. What has changed? And why are we expected to pay private health insurance while we had a perfectly good public system we could count on? Taxes are still coming in, unemployment isn’t up. So please clarify Ministry of Health.

    Another slap in the face was meeting a woman last week with two small children who is homeless and can’t find a rental. That was the second time I met desperate people like this, the first family I met a few months ago were camping on their mother’s lawn with their three-year-old. Why are these people homeless? When we arrived in Blenheim eight years ago there were plenty of options and for $270.- a week, we found a warm home close to the centre of town. I would walk everywhere with our first born or join numerous SuperCard Gold users enjoying a bit of independence on the bus— yet another social service that has come under threat after Mitre10 has pulled sponsorship from Blenheim’s only bus. We were living on a minimum wage of $11.50 an hour at the time, but we could find a house, were warm, secure. What has changed? Why can’t these families find the same? Please, can you give me some answers Ministry of Housing.

    Previously, I would have recommended these people to seek out the help of one our fantastic Community Services. I volunteered at the amazing Marlborough Family Budgeting Service and am now the Secretary of the Committee. Last October however, their funding was cut, as well as that of 12 other Budgeting Services around the South Island. They had successfully run for 33 years helping those who needed to balance minimum wage with a large list of outgoings. In the short three years I worked with the service it was obvious how hardship application and/or the need of Food parcels were increasing. Why are these services — including the much-used Lifeline — now expected to apply (beg) for funding from other charity services like the Lotteries and Rata Foundation? Why is it now a case of being lucky if you are allowed to continue helping those in dire need? Please, can you help me understand Ministry of Social Development?

    On Thursday, those rose-tinted glasses truly shattered when I took my middle son for his second school visit. Since then I have found it hard to sleep. Two and half years ago I had taken my first son for the same visit at the same school and we were welcomed in in a warm and respectful way. Admittedly, the school had an average reputation at the time and consequently only had 200 pupils. Now with 310 students and the newly introduced flexible learning spaces we are faced with the equivalent of two classrooms in one (larger) space with two teachers. Thirty-six 5-year olds learning together in a new way that is supposed to be a vibrant (hear noisy), well-connected, physical environment that encourages and supports different types of learning — if you don’t mind me quoting your website dear Ministery of Education.

    Now, in reality, what we were faced with, were two fantastic teachers, clearly overwhelmed by the number of small people rushing in between the two classrooms that (thankfully) at this stage still has a door that can close. But the teachers don’t have 18 children they are meant to connect with and get to know, they have 36. Some children do activities in one room for part of the day and then switch it up and this continually changes. Very confusing for the children and teachers alike. When we arrived on both visits there was no greeting of welcome, the new space doesn’t allow for these old-fashioned formalities. One teacher was trying to note down the class attendance, the other attending a child’s tantrum outside. One child arriving 20 minutes late was unnoticed, I shudder to think how long it would take them to notice one had gone missing.

    Now, this is a subject very close to my heart and I have been accused of being sensitive, but when my first son started school in an unmodern, unflexible, unvibrant learning environment only a few years ago, there were no ill feelings what so ever. I was boasting the quality of our education here in NZ and have had a happy go lucky boy come home after school ever since.

    When showing my concern to the principal about the amount of children that now need to learn in one space, I am told we are preparing them for the future of working in spaces with a lot of co-workers.

    ‘But what about my husband, who is a tractor driver and works alone?’

    ‘Tractors might be driven by robots in future.’ is the reply. Well, isn’t that something to look forward to.

    When countering that I am worried about a 5-year old’s ability to;

    1. Be able to have the emotional intelligence to know he needs to find a quiet space,

    2. Be able to express this to his friends after he has done so.

    I am assured that there is nothing they can do, everyone has to do it or they won’t get the funding.

    This sounds a lot like the GP who is trying to juggle unhappy patients who can’t get an appointment. It’s very much a case of ‘If you can’t fight them, join them’ and I feel this attitude is hurting New Zealand a lot. I think we need to take action now, before NZ is filled with disgruntled citizens who feel ripped off, just like the citizens in most of Europe.

    I would like you to note that I have no problem with free play and the new way of students being responsible for fulfilling their tasks at their own pace. My children so far are adaptable and focused so I am very fortunate that way, but what about the children who are not as focused, disruptive, autistic, disabled, shy, sensitive? What about the neverending worry of bullying? I believe everyone deserves a peaceful space and that crucial word is missing in all the teaching jargon that is currently being forced down our throat. The children are encouraged to wear headphones if they want some peace, but what about calm without needing to fasten something over your ears. Most adults try and find a peaceful place to work, why are our children being forced to navigate twice —or in some cases three or four — times as many children in their classes as previously? Some teachers are speculating it will be a good way of dealing with the increasing numbers of students. But why don’t we have enough teachers, what has changed? I plead for you to enlighten me kind Ministry of Education. And please don’t mention acoustics, lighting, heating, and ventilation. Our schools are getting a wall removed between classrooms. The only acoustics resulting from that is double the chatter of little people’s voices.

    Before you answer, I have heard some of your solutions and have even had to dish this advice out at our local Budget Service. I could work more, pay more tax which the Ministry of Transport can spend on infrastructure. You will assist me by paying other people to look after my children. Then with my increased earnings, I could buy Private Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Income Protection and if I’m lucky enough to find a second job, I could send my children to a private school who can afford to ignore the new education system which, might I add, already failed in the 1980’s. It’s not good enough, you owe me a restful night sleep as well as all the other Kiwi’s that pay taxes for the services that are slowly being destroyed. But for now, I’m tired and grumpy and mourning the social New Zealand I was once so proud of.

    I look forward to your honest reply.

    Yours Sincerely

    Kia King

    Note: unsurprisingly trying to find an e-mail address for anyone in the Ministry of Social Development seems impossible, how very unsociable.
  • Björn van der Harst
    commented 2017-04-06 11:26:13 +1200
    Dear politicians,

    you say that we the sick, those in pain, those dying, that we have access to medical marijana. Then seconds later say Sativex is unaffordable at $1000-$1500 per month. And that is only one strain, from one formulation, created for those with MS. I had to take at least a bottle a day for proper pain relief

    You have admitted that our market is too small for other companies to bother setting up shop here for trials and tests.

    Your big Pharma plan has failed

    Yesterday more than 96% voted for medical cannabis, yet the only political group taking it seriously is greens and a few others…

    We have chemists to make creams, compounds, tinctures.and so much more. We have ESR to test for quality..

    Change the system. Let doctors prescribe from a list of government approved seeds. Let the government start growing. Let coops flourish. take tax. take it out of the hand of our gangs. Keep it in childproof bottles. and treat it like any other drug.

    For shame on you, letting people suffer and die because you wanna make a buck…

    Too scared to do something about Helen Kelly, and we have yet to see Peter Dunne stand by any patient prosecuted for medicinal marijuana, despite his statment that he didn’t want to see any medical patient in our court system….



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  • Edward Henderson
    commented 2017-03-29 18:18:02 +1300
    Dear Gareth

    This is a letter I’ve sent to members of parliament

    I have a voice and I need to be heard. As a struggling working class citizen of New Zealand I live week to week on an income that, according to Statistics NZ, is slightly more than half the average wage.

    I want to protest the recent increase in child support I am now required to pay; $353 per fortnight, up from $70. This will tip me into hardship.

    I want to know how the government can “double dip” by basing my assessment on my gross wage. I want to know why the true cost of living, e.g. rising rents, is not part of my assessment. To pay the new amount I will have to leave the flat I currently rent and move into a caravan park.

    Is this the life this government chooses for its employers? Yes, I did say employers; as the people who elected this government are the tax payers who pay the wages of the sitting members. Personally, I feel repressed by the current system. I now have no means with which to get ahead or save for my own retirement.

    I have spoken with I.R.D. and their best suggestion was that I request a review. Although I have done this, I have been told not to expect any change in outcome due to current legislation.

    I have no objection to paying child support, or taxes for that matter. I believe we could follow the example of Denmark – yes they pay higher taxes, yet look at the benefits they get in return – better healthcare, education and pensions. New Zealand needs less empty promises of tax cuts and better care of its citizens.

    As a member of the current parliament what help and support can you offer; not just to myself, but to everyone in the same situation? How can you help the people who put faith and trust in you?


    Edward Henderson
  • Ian Langman
    commented 2017-03-27 09:13:12 +1300
    Hello Gareth,

    I would dearly like TOP to be a significant political entity, however TOP has two ideological flaws that will prevent this happening. Not because the intent or sentiment is misplaced, rather these two flaws prevent the development of robust policy across many of the areas that TOP are trying to change. This leaves TOP as just another “Left Wing” voice lined up against the Government. The two aspects of ideology that must be remedied is the basis of Maori Sovereignty and the continued adherence to a debt based economy.

    Maori Sovereignty – I one believes in the rule of law, then there can be no resistance to the Waitangi Tribunal’s finding of Nov 2014, that Maori did not cede sovereignty to the British. This means that Maori and the Queen are Sovereign and must be recognised by the Government as being so. Given that the Government is a tool of the Sovereign, by which the Sovereign executes its sovereign responsibility, then by definition the Government must be subordinate to Sovereign Maori. Once TOP acknowledge this and articulate that a TOP Government will take direction from the Maori and Crown Sovereign partnership, a whole new world opens up – far too much to discuss here, but suffice to say a position far removed from all other parties, including Mana and Maori Party, and a position that will resonate greatly with all Maoridom.

    Debt based economy – to date all TOP policy is predicated on a debt based economy. This is not unsurprising, given that your wealth and the wealth of many others is a result of such a system. The resistance to change is almost insurmountable – principally as few are open to an alternative. However, if you are a visionary, then open your mind to a credit based society. This only requires a subtle change in monetary mechanisms but is seismic in its affect. The change is simple – allow only the Reserve Bank to create money, more specifically prevent banks form creating money. The importance of a a “real” sovereign authority [Maori and the Queen] becomes very important as it is the Sovereign Bank that creates money and gifts it to the Government – as needed. This split of money creation and spending forestalls the issue of Governments just creating as much money as it likes – without controls, yet does provide Governments as much revenue as needed – without the need for ANY taxation. This then means that all TOP tax policy becomes redundant, at least as a revenue gathering mechanism. That said, there is a place for tax as this is the principal monetary control mechanism. The economy is in balance when the amount of money in circulation matches the goods and services being consumed. The Government may inject as much money as it likes as long as the economy is in equilibrium. When indicators [e.g. inflation] show an imbalance, taxation is used to destroy excess money. Now this is where TOP taxation can come into effect, e.g. transaction or land tax. These can be nuanced to ensure balance is maintained. Once a Credit based economy is adopted, revenue ceases to be an issue, only equilibrium, which is the job of the Sovereign [Reserve] bank. As the spending and regulation are separate, there is a natural check and balance.

    Should TOP embrace both “real” Maori Sovereignty and a Credit based Economy, TOP will not only have a far more robust foundation in which to set the ideology and policy currently espoused but will move itself away from the Left-Right dichotomy that currently ensnares all other parties and will provide a real choice for all New Zealanders.


  • Brassed Off
    commented 2017-03-16 19:33:34 +1300
    You are a twating cat murder people in my suburb are killing cats and this will be because of you. Cats are part of peoples families… are you allergic to cats or something maybe you had a bad experiance wurh a cat in your childhood.. i feel sorry for you . you should start a campaing about twating dogs shitting on footpaths and owners not picking it up..get a life twat
  • Graeme Devereaux
    commented 2017-03-15 12:33:24 +1300

    • 8 years max in Parliament for all politicians. gives a chance for new comers to get in. also stops possible corruption

      All politicians should be born in New Zealand. Stops outsiders from changes New Zealand from what it traditionally was.

      Many Millionaires are coming in because they don’t like Trump policies and in fact trump himself. New Zealand needs to vet these people thoroughly. Some are Elite and Globalists who couldn’t change the system over in their own countries but might be looking at changing New Zealand

      Many Millionaires particularly from USA have bribed politicians to get what they want. We need to make sure that doesn’t take hold here.

      I am concerned that the influx of immigrants is continued unabated because the Government wants to keep the economy running along at an acceptable pace.

      Bring back New Zealand History, Geography, Etc into New Zealand schools. None of this is being taught. My two 12 year olds know more about overseas countries than their own country.. Lots of other things but not a good typist.

  • David Nicholson
    commented 2017-02-21 09:57:45 +1300
    Dear Gareth Morgan – I see in the media that you are critical of the competitive education system in Aotearoa. You might like to take a look at a Film Festival doco from a couple of years back – Alphabet 2013, Directed by Erwin Wagenhofer which offers a damning critique of the western education system. It includes comments from a German telecoms HR executive, who spent 40 years in high-level management and who offers the film’s most salient insights about the destructive business tactics instilled in the successful graduates of a competitive education system. Here’s a link –
  • David Anning
    commented 2017-02-13 22:12:47 +1300

    I invite you to speak to The Breakfast Meeting at the Northern Club in Auckland on Thursday 6th April 2017. The Meeting was formed in 1990 to keep up to date with what was happening in Business and Politics. It is unsponsored and has approx. 25 members who have contributed to business in varied fields , about half are original members and the Chair is rotated so that who ever is leading the meeting can choose the format it takes.

    Our membership has been drawn from leaders in a broad range of enterprises, diplomacy and the professions. We have Chatham House rules and regrettably do not offer remuneration to the speaker other than an excellent breakfast. Over the years we have enjoyed a variety of speakers from business, politics and current affairs.

    I hope your busy schedule will allow you to join us. Please let us know if you are able to.

    I can provide you with full details of membership of our group.

    David Anning

    021 0239 3332
  • Ron Collyer
    commented 2016-12-08 11:54:38 +1300
    Very well done with your interview with Henry this morning Gareth
  • graeme o'donnell
    commented 2016-12-08 08:00:19 +1300
    Kiaora Gareth…….just watched the Paul Henry interview and congratulations on handling the TWAT (to use his own term) , the way you did! Clearly Henry is only interested in his “aspiration” philosophy in his materialistic endeavours to line his own pockets…..of course he tries to justifies that. Anyway well done and hope you dont get put of by very average comedians like Paul Henry et al….KIAKAHA!
  • Keith Wicks
    commented 2016-12-04 19:33:48 +1300
    I have been involved in politics as electorate chairman and been in charge of polling booths etc.

    Also I have devolved a simple tax system which I have passed by senior I R D contacts in my capacity as an accountant and businessman over many years. Would like to discuss with you please. Thanks, Keith Wicks
  • Martin McPherson
    commented 2016-11-09 16:55:41 +1300
    Gareth as we watch Trump coming to power in the USA elections I am thinking of your new party the logic behind your early messages is very convincing, how do I join up?
  • James ( jim) Parlane
    commented 2016-11-05 10:57:34 +1300
    Where do we find the page to register to join the Opp’ party?

    Also how much? also If you want to be like Donald Trump you have to not pay your taxes. If anybody asks for your financial details tell them you e.mailed them and the person you sent them to won’t release their e.mials. How about rather than building a wall you get all the boys on PD to dig a trench cutting Auckland and the snobby bastards who live there, off from the rest of NZ? They can become an independent state and take their treaty with them, pricks . I have put in a complaint about TV 3, Samantha Hayes, saying that you ran a cat killing programme in 2013. That is a lie.
  • Glenn Reed
    commented 2016-11-04 14:01:10 +1300
    What’s your view on this?

    I think we’re heading for a very serious situation that is coming to NZ. The potential for civil war.
  • Peter Brennan
    commented 2016-11-04 13:52:00 +1300
    My full support – if you can break MMP paralysis and the lack of the courage/conviction on the part of our politicians to implement meaningful changes, such as:

    Breaking the monopolies/duopolies that make NZ’s building materials, groceries and cars among the most expensive worldwide;

    Reforming justice system:

    White collar prisoners (40%) released on home detention, work and losing a substantial % of their earnings for reparations;

    Violent criminals (80% domestic violence) are put to work in prison, but for external companies who pay the govt for their services – in return prisoners earn a little, learn new skills – OR live on minimal rations/privileges, i.e. if unwilling to work;

    Incentivise businesses to decentralize to provincial NZ; decentralise Govt depts – thereby addressing issues like transport, housing and the increasing marginalisation of provincial NZ;

    In other words, straightforward commonsense stuff requiring sweeping and therefore courageous, changes … as well as dealing to feral cats!!
  • Tony van der Lem
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-11-04 10:27:49 +1300
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  • Anthony van der Lem
    commented 2016-11-04 10:27:11 +1300
    Well done Gareth – definite need for what you are doing – Cheers Tony

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