Who's supporting you? Your election priorities answered.


Ahead of September’s election we asked all political parties running a nationwide campaign in the 2017 election for their position on a suite of policies that we think would make New Zealand a fairer and more compassionate place to live.

Below is a table of all their responses. A copy of this poster will be in Working Life later this month to help you decide who deserves your vote. Click to view larger.

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You can view the full table of all responses by downloading this PDF here.

Below are additional comments that correspond with the 'In Principle' answers given in the above table.

Green Party

Question on amending the CRI:

“The public science sector has been through a lot of disruptive changes in recent years and we would only undertake further changes if convinced further changes are worth it”.

Question on broadening the tax base:

“We are the only party committed to a capital gains tax on investment properties”.

Labour Party

Question on the introduction of a public interest test prior to outsourcing of any government delivered services:

“Under Labour, when government organisations issue contracts, they will have to design them so that companies focused on creating jobs in New Zealand have a fair chance of winning them.”

Question on requiring employers to provide aggregate remuneration information by gender and ethnicity:

“Labour supported a Member’s Bill to make publicly available statistical information relating to the rates of remuneration of men and women in the same jobs in order to remove discrimination based on gender.”

Question on the establishment of a core public service housing agency:

“Labour will make Housing New Zealand a public service with one job - a focus on housing people in need, rather than paying a dividend. This will leave Housing New Zealand more money to invest in housing families and fixing up cold, damp state homes.”

Question on strengthen the Office of the Ombudsman:

“Labour will look at introducing the ability for the Ombudsman to recover costs from an agency that is the subject of a complaint for any costs associated with the investigation of that complaint.”

Question on the review of the Social Security Act:

“Labour will undertake a review of work obligations for beneficiaries with young children.”

Question on increasing basic benefit levels:

“Labour will introduce a Winter Energy Payment for people receiving a main benefit see http://www.labour.org.nz/winter_energy_payment

Questions on a new top tax rate and broadening the tax base:

“Labour will set up a Tax Working Group after the election to develop ways to correct the imbalances between the productive and speculative parts of the economy”.

NZ First             

Question on paying living wage to all public servants and people delivering government contracted services:

“The wage needs to be sustainable for both employers and employees.”

Question on incorporating Te Tiriti o Waitangi into the State Sector Act:

“No, there is no one definition of what the Treaty of Waitangi principles are.  Often where reference is made in legislation to these principles there is no definition”.

Question on requiring employers to provide aggregate remuneration information by gender and ethnicity:

“Gender: Yes; Ethnicity: Will consider”.

Question on re-write of the Social Security Act:

“In principle but NZ First questions how this could be interpreted”.

Question on reviewing social security sanctions:

”In principle (e.g. naming father)

Māori Party

Question on funding increases to allow for wage increases in the public sector:

“Need to ensure whānau are not overburdened by significant tax increases.”

Question on the removal of the cap on public service employees and the introduction of mandatory reporting on the numbers of contractors being used by government agencies:

“No to removal of cap on public services- if possible iwi and hapū should be involved.

Yes to reporting of numbers of contractors being used by government agencies.”

Question on an extensive state house building programme:

“The Māori Party would like to see the involvement of iwi/hapū as social housing providers.”

Question on the establishment of a single public housing agency:

“We do not agree that all housing should be under one agency. There are issues specific to Maori and Pasifika.”

Question on amendments to the Local Government Act as necessary to remove any preference for contracted out services and enhance the constitutional and democratic independence of local government:

“We support strengthening the independence of local government, however, we believe that where possible, an option that lessens the burden on ratepayers.”

Question on the pro-active release of official information by public agencies:

“Significantly increase compliance costs for government departments compared to the current as-needed basis.”

Question on maintaining the age of Superannuation eligibility at 65 years:

“The Māori Party supports a review of the eligibility criteria.”

Question on the introduction of a new top tax rate:

“The Māori Party support efforts to make our tax system fairer and more progressive.”

The Opportunities Party (TOP)

Question on funding increases to allow for wage increases in the public sector

“Our policies are designed assuming we will not have access to additional government funding, as we are a minor party. We propose to fund improvements in ECE through our reform of NZ Super (halving the Super payment for the wealthiest half of over 65s).We propose changes in the health and education sector that would free up resources that could be used for wage growth”.

Question on paying living wage to all public servants and people delivering government contracted services:

“We support improving wages at the lower end, subject to affordability and as long as it doesn’t increase unemployment.”

Question on the mandatory use of responsible commissioning and procurement processes by central and local government:

“Contracting out should not be an excuse for allowing sub-par working conditions. We would look at this issue, subject to whether this is administratively possible without further favouring large organisations.”

Question on the repeal or halting of the Employment (Pay Equity and Equal Pay) Bill within 100 days of becoming government:

“We support pay equity, but as a new party we haven’t had time to investigate this issue carefully. We are concerned that these legislative changes could make pay equity more difficult to achieve.”

Question on amendments to the Equal Pay Act to make it consistent with the Joint Working on Pay Equity and the outcome of the Kristine Bartlett case.

“We support pay equity, but as a new party we haven’t had time to investigate this issue carefully.”

Question on improving the capability of employment institutions such as MBIE, mediators and the Employment Relations Authority to assist parties to efficiently make and resolve pay equity claims:

“We support pay equity, but as a new party we haven’t had time to investigate this issue carefully. On the face of it, these reforms appear to make pay equity more achievable, which we support.”

Question on the restoration of the four well-beings into the Local Government Act:

Our party values support a holistic view of government effectiveness consistent with taking multiple views of wellbeing. As a new party we haven’t had time to investigate this issue carefully.

Question on amendments to the Local Government Act as necessary to remove any preference for contracted out services and enhance the constitutional and democratic independence of local government:

“Any increase in local government independence needs to be balanced carefully with improved accountability in that sector. We support the use of participatory budgeting in local government.”

Question on the re-write of the Social Security Act:

“We support the view that paid work is only one way to contribute to society. Without the efforts of unpaid caregivers our society would collapse. Our goal is to roll out an Unconditional Basic Income to all New Zealanders to recognise the value of this work. In the mean time we support moves to reduce the complex, punitive nature of our benefit system. As a new party we haven’t had time to investigate the proposed changes to the Social Security Act, but on the face of it they are consistent with our party’s values.”