Local elections raise profile for UnitedFuture

Local elections are over and for the first time we ran candidates under the UnitedFuture banner. On average our candidates gained 3% of the vote (in one case as high as 5%), which shows there is support for UnitedFuture and our candidates. A party vote at this level during the general election means three or […]

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2016 AGM Report & Auckland Campaign Update

This year for the first time the Party AGM was held on the North Shore in Auckland in the Northcote electorate of Damian Light. Members & new supporters from all over NZ gathered to hear the Party Leader give his leader’s address. Then during his President’s address, retiring President Damian Light confirmed the key points […]

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September Newsletter – AGM headlines, local elections & policy announcements

UnitedFuture’s 2016 AGM embraces localism and announces innovative new policies, in line with our vision and key themes for the 2017 election. This year’s AGM coincided with the lead up to local elections, with the party standing candidates across Auckland, as well as for Environment Canterbury. Localism has been a consistent message from UnitedFuture, we […]

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When Smaller is Better

I recently attended the annual Local Government Conference in Dunedin. A speaker that caught my attention was Jason Krupp who is a Research Fellow at The New Zealand Initiative, who has an extensive background in business journalism both here and abroad. Jason has given considerable thought to what the ideal size and structure of local […]

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Democracy in action: calling for new party leaders

We’re fast approaching the local body elections and our thoughts are turning to who we want to lead our cities and regions. At the same time, we’re looking to our own leadership – last week we called for nominations for the board and party president. We’ve got three vacancies on the board and for the […]

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Voting in your local election is more important than ever

Since coming to power in 2008, the current government has almost obsessively tinkered with the Acts that provide the legislative direction to Local Government. To date, successive amendment bills (by my reckoning about 11) have progressively limited the scope of Councils’ work, reduced the requirements to consult with our ratepayers, changed the basis for Councils […]

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Embracing a Covenant for Children

Last week, a group led by Judge Carolyn and Sir Mark Solomon launched a Covenant for Children, to focus on ensuring that every child in New Zealand is treasured and respected, and has the opportunity to enjoy a good life. About 60,000 children are born in New Zealand each year, and nearly a quarter of […]

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The Tension between central and local government carries on

One hundred and forty years ago, in 1876, New Zealand abolished provincial government. From 1852, New Zealand had been governed through six Provincial Councils, similar to the Australian states of today, with the central government in Wellington having a much lesser role. However, while provincial government was abolished all those years ago in favour of […]

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Good people looking forward to the future

Over the past 18 months the UnitedFuture has been on a journey of rediscovery. This has involved engaging members through surveys and focus groups in a way that we’ve never done before. It was challenging at times but we distilled what we believed in and what makes us unique. We’re the party that is looking […]

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