“Elections bring with them tides of information that, while important to understand, are overwhelming to navigate.
That’s why our organisations have come together to create these scorecards as an easy-to-read overview of policies within our respective kaupapa and each political party’s opinion on them. We hope these election aids can be a lighthouse for any voters struggling to navigate this election’s murky waters.”
No. “It’s well established that price controls don’t work and only lead to shortages.” Policy 🔗
Yes. This was rated by the coalition based on the party’s response: “The Green Party supports affordable food, electricity, and transport – flick through our 2023 manifesto, The Time is Now, to see how we will make this happen.” Policy 🔗
Yes, on food. Policy to be announced.
❓Does your party support removing GST from all food?
“This election is crucial in terms of the direction we’re going to take as a country.”
“We don’t have time to continue colonial patterns, solutions and cycles that don’t work, and these cards make it easier to see which parties are about centring the needs of people and planet. This is what we must do if we’re going to respond to the big issues we’re all facing.”
No. This was rated by the coalition based on the party’s response: “We support strengthening both community based solutions and YJ residences, and would transfer responsibility for YJ residences to Corrections.”
Yes. “2023 Justice policy to be announced.”
❓Does your party support raising the age of criminal responsibility from 10 to at least 14?
Yes. “No specific policy but yes based on party values.”
❓Does your party support reducing the prison population and instead building a pathway to an effective justice system that addresses harm but no longer relies on prison?
No. This was rated by the coalition based on the party’s response: “Everyone wants fewer prisoners, but the only safe way to do that is to reduce crime – not through arbitrary targets. Reducing crime will be our focus.”
“We’ve made it easy for voters to see which political parties are committed to upholding Te Tiriti O Waitangi, ensuring everyone has a secure, healthy home, and cutting the emissions that are fuelling climate storms.
With everything on the line this election, it’s crucial voters have this tool to assess which political parties will fight for a fairer, healthier society that works for all of us. After the election, we’ll be holding political parties to account for the pledges they’ve made.”
❓Is your party committed to a renewable energy future supported through community-led distributed solutions and a ban on new oil, gas, and coal exploration on land and at sea?
No. This was rated by the coalition based on the party’s response: “National’s Electrify NZ policy would support a doubling of investment in renewable energy by cutting consenting red tape. We do not support a ban on oil and gas exploration.” Policy 🔗
❓Does your party support the transition towards high-density, low emissions communities by making public transport fares free and prioritising investment in walking, cycling, and accessible public transport infrastructure over road spending?
❓Does your party support the preservation of the ocean’s crucial role in storing carbon by shifting to ecosystem-based fisheries management that ends bottom trawling?
No. This was rated by the coalition based on the party’s response: “We support sensible management of our fishery stocks to protect them into the future, but we can do that without a complete ban on bottom trawling.”
❓Does your party support real emissions reduction firstly and secondly where offsets are required that the protection and restoration of indigenous forests, wetlands and peatlands are a priority over offshore offsets and domestic exotic carbon offsets?
No. This was rated by the coalition based on the party’s response: “National is fully committed to achieving New Zealand’s international climate change goals, with the ETS providing price signals to drive change. But we don’t think we should cover our most productive farmland in trees, so would ban foreign investment in farms for carbon farming.”
No. This was rated by the coalition based on the party’s response: “National does not support co-governance of public services, however we support the devolution of services to local groups where practical.”
Towards a future where everyone has a place to call home.
❓Does your party commit to building and buying enough public housing to house the entire public housing waitlist over the next term?
No. “Undoing six years of housing failure under Labour will take time – we need to fix the private rental market and reduce the cost of living to reduce demand, we need to deliver more social housing places, and we need to get children out of cars and motels.” Policy 🔗
Yes. This was rated by the coalition based on the party’s response: “The Green Party will deliver 35,000 new warm, affordable homes over the next five years.” Policy 🔗
Yes. “No specific policy but yes based on party values.”
How information was gathered
We reached out to political parties polling over 1% to find out where each of their positions on solutions are for our times.
At the time of our outreach (8th July 2023) these were Labour Party, National Party, Green Party, Te Pāti Māori, the Opportunities Party, and New Zealand First. We gave each political party to answer a questionnaire Yes or No and provide any relevant policy links. The information was willingly provided by the political parties.
Where a party failed to give a conclusive Yes or No, the coalition decided on behalf of the party based on the comment made and relevant policy link. These answers are clearly marked in the scorecards and table above.
How the scoring system works
To make it even easier for voters to get a quick summary of a party’s policy commitments towards a fairer and more just Aotearoa, the coalition decided to provide school grades from A-F for each party’s overall scores and the different categories.
These scores were decided on by calculating the percentage of Yes answers and then using this scoring system:
Together we are a coalition consisting of ActionStation, Auckland Action Against Poverty, Fairer Future, JustSpeak, 350 Aotearoa, the Young Workers Resource Centre, Public Housing Futures and Renters United represents the voice of over 500,000 people across Aotearoa.