Posts by Ross Calverley

  • Legal Beagle: MMP Review #2: Dual Candidacy, in reply to Graeme Edgeler,

    If you cast a special declaration vote because they can’t find your name on the electoral roll, and it turns out the reason they couldn’t find your name was that you got your electorate wrong, so were voting in the wrong electorate, your party vote will still count.

    But not your electorate vote, surely.

    Since May 2011 • 5 posts Report

  • Legal Beagle: MMP Review #2: Dual Candidacy, in reply to Jake Pollock,

    It seems to me that these two points are contrary. If you're not an electorate candidate, surely the only rights you'll have at the candidates meeting is to ask questions as a member of the general public. Why should the Rotary give you a platform at their meet the candidates evening if you're not a candidate and the race has been limited to people who want to represent the electorate?

    Actually Jane, some organisations do allow non-candidates at meet the candidate meetings. I have done so when a candidate from my party wasn't able to make the meeting and was present when Richard Prosser did it in Gore, when he stood for Waimakariri, and there was no candidate for New Zealand First in Clutha-Southland. Ultimately it's up to the organisation who they ask.

    Since May 2011 • 5 posts Report

  • OnPoint: Why Rightwingers Should Support…,

    You are assuming that all policy gets forgotten after an election. That isn't true. A party will recycle policy if it thinks there is a need for it. Look at Act. Using Labour Party economic policy of the 1980s, while using National Party Racial policy of the mid 2000s. Look at Cunliffe borrowing ideas from the 60s and 70s for Labour's economic policy now.

    Since May 2011 • 5 posts Report

  • Legal Beagle: Too long, didn't read,

    Since May 2011 • 5 posts Report

  • Legal Beagle: Too long, didn't read,

    The Financial Transaction Tax touted by the Mana Party was originally adapted by Kelvyn Alp for the party DDP in 2004 for the 2005 General Elections. (And he has proof of this) He has carried that policy into the OURNZ Party (going through formal registration).

    Kelvyn approached Hone Harawira via Hone’s relations seeking to unite minor parties with similar aims. Hone asked for 1) the OURNZ Party policies (available at to see if there were areas of agreement and 2) Mike Tamaki to call him. This was done and contact ceased.

    His application of the Transaction Tax is inappropriate and will raise prices.

    The original policy: Taxation rates are too high, meaning that companies are at a disadvantage when competing for foreign investment, business on the world stage and for real growth.

    The solution is a 1% Transaction Tax on all outgoing financial transactions. The tax will replace ALL other taxes including many “hidden” taxes. Software programmed into RBNZ’s electronic clearing system will state daily transactions of the banking system, meaning implementation will be simple. Calculated on total transacted amount per annum, a tax of 1% will provide the Government with sufficient operating revenue.

    Some think it would negatively affect the economy. This is a false notion and it will have a beneficial effect on the economy through being able to tax money that is now untaxed. This solution will bring prosperity, increases in employment and less dependence on the State.

    Money was intended to distribute goods and services at an agreed value. Money was never meant to be a commodity. The solution is not to tax the real wealth of this country (labour, resources, business etc), but rather to tax how wealth is distributed. With no income tax, nor GST to pay, everybody will effectively have a pay rise.

    So, the only Party that understands the application of the policy properly is OURNZ Party and we shall be campaigning on this and other policies this year. Join us on the OURNZ Group discussion page on Facebook!

    Since May 2011 • 5 posts Report