The NZ election is on Saturday 23 September 2017. We encourage those eligible on this side of the Tasman to take the opportunity to enroll to vote, and vote in this years NZ General election
Oz Kiwi have contacted a number of political parties to ask their position is on:
- the trans-Tasman relationship; and
- New Zealanders rights in Australia; and
- what they will do if they form Government or become part of a coalition that forms Government.
Below are the responses we have received to date from United Future and the Green Party of Aotearoa. We’ll post other responses as we receive them.
United Future New Zealand
United Future believes that our Trans-Tasman relationship is an incredibly important one, not just economically but socially too. Australia has always been and will continue to be a key partner for us and we seek to make sure that the relationship we share is maintained and benefits everyone.
Specifically in relation to the issues faced by New Zealander’s in Australia.
We think that New Zealanders should be able to have access to the services in Australia that we grant to its citizens over in New Zealand and fully support working with the government of Australia to make that happen. We must keep in mind that Australia is a sovereign nation though, and must ultimately respect their policy choice. That being said we are fully in support of bargaining for a better deal for New Zealanders and making sure that they have access to the key services outlined in the briefing paper enclosed in your correspondence.
Visit the United Future website. [The party was disbanded after the 2017 general election].
Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand
The relationship between New Zealand and Australia is close and important. We think it remains strong, though is under pressure from some recent decisions by the Australian government.
After the Election, the Green Party would work through the NZ coalition Government with the Australian Government to improve the rights of Kiwis in Australia. In particular, we are critical of recent changes to university fees, and the ongoing issue that Kiwis living in Australia are not eligible for many of the entitlements and benefits that Australians living in New Zealand are.
We are open to various ways of rectifying these issues, recognising that full reversal of the 2001 changes is a good goal but we might have more success addressing particular issues one by one. Healthcare, disability support, and tertiary education would likely be our priorities.
Visit the Green Party website.