NZ Election 2020: New Zealand Public Party's policies

The fast-growing New Zealand Public Party, a conspiracy theory-driven party led by Billy Te Kahika, has held its first event to outline its vision for the country.

The party announced it had merged with Jami-Lee Ross' new party Advance NZ on Sunday.

The merged party will stand candidates in most electorates under the Advance NZ banner, while Te Kahika will run as a candidate for the Public Party, despite being co-leader of Advance NZ.

The Public Party is a new entity and has racked up a large social media following despite a lack of mainstream media coverage.

The party is anti-1080, and according to their website are sceptical of "5G, fluoridation, vaccines, pharmaceuticals, poisons... electromagnetics, industrial products and waste, consumer products, food products". It also believes the United Nations is eroding New Zealanders' property rights "without any vote, referendum, or legal recourse".

It has several policies listed on its website, and it says its two main ones are rebuilding New Zealand back into a democracy and restoring government integrity.

The first includes rewriting the government constitution, writing a people's constitution and writing a "real Bill of Rights". The second includes restoring checks and balances, transparency as a legal requirement and accountability as a statutory provision.

The economy

The party would also take a "sensible approach" to managing the economy by developing solutions to get the country out of debt due to COVID-19.

"Before we can move forward on defining a financial future, we need to get a clear picture of what the previous governments have gotten us into. That can only happen with a complete investigation into the past governments' agreements and financial dealings and by completely uncovering all that has been hidden at Parliament, Treasury, and the Reserve Bank," its website says.

The party would also repeal the COVID-19 Public Health Response Act due to section 11 that requires "compliance with any measures, or impose prohibitions that contribute or are likely to contribute to preventing the risk of the outbreak or spread" of the virus. This can be made to include mandatory vaccinations, it says, and it believes "mandatory vaccination is a violation of human rights".

Health and abortions

In terms of healthcare, it believes prevention rather than intervention is the goal.

"Cold, mildewed, mouldy, dark, and drafty houses are a major factor behind poor health. It is time that housing and building laws incorporate robust health standards (not just minimums) as part of normal design and function."

The Public Party doesn't support abortion since "the rights of the person extend to that of the unborn", however it recognises it is a 'right to choose' issue.

"We are against using abortion as a method of contraception and a means to justify the killing of babies for fetal tissue and organ harvesting," its website says.

"We also understand that there could be reasons for abortion such as rape, unsafe pregnancy and health reasons but recognise the law as it currently stands is inhumane, therefore we are dedicated to repealing it."

It would extend the rights of an unborn child from conception, along with the rights of the mother.

"People have the right to prevent unwanted conception, regardless of religion or creed. We will fully fund contraception and further contraceptive research."

United Nations agreements

The party would remove any and rescind all UN agendas and agreements from government and society.

"We are self-governed and will not be subject to a loss of sovereignty by decree, agreement, or treaty… UN Agenda 21 and UN Agenda 2030 are not 'conspiracy theories'."

The Treaty of Waitangi

The Public Party would give the Treaty of Waitangi "the chance to be heard and understood without an agenda" since it's been "politicised, exploited and used as a dividing force" for too long.

"There are nearly a dozen historical documents that have been involved in the creation of New Zealand. However, it has been far easier to simply ignore them to history, only pulling them out when needing to make a statement, rather than confront the truth of their design."