Strengthen Democracy Policy
Our Game Animal Policy
The NZ Outdoors Party believes that our wild deer, tahr, chamois and pigs are a valuable recreational, social and food resource. Hunting is an integral part of our history and culture and it should continue to be so, forever.
Currently the Department of Conservation is responsible for the management of our game animals in the conservation estate, with the Game Animal Council providing a lesser consultation role only.
DoC’s performance in this respect has been both varied and conflicted.
The Game Animal Council (GAC) was established to give the whole hunting sector a far greater say in game management but is beset with three problems.
Our Poisons Policy
The NZ Outdoors Party policy is “the immediate cessation and use of 1080 poison” and the formation of a new pest control department consisting of young men and woman trained in ground based control.
Our Firearms Policy
The Arms Act 1983 and Arms Regulations 1992 together constitute world-class legislation that tempers the right to lawfully possess a firearm with the safety of the individual and of society.
The philosophy of allowing only ‘fit-and-proper’ persons to possess firearms and ammunition is the most effective way to ensure the safety and security of firearms.
However, its enforcement and policing is piecemeal and inconsistent across NZ regions.
Strengthen Democracy – Draft
The Outdoors Party will strengthen democracy by:
Introducing a system of “Tribunes of the People” into the system of government in Aotearoa, so any community can challenge the lawfulness of government action before a tribune (peoples jury).
If the tribune finds the power has been exercised wrongly then the crown must correct its conduct. If a crown organisation wishes to challenge the findings of a tribune it must self-fund its own appeal eg with funds allocated for staff bonuses.
Regenerative Agriculture, Heathy Soils and Climate Change – Draft
The Outdoors Party supports personal, community and national actions to minimise all pollution of our food, ecosystems and environment.
The Outdoors Party supports regenerative agriculture to promote healthy diverse living and carbon rich soils that grow healthy foods and thriving communities.
The Outdoors Party will encourage education, regenerative agnonomists, research and other resources to help farmers transition from heavy investment in chemicals to lower chemical input and more natural regenerative farming techniques.
OUTDOORS PARTY- State Accountability and Crown legal advice
Most New Zealand laws are currently focused on the state controlling the public. Although the rule of law requires that the state must also act lawfully it is often difficult for the public to hold elected representatives and public servants to account.
The Outdoors Party will:
- Seek an immediate amendment to the State Sector Act to require all public servants to give effect to the principles of public law when giving official advice and making decisions and to at all times act in the public interest;
- Create legislation for Crown Law to make clear that the primary obligation of all legal advisors employed or contracted by any Crown entity is to uphold the rule of law and act in the public interest;
- Review the Official Information Act to:
- make public information more accessible to the public;
- impose sanctions for crown entities and public servants who fail to comply with the OIA and
- require all public information to be made readily available on publicly accessible websites as soon as reasonably possible;
- to require disclosure of Crown legal advice where that advice is used by a decision maker to influence any decision on public rights or any allocation of a public resource.
New Policy Areas
We are working on a number of new policy areas such as healthy living, plastics,, bringing back the Forest Service, healthy living and more education on food and gardening… keep an eye out for changes in the near future.