In a speech filled with colourful and scathing analogies of how the major political parties have failed New Zealand, Gareth Morgan has launched his Opportunities Party election campaign today.
Speaking in Wellington this afternoon, Mr Morgan painted a picture of a New Zealand that has failed its middle and working classes, while the two major parties squabble over political rhetoric, and devise policies simply designed get them into power.
Introducing his TOP party election candidates, Mr Morgan outlined his party’s achievements over its short existence after being founded in November 2016 by the businessman, economist and philanthropist.
"We've already moved the policy debate in this country and we haven’t had a single vote yet," Mr Morgan said.
"We're the new kids on the block here, so we don't get the coverage or funding the old establishment parties have access too, but we have one advantage, we are free of the hatred of old tribal politics."
Mr Morgan described a toxic New Zealand political culture, where the major parties endlessly play "politics" while suicide stats, homeless numbers, housing affordability and the environment all fall into the abyss.
"What's the political establishment doing - pretty well nothing," Mr Morgan said.
"Stuck in an outdated left versus right political ideology with a tax and targeted welfare regime that’s obsolete, they trade insults and argue at the margins while New Zealand, this land of opportunity, slips away.
"They fight not to restore the fairness of our society but to perpetuate their own political power in some vain belief that it’s an ideology that’s need to get this country back on track."
"Let's be very clear, TOP doesn’t care who leads the next government. Those who campaign to change from blue to red, from right to left are like a bunch of kids screaming 'dad's burnt the dinner, let's get the dog to cook’.
"What NZ desperately need is ideas to restore opportunities, policies that aren’t designed to get a party into power but to fix the problems we have."