Newsletter 1

 

Thank you for registering your interest in the 5 Principles Movement. The movement is now over 500 strong.

Thanks too for your comments. Some of you have asked about the future: will we be standing at the election… do we support any party in particular… that sort of thing.  The honest answer is, we don’t know. The future of 5PM is up to 5PM supporters. Rather than dictate the future, we want it to evolve. We know that’s an unusual approach in politics – but 5PM is going to do things differently.

Our newsletters will come to you at 5PM (of course!) and hopefully once a week.

Principles

5PM is a people’s movement for change. The five principles on which the movement is based are:

  • Democracy – strengthening democracy through binding referenda,
  • Equality – promoting equal rights with an end to preferential treatment based on race,
  • Opportunity – creating an opportunity society so New Zealanders can get ahead,
  • Freedom – protecting private property rights as a foundation of individual freedom, and
  • Family – promoting social policy that strengthens the family.

5PM can help to change the future of New Zealand – by harnessing the wisdom and power of informed citizens.

Policies

We are a true grassroots movement. Besides some core policies that are fundamental to the five principles, what 5PM supports or opposes is up to you. As we have stated on the 5PM website policies are adopted if a majority of supporters are in favour. The current policies in our Voting Booth are:

  • Should 5PM support the extension of Paid Parental Leave?
  • Should 5PM support raising the age of superannuation?
  • Should 5PM support the establishment of an independent commission to investigate claims of miscarriages of justice in New Zealand?

To cast your vote, go to the Voting Booth on the 5PM website at www.5pm.org.nz.

Many thanks for the many suggestions regarding policies.  We already have a very long “to-do” list and we will be putting these to supporters progressively.

Council amalgamation

One of our core policies is smaller government. We therefore are fundamentally opposed to the local government amalgamation agenda being exercised by the Local Government Commission, which is seeking to establish super councils and independent Maori Statutory Boards. They currently have amalgamation proposals for Northland and the Hawke’s Bay regions. Submissions close 21 February and 7 March respectively.

We are encouraging 5PM supporters to say “no” to amalgamation. For more information, see the NZCPR article Bigger for Better or Worse.

Submissions on the Northland proposal can be made HERE, and on the Hawke’s Bay proposal HERE.

Our submission is published on our 5PM Facebook page HERE.

About 5PM

We are totally voluntary so we do as much as we can when time permits. Like most people, we work for a living – and like most self-employed people a work week is about 60 hours!

We are internet based. Why? Because it’s largely free! We can’t afford to spend money on paid media. We would love to publish large ads in the print media but that costs lots of money, and 5PM does not have lots of money – it has $86.15. Your donations are welcome! (and can be made via the 5PM website).

At this stage most political groups would end with an aspirational quote. 5PM does things a little differently, so we will end with this.

Have you heard the one about the lady from Auckland who walked into her local bank and asked to see the lending manager? She explained she was going to Australia for two weeks and needed to borrow $2,000. The lending manager had no problem approving the loan but, as per bank policy, required security.

Not a problem she said, handing over the keys to her brand new red Ferrari. There was nothing owing on the car so the manager gladly accepted the keys and had one of the office clerks park in the bank’s garage.

Later that day the lending manager was having a good laugh with his staff around the water cooler. “She gave us a Ferrari as security for a $2,000 loan! A Ferrari!” But in the back of his mind he could not help but be a little puzzled that someone with such a valuable car needed $2,000.

Two weeks later the lady returned and repaid the $2,000 and the $7.69 interest. When handling the keys back the manager could not help but ask, “Why is it that you needed $2,000 when you have such a valuable car?”

To which the lady replied, “Where else in Auckland can I park my car in a secure lock-up for two weeks for only $7.69?”

Please help us spread the message about 5PM and keep the suggestions coming!

Warmest regards,
Frank and Muriel Newman