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About The Progressive Party of Aotearoa New Zealand

The decision to form a political party in New Zealand was inspired in part by the successful emergence of other Progressive Utilization Theory based political parties around the world. “Amra Bengali” (India) is one of many such parties and has been active for decades. “Humane World” (Germany) is another that has been contesting the German elections for 10 years.  (View Humane World website)

A Prout-based political party is currently being formed in Portugal (View Facebook page here)

Founders of The Progressive Party of Aotearoa New Zealand have been studying P. R. Sarkar’s Progressive Utilisation Theory model over many years and believe now is the opportune time to promote its model for real change.

Why is change necessary in New Zealand?

The existing capitalist model is dedicated to ensuring that businesses maximize profits. Regretfully this is being accompanied by social and environmental degradation.

On its watch, the current model has seen:

  • Over 326,000 NZ children live in poverty (this is 30% of all NZ children)*
  • Over the past 18 years the total number of people imprisoned has increased by 82% to 10,500 – a rate of imprisonment that far surpasses those of Western European countries.
  • Maori comprise 50% of the NZ prison population while comprising only 15% of NZ population. In 2015, Maori were eight times more likely to be sent to prison than Pakeha.
  • In 2013 NZ female youth suicide rate was the highest among OECD countries. NZ male youth suicide rate was the third highest.
  • 300,000 NZ families are living in unacceptable housing conditions according to Habitat NZ
  • More than 4000 native New Zealand plants and animals, including the kererū and the kiwi, are among the million+ species worldwide that are at risk of extinction, according to a recent international report by the Intergovernmental Science Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services.

*Referenced in a Listener article on Child Poverty 28 March 2020. Sourced from Statistics New Zealand – with poverty defined as households with less than 60% median equivalized disposable household income after housing costs.

Clearly the model is not meeting all of society’s needs

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