Some Bold Ideas for 2040

The People’s Agenda is a living document. We’ll keep working together, as a community and with our allies, to identify the big, bold ideas that will build the fair and flourishing future we want.

Here are some of the bold ideas we think could help get us there:

  1. Make the well-being of all forms of life the ultimate goal of government and measure it through a replacement for GDP, which is enshrined-in-legislation;

  2. Enact constitutional transformation so that the original intent of Te Tiriti o Waitangi is honoured and rangatiratanga is guaranteed to Māori.

  3. Radically enhance the security and dignity of all people and end poverty through a guaranteed, unconditional minimum income indexed to wages at the level of NZ Super;

  4. Get big money out of politics by setting a hard cap on political donations (e.g. at $2000), increasing public funding for political parties, by giving every registered voter a small amount of money – an ‘electoral funding voucher’ – to give to the political party of their choice, once every electoral cycle;

  5. Guarantee a lifelong entitlement to education and retraining, supporting people to retrain in response to the changing world of work including the transition away from extractive industries in response to climate change;

  6. Institute a proper wealth tax (e.g. 1% of the value of your wealth payable annually) funding a Kids Kiwisaver scheme to build the wealth of poor kids

  7. Transform our justice system to prioritise the prevention, restoration and rehabilitation of people by closing all prisons and replacing them with wellness centres that ensure the safety and dignity of all.

  8. Enact a Zero Carbon Act to get us to a zero carbon society and economy by 2040.

  9. Establish a public Just Transition Fund to help communities affected by the transition away from fossil fuels build strong, resilient, and diversified new economies that work for everyone.

  10. Provide publicly funded energy to all households, powered by 100% renewable energy from community-owned sources and connected through a smart grid;

  11. Commit to an ongoing state-build of housing to ensure genuinely affordable housing for everyone in New Zealand (housing costs, whether renting or mortgage, should not be more than 30% of household income), and retrofitting existing homes so that all homes are warm, dry and healthy.

  12. Take an independent, principled and value-based approach to foreign policy, including providing humanitarian assistance, international mediation and reconciliation services.

  13. Develop a value-based approach to climate refugees, grant refuge to 10,000 people per year, provide well-resourced ongoing support for resettlement and take a compassionate approach to family reunification.

  14. Ensure all people with a disability have fair access to essential services through a National Disability Insurance Scheme and make Aotearoa New Zealand a fully accessible country by passing an Accessibility for New Zealanders Act.

  15. Create a publicly funded multi-platform dedicated to public interest journalism, good national debate and bringing people together for discussion and deliberation across the political spectrum.

  16. Radically transform our cultural norms and practices around sexuality and healthy relationships through universal and best-practice sexuality education in schools, and a ban on sexist advertising.

  17. Restore collective bargaining so that the benefits of change and productivity growth flow through into wages, better job security and conditions, and encourages productive, participatory, high-trust workplaces and tripartism.

  18. Massive deployment of urban rail and rapid transit in the cities, put freight on railways, and re-introduce a passenger service obligation including remote areas of the country.

  19. A publicly funded scheme to match and connect young people and elderly people, reducing social isolation and building social cohesion.

  20. Establish a rights and ethics framework for decisions in health, catching up with current changes bioethical debates, an ageing and increasingly disabled society, so that we can front-foot technological advances and economic drivers.

Photo courtesy of  Sarah McCarthy.  All rights reserved.

Photo courtesy of Sarah McCarthy. All rights reserved.


ActionStation would like to thank Serena Stevenson, Sarah McCarthy and Angus McNaughton for their kind and generous offer to use their photographs throughout the People's Agenda website. Ehara koe i a ia!