MODERNISING NEW ZEALAND
Progress is a network of people who want to develop and support modern progressive ideas, relevant to working people. We think the best ideas are refined by challenging our thinking and adapting policy to modern realities. We want progressive organisations to be modern, capable of challenging themselves, and ready to reach out to all parts of our community.
Three core values shape our vision for progressive policy, and organisation.
- Broad-based, not narrow
Policy should work for regions and suburbs, not just urban pockets in cities. It should be representative of all working people, not narrow identity and sectional interests. Economic benefits should be for most, not just some. Progressive organisations should be welcoming, confident, and diverse - looking outward with optimism for New Zealand, not narrow-minded, insular and fearful of difference.
- Forward-looking, not backward
Focus on what New Zealand needs in its next term of government and the following decade, not backwards to dated arguments from past decades. Find bold new ways to meet tomorrow’s challenges. Search the world for new ideas. See progress as an opportunity to show why our ideas are needed, instead of fighting to prevent the inevitable nor needing our nation to fail for progressive ideas to be relevant.
- Principled, not opportunistic
Political platforms and priorities should be defined by bold and popular policy leadership relevant to voters, not opportunistic analysis and tactical positioning. Be frank about why policies are unpopular, embrace differences of opinion, don't avoid big issues for fear of conflict, nor judge ideas by who promotes them.
- We are on the side of working people, and we want New Zealanders to be successful.
- Communities are stronger than individuals or governments. Devolving government as close to affected people as possible makes institutions and decisions fairer and more responsive.
- We embrace change. Change is constant, and both policy and institutions must continually adapt.
- Government for the people. Public services must be responsive to people - not narrow interests or service providers.
- Reciprocity. Provide for people in need, and expect those who can to contribute in return.
- We look outward, not inward. Policy should be based on values and interests people share in common, and the gains to be made by collaborating - not on division, exclusion, privilege, disparagement and blame.