Alliance To Vote On 2005 Election Strategy
November 26 2004
Alliance to vote on 2005 Election strategy
Alliance members are expected to endorse running a Party list in the 2005 General Election at the Party's annual conference in Wellington this weekend.
Conference convenor Jill Ovens says the Conference theme is "Standing strong; standing together" reflecting that members are keen to get on with the job of refocussing the Alliance as a grassroots-driven party of the Left.
"We have a programme that would make a real difference in the lives of everyday people, including good quality healthcare, free education, affordable housing and secure jobs."
Ms Ovens says New Zealand is becoming a more unfair and unequal society despite a strengthening economy.
"Children born into poorer families should have the same chances in life as everyone else's kids. No one should be denied a basic standard of living. That's why we support raising minimum wages and benefits."
She says the task before the Alliance is to build support and credibility among working class people, struggling beneficiaries, young people and students. Conference sessions will focus on local activism and national campaigns, with an emphasis on preparing for next year's General Election.
The Alliance will be electing new Party leaders after Matt McCarten and Laila Harre announced they would be stepping down.
On the agenda are remits that would ban those in leadership positions from actively working for other parties, though Alliance members will continue to work alongside the Greens, Labour and others at a local level.
2004 Alliance Conference Agenda
27th & 28th November 2003
Wellington Bridge Club, 17 Tinakori Road, Thorndon, WELLINGTON
(Shaded areas closed to media and non-member observers)
Saturday 27th November
10.00 am AGM
Election of chairperson
Record of delegates
Conference 2003 minutes
Guest speaker: Chris Poor
Guest singer/songwriter: Don Franks
12 noon Constitutional Remits
- Elected positions (Otago/Southland)
Reopen nominations where necessary
1.00 pm Lunch
Sector groups/Secretariat to meet
2005 Electoral strategy
Delegate discussion and voting:
- Council resolution
- Alternative resolution
- South Auckland and Otaki branch remits
Choir, Choir Pants on Fire
3.30 pm Constitutional Remits contd.
Delegate discussion/voting includes:
- Objectives and Principles
- Other non-policy remits
Policy and Manifesto amendments
Adoption of policy papers
6.00 pm Conference Adjourns for Day
6.30 pm Conference Dinner
Sunday 28th November
9 am Adoption of budget
Election of Officers and Conference-elected reps to Council: short speeches from candidates
10.30am Morning Tea
Issues-based workshops (1)
Jobs and workers' rights
Electricity and transport
Water and environment
Issues-based workshops (2)
- Benefit levels/poverty
- Housing, health
- Internal organisation (recruitment, internal communication, fundraising, networking on the Left)
- Developing skills for campaigning (media strategy, campaign strategy, door knocking, visual materials, public meetings)