TOP stands for a fair society
September 21 2020 by Scott Stevens
TOP stands for a fair society
In the lead up to the General Election on October 17, The Lakes Weekly will run guest editorials from 3 Queenstown based candidates for the Southland Electorate, Jon Mitchell (Labour), Joseph Mooney (National), and starting things off this week, Joel Rowlands (TOP)…
Gidday, my name is Joel Rowlands, and I am the Candidate for TOP – The Opportunities Party for the Southland Electorate. My grandmother was born and bred in Lumsden and I always remember her fond memories of getting on the Kingston Flyer then hopping on the Earnslaw and catching the boat to the campground. At the time there wasn’t much else in Queenstown Bay. It was these stories and memories that drew me to Queenstown. I came for a two-week snowboarding holiday and have never left. Who would have thought a descendant of the Robertson’s from Lumsden would become a political candidate for the region 100 years later!
I am passionate about the local community, mental health, the environment, and animal welfare. I really enjoy helping people anyway I can, especially those with mental health issues. After losing my mother a few years ago to depression/suicide, the system let her down, this is something very close to my heart and I can see this becoming a more widespread issue if the inequality between the haves and have-nots continues to grow. I’m renowned in the local area as a fair and responsive advisor on community issues, and I’ll stand up for what is right.
I’m also pretty straight up, so I’m going to cut to the chase. I want you to vote for me in the 2020 General Election, and I want you to vote for TOP. I believe the future is TOP. TOP stands for a fair society where everyone has the opportunity to thrive.
We, as a country, have fallen into a rut. The main political parties look only at 3 year horizons, that is, election to election. As a country we used to plan, we used to set about achieving our goals and progressing as a nation. If you ran a business like we run our government, you’d never turn a profit. Anything they are willing to do seems to be watered down to garner support in the middle of the road. They do not deliver outcomes, they cannot, they are mere puppets, slaves to opinion polls and their donors. We have seen it all before and we continue to live with the consequences - decade in and decade out.
If you want real change you need to be willing to be bold. I am standing to provide a different option for the people that feel they have no voice or have been left behind – after all, a healthy democracy has many different perspectives and ideas at the table.
TOP has some of the best policy’s I have ever seen, we have a plan and a strong diverse team, packed with multi-talented skilled people from all walks of life. We are a party for the people by the people. How we walk with the broken speaks louder, than how we sit with the great.
TOP – The Opportunities Party