This group has come about from the members of Living Economies Educational Trust, from the Georgist movement,the Transition Town movement and many other groups of concerned citizens. Led by Deirdre Kent and Phil Stevens, it is a group of people who want to work on more powerful policies than are currently being advocated by the Green Party of NZ or the Labour Party. And while we agree with some parties on the problems of the current monetary system we are not happy to be thinking in terms of only one national currency. We want more biomimicry in the organisation of our money system.
The idea was conceived in September 2011. Laurence Boomert from the Bank of Real Solutions stood in Wellington Central as a candidate representing this unregistered party. We now have an administrator Morgan Le Quesne, a treasurer Deck Hazen and we have a membership form which is compliant with the electoral act. We believe our policies are of worldwide significance in the effort to break free of corporate rule and meet the Very Big Problem we all face. We have IT specialists helping us with this website.
We had our very first get-together in Turangi on 14 April 2012 where 29 attended our inaugural meeting during the Australasian Permaculture Convergence. Subsequently we have had several meetings in Wellington, Otaki, Christchurch and Northland and have had several on skype audio. Our address is New Economics Party, 215 Rangiuru Rd, Otaki.
Our Steering Committee is working towards getting 500 signed up members, according to the rules of the Electoral Commission, on a constitution. The membership form is here. http://neweconomics.net.nz/index.php/action/nep-membership-form-2/ When this has been ratified at a national conference, we can formally elect officers.
Deirdre Kent is a co-founder of Living Economies Educational Trust and the author of Healthy Money Healthy Planet – developing new money systems for sustainability (Craig Potton 2005). After years in community work and teaching, in the eighties she was best known as the Director of ASH (Action on Smoking and Health) She lives in Otaki and has been active in the formation and activities of Transition Town Otaki and the Otaki Timebank. She believes that efforts towards local resilience can only go so far without the right price signals and the right policy decisions at national level. "I am doing this so that my grandchildren will themselves be able to have children and know they will be born into a future with hope".
Email: deirdre dot kent (at) gmail dot com
Phil Stevens, a Living Economies trustee, emigrated from the US in 2005 and lives in Ashhurst. He brings his expertise in technology and a wide range of pursuits from hands-on sustainable practice to examining socioeconomic models and theories of effective governance. Projects Phil is active in RECAP and LOAVES, a transition community organisation and a local currency; Community Forge, an open-source platform for complementary currencies and exchange; researching and promoting low-input food, fuel and finance; and general awareness raising. firstname.lastname@example.org
Natalie Hormann settled in New Zealand in 2002. She has a law degree from Germany but has dedicated the last 15 years to researching and pursuing sustainable solutions at a regulatory, business and personal level. She lives on a piece of land near Wellington which she gardens based on permaculture principles. She works as a sustainability adviser, facilitator, writer and tutor. Natalie has been a member of Transition Town Lower Hutt from its onset and is involved in numerous community initiatives. She sees our unsustainable and unjust economic system as a key driver for the converging crises of 'peak everything' and climate change and believes that fundamental changes need to be made at this level if we are to have a chance at a sustainable future.
Miles Thompson is a social entrepreneur and computer programmer. Former CTO of a New York financial research company now living and working in Paekakariki, New Zealand. Working on open source resilience and crisis management in social media. Holds a BA in Sociology and a BSc (Hons I) in Math. He is currently working in the timebank movement.
Amanda Vickers has previously been an active member of Transition Towns Kapiti, including organising events promoting awareness about the increasing money supply, exponential growth and the energy predicament we face. Amanda is passionate about addressing these problems at their core and that is what led Amanda to the NEP. Amanda holds a Bachelor of Science Degree with first class honours in Physiology, and a Veterinary Science Degree. She works at the SPCA and has a cattery at their property near Waikanae. She is married to Alistair and is raising their two boys, and a 17 acre lifestyle block in Reikorangi. This is being run on permaculture principles and their dream is to be self sufficient.
Jorn Bettin emigrated to New Zealand in 1997. He grew up in Nigeria and Pakistan, and studied mathematics in Belgium and Germany. Jorn is a partner at S23M, a consulting firm with a focus on cross-disciplinary collaboration. Currently based in Melbourne, he regularly returns to his home on Waiheke Island. Jorn loves to use visual mathematical representations to explain and reason about complex value cycles. He is passionate about co-creating resilient economic systems that are not only equitable, but also understandable by future generations of humans and open source software tools. Jorn has co-authored several books on Model Driven Engineering.