TAUPO: ALAN SIMMONS, UNITED FUTURE CANDIDATE
How and why did you get into politics?
I went into politics because of outdoors issues that have been around for many years remaining unresolved and their being very little will to solve them.
United Future wishes to be involved and raise these issues as major policy. How do you normally spend your time? I am a full-time fishing guide and have been for the last 31 years. I also run a number of websites such as the Fishnhunt outdoors forum. Why did you choose United Future? Because United Future was looking to be involved in the issues that are important to me. I also like many of their other policies such as their income sharing and flexible retirement plans; as well as some of their other ideas such as free health checks.
Why are you standing in the Taupo electorate?
It’s the electorate where I live and, while the party vote is important, it is also equally important people in the Taupo electorate are aware of our policies.
What do you believe are the big issues nationally? How do you believe United Future’s policy can address these?
Retirement savings/super: Give people the option of choosing to receive New Zealand Superannuation at reduced rates down to 60 years old, or increasingly enhanced rates if they hold off until between 66 and 70. Also compulsory Kiwisaver.
Asset sales: United Future believes Kiwibank, Radio New Zealand and the water supply should be ruled out of any future asset sales programmes and, with those that are sold, no one can own more than 5 per cent and no more than 49 per cent sold.