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The Values Party

Politics is usually considered to involve conflict over ‘interests’ – frequently linked to people’s economic position. However, the Values Party, founded in 1972, shortly before the November election, sought to shift voters’ attention towards ‘values’, offering an alternative, post-materialist and environmentalist approach. This was highlighted when two Values Party members attempted to plant a tree on empty land on an inner-city Wellington street.

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Stephen Levine, 'Political values - Values and political change', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 27 September 2022)

Story by Stephen Levine, published 20 Jun 2012