Simon Gutschlag

• Grew up and went to school in Kaiapoi, North Canterbury
• Had an interest in accounting & finance but studied to be a valuer at Lincoln University
• Went on OE, London worked in IT at Pizza Hutt and did similar job in NZ
• Owned a business selling Point of Sale (POS) systems
• My family of 16 years (with four children) wanted to move to Nelson
• Currently working at NZ King Salmon, Nelson in IT and management

“I want to bring up my family with the same values that I had as a kid. But the government has got in the way,” Simon tells us. “They need to get out of the home and let parents perform their responsibility to parent.” “I was occasionally smacked when I was a kid and it was good for me. Prior to the antismacking law parents had an ultimate punishment for naughty kids, now they don’t. In fact it’s worse than that; the children now have the ultimate punishment leverage against the parents. It’s sad and I’d like to see it changed back.” Simon continues, “It’s crazy and many parents will agree. I feel very strongly that the antismacking law was a mistake and we as a country, need leaders that will actually listen to what the people want and carry out our will. That’s democracy.

“What’s the use of having referenda on topics if the outcomes are not binding? What’s the point of getting people’s opinions just to ignore them? “The government should be held accountable. How can we do that without binding politicians to the outcome? It’s like shifting the goal posts in the middle of the game. No wonder people have become disillusioned about their leaders.

“I joined the Conservative Party to make a difference. The Conservative Party wants binding referenda. I want binding referenda. That means if the majority of New Zealanders want the anti-smacking law dropped, then the will of the people should be carried out. It’s such a scam having a referendum and if the government doesn’t agree, it just ignores the people. The referendum means nothing. “I would like to see us as a country create laws that help us pull together with a community spirit. We don’t need divisive policies, which destroy the family. I want to support proven conservative values that worked for our parents and their parents.

“It’s not complicated and it is pretty simple really. We need leaders with a genuine desire to serve. We also need binding referenda which carries out the will of the majority. Currently there is no law to hold politicians accountable even if we have referendums.

“My Dad was my biggest inspiration in my life. He taught us kids to be community minded and to look out for our neighbour. “I recently read the book ‘Good to Great’ by Jim Collins. It teaches strategies for the moving forward of great companies. But the premise of the book also applies to great families, great communities and great nations. “What this country needs at the moment is not rocket science. Sometimes we over complicate the situation.“

Simon Gutchlag



  Leighton Baker

• Born in Lower Hutt, lived in Invercargill and Northland
• Secondary school in Auckland
• Farmed a few years
• Started a building business at 23 in Auckland, 27 years later in Rangiora
• 50 years of age, married, 4 children and 4 grandchildren
• Last 6+ years he has spent teaching young people how to find their strengths through trades training


“For a democracy to work the people have to be able to choose what happens in society, not just vote once every three years. I mean if I ate broccoli once every three years, that doesn’t make me a vegan,” says Leighton Baker. He continues, “Our politicians sit in the house of representatives because they are supposed to represent us. They are meant to be public servants. And if they can’t do what the people have asked them to do, they should refuse to take the pay. “For example, the lowering of the drinking age. Almost everybody was against it – the Police, the Doctors, the School Principals, the Justice System, Social Workers. The only people that were for it were the purveyors of alcohol. Yet the government gave them the vote.

“This is an example of how the people got it right and the government got it wrong. “People that really love their children discipline them, because they want them to be successful, and that takes personal discipline. The Anti-smacking Law was opposed by 87.4% of New Zealanders, and yet it was passed. Why did this happen? It happened because the politicians are not doing their job of representing the people. “How many times have you been in a public place where a parent has some kid playing up, and there is nothing they can do, they have been dis-empowered by the state.

“I am also concerned that we are teaching ‘Sex Education’ when it should really be ‘Relationship Education’. It seems that self-gratification is being taught. We have neglected to teach what actually is a healthy relationship. A healthy relationship involves commitment, communication, common interest and self sacrifice. If you want a successful relationship you just can’t go into it selfishly.”

Leighton is a builder in Christchurch working on both residential and commercial re-builds. Every couple of years he heads overseas for relief work.

Leighton adds, “When I first left school I started out in farming. I had a boss named Ken Lendrum. He taught me diligence, perseverance, responsibility and honesty. He took me on as a young guy and he was a really good influence on me. I try to give other youngsters that experience by putting them through apprenticeships. “One observation of leadership is, true democracy is ‘servant’ leadership.”

Leighton Baker


  Laurence Day

• Married for 33 years, 3 sons
• Born and schooled in Hamilton
• After university worked in Agricultural Science
• Career shifted into sales & marketing
• In 1996 started his own company importing and distributing computer training which then morphed into a tertiary PTE.
• Currently managing a property rental portfolio and mentoring young people in business and careers

“We inherited the English parliamentary system. Only we don’t have any of the ‘brakes’ that they have on their parliamentarians. We used to have an Upper-house as they do in Australia and England. It was called the Legislative Council. “The Legislative Council was intended to act as No Brakes on Parliamentarians – Let’s Fix that a revising chamber, scrutinizing and amending bills, which had been passed by the House of Representatives. But parliament thought it had become obsolete, and it was scrapped in 1951. “That means our motley crew of parliamentarians have ‘absolute power’. They have exercised it and are exercising it. We have had five referenda in New Zealand and our politicians have totally ignored the results of every one of them.

“To regulate parliamentarians and put the ‘power’ back in the hands of the people, we would need to address the problem of MMP. A very minor party can exercise an undue influence over a major party, in order to grant them the power to govern. The price the minor party charges for this act is extremely high. “For example, the legislation passed by the Labour Party retaining the ownership of the rights to the foreshore and seabed with all New Zealanders was overturned by the Maori Party (representing 1.3% of the list vote) after they sided with National, giving National the right to govern. “That opened the foreshore and seabed to mostly spurious claims of ownership or compensation. This was an appalling concession by the National Party, in order to give themselves the power to govern. “Our current MMP system gives power to a small minority of the population, and the opinion of the public at large is ignored. Binding referenda would fix this and return the power back into the hands of the people. “The Conservative Party is ironically a minor party, advocating for the rights of the majority.”

Laurence Day


Kevin Stitt

• Married for 45 years, 5 children, 11 grandchildren
• RNZAF Aeronautical Engineer
• Successful Businessperson
• Chairman of BOT at Intermediate school
• 27 years full time volunteer with a youth focused charity
• Party Secretary and Administrator for the Conservative Party


“Imagine a world where genuine love for everyone prevailed. That would be truly magical.” “If we consider the well-known ethical guidelines of the major religions of the world, like the 10 commandments which most New Zealanders would be familiar with, we find that these guidelines are actually a description of what love looks like in practice. “Therein, we see honour, adoration, respect for others and their property, loyalty, honesty, work ethics for a strong economy, consideration of others and selflessness. Really a description of what love looks like in practice. Not rules to live by, but a checklist to hold us accountable and help us to see where we fall short of genuine love. “It has been said that if we truly love, we will not break any law. We know that in reality it’s actually beyond us. “So laws reflecting love’s principles are needed to hold us accountable to that which is for the good of all. Laws should encourage us, with will power rather than flower power, to love one another better.

“In recent decades we have seen some of our long held standards, based on time-honoured values that have served us well, eroded. Laws have been changed, love redefined, rights have become more important than duty and responsibility, and sadly the statistics have gone the wrong way, with ever increasing selfishness. It is time to stop the rot! White is white, black is black. And love is love. “When we lose commonly held standards of right and wrong, we lose accountability. When we lose accountability, the powerful prevail. The poverty gap widens. The downtrodden are driven to alcohol and drugs. Abuse in all forms increases. That is no basis for the fair and just society we all want.

“We must uphold community standards, based on the principles of genuine love, for the good of all, from the weakest to the strongest, from the poorest to the richest. “Education is key, but if that is not also founded on commonly held truth, it is no more than opinion and ideas, and will only add to the decay.

“It is time to take stock. Time to say, ‘We can do better’. We can be a nation that loves like no other. We can care for one another more. We can value standards that will create a fair and just society. “Even now New Zealanders are one of the most generous and caring people on earth, but we can do better. Like our rugby team says after a great win, ‘There are still some things we can improve on.’”

“The Conservative Party ticks the boxes for me in regards to aspiring to standards. It is a values-based party. It is not founded on issues, or a philosophy, or social or economic groupings. It has a stated set of time proven values, which lay the foundation for a just and fair government. “The Conservative Party has the potential to serve New Zealanders for their greatest good, making New Zealand once again the best place in the world to live and to raise our children. Like the Beatles said, ‘All we need is love’. Not too magical really.”

Kevin Stitt



   Melanie Taylor

• Born in Rotorua, 41, married with 8 children
• Went to school in Australia
• Came back to NZ and worked in hospitality industry
• Last 14+ years – working with high at risk teenage boys
• Over 100 boys have been through their home in 14+ years



“The breakdown of the family unit is a huge problem for youth. Not to mention the increase in the abuse and addictions they suffer.” “My husband and I decided we wanted to help this ‘at risk group’ reach their full potential, and ‘become all that they can be’, by providing a healthy, loving and stable environment with as many opportunities as we can possibly give,” explains Melanie Taylor board member of The Conservative Party.

Melanie and her husband Jim have had over 100 boys in their home over a period of more than 14 years. Melanie goes on, “It has been a very successful and a happy time, with trials and achievements. “Ironically though, our biggest challenge has come from dealing with CYF (Child, Youth and Family). “Jim and I, as CYF Caregivers find that we are now in a high-risk job. Youth have become more empowered through the law. At the same time good parents and caregivers have become less empowered. The current system means that youth can lay false allegations, whenever they see fit. Unfortunately in this line of work, caregivers are often guilty until proven innocent. “CYF currently have no real accountability for the decisions they make, and the actions they take. This is why I strongly believe we need an independent CYF complaint authority.

Pearson’s Law says: That which is measured, improves. “Over the years, we have worked with many amazing, dedicated social workers, supervisors and management teams. An independent CYF complaint authority would also benefit them. It would give them a separate department from CYF that they could turn to in confidence. “At the moment CYF investigate themselves, which is like getting your kids to check their own homework. You could say that is in their best interests not to find anything wrong when they go looking, if indeed they actually look. The Police have an independent complaints authority. The fact that CYF don’t have one, has seriously impacted the landscape of families and caregivers in New Zealand society. “Any random person can make a complaint about the welfare of a child with an anonymous call to CYF and social worker investigators may well be sent over. They have very strong powers. If your children are removed, the onus is on you to prove that you are a ‘suitable parent’. “Sadly this has happened, especially with the change in the smacking law. Good parents have lost their children to CYF. Unfortunately CYF make wrong decisions sometimes. And unfortunately for you – as long as they are investigating themselves, what chance do you have? “If they make a wrong decision it is totally within their interests not to admit incompetence. Meanwhile people’s lives are affected in a profound way with no form of recourse.

“Is it any wonder then, good parents are despairing over their broken families? “Uh oh!? – Now CYF are Involved… We Don’t Stand a Chance!”. “I ask all people to support the urgent establishment of an Independent CYF Complaints Authority.”

Melanie Taylor