The Opportunities Party has decided to dissolve itself and de-register as a political party after winning just 2.4 percent in the 2017 General Election, well short of the five percent required to enter Parliament.
Founder Gareth Morgan said on TOP's website last night the Board had decided against continuing, arguing the voting public was not concerned enough about the current situation to vote for TOP's policies.
"The voting public demonstrated that best practice, evidence-informed policy that will deliver major progress in New Zealanders’ wellbeing, simply is not of significant concern. When 20 percent of the vote moved in 48 hours on the back of a change of leader, with no improvement at all in policy being offered, what makes the New Zealand voter tick was made deafeningly clear," Morgan wrote.
"My takeaway from the political experience has been that as an electorate we are so fat, content and complacent that really we just want politicians that are maintenance managers, nothing aspirational that disturbs that complacency or challenges that two shades of grey the Establishment parties offer," he said.
"After the 2017 election the decision we had to make was whether we could be bothered plugging away as career politicians trying to educate more of the public as to why the offering from Establishment parties will always be underwhelming – incremental at best, and more likely so inadequate that inequality continues to widen against a backdrop of poor business productivity and investment.
"After due deliberation our answer is “Naah, there are too many other fun opportunities on offer and time waits for nobody. The policy manifesto is there, that’s our legacy, time to move on”.
Morgan, who donated just under $2 million to the party, then thanked those involved in the party.