Good night

As I understand the electoral law, I’m not allowed to post new web content tomorrow until the close of polling booths at 7pm. And from 7pm onwards I intend to be at the Green Party Party, not in front of a computer typing.  So this is me signing off for the day.  Expect coverage to resume on Sunday (or maybe Monday).

Also I should warn you I intend that all comments posted between midnight and 7pm tomorrow will go automatically into a moderation queue and will thus only appear on the site when I approve them later. Again, this is to abide by the Electoral Act, which prohibits campaigning of any kind on Election Day.

Earlier today Russel and Jeanette gave a list of twelve things that epitomised what a party vote for the Greens stood for:

  • reducing New Zealand’s oil dependence and climate change emissions
  • improving public transport and the rail system
  • cleaning up our waterways
  • increased protection of threatened species and ecosystems
  • improved local food security, keeping NZ farming and environment GE free and supporting organic growing
  • reducing child poverty and reducing violence against children
  • forming a genuine partnership with Maori under the Treaty
  • making education free and accessible
  • protecting our national sovereignty from overseas ownership of land and strategic assets; and keeping us out of foreign wars
  • protecting public healthcare, and investing in preventative health measures to keep us healthy and well
  • protecting workers’ rights and raising the minimum wage
  • open government, protecting democracy and civil rights

That’s a long list.  For me this election is about three things:

  1. Food and water. Anyone who moves towards social justice and a healthy environment needs to begin that journey at our most basic needs. That means clean water that our children can safely swim in and our grandchildren can drink, and local food grown from sunshine and healthy soil rather than chemicals and oil – enough to feed our communities and give jobs to our citizens. These are two of our most basic needs, easily achieved, and yet currently we don’t do them right.
  2. Climate change.  Rob Muldoon said his goal as Prime Minister was to leave the country better than when he started.  That’s a worthy and eloquently simple gauge of success. Except now the goal has to be to leave the planet better than we found it.  We’ve probably got one chance to find that better part of our collective nature, and rise above the challenge we have built for ourselves and our children.  Luckily there are a lot of us, and we already have all the tools we need to succeed; our own wisdom, compassion and knowledge.
  3. And democracy.  The most powerful part of an election is watching Prime Ministers and politicians sit powerlessly while ordinary people from all corners of our country take the time to make their small, but powerful mark on our democracy.  It doesn’t matter who you vote for or why.  It matters simply that you care enough to vote. I joined the Greens because I believe, on average, democracy makes better, wiser choices than other forms of government and the more democratic opportunities people have, the more often, on average, they make wise, worthy choices.

Have fun tomorrow.  Voting should first and foremost be fun.

18 thoughts on “Good night

  1. Oh dear, I didn’t notice that list of twelve things that epitomised what a party vote for the Greens stood for before I gave both my votes to the Greens. AFAIC a vote for energy efficiency is a vote for improved productivity and economic efficiency. Well, it’s worked that way in my household economy for 15 years so it should scale up to the national economy ok. At least the McKinsey report suggested as much.

  2. “But Ban the pokies”

    but . . .. but . . . . . but . . . . where would all the sports teams get their uniforms? . . . . and the Scoputs and Guides get their travel to Jamborees . . . . . . . and . . . . . and . . . . . .and

    Even from the worst of one-arm-bandit-hellholes, a little value pours forth.

    :-) :-) :-) ;-) ;-) ;-) :-) :-) :-)

  3. Jeez JH… I often (sometimes secretly) admire your ability to think outside the square and see different sides to questions… but if that leads to paralysis and the inability to form or express any concrete political act… then you’re a waste of space mate.

  4. “Fantastic result for the right”

    Yes, congratulations.

    “I didn’t vote (for the first time since I voted…. Values)”

    jh, I am very disappointed!

  5. hmmm…

    Congrats on being handed the keys to the country John. Please try not to destroy it before you leave.

    Alas for us Greens! We can only hope that Graham makes it in. They haven’t counted my vote yet!

  6. HAHA!
    the bill an been party got 0.50% of the party vote! ALCP only got 0.36% (sorry weedeater :P ), alliance and pacific got 0.33%.

    overall a dismal outlook for new zealand as a national and act walk hand in hand with one another and noone else has any say. though national could go with maori party, that would be interesting; let the bidding begin!

  7. you are Socialists fwog,
    that’s what you really are
    and when you print this you will have been a loser,
    as was Rod Donald’s approach to electoral,
    big sleep in the pond fwwog,

  8. I just voted… at least I think I did… by fax, from my kitchen table in France.
    Midnight here… midday on election day for you peeps.

    I’ll follow the counting over breakfast.

    I’ve got a strange feeling it’s going to be tight as heck!

    (but I’m usually wrong about these things)

  9. I thought that blogs were exempt from the EFA? So why all the fuss? I think it would be good to take a day off now and then, but not for something that is not illegal…

  10. They need to be “informed” wise worthy choices.

    This is something the Human Rights Commission were keen to protect, but sadly the Electoral Finance Act has impeded that.

  11. Thank you, Frog, for providing the numerous topics for general comment leading up to the election. I should also like to thank the various contributors – for me – especially Valis and bjchip – for their untiring devotion to unravelling the the various entangled Hydrae that some of the rest of us were prone to create!

    Good Luck! — But Ban the pokies! :)

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