by Metiria Turei
It is election day eve and the Green Party has been polling at record highs over the past few weeks. We need your help to turn those polls into seats in Parliament. You can make history tomorrow and get more Green MPs than ever before.
A vote for the Greens is a vote for a richer New Zealand in the things that really matter. A richer New Zealand will have clean rivers, healthy kids, and jobs that are good for our environment and our economy.
We are ready and rearing to get back into Parliament with more MPs and more energy than ever before to start working on our priority areas of jobs, rivers, and kids.
The Green Party will make Working for Families work, provide better study support for sole parents and beneficiaries, raise the minimum wage to $15, and make sure rental properties are warm and healthy. By doing this we will reduce inequality and make sure our kids get the best start in life possible.
We will create thousands of new green jobs because it is vital for New Zealand’s families, environment, and economy. A reminder: a vote for the Greens is the best way to keep state assets in Kiwi hands.
We will create green jobs by ensuring our state-owned energy companies capture the massive export opportunities in renewable energy. We’ll also shift the drivers in the private sector towards sustainability and increased productivity.
The Greens will also clean up New Zealand’s rivers and lakes to make sure we can swim in them again. Over half of our monitored rivers are unsafe for swimming, one third of our lakes are unhealthy, and two-thirds of our native freshwater fish are at risk or threatened with extinction.
We will set standards for clean water, introduce a fair charge for irrigation water, and support water clean-up initiatives.
So there you have it. Jobs, rivers, and kids: It’s a pretty compelling vision for a richer New Zealand and with your support we can make it happen.
Let’s make history tomorrow,
Russel and Metiria