A vote for the environment

If the environment could vote, which party’s box would it tick? Well, environmental organisations up and down the country have got together and rated all the parties’ policies for their Vote for the Environment campaign. Launched this morning by the Environment and Conservation Organisations of New Zealand (ECO), Forest & Bird and Greenpeace, the campaign rates all the parties on whether they will:

  • Improve New Zealand’s biosecurity
  • Make NZ’s energy system climate friendly and sustainable
  • Expand education for sustainability
  • Improve environmental management
  • Protect our lakes, rivers and streams
  • Keep GM organisms in the lab
  • Create more high country parks
  • Advance international environmental efforts
  • Tackle the oceans and fisheries crisis
  • Ensure DOC has the resources and support it needs
  • Improve public access for recreation
  • Clean up and prevent toxic pollution

The marks they give each party are as follows:

Party % Grade
Greens 97% A+
Maori 83% A
Progressive 81% A
Labour 61% B-
NZ First 50% C
United 48% D
National 43% D
Act 10% F

The Vote for the Environment website is up with a great deal of information, though the party ratings haven’t been put up yet. Worth a visit…

8 Comments Posted

  1. Appropriate desision making: decisions will be made directly at the appropriate level by those affected

    What happens if a big company wants to disrupt the wild landscape with a major infrastructure project. The locals object on the grounds that it will disrupt the local beauty of the land.

    Who should make the call? Who would the Greens support?

  2. I hear ya there bliss, that’s why I support Green as well. Their four principles sum it up nicely:

    Ecological Wisdom, Social Responsibility, Appropriate Decision-making and Non-Violence

  3. Not PC blurted

    …what it actually asks you to vote for are authoritarians and troglodytes claiming to speak on behalf of ‘the enviro…

    Which is why we Greens spend so much energy on Social Justice.

    There are two ways you ncan protect the environmrnt:

    (1) Force. Be good or you will be locked up


    (2) Democracy. We will share the Earth with all equitably. Help maintain the bounty or there will be less for you and yours, me and mine, us and ours.

    Number 1 seems to be what the RW trolls here want. Number 2 is Green policy.

    That is why I will be party voting Green.


  4. All the info is up on that web site now… The Greens lost a point (the parties are awarded a score out of 4 for each criteria) in…

    “Increase the capacity of the New Zealand Biosecurity Authority to protect New Zealand from pests and diseases by $50m / year in new funding ramped up over 3-5 years with greater capacity for marine biosecurity.”

    “Remove the barriers to public participation by properly funding environmental legal aid under the RMA and other environmental statutes and best practice support for councils, community groups and iwi ($5million in extra money). ”


    “Significantly increase funding for the Nature Heritage Fund with a special allocation of $30 million annually for whole property purchases in the high country.”

  5. an organisation pretending to give information which in fact propagander usually have end up opposite effect fwwog, like we know it biased so scorecard you get E
    minus 12,00 votes fwwog

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