Green Party and Labour announcement
Green Party and Labour announcement

Step 1 to changing the Government: The MOU

Yesterday we told New Zealanders thirsty for a better country that change is on the way.

Yesterday Labour and the Greens announced an historic agreement to work cooperatively to change the Government at the 2017 election. The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between us commits us to working more closely together in Parliament and includes possible joint policy announcements or a joint election campaign.

Labour Green MOU














This is a fresh start for us, and represents a new found relationship based on our common goal of changing the Government and building a better New Zealand.

The agreement will demonstrate to New Zealanders that the government in waiting is stable, mature, and has answers to the critical issues facing our country such as the need to invest in housing, health and education, and reduce our climate pollution.

When Labour and the Greens have actively cooperated and campaigned together New Zealanders have perceived our parties as a credible alternative to National. We saw this with the Manufacturing Inquiry, the campaign to stop asset sales, and our work to lower power prices.

I am convinced that when we work together to change the Government we will actually change the Government.

It is now time to move forward with our sights firmly set on cooperation for a better Government. It is time for a Government that puts the well-being of people and the environment at the centre of everything it does.

I am particularly excited about the distinct and unique role the Green Party can play in changing the Government by providing new ideas for protecting our environment creating a fairer society built on the values of justice, compassion and Te Tiriti o Waitangi, and building a stronger new economy that creates jobs while tackling climate pollution.

We bring new and modern ideas to the table that will complement Labour’s government experience and social democratic wisdom.

We are a great match for creating a better future for Aotearoa New Zealand.

5 Comments Posted

  1. Labour are not a green party, so I’m not sure this is a good arrangement.

    The Greens had a distinct message, I hope it’s not lost in this new understanding.

  2. When I first worked out the reality of the impact humans were having on the planet I went into a deep personal retreat. Not mentally unbalanced but realising the enormity of the situation.

    It was easy to loose heart and I believe that is part of the baby boom psyche after WW2. The planet recovered and lessons were learnt. We have a new lesson to apply now, about our dependence on fossil fuels and waste.

    Loosing heart makes a process of switching off but my love of my children and all the other beautiful bright faces I see when getting around, and on social media, I have to do something. Now I have Parkinson’s from the heavy metals I were assured when young weren’t a problem if handled right and risks were managed. My case and example show these risks are not being managed, and the young are more vulnerable.

    I take heart from the young faces around me and look at our public service to manage these things, or at least educate people to do so, and they are sadly lacking. Not from a lack of ability, but a lack of management with the community good at the heart. Any party that feels they can offer better needs to have that heart message. David Lange has been the last PM to give us that so we need to grasp something to be proud about. I am proud I accepted less material reward and material security to do my bit. My kids and grandkids reflect that to me. We set up, in NZ, a good system for going forward with the RMA, educating people overseas of the Green potential. We have done a good job and as people come to terms with the shock of realisation we will move forward.

    It is this heart to tackle something as big as WW2 but knowing that the informed action, to allow nature to correct, by sharing better and being less greedy is all we have to do then it is easy to find heart. John Key just offers more of the same business as usual without any conscience. If that is what you think makes a good community I must have lived in a better place where people cared a lot more. I think then I have something to offer.

  3. Co-operation for a more POWERFULL social structure will ALWAYS work! WHY??? 1-Because NZ has a REALLY WEAK social structure compared to OUR POTENTIAL! 2-Also the CREATOR of LIFE allows it! 3-WHAT would we LOSE???

  4. This is an interesting development. And its a good time to have an experiment like this; National already has (bar hell freezing over) the 2017 election in the bag, so the left have nothing to actually lose, and perhaps something to learn, so a good time to try something out.

    There is debate over whether Labour vs Greens is a zero sum game; certainly amongst committed left wing voters, I personally think there is a lot of flip-flapping between the two, but that isn’t the real question. The real question is will a (sort of) unified left be more attractive to swing voters.

    There are difficulties, of course; the electorate has (from a perspective of this MoU) an annoying habit of voting for Winston and his beat combo, who are also (sort-of) left, and Winston is the master schemer. Winston tends to end up holding the balance of power, and should the impossible happen and a left coalition become possible, the he’s unlikely likely to want to be third fiddle in a multi-party coalition government.

    And then there is the tagline: “working to change the Government”. Obvious question “Yes, change it, but what to?”. Many people will ask “why? Whats wrong with our government?”. Remembering that the government we have now was solidly voted in, many folks will remind us all we have the government of our choosing for a few terms now, and thus if someone is proposing an alternative, they have to say why its better. For many voters, there is nothing wrong with the current government. In particular, this includes the group of voters who make government change possible, and who put National in the driving seat in the first place.

    Its a long way out from election day, sure, but, we’ve done this before. Those who want to change our government have never put together cogent statements explaining how they will make life better for everyone, not just the constituency they represent. In fact, many on the left are and remain disparaging of those who are not of a similar mindset, those everyday New Zealanders who have worked hard (and, perhaps, lucked in) and got themselves to a comfortable place in life.

    These are the very people that the Left have to convince they have a “better” answer for, and not just “more tax”. For these are the people that cast the votes that decides who get to sit in the big chair.

    The theatre is done. Now two parties have to get their collective heads together to demonstrate that they have something to offer the whole country, the pathway to a future that is better for everyone than we have today, and that they have at least some cohesion of vision. This is going to interesting to watch. Popcorn ready, folks.

  5. If Greens and Labour had seen through the attempts to divide then during teh ;ast election, they would have been in the seats of power now and the peoples hard won assets may have still been theirs. The state house sell off amid spin and lies, the setting up of irrigations schemes and enormousness long term environmental damage and dozens of other erosions of NZ sovereignty may have been avoided.

    Te stupidity of Labour and Greens competing and splitting votes is farcical.

    Now is the test of intelligence in how they do their homework in maximising the positive long term consequences of changing NZ direction away from dependence on off shore supply, financialisation used as a destructive tool and sovereign money.

    Are they up to it of will the opportunity be frittered away with tokenism.

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