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.
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.