Our agreement with Labour outlines 20 goals, which we agreed to work on together, in return for supporting the Government on Confidence and Supply. We will work with Labour to deliver our 20 goals while in Government, as well as other policy areas from time to time.
This is an incredible opportunity for the Green Party to make that good, green change that we’ve talked about – since ages ago!
- A net zero emissions economy by 2050
- Better, more affordable buses and trains, and safer walking and cycling
- 100% renewable electricity by 2035
- $100 million Green Investment Fund for low-carbon industries
- Reduce water pollution and support sustainable farming
- Help nature thrive and reduce the extinction risk for threatened plants and wildlife
- Active progress towards healthy, swimmable rivers for people and fish
- Investigate establishment of a Taranaki whale sanctuary
- Significant reduction of waste to landfill by 2020
- Support families and people who need help and lift children out of poverty
- Schools supporting children with special needs and learning difficulties
- Significant progress to eliminate the gender pay gap
- A warm, dry, secure home, whether you rent or own
- Affordable homes and rent-to-own programmes
- Affordable tertiary education to reduce financial hardship for students
- Timely and high quality mental health services and free counselling for under-25s
- Honour Te Tiriti o Waitangi as the country’s founding document
- Fund and support the refugee family reunificiation scheme
- Treat drugs as a health issue and hold a referendum on the personal use of cannabis
- Increase public access and transparency of official information
For some of these goals there is more detail already spelled out – for example, redirecting funding from an extremely cost ineffiecient motorway (the East West Link) into cleaner transport projects that make more sense environmentally and economically.
These goals reflect our Green Charter and our commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi. We’re just so excited to be able to make this contribution to New Zealand’s future, twenty-seven years after we first contested a general election, in 1990.
In years to come, we’ll see this as a turning point, where we began to truly move to a low-carbon economy, when the lives of our kids who have endured homelessness and empty lunchboxes get a chance at a better life, and warm, dry homes become the norm, not a luxury.
You’ll be hearing more from us in the coming months about how we’re working towards making these goals reality.