The green movement is driven by people who know that protecting our planet and supporting our communities go hand in hand.
We believe that Government must do more, faster, to protect our planet and make sure everyone is treated equally and has access to what they need to live a good life. We do this so that our kids and grandkids will inherit a fairer, more beautiful world.
We want to build on the connections and partnership between Māori and non-Māori to build strong rules which protect our planet and build fairer communities. We want to honour the thousands of years of traditional and local knowledge that have the answers to ensuring a safe climate and healthy communities.
Three top priorities for young people from Ōtautahi
The Green Party’s priorities involve thinking ahead and acting now to build a future where people and nature thrive.
We want to be able to look back and say we did everything we could to prevent the climate crisis and build a safe future. Our climate action plans focus on energy, transport, and agriculture. In Ōtautahi, this means investing in rapid transit busways, commuter rail, and safe cycleways.
COVID-19 has shown how much we rely on each other and the value of communities working together – but too many people are missing out, while wealth accumulates with a few. The Green Party will provide a guaranteed minimum income of at least $325 a week for all students and unemployed people, with top-ups for families with children and people with disabilities. A modest 1% tax for people with net wealth over $1 million would fund this.
Young people deserve the same opportunities to enjoy the incredible diversity of nature that previous generations had. In Government with Labour, the Greens won a record increase in funding to protect nature and doubled the protected areas for Māui and Hector’s dolphins. But there is more to do. When nature is healthy, we all benefit.
Three priorities to address inequity in education
Support all students not in paid employment with a Guaranteed Minimum Income of at least $325 a week.
Provide targeted funding for tertiary institutions to create an inclusive environment for students with disabilities.
Reform the student accommodation sector to ensure students get a fair deal.
Three priorities to address inequity in healthcare
Increase public health funding to keep pace with need and the growing population.
Ensure everyone can access healthcare services, regardless of their ability to pay, at the earliest stage possible.
Incorporate mātauranga Māori into the health system, and fund provision of primary healthcare through Māori organisations.
Three priorities to address high youth suicide rates
Expand free counselling to everyone under 25, and work towards extending this to all adults.
Increase resources for wellness and preventative health measures.
Ensure all parents and caregivers have access to free, well-staffed and resourced helplines.
Three priorities to address mental health issues
Fund inpatient and community mental health services at all levels to ensure everyone in Aotearoa can access help if they need it.
Champion recognition of mental health as a community and country-wide responsibility, instead of placing the burden on people experiencing issues.
Expand free counselling to everyone under 25.
Three priorities to address climate change
Replace industrial fossil fuel use with clean energy and continue working towards 100% renewable electricity.
Make electric cars more affordable and invest in better cycle lanes, buses, and trains.
Support farmers to reduce emissions by reducing synthetic fertiliser use and moving to regenerative farming.
Three priorities to address racism in Aotearoa
Remove workplace barriers for hiring and promoting marginalised groups.
Require tertiary institutes to report on their responsiveness to the needs of Māori students.
Support kaupapa Māori restorative justice and rehabilitation programmes, particularly through expanding the availability of Rangatahi Courts nationwide.
Three priorities to address child and youth poverty
Introduce a guaranteed minimum income of $325 a week, with a $110 top up for single parents
Change Working for Families to provide a simplified payment of $190 for the oldest child and $120 for each younger child for lower and middle income families.
Ensure everyone has a warm, dry, secure home by increasing public housing and kickstarting an affordable long-term rental sector by community and iwi providers.
Three priorities to address and support youth employment
Increase funding for apprenticeships and training, and ensure secure income for students through a Guaranteed Minimum Income.
Scale up MSD’s “Project in the Community” Programme, which provides wage assistance for fixed-term community projects that employ people not in paid work.
Create thousands of jobs in green energy, including putting solar panels on the roofs of all suitable state homes.
Three priorities to support the pacific nations
Commit to climate action in Aotearoa to limit global warming to 1.5C so the effects of climate change on Pāsefika countries are minimised.
Ensure our immigration policy is welcoming to Pāsefika people displaced by climate change.
Ensure Aotearoa’s defence forces promote peace, justice, and environmental protection throughout the Pacific.
What are three things your party will do to ensure that young people engaging with politicians will be safe?
Investigate parliamentary culture to ensure that professionalism is upheld and misuse of power does not occur.
Ensure that politicians are held to account for their actions and are not protected by their status when misconduct does occur.
Ensure that victims of inappropriate behaviour perpetrated by politicians are supported, and that their allegations are taken seriously.