Top 10 reasons to vote Green from overseas

International voting for the New Zealand election is open!

Overseas-based Kiwis have two weeks to cast their vote in person or by digital upload, post or fax. It must reach New Zealand by September 22. Click here to cast your vote!

The Green Party is asking for your party vote – we’re serious about being at the heart of a new progressive government. We have the policies and experience to bring meaningful change to Aotearoa and we need your support to ensure we are around the cabinet table.

It’s important every Kiwi has their voice heard, no matter where in the world you happen to live. Here’s ten reasons why you should party vote Green from overseas this election.

10. CHANGE THE GOVERNMENT

The Greens and Labour are the only two parties who have committed to changing the government this election. Polling suggests there is a mood for real change in New Zealand, and only a party vote for the Greens can ensure that Labour and Jacinda Ardern can form a stable coalition government.

We will support Labour but also put pressure on them to keep their campaign promises and fight hard for everyday Kiwis and our environment. A party vote for us means we can have more influence in the next government, while providing stability and leadership.

9. TE REO IN SCHOOLS

The Greens have been guided by Te Tiriti o Waitangi since our formation – it’s the founding document of our country and the backbone of our democracy. We think Māori culture is something to be celebrated and nurtured.

We will ensure that kaupapa Māori thrives in Aotearoa, including putting te reo on the curriculum for every school kid. What better way for our tamariki to learn about our history than in the native language of New Zealand?

Check out our full te reo in schools policy here.

8. A DIVERSE ECONOMY

We believe it’s possible to have an economy that extends beyond our farms and mines, and provides real value to the whole of our country. New Zealanders are never short of good ideas and the Greens will support good old-fashioned Kiwi ingenuity.

We will introduce a Minister for Manufacturing to provide support for Kiwi business that produce jobs and who are committed to responsible business. We will also financially incentivise clean energy projects and smart ideas.

It’s always better to support Kiwi innovation instead of just importing products from overseas. The Greens will reward entrepreneurship in New Zealand.

Check out our Minister for Manufacturing policy here.

7. TRANSPORT

Kiwis who have spent any time overseas will know how wonderful a reliable public transport system can be. Sadly, New Zealand is lagging far behind the rest of the world.

The Greens will invest in comprehensive public transport networks in Auckland and Wellington, including airport links in both cities. We will introduce and protect commuter rail services on key routes, like Auckland-Hamilton-Tauranga, Palmerston North-Wellington and Picton-Christchurch. Public transport will be made free for young people, students, apprentices and people living with a disability. And we will make it easier to get around our cities on a bike.

Regular light rail and buses, along with dedicated cycleways, means more people can get from A to B more easily. We can reduce gridlock and pollution on our roads. It’s a win-win!

Check out our full transport policy here.

6. WATER

We’ve always taken clean drinking water for granted in New Zealand, but that basic human right is under threat. Too many Kiwis have had to start boiling tap water to ensure they don’t get sick. How scary is that?

We will ensure our cleanest water goes to our national infrastructure grid, rather than private bottling companies. A 10c/litre levy will be applied to commercial water bottling and exports, and no new water bottling consents will be granted until we can be sure that all New Zealanders can access safe, clean drinking water. The Green Party will ensure that aquifers, where 40% of New Zealanders get their drinking water, are protected from pollution and commercial exploitation.  

Check out our drinking water policy here and our Clean Groundwater Bill here.

5. CANDIDATES

We have the most diverse and qualified list in our history. Our candidates represent all of New Zealand and have devoted their lives to making New Zealand and the world a better place – they would make outstanding ministers.

James Shaw has a bold vision for New Zealand to lead the way in transitioning to a high value, clean-tech, post-carbon economy. He draws on his expertise from his Masters in sustainable development and business leadership, as well as his experience helping international companies transition to more environmentally friendly business practices.

Marama Davidson is dedicated to social justice, particularly in the areas of poverty, housing, violence, Māori politics and women’s rights. She continues to stay strong to her activist roots, with strong links to communities and flax root organisations.

Julie-Anne Genter is an expert on urban design and transport. She leads the conversation on smart public transport in Aotearoa, and has spent time as the Green’s Climate Change and Finance spokesperson.

Eugenie Sage has devoted her life to protecting Aotearoa’s beaches, forests and biodiversity, including fighting countless Environment Court cases against irresponsible development. As a Christchurch resident, she works towards rebuilding Ōtautahi to become a resilient and sustainable city.

Gareth Hughes is a dedicated environmentalist and has spent years protecting our oceans against whaling, illegal fishing and deep-sea oil exploration.

Jan Logie has worked tirelessly to support those affected by domestic and sexual violence, and to reduce the prevalence of it. She is at the forefront of anti-violence, feminist and LGBT*QIA issues in New Zealand.

The Greens have the experience and passion to implement change from day one. We just need your help to get seats at the cabinet table!

As well as our current MPs and potential Ministers, we have amazing new candidates on the list. Golriz Ghahraman, Chlöe Swarbrick and Jack McDonald will bring a youthful passion and new ideas to our caucus. They are the future of New Zealand politics.

Check out our full candidate list here.

4. ENVIRONMENT

Our iconic national wonders are under critical threat. 100% Pure NZ is a bad joke, and we need to take immediate to save our environment and protect what makes New Zealand special.

One-third of our native birds are on the brink of extinction yet the current government insists on turning over native bush to mining companies.

This has to stop. The Greens will immediately halt any further mining on conservation land, double the budget for the Department of Conservation and double-down on pest control.

New Zealand is a special place and the Greens are the only party committed to keeping it special so that Kiwis can enjoy native bird-song and walks in the bush for generations to come.

Check out our full list of environment policies here.

3. HOUSING

New Zealand is facing a calamitous housing crisis which is quickly becoming the defining issue of our generation of many people’s lives. House prices are rising at an unsustainable rate and ordinary Kiwis are being locked out of the market by speculators who only care about their profits.

Many Kiwis with dreams of returning home and buying their first home are in for a nasty surprise.

There aren’t enough good quality houses to go around and renters are being forced to live in cold and damp flats. We have the highest homeless rate in the OECD. This isn’t good enough. We must take action.

The Greens will start by building more state houses and affordable homes so no Kiwis have to live out of their cars. We will reduce irresponsible speculation by introducing a capital gains tax on investment properties. We will introduce a warrant of fitness for rental properties to ensure rental houses are healthy environments to live in. .

Learning from cities like Copenhagen, we will investigate alternative housing models and prioritise affordable, good quality and sustainable housing.

It’s not too late to reclaim the dream of the Kiwi home, but we need urgent action and smart solutions.

Check out our full housing policy here

2. POVERTY

You might not notice it from overseas, but in the last nine years National has entrenched poverty in Aotearoa. We are now one of the most unequal societies in the developed world.

There is no excuse for hardship in New Zealand, but the shameful reality is that more than 300,000 Kiwi kids grow up below the poverty line.

National have plowed ahead with tax cuts for the mega-rich while dismantling the safety net for those doing it tough.

The Greens will flip this – anyone earning up to $150,000 will be better off under our plan. We  will reduce the bottom tax rate to just nine percent and introduce a new top rate of 40 percent for our highest earners.

We will ensure every Kiwi can afford a roof over their head, food on the table and power to keep their houses warm. We will improve WINZ culture so every New Zealander is treated with dignity and given support to attend training courses and skills training.

Most Kiwis just want a fair go, and we’ll make sure everyone has a decent quality of life and the opportunity to fulfill their potential.

Check out our full social welfare policy here.

1. CLIMATE CHANGE

New Zealand must become a leader on climate change. The world is looking for inspiration and National has been dragging it’s feet – hiding behind token gestures while stubbornly hanging on to our tradition of burning oil and gas.

The Greens will ban new dirty power plants and make New Zealand’s power supply 100% renewable by 2030. We already have extensive renewable hydro and geothermal infrastructure. These aren’t perfect but we can make them as clean as possible while investing immediately in wind, solar and marine energy.

We will replace the ineffective Emission Trading Scheme with transparent levies on greenhouse gas emissions for private business.

Globally, we will use our voice and mana to demand action on climate change across the developed world. Regionally, we will support our Pacific neighbours in adapting to a world of rising sea levels where their entire nations are threatened.

Action on climate change must start now and New Zealand should be leading the way.

Check out our full Climate Change policy here


Click here for more information on how to cast a vote for the Green Party from overseas. New Zealand needs your voice!


 

 

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