In the run-up to the NZ election, we are profiling our Green Party candidates and sharing their messages with Kiwis around the world. Today we have a message from Mojo Mathers, candidate for Rangitata and number nine on our list.
MP spokesperson for Disability, Animal Welfare, Conservation
My Area Of Passion:
Animal welfare, disability rights and our amazing native wildlife!
My Number One Goal in Government:
A recent report highlights that 80% of NZ native birds species are in trouble. In government my priority would be to turn this around starting by significantly increasing funding for conservation.
My favourite thing about being a Kiwi:
Our wonderful wild places and rivers
One lesson we can learn from overseas:
Austerity economics drives social inequality and environmental degradation. Both have got worse in NZ under nine years of a National Government
My favourite place overseas:
I have strong family ties to South Cornwall, near Gorran Haven.
My favourite place in New Zealand:
My home in Peel Forest, South Canterbury!
My message for International Kiwis:
New Zealand has an incredible natural heritage that shapes our identity as kiwis. Only a vote for the Green party will ensure our native birds thrive and flourish and our waterways are cleaned up so that our children and grandchildren can swim in their local river.