Press Release – Green Party
The Green Party has launched an initiative to draw together new constituencies of New Zealanders disillusioned with the direction the Government is taking. The initiative aims to stop negative policies being enacted before the 2014 election.
The I’m in – for the future campaign will be officially launched today during the state of the planet speech delivered by Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei in Auckland.
“The Green Party is committed to giving New Zealanders a political voice and the opportunity to be involved in politics outside of elections and without having to join a party,” said Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei.
“This is about building a ground campaign of individual New Zealanders who represent the future that will be a real challenge to the old wealth and vested interests of the National Party.
“More and more Kiwis are out of work, can’t afford to buy a home, are unhappy with the state of the environment or their kids education. This Government is offering those people nothing and is out of step with their world view.
“For these New Zealanders the Government is not delivering the New Zealand they wish to inherit and they want to take action before the next election so things don’t get worse.
“National may have deep pockets, but we aim to fight that with people active on the ground.
“The Government knows the 2014 election will be close, so it is digging in now to deliver as many hard-line policies as possible over the next two years.
“We can’t wait until 2014 to stop bad change occurring.
“Imagine if mining in National Parks had already begun and we had to wait till 2014 to stop it. New Zealanders have shown they have the power to stop the Government when they act together.”
People can sign up to the I’m in – for the future campaign via the Green Party website and will be given opportunities to get involved in campaigns this year, starting with finishing off signature collection on the Keep Our Assets petition.
“Building a modern on the ground campaign movement is a logical next step in the development of the Green Party. This step is about building a campaign machine that more effectively puts our modern political thought into action,” said Mrs Turei.
“The Green Party will continue to develop good policy over the next two year, but as importantly we need to build a political machine that can both stop the Government and deliver the changes New Zealanders want. The 2014 election will offer a real opportunity to build a caring country that is focused on the future. We are teeing up for that now.”
BusinessDesk Report by Pattrick Smellie
Labour Party leader David Shearer announced no new policy today in his much-hyped ‘state of the nation’ speech in Wainuiomata, but he outlined a series of policy-making initiatives in 2013 for a new “hands-on” approach, including to “develop a clear plan to diversify our economy.”
At the same time, Labour’s likely coalition partner in a new government after the 2014 election, the Green Party, launched a new coalition of interests opposed to the current direction of government policy at what was billed as its “state of the planet” picnic.
Both announcements followed Prime Minister John Key’s own scene-setting speech for 2013 last Friday to a business audience in Auckland, at which he warned councils to free up land for more affordable housing as the government contemplates major changes to resource management law, and said New Zealand must become a “magnet for investment.”
Shearer touted Labour’s plan to build 100,000 new, more affordable family homes as an immediate kick-start to jobs, and announced a national conference to assist develop housing policies “at the cutting edge of urban design and energy efficiency.” The affordable home design conference will involve “the best ideas of architects, designers, urban planners and others”. The initiative is similar to the Labour-instigated Opposition manufacturing inquiry, which begins at Parliament tomorrow without participation by government MP’s but involving Green and New Zealand First MP’s.
“Our economic team will develop a clear plan to diversify our economy,” Shearer told an audience in the working class Wellington satellite town of Wainuiomata. “It’s about backing the talent of businesses working in high tech and the innovations of those adding value to our natural resources. A thriving manufacturing sector is at the heart of our vision.”
“I want KiwiBuild ready to roll on Day 1 when we take office,” he said, partly because the home-building scheme would create work. The Greens last week announced a rent-to-buy scheme for low income people to acquire government-built homes, in a move aligned with Labour’s housing policy.
Housing affordability is emerging as a key political issue after years of house price increases outstripping New Zealanders’ income growth. However, home-building is about to take off in Christchurch, as the city’s post-earthquakes rebuild gets under way.
Shearer also promised a white paper this year from shadow social welfare minister Jacinda Adern, with alternatives to addressing child poverty beyond Labour’s existing commitment to provide more food to schools.
“This year I’m asking my education team to look at ways to improve transitions from school to further training and high-skill jobs,” he said.
Greens co-leader Metiria Turei said the “I’m in – for the future” campaign sought to “draw together new constituencies of New Zealanders disillusioned with the direction the Government is taking”, aiming to “stop negative policies being enacted before the 2014 election.”