Green Party politics of poverty

The Green Party have launched a ‘poverty’ fundraising campaign via email, calling it a(nother) crisis.

Here is your opportunity to help the Green Party create practical and effective solutions to New Zealand’s Child Poverty crisis.

Child poverty in New Zealand has 270,000 young faces.

That’s the official figure of those growing up in poverty. It’s a quarter of our nation’s children.

These are the kids with no school lunch, too hungry to learn. The kids struggling with asthma from living in cold, damp homes. The kids turning up at A&E suffering from Rheumatic Fever and other entirely preventable diseases.

It’s a national scandal, and it needn’t be so.

The Green Party has driven the so called ‘poverty’ debate, and have tried to redefine the word poverty in a modern New Zealand setting. Lifting 100,000 kids out of poverty was one of their three main election policies last year.

Since the election they have promoted the number of 270,000 being in poverty in New Zealand.

Every child deserves a good life and a fair future. That’s why the Green Party has launched the Take the Step Campaign with the aim of radically reducing child poverty in New Zealand, and we need your donation to help make it a success.

Click here to make a donation now.

Raising money for people in poverty may seem like a worthy cause. But further reading suggests none of the money raised will go to poor people.

We know that this is a Campaign where success will take a long period of concerted and committed effort.

It demands that the Government takes action now to effectively tackle child poverty. The first step is to win support for our Member’s Bill to create a child payment for all low income families, whether in work or not. In doing we will have begun the process of ensuring that New Zealand can become a great place to grow up for every child.

This is just the start. We need your support to run a strong campaign that will radically reduce child poverty in New Zealand.

Click here to make a donation now.

Money raised will fund Green party political campaigning. There is no indication that any money will go to poor people.

And this campaigning is likely to be unnecessary.

If the Green Party wants to win support for their Member’s Bill they don’t need to raise money and they don’t need to run a party promotion campaign. All they need to do is convince one of two MPs to vote for their bill. The vote of either Peter Dunne or John Banks is all the support they need. All it would cost would be some time and a convincing argument.

It’s expected to be futile anyway, as reported in the ODT last week:

Parliament last night began debating a Green Party bill that would allow beneficiary families receive the $60 a week in-work tax credit.

But the bill, sponsored by Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei, is expected to be defeated when it is voted on at its first reading, most likely on November 5.

So the first stage of the fundraising campaign is too late for that and won’t make any difference.

Help us get more people advocating for children in poverty among the decision-makers, and to print and post the facts, figures and solutions – so our childrens’ plight is understood more widely than ever before.

I hope I can count on your donation of $25, $50 or whatever you can afford.

We can’t turn away from New Zealand’s children in poverty, and we can’t simply write off those children as somebody else’s problem. And we won’t.

Let’s get stuck in and help them, together.

Please donate now.

Kia kaha

Metiria Turei

Green Party Co-leader

This sounds like the Green party is seeking party donations to promote their political agenda – that they are trying to raise party funds to recruit support.

I don’t have any doubt that Metiria Turei wants to make a difference for poor people. But the emphasis on this campaign seems to be party focussed. With little chance of immediate success.

Unless the Greens can convince Bill English and the National caucus to make major changes to to Working For Families by extending it to people on benefits this campaign has no chance of success this term. Turei must know this. So it’s hard to see this as anything but using ‘poverty’ to raise funds to promote the Green Party leading up to the next election.

The Greens have already raised eyebrows by using parliamentary funds to promote the anti-asset sales petition – another campaign with no chance of succeeding in stopping the SOE share floats, which has led some to suggest it’s a cynical diversion of funds that are supposed to enable parties to operate effectively in parliament. Instead the funds are effectively being used as longterm campaign funding.

Overusing ‘poverty’

The term poverty has been re-engineered as a political term. In modern New Zealand we have many people having insufficient income to live comfortably. This causes real problems with health, edication and crime.

But we don’t have children dying of starvation. We don’t have shanty towns. We don’t have children scouring rubbish tips in order to survive.

‘Poverty’ in New Zealand seems to have become synonomous with Green Party Politics (with the Labour Party tagging along).

Poverty or Political Campaigning?

What is the real aim of this fund raising campaign? None of the funds raised look like they will go to poor people. The purported aim is futile – money isn’t required to get the support needed for their bill.

So it appears that Greens want to promote themselves to enable them to get into Government so they can redistribute more taxpayers money.

Is the real aim Metiria Turei’s email to do something for poor people? Or to promote her party?

How much should it cost to succeed in this campaign?


Every child deserves a good life and a fair future. That’s why the Green Party has launched the Take a Step Campaign with the aim of radically reducing child poverty in New Zealand, and we need your donation to help make it a success.

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What is the price of one vote in parliament?

Is this Green Party campaign real poverty? Or politics?

Or has ‘poverty’ simply become a political term?


  1. Darryl

     /  October 25, 2012

    Just politics, from the Greens.

  2. Right on the money Pete. The Greens would get far more credibility if money raised was actually spent directly on reducing child poverty rather than political posturing.

  3. Keith

     /  October 25, 2012

    Well done on pointing out the Green’s deceit. Personally I’m not surprised. Usual modus operandi for them!

  4. The Greens also launched their ‘Take a step to end child poverty’ campaign in schools – initially Miramar South, and then, Edmund Hillary School in South Auckland. The kids get involved making a foot-print banner which will be taken to parliament. Apparently,

    “The initial target of the campaign is winning support for Metiria Turei’s Bill to replace the In-work Tax Credit with a child payment for all NZ children who need it.”

    This is teaching children that it’s the governments job to end child poverty by giving their parents more money. However, the children only get one side of the argument. There is ample evidence that raising welfare benefits leads to more workless homes and higher rates of single parenthood, two things that have driven growth in numbers of low income families.

  5. Stew

     /  October 26, 2012

    As poverty is based on medium income. If we asked Graeme Hart a couple of other rich listers to leave the country. That would lower the medium income and hence reduce the number of kids in poverty.

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