Greens ratify agreement with Labour

Last night Green Party delegates ratified a confidence and supply agreement with Labour, enabling a Labour-NZ First coalition and confirming Jacinda Ardern as next Prime Minister.

Shaw had earlier said he was very confident that the agreement would be ratified at the Special General Meeting held by teleconference.

NZH: Green Party ratifies confidence and supply deal with Labour

Party leader James Shaw told media late tonight that the party delegates voted in favour of the agreement – with about three delegates opposing the agreement.

“The Green Party has decided overwhelmingly to support the confidence and supply arrangement that we negotiated with the Labour Party … We’re all in, and there will now be a new Government led by the Labour Party and by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

“There were about three votes against and about 140-something for … there were a couple of people that had dissenting opinions and for actually quite good reasons, and we had a pretty robust and extensive debate about it, and then we made a decision.”

Shaw before the decision to ratify:

“This is a historic moment for the Green Party and for our movement because, for the first time, we are going to be, probably, in a position to have ministerial control in the areas that are important to us and the areas that we campaigned on.

“We are very excited about this opportunity.”

He said the agreement should be made public in the coming days, and no decision had been made yet about which Green MPs would take portfolio positions.

The arrangement was a “rare and beautiful thing” because all parties would have to agree to pass any legislation.

“We are forced to find what we have in common, rather than what distinguishes us from each other.”

It’s not rare, that’s what has happened in all the last seven governments under MMP.

Shaw put this statement out after the delegates ratified the agreement.

The Green Party is pleased to support a Labour-led Government that will deliver on the Green Party’s goals, following agreement from the Party’s delegates this evening. The Green Party will support the Labour-led Government on confidence and supply.

“We campaigned with Labour to change the Government and that’s what we’ve delivered tonight,” said Green Party co-leader James Shaw.

“I am confident the agreement reached with Labour will deliver the most green change of any Government in New Zealand’s history.

“This is an historic moment for the Greens. We have spent nearly 30 years working towards being part of Government to deliver change for our people and our environment. It’s the first time the Green Party will hold Ministerial positions to deliver real change that benefits our country.

“We plan to make a positive contribution to a Government New Zealanders can be proud of. Our commitment to the country is to provide stable Government while delivering on our priority areas of climate change, water quality, and ensuring a social safety net that treats everyone with dignity.

“Our conservation estate, our oceans, and our native birds will be better protected. Our cities will move faster and their residents will be happier with cleaner transport options and better quality affordable housing.

“The Green Party shares many goals and values with Labour and NZ First. I look forward to working with Jacinda Ardern as Prime Minister and with Winston Peters in a genuine MMP Government.

“We have changed the Government and now we will get on with the job of delivering the change New Zealanders voted for.

“The hard work starts now and the Green Party is rearing to go.”

It is a new era for the Greens. They have agreed to remain outside Cabinet, despite Shaw saying he wanted in Cabinet last week, but this will be the biggest involvement the Greens have had in Government since the party was founded in 1990, and since they first got seats on their own in Parliament in the first MMP election in 1996.

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9 Comments

  1. PDB

     /  October 20, 2017

  2. robertguyton

     /  October 20, 2017

    Pete says: “this will be the biggest involvement the Greens have had in Government since the party was founded in 1990”
    Sweet! Many thought or hoped they’d be extinguished at this election, but look at what happened!
    “this will be the biggest involvement the Greens have had in Government since the party was founded in 1990”
    Wipe you feet, PDB, and your chin. 🙂

    • Gezza

       /  October 20, 2017

      I do feel that a certain amount of sheer exuberance & up your nosing on your part is not entirely without foundation.

    • robertguyton

       /  October 20, 2017

      Something for PDM to be happy about…

      GREENS’ POLICY GAINS:

      – Significant climate action with a shift to a net-zero carbon emissions economy by 2050 (specific focuses will be on transport, energy and primary industries).

      – The establishment of an independent climate commission.

      – Support for a shift in farming to more sustainable land use.

      – Overhaul of the welfare system, removing “excessive sanctions” and a review of Working for Families.

      – Increase to conservation budget.

      – New water quality measures.

      – Free counselling for under-25s and access to mental health services and support for everyone.

      – Special needs education access.

      – Progress to end gender pay gap in public service.

      – A reduction in number of students living in hardship.

      – Increase in funding for drug and alcohol addictions services and a referendum on the personal use of cannabis by the 2020 election.

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  October 20, 2017

        – Free counselling for under-25s and access to mental health services and support for everyone./i>

        Farmers are going to need a lot of that.

      • PDB

         /  October 20, 2017

        That’s if Labour can deliver all those things…….with Winston the boss that seems unlikely.