20 Goals for ‘a Green Government’

We don’t actually have ‘a Green Government’, we have a coalition government comprising Labour and NZ First, supported in Confidence & Supply by the Green Party. Quibbling over, here are 20 Green goals.

This is what we are going to achieve

  1. A net zero emissions economy by 2050
  2. Better, more affordable buses and trains, and safer walking and cycling
  3. 100% renewable electricity by 2035
  4. $100 million Green Investment Fund for low-carbon industries
  5. Reduce water pollution and support sustainable farming
  6. Help nature thrive and reduce the extinction risk for threatened plants and wildlife
  7. Active progress towards healthy, swimmable rivers for people and fish
  8. Investigate establishment of a Taranaki whale sanctuary
  9. Significant reduction of waste to landfill by 2020
  10. Support families and people who need help and lift children out of poverty
  11. Schools supporting children with special needs and learning difficulties
  12. Significant progress to eliminate the gender pay gap
  13. A warm, dry, secure home, whether you rent or own
  14. Affordable homes and rent-to-own programmes
  15. Affordable tertiary education to reduce financial hardship for students
  16. Timely and high quality mental health services and free counselling for under-25s
  17. Honour Te Tiriti o Waitangi as the country’s founding document
  18. Fund and support the refugee family reunificiation scheme
  19. Treat drugs as a health issue and hold a referendum on the personal use of cannabis
  20. Increase public access and transparency of official information

That is what Greens hope to achieve – time will tell what happens when Green idealism meets Government realism.

Some of those 20 goals shouldn’t be difficult, like the vague “Better, more affordable buses and trains, and safer walking and cycling” – but it will be important that cars and trucks aren’t dumped on too much.

Some are laudable, like “Increase public access and transparency of official information” – the test will be whether the Government can keep moving in this direction, or whether it tends to resist as tends to happen.

Some will be near impossible to achieve completely, like “A warm, dry, secure home, whether you rent or own” and “Affordable homes”.

And some of it is subjective, like “Affordable tertiary education to reduce financial hardship for students” – different students have different needs and wants.

It will be interesting to check out Green government progress after three years.

Comments on these goals at The Standard.

The Green Party goals in government

 

55 Comments

  1. robertguyton

     /  November 4, 2017

    “We don’t actually have ‘a Green Government’, we have a coalition government comprising Labour and NZ First, supported in Confidence & Supply by the Green Party. Quibbling over…”

    “It will be interesting to check out Green government progress after three years.”
    My bold 🙂

    • Gezza

       /  November 4, 2017

      There is no GREEN GOVERNMENT, Jacinda has put them on probation & given them some Community Work.

      • robertguyton

         /  November 4, 2017

        “…given them some Community Work”, which is perfect for a party that supports and works with the community, and being Ministers of portfolios such as Climate Change puts them exactly where they can do the most good. These are wonderful times indeed!

        • Gezza

           /  November 4, 2017

          Well I think it shows Jacinda’s got a few clues too, Robert. Has anybody else ever given Ministerial portfolios to a party that’s only pledged confidence & supply? Pretty innovative isn’t it?

  2. Blazer

     /  November 4, 2017

    the Greens should work away at their manifesto ,diligently and quietly in the back ground.

    • High Flying Duck

       /  November 4, 2017

      Well they’ve got one part of that sorted – they are definitely in the background!

      • Blazer

         /  November 4, 2017

        they are still casting a shadow over…National…though.

      • robertguyton

         /  November 4, 2017

        There are no workers in Parliament more diligent than The Greens. They are accustomed to having their gains attributed to someone else and have embraced the reality of working behind the scenes to achieve their aims, so, sweet, High Flying Duck, as!

    • David

       /  November 4, 2017

      Really, Ardern will just take all the credit if anything happens and they will be out in 2020.

      • robertguyton

         /  November 4, 2017

        You were confident they’d be out in 2017, but here The Greens are, holding influential Ministerial positions, whilst National rots on the Opposition benches.
        Sweet!

        • PDB

           /  November 4, 2017

          What ‘influential Ministerial positions’? They are totally reliant on Winston giving the go-ahead on anything they do. You are getting more manic in your spamming as the Greens are again Labour’s lackies with no real power outside of cabinet where they belong. Just relax and enjoy! I will!

          • robertguyton

             /  November 4, 2017

            You don’t believe The Green’s have influence, PDB. Sweet, you’ll not be losing any sleep over where they might take the country then. Your irrational beliefs about the mechanics of the Green/Labour/NZF Government are an entertainment, I have to say; you know you are suffering from WPOS (Winston Peters Obsessive Syndrome), right? Someone has done the kindly thing and broken the news to you? Allow me; you’re a classic case.
            Exciting that James Shaw is driving the country’s behaviour around climate change now, isn’t it! He’ll bring those emitters into line!

  3. Trevors_Elbow

     /  November 4, 2017

    Taranaki whale sanctuary……. really? Just say you want to shut down the oil industry you gutless muppets.and then give up everything made using oil or using oil powered energy sources or transportation

    The Greens are so stupid it begs belief they exit….

    • robertguyton

       /  November 4, 2017

      I hope they do prevent any new oil and gas extraction in New Zealand; adding to our already significant greenhouse gas emissions would be a crime against the living world!

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  November 4, 2017

      They only exist in fantasy land, Trev. In real life they go on consuming and wasting like everyone else. Most of their supporters probably drive their children to school big gas-guzzling SUV’s.

      • sorethumb

         /  November 4, 2017

        Thier voters don’t live in working class suburbs.

      • robertguyton

         /  November 4, 2017

        “They only exist in fantasy land…” and yet, in the real world, in the real Government, they hold real portfolios and have real power! Fantastic!

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  November 4, 2017

          Yes, fantastic is exactly the right word, Robert.

          2. imaginative or fanciful; remote from reality.
          “fantastic hybrid creatures”
          synonyms: fanciful, extravagant, extraordinary, irrational, wild, mad, absurd, far-fetched, nonsensical, incredible, unbelievable, unthinkable, implausible, improbable, unlikely, doubtful, dubious;

          • robertguyton

             /  November 4, 2017

            I chose it for that reason, Alan. Here’s another; satirical. Go nuts.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  November 4, 2017

              Gave you the benefit of the doubt and an uptick for that, Robert.

  4. chrism56

     /  November 4, 2017

    Goals 1 and 3 will means that the price for energy has to rise markedly, maybe double to treble in real terms over the next 30 years. That will negate almost all the other goals because of the poverty it causes. That is the reality that Europe is no starting to find out about.
    And there won’t be any tourism – in or out. You can’t have plane travel and no net emissions.

    • robertguyton

       /  November 4, 2017

      Now you are starting to get it, chrism56. Time for a new plan for the future; thank goodness we have The Greens in power now! Imagine if National were in charge of deciding New Zealand’s future direction!! It would be business as usual and a race to the end.

      • Trevors_Elbow

         /  November 4, 2017

        You are the best parody account since Sir Cullens Sidekick….. keep it up …. you make laugh out loud…….

        • robertguyton

           /  November 4, 2017

          Your laughter, Trev, sounds very strained .
          In any case, I’m happy if you’re happy!

  5. sorethumb

     /  November 4, 2017

    How many people will be bumped down the state house waiting list to accommodate the Greens Global Citizen fantasy?

    • Gezza

       /  November 4, 2017

      About 7 would be my guess. Now they’re coming off tbe market.

  6. chrism56

     /  November 4, 2017

    Like Trevor, I suspect Robert is a parody account. Everyone wants a clean, green community with everyone playing nicely until they have to pay for it. Once the reality of people having to pay real money becomes apparent, the support disappears. That is why Labour spent so much of their election campaign telling everyone’s tax won’t go up.
    And before we get all the garbage about people wanted a progressive government and how they will support carbon taxes/ ETS and their winter holidays to the Pacific doubling in price, explain eggs. About 85% of the people surveyed want free range eggs. What is the biggest selling eggs in supermarkets? Those from battery hens. That is the reality out there. People only want things that aren’t going to cost them anything.

    • “Like Trevor, I suspect Robert is a parody account. ”

      Voicing suspicions about any accounts/identities here is strongly discouraged.

      In this case it’s clearly ridiculous claiming a ‘parody account’. It’s well known that Robert comments under his own name openly and is also open about his political associations.

      Try debating what you disagree with rather than trying to discredit a person (which is a lazy and cheap shot approach).

      • Thanks, Pete.

      • chrism56

         /  November 4, 2017

        I am not suggesting that Robert is blogging under a false name or trolling. It is some of his expressed views are so to the extreme side of the Green party that they would never be accepted by even a small portion of the voting population, and Robert probably know that as well.

        • David

           /  November 4, 2017

          Poe’s Law applies.

        • PDB

           /  November 4, 2017

          The Green party IS a small portion of voters – 93.7% of voters didn’t vote to them in the 2017 election.

          The reasons for this are as clear as Robert’s posts.

          • Gezza

             /  November 4, 2017

            Robert is growing on me daily. Big ups to Robert for keeping it unreal! 👍🏼

  7. PDB

     /  November 4, 2017

    The Greens and their supporters could start their own wind farm – no turbines required.

    They have achieved basically nothing in close to 30 years and considering they are just Labour’s bum boys again for this term & away from the cabinet table where the grown-ups sit & the power lays not much is likely to change in the next three years.

    At least they have been consistent in their failures. Obviously the Kermadec sanctuary has been squashed for now by the real person in power (Winnie) as it doesn’t even get a mention in their 20 goals. At least they know their place. And most of their goals are so wishy-washy for instance: “safer walking and cycling” – put a couple of bollards along the road edge on a footpath/cycleway and job done!

    The next three years will be very entertaining indeed.

    • robertguyton

       /  November 4, 2017

      The Greens are our Governers. National is festering in Opposition.
      New Zealand is in safe hands, at last !

      • PDB

         /  November 4, 2017

        You’re spinning like a top Robert – if the Greens had such power why do you have to continuously keep reminding us? Best for you to stick to talking to the insects in your garden – a discussion with the Green stink bug seems appropriate.

  8. Fight4NZ

     /  November 4, 2017

    The Green position is good. I hope they make significant strides on things like 2, 5, 6 and 7. But are also constrained from wasting too much resource on items like 1, 8 or 14.
    Now would be the time to talk to National about the Kermadecs.

    • PDB

       /  November 4, 2017

      Sorry Fight4NZ……..doesn’t even make their list of 20 goals, some of which extend as far as 2050 (no. 1 goal). Environmental stuff obviously not their bag?

    • robertguyton

       /  November 4, 2017

      Why would The Greens talk to National about the Kermadecs?
      National didn’t talk to anyone about the Kermadecs when they were using the issue to try to appear green. In any case, National are washed-up and impotent now; they’ll flounce about, posturing, but their voices will become squeakier and squeakier as they realise that they are no longer Lords of All Things and instead rate lower even than The Greens (Oh, the irony, oh, the pleasure!)

      • patupaiarehe

         /  November 4, 2017

        Don’t work yourself into too much of a lather Rob. I agree that the Greens having an opinion that is heard is great, but I don’t think that anyone in their right mind would want them dictating government policy. Being the ‘nagging’ voice in the background, is exactly where they belong, IMHO. The new government’s ‘environmental & social conscience’..

      • Fight4NZ

         /  November 4, 2017

        It is true the Kermadecs is greenwash for National. But as a lot of people here pointed out endlessly N + G is a majority. Gets through. Doesn’t put National in govt.

  9. robertguyton

     /  November 4, 2017

    “not their bag ?”
    Are you a hippy, PDB?
    You do seem to get your kaftan in a knot regularly enough, your sandals in a twist, your love-beads in a tangle! Bad batch of lentil scones? Someone scratch your Donovan LP?

  10. Kevin

     /  November 5, 2017

    Translation

    1. A net zero emissions economy by 2050
    – We’re going to kill the economy.

    2. Better, more affordable buses and trains, and safer walking and cycling
    – We hate cars.

    3. 100% renewable electricity by 2035
    – We all got our science degrees from a cornflakes packet.

    4. $100 million Green Investment Fund for low-carbon industries
    – If you have a really green-sounding idea we’ll give you millions of dollars, no matter how ridiculous the idea is.

    5. Reduce water pollution and support sustainable farming
    – If you’re a farmer screw you!

    6. Help nature thrive and reduce the extinction risk for threatened plants and wildlife
    – We plan on taking the country back at least 500 years.

    10. Significant progress to eliminate the gender pay gap
    – We believe in giving people extra for not having as much money as a result of their own lifestyle choices.

    12. Affordable homes and rent-to-own programmes
    A State house and communism for everyone!

    13. Affordable tertiary education to reduce financial hardship for students
    – Party, party, party!

    • Translation (Kevin)
      I’m a bitter, poorly informed, prejudiced, Green-hating light-weight whose opinion can be described as de minimus .

      • Zedd

         /  November 5, 2017

        good onya RG..
        I couldn’t have said it better 🙂

      • Kevin

         /  November 5, 2017

        My point by point decimation of Green policy too much for you Rob? Never mind.

        • robertguyton

           /  November 5, 2017

          “Decimation” means reducing by one tenth, Kevin, so I guess your attempt was pretty harmless by your own measure. In fact, it was even less effective than that, given that you made no real points, just pabulum dressed as snide comments.

          🙂

  11. Zedd

     /  November 5, 2017

    Isn’t it great to see other priorities, besides:

    1) How to grab the Money
    2) How to grab More Money
    3) How to grab Even More money
    4) Lets give the biggest Tax cuts for the wealthiest
    5) Mind the Gap..
    6) How to not to look totally SMUG & selfish.. even if thats all they are !
    etc. etc. etc.

    All we got for the past 9 LOOOOONG years under Natz ! :/

    • Kevin

       /  November 5, 2017

      #19 I can agree with. Last year around 67,000 people arrested and given a criminal conviction for mere cannabis possession and only around 6 caught for dealing and given a custodial sentence. That’s an obscene waste of resources.

      • @kevin
        agreed..
        even more obscene is the recent arrest of several ‘Green Fairies’ (illegal growers) who were reportedly giving a portion of their herbs to medicinal users (free or low cost) to make up for the current eff. Zero-tolerance approach the cops seem to still be taking. This has now seen, 1000s of kiwis denied access to their pain medicine; not inc. Sativex (not funded by pharmac)

        Roll on Greens (J A Genter) Bill 1st reading, hopefully it will pass this time ?!