Green budget leans towards the environment

The Green parts of the budget lean heavily towards environmental causes, with less addressing the social issues that Metiria Turei would have championed, and who her successor Marama Davidson is passionate about.

Perhaps this is at least in part due to James Shaw being sole Green leader through the coalition/confidence & supply negotiations as well as for most of the their term in Government to date, and now being the only-co-leader with Ministerial clout.

In Greens defend share of wins after NZ First gets triple the cash NZH lists the Green ‘wins’, which I separate out.

Environmental $454.5m:

  • Conservation funding – $181m
  • Home insulation – $142.5 million
  • Green Investment Fund – $100m
  • Sustainable Farming Fund – $15m
  • Climate Commission – $11m
  • Overseer farm management tool – $5m

Social $155.1m:

  • Midwifery services – $103.6m
  • Expansion of Household Economic Survey – $20m
  • Te reo teaching – $12.5m
  • Youth mental health services – $10m
  • Sexual abuse services – $7.5m
  • Welfare system review – $1.5m

Total: $610m

Greens say that they also support policy wins for Labour and NZ First – but National broadly supports many of them as well.

Shaw’s main focus is on environmental issues, and ik think the same can be said of the other Green ministers, Julie Anne Genter and Eugenie Sage. I think that is reflected in the environmental balance here.

The social wins are important enough midwifery appears to be facing a crisis, and while relatively very modest the boost for youth mental health and for sexual abuse services are very worthwhile.

The welfare system review, something Turei championed, gets a kick the can down the road sort of pittance.

I think that Labour will have no problems with Greens getting credit for addressing the environment, but Jacinda Ardern has designs on things like being a ‘child poverty’ warrior herself.

The strong leaning towards environmental funding is a good thing for the Greens – I think many voters will support a lot of this.

How much Shaw can accentuate this versus Davidson’s strong preference for promoting social and socialist issues may play a big part in the Green’s next campaign and in their chances of surviving the threshold cut next election.

7 Comments

  1. Alan Wilkinson

     /  May 19, 2018

    Where are the green losses that produce the overall reduction in the Environmental protection budget the Herald reported yesterday?

    • Gezza

       /  May 19, 2018

      Robert might know – but he’s been MIA for a while.
      (Probably hasn’t been a bad thing, really :?)

      • David

         /  May 19, 2018

        He is too busy ‘feeling the power’.

  2. Zedd

     /  May 19, 2018

    The Greens have apparently listened to the criticism, they are now focussing on Enviro. issues, first/foremost.. BUT are also working with Lab/NZF on common ground; social justice issues. Whilst they are 3 parties in Govt. they are; one Govt.

    Something Natl did not seem to understand; dictate terms & throw a few scraps to Act, U/F & Maori party.

    Winston said that he had been in coalitions before, but this IS the first real MMP Govt. Without all 3 parties, it could not stand. Under others, it was Natl OR Lab with NZF, which was closer to FPP than MMP :/

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  May 19, 2018

      Winston said that he had been in coalitions before, but this IS the first real MMP Govt.

      The first in which he has pulled most strings and got to play PM.

      • Zedd

         /  May 19, 2018

        NO Alan.. the first actual MMP Govt. where a few parties joined together, to knock the biggest bunch of bully-boys, off their perch !

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