James Shaw promoting Green achievements

The Green Party were always going to achieve far more than in their years in Opposition now they are a part of Government, albeit outside Cabinet and the junior party.

Small parties often struggle to be seen to be having significant wins in the shadow of the major party in particular, and Greens are also in the shadow of Winston Peters.

Party survival is an important consideration.

Promotional emails seem to have slowed down, but co-leader James Shaw has just sent one out. It is quite self applauding, and solicits donations, but this is how he sees Green achievements (remember that this is a sales pitch targeting party members and supporters):

I am so proud of what the Greens have achieved at the heart of government. Your support has enabled us to do so much.  It’s YOU and people like you, who make the difference for the Green Party.

Because you gave us the chance – in government – to realise the dream of becoming a country where our natural heritage and our communities are at the heart of decision-making.

You’ve given us a shot at a country where every person has a place, a community, a sense of belonging, a country where every person is treated with dignity and fairness.

These are the values we bring to the new government and that we will continue to fight for.

Being in Government means we can deliver on our Confidence and Supply Agreement – but it also means so much more. For instance, we got an end to new exploration for offshore oil and gas – yet this wasn’t covered in our agreement.

This was possible because we are partners of this Government, because we are committed to transformational change, and because we can influence what happens at the highest levels.

Here’s what else YOU gave us the chance to accomplish:

  • Secured $14 billion funding package for walkway infrastructure, cycle-ways, buses and light rail
  • Real progress on taking climate action – with more than 15,000 submissions on the Zero Carbon Bill
  • A Green Investment Fund: $125 million dollars in Budget 2018 to set it up
  • Secured a win to wind-down Government subsidies of large-scale irrigation schemes
  • A big increase of $15 million into the Sustainable Farming Fund
  • A commitment that the review of the Overseas Investment Act will look at putting the protection of water at the heart of decision-making
  • Negotiated the largest funding increase for DoC in 16 years
  • Phasing out single use plastic bags
  • Funding for the world’s first Predator Free Capital
  • A world first to provide workplace leave for the victims of domestic violence
  • Over $10 million dollars to pilot a programme to ensure young people have access to timely, quality, mental health services
  • Warmer Kiwi Homes initiative funding two-thirds of the cost of insulating the homes of people on low incomes across Aotearoa
  • Committing to end the gender pay gap and representing women properly in the public sector and on public boards
  • Making headway on country-of-origin food labelling to re-include bacon
  • Leading the way on more open and transparent government – we’re pro-actively releasing our Ministerial diaries so people can see who we’re meeting and why we’re meeting them
  • Leading the way on a more accessible government – we’re on the verge of securing accessibility support for people with disabilities to be able to participate more easily in our democracy
  • Shaping the terms of reference for future trade agreements, so that they actually support and enhance our social and environmental goals, not undermine them.

And that’s not all!

When Jeanette Fitzsimons, a previous Co-leader, left Parliament she said in her valedictory speech, “… we need to find better ways of measuring our economic success, and that the aim should be a better economy, not just a bigger one.”

And now New Zealand Treasury and Statistics NZ are working to set up a comprehensive framework for measuring – not just economic success – but social, and environmental, and cultural wellbeing too. So, in next years budget the Minister of Finance will be required to report on our wellbeing, not just our economic through-put.

It will be interesting to see how ‘wellbeing’ is measured and reported alongside all the budget numbers.

26 Comments

  1. David

     /  September 19, 2018

    Is this a post so Guyton can stop bitching and moaning at non existent biases.

    • I thought it would encourage some discussion, which is a primary aim here. I have posted from Green leader and MP emails before, it’s what I do, providing views from across the spectrum.

      • robertguyton

         /  September 19, 2018

        Thanks, Pete. Now I can stop my bitching and moaning at non existent biases.

  2. unitedtribes2

     /  September 19, 2018

    It would be interesting to see the letter if he had of been in coalition with National. Would have to strike a few off but could have added a few. Like Kermadec marine reserve

    • robertguyton

       /  September 19, 2018

      This statement really interested me:
      “I am so proud of what the Greens have achieved at the heart of government”, not the bit about being proud but the “heart of government” bit; the Greens see themselves, not as peripherals, add-ons, dags even, to the body Government, but at its heart. People here will enjoy criticising them and painting them irrelevant, but they don’t see themselves that way and they’re the ones who are privy to the details. From this distance, I trust Shaw’s summation, rather than say, Davids 🙂

      • Gezza

         /  September 19, 2018

        Nice.

      • Griff.

         /  September 19, 2018

        The Greens have confidence and supply agreement with the goverment .
        They are not part of it .
        Best they get real about how they are treated by NZ first and labour .
        Or they will be always outside the camp chewing on a few discarded bones .

        Disclimaer I dont sopport the greens To much te treaty nonsence.

        • robertguyton

           /  September 19, 2018

          Griff, “they are not part of it” seems nothing more than hair-splitting. You might have some technical point, but in practical terms, The Greens are in Government; if they aren’t, as you claim, they sure are achieving a lot and you’ve gotta wonder how they manage to get in those coalition-leaders group photos!

          • Griff.

             /  September 19, 2018

            The Greens should be a full member of the Collation.
            NZ first hold 9 seats the Greens 8 .
            Labour folded to NZ firsts demands and kept the Greens at arms distance despite the Greens having almost as much political leverage .
            If the Greens dont acknowledge this fact it will never change for them.

            • robertguyton

               /  September 19, 2018

              “The Greens should be a full member of the Collation” is not a fact, Griff. It’s an opinion.

            • Gezza

               /  September 19, 2018

              You’re right, but it’s an awkward sort of arrangement for both the Greens with a co-leader outside the matrix wanting the right to squabble with those inside it and the opposition to things like our military deployments just announced makes thing look unstable.

              While one can argue with some justification this really is how MMP should work – with parties able to agree to differ – and even with Opposition able to support some government parties against another – we are used to the idea that governments should be and look stable and in the past whenever coalition government parties have gone wobbly they’ve been dumped.

            • Griff.

               /  September 19, 2018

              Quote mining .
              You missed the piece in the middle in your eagerness to distort my comment to score a piont.
              It might make you feel better.
              To a bystander reading the exchange it makes you look like a prat .

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  September 19, 2018

              Part of the Collation ?

              Eat Your Greens, as the slogan goes.

            • robertguyton

               /  September 19, 2018

              “Collation”
              Good spotting, Kitty and a clever response also.
              Given the word’s meaning, the Greens make the perfect inclusion.

  3. NOEL

     /  September 19, 2018

    Representing women in the public service?
    Does that include a reduction in the performance of public service from the selection by gender vs merit.

  4. Zedd

     /  September 19, 2018

    “3 cheers”.. the Greens in Govt. !!! 🙂

    Long may it last… :/

  5. bjoneskiwi

     /  September 19, 2018

    He missed the enabling of the ‘Winston protection and preservation act’, also known as the Waka jumping bill!

  6. Alan Wilkinson

     /  September 19, 2018

    Curious how global warming is accompanied by a desperate need to insulate against the cold after lifetimes of not needing to.

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  September 19, 2018

      Very; what a good point.

      ‘Curiouser and curiouser’.

      If GW keeps up, we will need ceiling fans, not insulation, in all rooms.

    • robertguyton

       /  September 19, 2018

      Seems you haven’t grasped the subtleties of climate change, you two. In parts, colder at times. Power source down due to wild weather brought about by climate change? Better hope your home is well insulated.

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  September 19, 2018

        Too young to remember the winter power cuts when the Govt ran electricity generation, Robert? I’m not.

        Tosh to your “colder at times”. Snow in Chch Xmas 1945.

      • Pink David

         /  September 19, 2018

        ” In parts, colder at times.”
        Global warming will mean the weather will be…er…changeable.

        “Power source down due to wild weather brought about by climate change? Better hope your home is well insulated.”

        Perhaps you could install a coal burner. More reliable than electricity in times of erratic weather. You can replace your electric car with one of those new petrol powered ones, then at least you can get out and about when the power fails.

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