Sustainable New Zealand Party seeks registrations of interest

A website seeking registrations of interest for the Sustainable New Zealand Party is online. Vernon Tava is promoting it.

“We want to create a new political party based upon the principles of sustainability – one prepared to deal with either the National Party or the Labour Party in coalition negotiations – to leverage policies that will underpin a more Sustainable New Zealand.

“New Zealand deserves a political party that will work together with the innovators in business and science who will lead the way through the complex and interconnected sustainability challenges of the coming century.”

Sustainable New Zealand Party

Our environment needs your support

Become part of the movement for a Sustainable New Zealand by registering your interest

Who Are We?

We all know that New Zealand is blessed with one of the world’s most beautiful natural environments. But we also know that this paradise is slipping away from us. Government after government has ignored some of our most pressing environmental concerns. We believe it is time for a new political party that champions a politics of sustainability.

Sustainability is based on the principle that everything we need for our survival and well-being depends on our natural environment. It means meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Our focus on sustainability means that we would be able to work with political parties on the left or right of politics to ensure that the environment is always a top political priority regardless of who makes up the government.

Our primary focus is on environmental matters such as clean water, sustainable oceans, protection of our native species, dealing with climate change; and these all have economic, social and cultural dimensions. A society with dramatic inequality is not sustainable. We need to move our economy away from polluting and environmentally destructive ways of doing things; by embracing technological and scientific innovation we can become wealthier, creating higher paying jobs for New Zealanders, all while treading more lightly on the earth.

What Outcomes Does MMP Deliver?

The Mixed-Member Proportional (MMP) system means that minor parties can have a major influence on a government as part of a coalition. The coalition arrangements of the current government allocated billions of dollars to political trophies and slush funds – the price of NZ First support for a Labour-led Government. We have also seen the scrapping of important environmental initiatives like the mandatory installation of cameras on fishing boats because the fishing industry are key NZ First donors and supporters. MMP should deliver better outcomes than this.

We believe that the MMP system should be a vehicle to place sustainability at the centre of every government. The coalition negotiations after each election are the best possible opportunity to ensure the sustainability of our environment and the sustainable development of a modern economy.

These changes will only be made with the emergence of a new political force that will use the levers of the MMP system to much better ends.

But What About the Greens?

The Green Party has made a deliberate decision not to use the leverage that comes with the number of MPs they have in Parliament. Instead of negotiating with both major parties, they have made a decision to always support the formation of a Labour Government meaning that Labour can take them for granted. This is no way to get the best deal for the environment.

Having given away their negotiating advantage, they are in a weak position to demand funding for cleaner beaches and rivers, for modern sewage infrastructure in major cities, for sustainable management of our fisheries, a major upgrade in predator control, nor for the significant increases in science and research funding that will underwrite a modern, sustainable economy.

The Greens have a historic tendency to be suspicious of scientific innovation – particularly in biotechnology – and hostile to business. New Zealand deserves a political party that will work together with the innovators in business and science who will lead the way through the complex and interconnected sustainability challenges of the coming century.

So What Are We Doing?

We want to create a new political party based upon the principles of sustainability – one prepared to deal with either the National Party or the Labour Party in coalition negotiations – to leverage policies that will underpin a more Sustainable New Zealand. We are inviting you to be part of this.

What Do We Want From You?

Join us: we only need 500 financial members to register the party. You could also volunteer, donate, work on policy, be a candidate; just let us know. To win seats in the next election we need to achieve 5% of the votes cast – that’s likely to be around 165,000 votes.

If you want to see a party in Parliament that puts the environment first – that is prepared to deal with either National or Labour – and puts clean water, sustainable fisheries, protection of our native species, climate change and a sustainable economy and society at the top of the political agenda, please register your details below.


  1. sorethumb

     /  February 10, 2019

    I just signed up to see what they are about. I have gone off TOPs as they want to do a deal with our ethnic adversaries in the Maori party.

    • I’m certainly interested in seeing how they go.

      The Green social agendas are useful but compete for attention with their environmental interests. They have conflicts with things like genetic modification. And they limit their power substantially by ruling out going into Government with National.

  2. Kitty Catkin

     /  February 10, 2019

    One issue parties are doomed to fail, and voting for them takes votes from a party that could succeed in doing these things.

    • Sustainability and the environment is more of a fairly wide ranging multi issue focus.

      Greens have failed to do anywhere near as much as could be done by refusing to deal with National, and effectively handing most power to NZ First.

      With the demise of small parties there is a gap that could be filled, if it is done well.

      • Duker

         /  February 10, 2019

        National for many years refused to deal with NZ First…the reason why was they wanted to play micro parties off against each other… eventually when they had to face reality with 2017, they found TWO parties that werent interested in THEM

        Germany spent nearly 3 months after an election because the Conservatives couldnt find enough parties to join a government, the AFD was verboten.
        The UK tories barely made it back as a government, in spite of winning more votes, their seats dropped and the small DUP recused them.
        Same in Australia, the largest party federally is labour and the liberal – nationals had a 1 seat majority which they have now lost and run out of coalition partners.

  3. Duker

     /  February 10, 2019

    ‘ one prepared to deal with either the National Party or the Labour Party”

    what a joke … they especially want to work with national when there is a choice…a sock puppet party

    • duperez

       /  February 10, 2019

      Are you suggesting they’re The Missing Link?⛓

      • Mother

         /  February 10, 2019

        This is an exciting development. I could never understand why the Greens point blank refused to look National’s way. Surely politics involves a certain amount of open mindedness.

        The thing that catches my eye is the sustainable society. This party might have integrity? Hopefully Duker’s negativity is ill founded.

        • Duker

           /  February 10, 2019

          greens members werent interested in national- mostly Greens are to left of labour.

          Strategically its was better to be part of a left block with labour and a smallish centre party like NZF, than for the smallish Greens be dominated by the large National party

          • Greens would have got a lot more environmental leverage with National than by giving up a lot of power to NZ First.

            And they aren’t getting a lot of social policy through either with NZ First having the final say.

            • Duker

               /  February 10, 2019

              really ?
              the facts say different with the oil/gas exploration ban. NZF had a small carve out excluding Taranaki from these provisions.
              the leverage with national would have been minimal as national wouldnt have budged over oil, over water quality, over mining etc etc
              Like I said , greens would be 8 seats compared with nationals 56.
              i would guess that greens policy would align with labour 75% of the time and only align with national 15%.
              and they would be like now , they would be outside a national cabinet as only a support on confidence and supply- thats a very weak position when they may only be 15% policy agreement.

  4. Duker

     /  February 10, 2019

    Vernon Tava, has no real green credentials, hes a lawyer who doesnt seem to have even practised environmental law- he is currently a business broker and a real estate agent.

    ‘I worked in sales management as the state-wide business development manager (Victoria, Australia) for a major international food manufacturer and management for a boutique coffee company in Melbourne, Australia, overseeing the operation of its retail, manufacturing and wholesale distribution channels’

    but he does say he was working for an MP fitting out their electorate office- the timing suggests it was for Maggie Barry.

    Its really really weird that he would talk about a new party, without members and policy as an afterthought

    ‘In an 11-minute chat on Magic Talk mornings Vernon Tava said he wanted cleaner water, but not new rules or laws for that. That was about it for policy.’

    and whos idea was this to start with ?
    ‘ZB’s Heather Du Plessis-Allan said a new party was “definitely happening”.

    She said she had told her editors about a source who had been approached by ,.Michelle Boag and National Party strategist Murray McCully about the idea, “weeks ago”.

    the story also provides some hard numbers

    ‘“Fully 84.42 per cent of those who party voted Green said they would prefer Labour to lead the Government. Furthermore, these voters overwhelmingly rated themselves as left-of-centre politically – far more than Labour voters did,” reported Henry Cooke.’

    85% preferred labour… maybe thats why the greens stuck with labour and ‘considering’ national was out of the question

    In reality like I said its a sock puppet party being organised by Michelle Boag and Murray Mcully with a nominal green national aligned figurehead

    • “its a sock puppet party being organised by Michelle Boag and Murray Mcully ”

      Have you got any evidence of that, or are you making it up?

      By the way the left wing knocking machine has jumped into action trying to discredit Tava and the party I’d say there is some concern about the threat this poses for the Green Party, and also the current Government (but Labour shouldn’t be too worried).

      • Duker

         /  February 10, 2019

        Read the referenced story above

        • Duker

           /  February 10, 2019

          If I don’t give some facts about VT and his lack of green cred no one will

        • That refers to an anonymous ‘source’. It isn’t evidence.

          • Duker

             /  February 10, 2019

            She’s a well established political journalist….did you not know journalists protect their sources?
            It’s a credible comment and fits the narrative of a PR driven top down ‘party’

          • Griff.

             /  February 10, 2019

            Gee Duker seems to be very upset at the idea of a green party less the SJW red core of the present Green party.

            Greens would have been far more effective being on the goverment bench over the decade of National governments . Having the option of left or right would also have given them more leverage with labour now.
            Politics is the art of the possible. The Greens having firmly rejected ever working with National have made the opportunity of changing NZ inc’s direction towards their sustainability goals less possible.

            • Duker

               /  February 10, 2019

              Read the numbers:green voters when asked, 85% supported labour.

              Isn’t that how it works, you follow the voters rather than media commentator’s

            • PDB

               /  February 10, 2019

              Many people who were going to vote Green went and jumped on the Ardern train hence the Green’s slump in support on election day – these people plus some of the blue-green National vote would be the target audience + around 20% of the less sycophantic Green voters as you point out. Plenty of voters in this demographic to mine for votes.

              If the Green party are hovering around the 5% vote mark then it wouldn’t take too many of their supporters to jump ship for them to fall short.

            • Griff.

               /  February 10, 2019

              Is that at all surprising when the Green party we presently have is actually to the left of labor and has been for a while?

              Being environmentally aware is not a left wing position.

              Any one who is familiar with my comments on NZ blogs for the last decade would know I am both right wing and environmentally aware .
              I am not alone in holding a blue green position.

              There is no reason why given time and good candidates a blue green party could not attain enough votes to reach the threshold and become a member of both Labour and National governments.

              The tension between the social justice and environment arms has been in the green movement since before it was called green

              The Values Party was a New Zealand political party. It is considered the world’s first national-level environmentalist party,[1][2] pre-dating the use of “Green” as a political label.
              Subsequent to the demoralising election result, the Values Party faced internal conflict between the “red” greens and the “fundamentalist” Greens, and it fragmented amidst quarrels about organisational principles.

  5. PDB

     /  February 10, 2019

    Two parties to damage the chances of the two minor parties in govt – New Conservatives making a play for some of Winston’s vote and now this Sustainable NZ party taking on the Greens. Even if they don’t get 5% they could still have a big say in how the election goes. Is Bridges brave enough to rule out NZL First as a coalition partner?

    Stuff 2019 political predictions: “17. Attempts to find friends for National will see two new parties emerge as contenders – a Vernon Tava-led environment party and a party targeting the Christian and Pasifika vote to leverage off the Christian vote mobilised by the euthanasia, cannabis and abortion reform debates.”.

  6. PartisanZ

     /  February 10, 2019

    Wasn’t this Vernon Tava behind another Party launched earlier this week? Or behind the call for a Blue-Green Party … or some such?

    There’s something sinister about this …

    And sure enough it appears to be another attempt to start a Party essentially aligned with National, Tava’s party although they denied him the Northcote candidacy last election …

    Not for lack of being ‘Conservative’ by the look of it.

    I can imagine the strategic planning … “Look, if we can keep all the small parties below the threshold it will be seats total each plus National’s %age vote versus Labour’s %age vote … and National might well win …

    Though not “well” in the well-being sense.

    • PartisanZ

       /  February 10, 2019

      So many scenarios come to mind … It might even split the National vote in a bizarre revision of ACT’s relentless ‘winning’ of the Epsom electorate?

      • PartisanZ

         /  February 10, 2019

        Not good reason to start a political party really …

        At least TOP started from a genuine kaupapa of ‘evidence-based’ policy, which a great majority of their policies reflect …

    • duperez

       /  February 10, 2019

      So he tried to be Green Party leader in 2015, tried to be a National candidate early in 2018 and early in 2019 wants to get a Sustainable New Zealand Party going and be in Parliament.

      Sounds a bit like wanting to be in business but not being able to decide whether it’s a fashion boutique, a plumbers or a pumpkin grower. 🙃

  7. Carroll Kingston

     /  February 11, 2019

    I am 71 years of age and have only been a paid up and active member of one political party over the years – the New Zealand Values Party. This has been the only political party that has ever encapsulated my own personal aspirations, for the future of this beautiful land we call Aotearoa-New Zealand and in the promotion of a sustainable Earth: that was until a certain Dr Gieringer hijacked the party, relabelled it Green and thrust it fairly and squarely to the left of the political spectrum.
    More than ever before our time demands a non-partisan voice at the table of decision makers in order to fashion a new political age which will contribute in shaping a more sustainable life-style for all, socially, culturally, economically and philosophically; a new era in which commentary will focus on the message rather than the person!

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