Sustainable New Zealand Party launched

The Sustainable New Zealand Party was launched yesterday, They will be led by ex-Green Vernon Tava.

This has been signalled for some time. They will be aiming to attract people who want an environmental party without the ‘socialist’ leaning of the Green Party, which has been showing signs of tension, especially over the more moderate collaborative approach of James Shaw.

Sustainable NZ look like being a bit like the Shaw Greens without the Marama Davidson Greens.

Some on the left complain that it’s just an attempt to take Green votes to the extent that the future of the Greens could be in jeopardy, as they only just beat the 5% threshold last election and are struggling to please even some of their own supporters.

(Someone mentioned online that Labour may gift the Greens the Dunedin South electorate that Clare Curran is vacating, but that is just rumour, and they would be far from guaranteed of winning Dunedin South. A lot of their Dunedin support comes from Dunedin North which covers the university area, and grew support through the efforts and successes of Metiria Tuirei).

I have voted for both the Greens and Turei in the past, but would strongly consider voting for Sustainable New Zealand – an environmental party without the more extreme social policies of the Greens.

RNZ: Sustainable New Zealand Party to prioritise water, native species, economy

Sustainable New Zealand has launched in Wellington this afternoon with its leader stating the party’s willingness to work with any political party will set them apart from other environmental groups like the Greens.

Refusing to consider doing a coalition deal with National has put the Greens in a relatively weak bargaining position. They rely on Labour getting them into power, and Labour know this.

Party leader Vernon Tava said until now if someone wanted to vote for the environment, they would have had to vote for a party which had been a “clearinghouse for left-of-Labour activist movements”.

“This has excluded many of us, perhaps most of us who genuinely care about the environment, but don’t accept this requires some sort of evolutionary overturning of the economic system.”

He said polluted waterways, diversity and climate change were too important to be dealt with by any party committed to occupying the opposition benches half the time.

Its top three priorities are water, saving native species from extinction and sustainable economic growth.

Among the party’s policies is to invest $1 billion in conservation.

The party is aiming for 10 percent of the vote next election.

That’s ambitious, but it could be possible to at least beat 5%. The Greens polled 10-16% last term before the Metiria induced crash just prior to the election (they dropped as low as 5% and ended up getting 6.3%).

Mr Tava said it was extremely ambitious, but there were plenty of people in the centre of politics who were mobile with their votes.

He said so far the membership of the party had been broad.

“It is a really clear spread across many different former parties of political support, we’re not just taking votes off of National.

“We’ve got disgruntled Greens, we’ve got some people who voted for Jacinda last election, people who have supported National in the past, even some New Zealand First people have even joined the party,” he said.

I think there is certainly space on the political spectrum for a party prepared to work with either Labour or National. The big question is whether they can look like getting close enough to 5% to attract maybe voters.

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    Sustainable New Zealand is a political party that will contest the 2020 general election on the basis of putting the environment first with an economic vision to transition us to a sustainable future. We will be able to work with any party in government.

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Sustainable New Zealand Party
Environment-focused party for NZ. Working with any party to get the best deal for water, wildlife, fisheries, soil, and climate change mitigation & adaptation.


What We Stand For

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

Sustainable New Zealand is neither left nor right wing but is focused on sustainability.  We are able to work with parties of the left or right to get the best deal for the environment. Sustainable New Zealand’s approach is to work with business to innovate and to correctly price ‘externalities’. We will be led by the science when finding solutions and developing policy. Our future will only be sustainable with technological and scientific innovation.

Sustainable New Zealand’s focus is on being ‘practical environmentalists.’ We will work with rather than against our farmers. We favour a regulatory light-touch where possible but with a willingness to act decisively on core issues. We will foster innovation to transition our economy from one that relies on chopping down, digging up, burning or milking something for economic growth to one that is environmentally-benign and makes us all richer. We know that nothing is free. We need to be prosperous to ensure that we can afford to look after our people and our environment.

Our Top Priorities

1. Protect our Water.

We will improve the quality of water in our rivers and streams, and on our beaches. We will strengthen controls to stop run-off from farms polluting waterways and ensure that waste is better managed to stop plastic getting into our water and food chain. We will ensure that there is a long-term investment plan for water infrastructure across New Zealand.

2. Save our Native Plant and Animal Species.

We will fund scientific research into introduced predator control methods, including gene-editing technologies. We will fund initiatives for community groups and farmers to control introduced predators, protect waterways and set aside land for habitat.

3. Improve our Resource and Waste Management.

Waste is a resource. Our resources are finite and we must remove, reduce, reuse and recycle to make sure we have a future. Ultimately, we must transition to a circular economy; we would make this a core function of government.

4. Expand our Reserves and Protect the Ocean.

We will promote sustainable fisheries management, balancing the interests of commercial and recreational fishers. We will prohibit bottom trawling and purse seining (huge nets) in NZ waters.  In addition to regulation we will ensure that we can protect what is important to us by investing in our navy and air force to defend our Exclusive Economic Zone.

5. Dealing with Climate Change.

We will work to establish a bipartisan approach to dealing with Climate Change. We support the approach of the Zero Carbon bill. We will establish a Climate Change Commission and follow their advice to reduce global emissions, including putting a fair price on emissions. We will always seek to offset any additional resource or pollution charges with a corresponding reduction in income and/or company taxes.

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  1. Alan Wilkinson

     /  11th November 2019

    The Lefty media will try to tag it as elitist. (Ironically they are themselves.)

    • Blazer

       /  11th November 2019

      Not even registered yet Al.
      Join up ..could be a bit!Bol.

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  11th November 2019

        Long term sustainability is a mirage for fools, B. I’m not interested in voting for people too dumb to see through it. However there is some hope they might divert some of their fellow deluded from more harmful ideologists.

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  11th November 2019

          The policies don’t stand the reverse test which shows if they make sense or are just talk.

          No one has a policy of polluting water and making the quality worse, not better, or allowing plastic into the food chain.

          No one has a policy of endangering native species and encouraging predators, or one of destroying the ocean with unsustainable fishing and so on.

          They are stating the blindingly bleeding obvious and not coming up with anything new.

  2. Corky

     /  11th November 2019

    This party may be worth my time doing some work on. Coalition talks would be interesting. How far would National and Labour be prepared to crawl? What about ACT?

    • Zedd

       /  11th November 2019

      the Tories.. still trying to find friends ?! LOL 😀

      • Corky

         /  11th November 2019

        LOL 😀??!

        MMP has the ability to make fools of anyone. Truly, if you have strong philosophical ties to any of the political parties, and you vote ( I do neither), I wouldn’t be laughing. Trust me.👌

    • Blazer

       /  11th November 2019

      I don’t think its sustainable Corky…but watch out for the Chrome Dome Party,and the rise of the New Conservatives,to either split the vote or align with the no mates Natz.

  3. Blazer

     /  11th November 2019

    Tava tried the Greens ..rejected,then the Nats..rejected..the new Gilbert Myles..Mr Sincerity.

    • Tava thinks he is filing the ‘Blue-Green’ space, BUT has he forgotten TOP, who were also pushing similar ideas in 2017

      BUT seriously: BLUE-greens OR GREEN-blues.. can anyone take this seriously ! :/

      Perhaps the Nats think it will split the Green vote.. but it could also take some from the ‘blues’ too.

      I do concede it could make the election ‘more interesting’ The more the merrier 🙂

  4. Gezza

     /  11th November 2019

    There’s a lot of fluffy stuff in there. When I look at what the Greens have actually achieved with Labour (mainly environmental policies – not much if anything in the social justice area), & then what this party proposes, apart from their willingness to utilse GE, I don’t see a lot of difference. I suspect at best they might split the Green vote & achieve electoral oblivion for both parties.

    • Zedd

       /  11th November 2019

      If part of Tava’s plan; is to ‘take down the greens’ (below 5%) then all I say to him ‘Good luck’ fool :/

  5. duperez

     /  11th November 2019

    Tava seems determined to be in Parliament and/or be a party leader. National didn’t want him in the role he saw himself nor the Greens. Good for him then, he’s putting his money where his mouth is. Whether or not that causes more than the merest scratch on the surface of New Zealand politics is to be seen.

    Gareth Morgan gave it a shot. Will the new lot be that successful?

  6. I’d consider voting for this party. I can’t abide the Greens but do want more done about the environment. I’m surprised the top three priorities for the Sustainable Party, don’t include something on climate change.

    • Corky

       /  11th November 2019

      Damn straight, Arty. Stainless steel bullets and Agvar plantations would be a great start.

    • Blazer

       /  11th November 2019

      Probably find his big donors not too interested in climate change….astroturfing definitely the name of this game.


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