Our focus is creating liveable, vibrant and safe communities.
The design of our towns and cities affects everyone: how we live, work and play.
With smarter planning and transport policies, we can save money while protecting the environment and improving our settlements for all New Zealanders
The Greens support a holistic view of urban areas. We believe that simply recognising that urban issues matter will be a major step forward. In support of sustainable cities and towns the Green Party promotes the following specific steps.
The Green Party will:
- Create a Ministry of Urban Affairs.
- Ensure that transport investment and planning within urban areas is integrated with, and subordinate to, the needs of people in cities and towns.( see also Transport Policy)
- Create national targets for reducing car dependence and enhancing mobility within urban areas.
- Promote a 'waste-free' approach to production and emphasise research and technology to help us 'do more with less for longer'.
- Ensure ongoing access to high quality water while promoting its conservation.
- Promote innovation in waste and water management with increased emphasis on conservation and small-scale local solutions.
- Encourage energy efficient design and use of local renewable energy in urban areas.
- Strengthen heritage protection in urban areas and encourage greater awareness of the positive role of historic heritage in creating a durable urban identity.
- Ensure culturally appropriate disposal of all sewerage.
- Increase citizens' participation in decision-making, especially in regard to resource management, and promote increased use of well-resourced community boards.
- Reform local government to give it a clear constitutional role and strengthen its democratic functions.
- Create a National Policy Statement on sustainable cities and towns under the RMA.