Who we are
The green movement is driven by people who know that protecting our planet and supporting our communities go hand in hand.
We believe that Government must do more, faster, to protect our planet and make sure everyone is treated equally and has access to what they need to live a good life. We do this so that our kids and grandkids will inherit a fairer, more beautiful world.
We want to build on the connections and partnership between Māori and non-Māori to build strong rules which protect our planet and build fairer communities. We want to honour the thousands of years of traditional and local knowledge that have the answers to ensuring a safe climate and healthy communities.
We’ve been in politics since 1990 when the Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand was formed. Before that, some of the founding members of the Green Party had been active members of the Values Party, the world's first national-level environmentalist party, at the outset of the Green movement in the 1970s.
The Greens won seats as Alliance candidates in the 1993 and 1996 elections. In the 1999 election, the Greens stood as Green candidates and gained 5.16% of the vote and seven seats in Parliament. We have continued to grow ever since securing record votes at future elections and growing into the largest consistent third party force in New Zealand politics.
At the 2017 election, over 160,000 people put their faith in us and we entered Government for the first time, securing Ministerial roles and negotiating a comprehensive agreement with the New Zealand Labour Party.
A part of that agreement has been crucial work for people and planet. We have done more in one term of Government to address climate change than the previous 30 years and have set Aotearoa New Zealand up to be net-zero carbon pollution by 2050. We’ve fought to make sure that no-one gets left behind and that everyone gets treated equally, regardless of your age, race, gender, or financial status. We’ve pushed to halt growing inequality by lifting benefits, increasing funding to our services, and honouring Te Tiriti.
In 2019 we had our greatest ever results in local body elections with 42 greens elected to local bodies.