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A strong and diverse agricultural sector is an important part of an economically viable and environmentally sustainable Aotearoa New Zealand. Farmers who do the right thing by the environment should be recognised and rewarded.

Rural communities should be strengthened and enjoy high quality of life

  • Rural communities should enjoy quality public services, including potable water, health care, education, justice, and broadband.
  • The sale of rural property and farms should be restricted to New Zealand citizens and residents, with government discouraging absentee corporate ownership.

Environmentally Sustainable Agriculture should underpin Aotearoa New Zealand

  • Our “clean, green” brand underpins our exports and our quality of life; it should be a reality by incentivising sustainable and ecological production practices.
  • Government should facilitate a transition towards organic and regenerative farming, moving away from pesticides, herbicides, and industrial agriculture.
  • Government should prioritise New Zealand-made produce. Trade agreements and overseas investment rules should not undercut local production and industry.

The sustainable use of rural land should be promoted

  • The diversification and planting of forestry should be encouraged because of its important contributions to water quality, greenhouse gas sequestration, and economic success.
  • Water and soil quality must be protected and government should not encourage large-scale irrigation and should limit urban sprawl.

Aotearoa New Zealand must be net carbon zero

  • Government must support farmers and rural communities to work towards net zero emissions, recognising that some biological emissions will continue and these will need to be offset.
  • The Green Party supports a fair and predictable price on all emissions, including methane. Revenue should be used to offset costs to consumers and fund low emissions alternatives.
  • Biosecurity and freedom from genetic engineering are important for New Zealand’s success

Biosecurity should be based on a precautionary approach.

  • Aotearoa New Zealand should maintain "zero" tolerance for all GE derived micro-organism, seed, plant, and animal imports.
  • GE organisms must not be released outside of laboratories and any GE products must be clearly labelled.

Latest Agriculture Announcements


Report shows reducing actual farming emissions vital

Evidence shows that relying on offsets to reduce agriculture’s impact on the climate will not work, the Green Party says.
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Government handing Fonterra a free pass

Minister O’Connor should immediately pause the Government’s proposed Fonterra Bill and review its potential impact on the climate, the Green Party ...
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Pricing must cut agriculture emissions

Cutting climate pollution must be the number one priority for Cabinet when considering how it intends to price agricultural emissions, the Green Pa...
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Agricultural emissions proposal falls short

The He Waka Eke Noa agricultural emissions pricing proposal leaves more questions than answers, the Green Party says.
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Phase out PKE as part of climate plan

The Green Party is calling on the Minister of Agriculture, Damien O’Connor to phase out the use of the Palm Kernel Expeller (PKE) on farms to help ...
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Govt must start phase out of synthetic nitrogen fertiliser

Responding to new research showing the link between cancer and nitrates in drinking water, the Green Party is calling on the Government to immediat...
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Latest Primary Industries Announcements


Take action to protect our oceans

We’re taking the health of our oceans seriously and our Thriving Oceans Plan sets out exactly how the Green Party will protect them so we all can e...

Thriving Oceans

Oceans are the lifeblood of our planet and home to thousands of taonga species, providing us with nourishing food to feed our families, supporting...
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Farming for the Future

Here in Aotearoa, we can have a thriving and sustainable farming sector that is good for farmers, good for people, and good for the planet. By mak...
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Supporting farmers to be part of the solution

Our farmers are already leading the way toward climate-friendly agriculture - but governments must support them to go further, faster.   The Green ...


Forestry Policy

Protecting and growing our forests cleans the air and lowers greenhouse gas emissions, creates jobs and economic value, sustains the soil and clean...
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Review of live animal exports needed to protect animal welfare and New Zealand’s agricultural brand

The Green Party is welcoming the announcement by Minister of Agriculture Damien O’Connor to review New Zealand’s live animal exports rules. “New Ze...
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