Protecting our precious native plants and animals for generations to come

The Green Party will protect the rivers, land, forests, beaches, and oceans we all rely on for our clean air, water to drink, kai, and health.

Aotearoa is home to natural taonga found nowhere else in the world.

But right now, corporations are plundering the oceans and tearing up the land, pushing precious native wildlife to the brink of extinction. Many of our native plants and animals are suffering - and we’re at risk of losing them forever.

The Green Party knows that the mauri and health of the natural world is crucial to the health and wellbeing of our people, our climate, and our communities. We will prioritise action to protect our moana and indigenous ecosystems so they can regenerate and flourish.

The time is now for action to restore our rivers, oceans, forests and wildlife to health for the benefit of everyone, now and in the future.

Our plan

  • Reform the Reserves Act including to give effect to te Tiriti o Waitangi.
  • Ban new mining on conservation land, including stewardship land.
  • Commit to doubling the extent of natural wetlands by 2050, including helping landowners identify where wetlands can be restored to provide nature-based solutions to flooding.
  • Provide financial recognition for protecting and enhancing indigenous biodiversity on private land, including targeted support for Māori landowners to be able to access the scheme.
  • Increase funding and support for the Predator Free 2050 goal, weed and pest control, including for Rāukumara Pae Maunga, and ensure conservation values guide control of browsing species such as deer and tahr.
  • Review and continue funding for Jobs for Nature –Mahi mō te Taiao which has invested in community and iwi and hāpu-led conservation across the motu.
  • Work with Ngāi Tahu to eradicate mice, pigs and cats on the sub-Antarctic Maukahuka Auckland Islands.
  • Implement global biodiversity targets in domestic legislation.
  • Ringfence all proceeds of the visitor levy for conservation and biodiversity projects

You can find our full manifesto here