Everyone should be treated equally, with access to what we need to live a good life. 

In government we've fought to implement policy that ensures everyone gets a fair go and that we reduce the inequality experienced by women, young people and Māori in particular. 

We've achieved a huge amount

Incomes for women are increasing through better starting salaries and addressing systemic bias in the public service.

We've introduced a bold new model to get all of government working together with communities to address and ultimately end family and sexual violence. We've won the largest ever budget package to fund critical services and passed  legislation to put victims’ safety first and prevent people being re-traumatized by the justice system.

Our mental health pilot that focuses on young people will help support the next generation live strong healthy lives.

Drug law reform means young people are no longer instantly made criminals and are instead diverted to health-based support. 

Govt support for te reo / Māori language teaching in schools has been boosted with 600 new advocates being introduced to schools.

Major housing reforms are underway, to make renting fairer, to restart state house building, and our progressive home ownership policy is being rolled out so that people who rent can get a foothold in to homes they own. 

Our landmark report into welfare  has provided a roadmap to overhaul our social support system.

And we need to go further and faster

We’re committed to doing what’s right, to build a fair society so everyone has access to what they need to live a good life. Whilst we have made great progress, we need to go further and faster to tackle the inequality experienced by women, young people and Māori in particular.

Our policy is to introduce an immediate increase in the core benefits this term to unlock people from poverty.

We also understand visionary change is needed that tackles institutional racism, supports women and the role of all carers in our society, and rebalances things to give our younger generation more choice and opportunity.

There's a huge amount to do and we will be announcing new policy and big, bold ideas as part of the general election in 2020.

 

Latest Housing Announcements

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Te Mātāwaka: Greens support iwi led housing solutions

The Green Party’s Te Mātāwaka Caucus welcome the Government’s investment into iwi Māori-led housing initiatives.    
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Greens call for a Warrant of Fitness for rental homes

The Green Party is launching a petition today calling on the Government’s Healthy Homes Standards to be backed up with a proper Warrant of Fitness ...
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Wellington’s largest transitional housing facility opens

The biggest Transitional Housing facility outside of Auckland has opened in Wellington, providing safe accommodation and support for the capital’s ...
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Let's talk about making rents reasonable

A decent, affordable home is a basic right, and in Aotearoa we can make it a reality. But for decades, successive governments have stood by and all...
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Acting boldly to address the housing crisis so we all thrive

Tēnā koe Minister Woods,
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Housing First Pūrākau share experiences of homelessness

Associate Minister of Housing (Homelessness) Marama Davidson has welcomed the release of two pūrākau reports telling the diverse and real life stor...
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Latest Social Development Announcements

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Greens urge more support for vulnerable families in lockdown

The Green Party calls on the Government to urgently provide relief for people and families doing it tough, as a new report from the Salvation Army ...
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Greens call for dehumanising sanctions to be removed, GMI to be implemented

The Green Party is renewing its calls for benefit sanctions to be removed after new research found some people do not understand why they were sanc...
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Today’s benefit increase a start, but Government must do more for people in poverty

The Green Party welcomes the 1 July changes to support families and children, but says the main benefit increase must go further to help pull New Z...
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Green Party supports Budget 2021 which will help those in poverty

The Green Party supports the 2021 Budget which increases income support for New Zealanders living in poverty, and we’ll continue to push for a long...
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Tinkering around the edges won’t cut it for families struggling to survive

Research released today reinforces the need for significant changes to our social safety net, the Green Party says.
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Greens will embed tikanga Māori into rewrite of social security legislation

The Green Party is putting a Member’s Bill into the ballot today which will be a significant step towards overhauling the Social Security Act by em...
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Latest Youth Announcements

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Youth Affairs Policy

Young people should be empowered to create a better Aotearoa New Zealand and overcome the challenges created by previous generations. Democracy mus...
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Youth Parliamentarians pass motion declaring climate emergency

The 2019 Youth Parliament has declared a climate emergency via a motion in the Parliament.   The motion was put forward by Chlöe Swarbrick’s youth ...
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More Free Mental Health Support for Young People

The Green Party welcomes the expansion of free youth mental health support announced today, says Green Party mental health spokesperson Chlöe Swarb...
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Greens announce free counselling for young people

The Green Party in government will fund free counselling for all New Zealanders aged 25 and under as part of a $260 million youth mental health pac...
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NZ First putting politics before child protection

NZ First has chosen to put political game playing ahead of the safety of children by proposing a referendum on the ten year old amendments to the C...
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Government must raise the age of youth justice

The Green Party is joining with youth, justice and disability groups in calling on the National Government to raise the age of youth justice to inc...
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