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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The Green Party is putting reasonable renting rules on the agenda

The Green Party is launching its Reasonable Rents campaign to start a national conversation about the high cost of rents for the more than 1.4 mill...
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Housing plan a start, but much more needed to meet the scale of the crisis

The Government’s housing announcement is a very small start but it doesn’t go far enough to genuinely meet the scale of the crisis.
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Greens announce 4 point plan to stop runaway housing crisis

The Green Party is calling for bold, transformational measures to stop the accelerating housing crisis that is locking New Zealanders out of a stab...
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A win for Pasifika Communities to have a stable home

The Green Party welcome the Government announcement to support Pasifika peoples to become Community Housing Providers.
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Government action to cool house prices still needed despite Reserve Bank change

The Green Party welcomes the change in the Reserve Bank’s remit to consider the impacts on housing when making financial decisions, but housing aff...
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The Green Party supports long-overdue investigation into landlords breaching tenant privacy

The Green Party welcomes the announcement by the Privacy Commissioner today to look into the ways landlords and property managers seek information ...
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Latest Social Development Announcements

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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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Green Party plans significant 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.
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We have a poverty crisis in New Zealand, we need to do more

The Green Party is calling for the Government to do more for New Zealanders who continue to miss out, as main benefits are set to rise by less than...
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Working for Families reform must end discriminatory tax credits

The Government’s reported reform of Working for Families must put an end to the discriminatory tax credits that keep some kids in poverty, the Gree...
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Research shows New Zealanders want income support increased

New UMR research reveals that 69 percent of New Zealanders agree that the government should increase the amount if income support paid to those on ...
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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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