The Green Party envisions a society in which:
- Mining in New Zealand only happens for materials which serve a socially useful purpose, when renewable materials are not available, and when mining is the best means of obtaining the material;
- Renewable and recycled materials and forms of energy production are maximised, reducing the demand for new extraction activities;
- All extraction is within acceptable environmental limits; and
- All adverse effects are remedied as far as reasonably possible, both during a mining operation and after decommissioning.