In our first term of government, the Green Party have led the way on tackling climate change, reducing inequality and protecting nature. We’re proud of our track record. With more of us in parliament next term, we’ll go further, faster to achieve more visionary change.

 

CLIMATE

✔ Zero Carbon Bill

This landmark climate law sets up the legal framework for a 30 year plan to avoid a climate crisis
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EQUALITY

✔ Landmark report into welfare

We need to put the heart back into our social support system. The Welfare Expert Advirory Group report creates a roadmap for our long term vision a...
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NATURE

✔ Jobs for Nature

We secured $1.3 Billion to create thousands of nature-based jobs in the COVID-19 response
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EQUALITY

✔ Joint Venture for Family & Sexual Violence

We've started a bold new model for addressing family and sexual violence
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NATURE

✔ Huge boost to DOC funding

We secured the biggest increase of funding to DOC in decades, allowing DOC to increase efforts to support our native plants and animals
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EQUALITY

✔ Warm, dry, energy-efficient state homes

We’ve ensured every new home built by Kāinga Ora (formerly Housing NZ) will meet the “Home Star 6” energy efficiency rating, meaning public houses ...
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CLIMATE

✔ Climate included in the RMA

We put climate change back in the Resource Management Act, meaning consents for big polluting projects can be blocked, so that Aotearoa NZ builds a...
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EQUALITY

✔ Renting rules reformed

We’ve reformed renting rules so people who rent get a fairer deal
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NATURE

✔ Doubled protections for dolphins

We doubled the size of marine sanctuaries for Māui & Hector’s dolphins
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CLIMATE

✔ Ended offshore oil and gas exploration

We banned new offshore oil and gas exploration to ensure fossil fuels stay in the ground
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EQUALITY

✔ Domestic violence protections

We passed world-first laws to provide leave from work for people experiencing domestic violence
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EQUALITY

✔ Free period products in schools

Young people in Waikato will be the first to have free access to period products in schools, in another step to support children and young people i...
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CLIMATE

✔ More electric vehicle chargers

We’ve funded hundreds of new electric vehicle chargers to be built all over Aotearoa NZ – even on the Interislander ferry
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NATURE

✔ Single-use plastic bags banned

We banned single-use shopping bags and are moving to phase out other hard-to-recycle plastic packaging made from PVC and polystyrene
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EQUALITY

✔ Raising core benefits

We raised benefits by $25 per week, a first step to making sure people have enough to live with dignity
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CLIMATE

✔ Divested Kiwisaver funds

We banned default Kiwisaver funds from investing in fossil fuels, so your savings don’t fund the climate crisis
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EQUALITY

✔ Family Funded Care

We changed Family Funded Care so parents and partners of disabled people with high or very high support needs will be paid for caring for their fam...
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CLIMATE

✔ Funding for clean transport

We’ve reprioritised transport planning to boost low carbon options like public transport, electric commuter rail and major cycling projects such as...
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EQUALITY

✔ Winter Energy Payments

We're helping some of the lowest income people in our communities stay warm through Winter Energy Payments
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EQUALITY

✔ Major housing reforms

Major housing reforms are underway, to make renting fairer, to restart state house building, and our progressive home ownership policy is being rol...
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NATURE

✔ Major water reforms

We put in place rules to stop pollution of rivers and lakes, so they’ll be swimmable again within a generation
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NATURE

✔ Waste levy

We're expanding and increasing the waste levy to provide a stronger economic incentive to divert waste from landfill
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CLIMATE

✔ Climate Change Commission

We established the independent Climate Change Commission to drive a just transition to a climate-friendly economy
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EQUALITY

✔ Youth mental health pilot

Our mental health pilot focuses on young people and will help support the next generation to live strong healthy lives
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NATURE

✔ Expanded Kahurangi National Park

We added 64,000 hectares to the Kahurangi National Park, the largest ever addition to a national park
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EQUALITY

✔ Decriminalised abortion

After calling for it for years, a ground-breaking law passed that decriminalises abortion and ensures women and pregnant people seeking abortions h...
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NATURE

✔ National Plan of Action for Seabirds

We've revised and strengthened the National Plan of Action for Seabirds (NPOA) which now has the new objective of working to achieve zero bycatch o...
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EQUALITY

✔ Ended unnecessary sanctions

We abolished the cruel rule that cut single parents' welfare payments if they didn't name the other parent of their child
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NATURE

✔ Predator Free 2050

We’ve set Aotearoa on a path to be predator free by 2050, by increasing funding and setting out what needs to happen to achieve this ambitious goal
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CLIMATE

✔ Safe to School

We increased funding to Bikes in Schools and launched the Bike Ready programme so 43,000 more can learn to ride a bike. We're also changing the def...
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CLIMATE

✔ Home insulation scheme

We’ve insulated 9,000 more homes, taking the grand total since 1999 (when the Greens first started insulation subsidies) to almost 400,000
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EQUALITY

✔ Misuse of Drugs Act reformed

We reformed the Misuse of Drugs Act so people get health support, not criminal convictions
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NATURE

✔ Phasing out plastic packaging

We're working to start phasing out other hard-to-recycle plastic packaging made from PVC and polystyrene
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EQUALITY

✔ Increased the refugee quota

We got our longstanding policy of increasing the refugee quota over the line, with a doubling of the quota to 1500. This means Aotearoa NZ is provi...
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CLIMATE

✔ Climate education in schools

We rolled out a new resource for schools to help children understand how to live with climate change, and how they can make a difference
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EQUALITY

✔ Election Access Fund Bill

We passed landmark law to ensure deaf and disabled voices are heard equally in democracy
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NATURE

✔ International Visitor Levy

We set up a levy tourists pay when entering the country that is spent on protecting and enhacing nature
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EQUALITY

✔ Economic justice for women

We reduced the gender pay gap in the public service to the lowest levels in 20 years and we're addressing systemic bias in the public service
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CLIMATE

✔ Green Investment Fund

We set up the Green Investment Fund to kick-start innovation towards a low-carbon economy
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EQUALITY

✔ Food in schools

After campaigning for it for years, we've now provided more than 200,000 kids with lunch at school
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NATURE

✔ Container return scheme

We're designing a container return scheme for beverage containers so that the materials that bottles and cans are made of, such as aluminium and pl...
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EQUALITY

✔ Paid Parental Leave

We've increased Paid Parental Leave to 26 weeks, so parents can spend more time with their new babies
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EQUALITY

✔ Progressive home ownership

We secured $400 million for a government progressive home ownership scheme, which will help families buy their own home in partnership with Kāinga ...
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CLIMATE

✔ Climate Action Plan

We got agreement for the first ever all-of-Government Climate Action Plan
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EQUALITY

✔ Prisoner Voting

We changed the law so prisoners in jail for less than three years can vote and are continuing to push for all prisoners to have the right to have t...
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NATURE

✔ Two new great walks

We opened the Paparopa track and are working towards opening Hump Ridge as the next Great Walk so people can enjoy nature
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EQUALITY

✔ Banned letting fees

We banned landlords and property managers from charging letting fees
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CLIMATE

✔ Solar schools and coal boiler replacements

We've started replacing coal boilers in schools and hospitals with clean energy alternatives, and have started putting solar panels on schools so k...
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NATURE

✔ Indigenous Fish Bill

We revised a 20 year old law to provide effective tools to look after indigenous fish spawning areas, ensure that culverts and drains don’t block f...
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CLIMATE

✔ International push to end fossil fuel subsidies

We've worked to end fossil fuel subsidies at international climate negotiations
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EQUALITY

✔ Family reunification

We locked in budget to reunite more refugees with their families, ensuring they have the best chance at a new life in Aotearoa New Zealand
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EQUALITY

✔ Te Reo in schools

Government support for te reo Māori language teaching in schools has been boosted, with 600 new advocates being introduced to schools
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NATURE

✔ Circular economy

We’re starting work towards a circular economy, by supporting businesses that are finding ways to create new products from others' rubbish
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NATURE

✔ Product stewardship

We’re designing waste out of the system with mandatory product stewardship schemes for products such as e-waste, tyres and batteries, to make sure ...
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EQUALITY

✔ Fairness at work

We re-instated the right to rest and meal breaks, and restricted unfair 90 day trials
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CLIMATE

✔ New Energy Research Centre

We established the New Energy Research Centre in Taranaki to spur innovation and create jobs
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NATURE

✔ Country of origin labelling

Our member’s bill that allows New Zealanders to know where their food comes was passed almost unanimously by Parliament
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EQUALITY

✔ Medicinal cannabis

We legalised medicinal cannabis products so those in chronic pain can get help
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CLIMATE

✔ Climate impacts assessment

We started work on the first Climate Change Risk Assessment so we can prioritise action in the areas that need the most support to adapt to the eff...
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DEMOCRACY

✔ Transparency in Government

We pioneered the proactive release of Green Party Ministers’ diaries, which was eventually taken up by all Government Ministers. We also saw a chan...
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DEMOCRACY

✔ No more foreign donations

We changed the law to help protect our democracy from the influence of powerful vested interests, by banning foreign donations of more than $50
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DEMOCRACY

✔ Ended Iraq deployment

We pushed for the end of the deployment of our troops to Iraq and we got it
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CLIMATE

✔ Defence Climate Change Implementation Plan

We released the Defence Climate Change Implementation Work Plan, titled: "Responding to the Climate Crisis: An Implementation Plan", which marks th...
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