To reflect our commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi, we have adopted the Te Whare Takatāpui framework for our Rainbow Policy to create a vision for takatāpui and Rainbow health, well-being and relationships. It explores conceptual and practical ways to address the homophobia, transphobia, interphobia and biphobia that impacts on people with diverse genders, sexualities and sex characteristics.


The Green Party envisions an Aotearoa where takatāpui and Rainbow communities live with dignity, equality and bodily integrity, and their mana, self-determination and leadership are upheld. 

Values and Principles

Te Whare Takatāpui includes values of: Whakapapa (genealogy), Wairua (spirituality), Mauri (life spark), Mana (authority/self-determination), Tapu (sacredness), Whanaungatanga (interconnectedness and relationships), Mātauranga (knowledge and research) and Tikanga (rules and protocols).

We value community-led policy, so the Rainbow Greens network led the development of this policy. 

Strategic Priorities

The Green Party’s top priorities for Rainbow communities are to:

  • Develop a national Rainbow suicide prevention strategy. (3.3)
  • Amend the Human Rights Act to clarify that all forms of sexual orientation, gender identity and expression and sex characteristics are prohibited grounds of discrimination, and develop guidance and training on these responsibilities. (4.2)
  • Prohibit all non-consensual and medically unnecessary surgeries or medical interventions on intersex people, and make reparations to survivors of these practices. (5.2.1)
  • Resource and promote clear pathways for timely, non-discriminatory access to all forms of gender-affirming healthcare based on informed consent and self-determination. (5.3)
  • Reform laws and policies affecting Rainbow asylum seekers, refugees and migrants, to protect their rights. (6.5)
  • Establish a Ministry for Rainbow Communities. (8.1)
  • Resource Rainbow communities to be involved in the co-design and implementation of policies, strategies and programmes that affect them. (8.2)

Connected Policies

Rainbow Policy is underpinned and supplemented by other actions in our Health, Kaupapa Māori, Disability, Children’s, and Women’s Policies. Rainbow wellbeing and autonomy is affected by a range of factors, which are considered in other policies including our Human Rights, Immigration, Housing and Sustainable Communities and Justice Policies. It is also connected with our Arts, Culture and Heritage Policy.


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