James Shaw leads the Green Party. James Shaw strongly believes that New Zealand can lead the world in transitioning to a high-value, clean-tech, post-carbon economy that works for everyone.
Labour and the Greens have announced a Memorandum of Understanding to work together to try and change the Government this election
As the Greens have teamed up with Labour this election I am assuming they are supporting the Superannuation age remaining at 65 as their is nothing currently in their announced policies that would indicate otherwise.
The Greens have promised they would build 10,000 homes over three years in a rent-to-buy scheme.
They believe that:
- Housing is a social good and a basic right.
- No one should be prevented from establishing a decent home because of low income.
- All people should have secure tenure of appropriate housing.
- Housing developments should optimise land use, reduce car use and be built to sustainable building principles.
- Energy-saving and resource-conserving technologies must be promoted for all buildings.
- Provide funding to third sector housing organisations for a minimum of 1000 units a year for the next 3 years, prioritising those with commitment to environmental and social sustainability.
- Remove legal and institutional barriers to the development of co-operative housing, eco-villages, self-built, sweat equity housing, shared ownership, and papakainga housing Supported housing for those in need.
- Ensure appropriate housing and support for those living with, and recovering from, mental illness and addictions.
- Support older people and people with physical or intellectual impairments so that they can remain in their own homes, or move into suitable housing .
The Greens believe that people living with impairments should have access to and information on citizen rights and are involved in decision-making affecting them, services that are responsive, flexible, assessable and culturally appropriate. As well as barriers to their active participation in society removed.
They will match increasing need for health services with increased funding to enable New Zealand to keep pace with the growing need for all kinds of health services.
The Greens have promised to continue to drive service integration, so that a person’s interaction with health services is seamless across the entire system, rather than fragmented duplication of interactions with more or less independent silos. This is particularly important in the relationship between community-based and hospital-based care, and in the relationships between more specialised services (such as maternity or mental health services) with general healthcare services.
Green MP Julie Anne Genter also has a members’ bill before parliament which would legalise access to cannabis products for New Zealanders suffering from terminal illness or any debilitating condition.
In regards to immigration, last year the Greens announced an immigration policy that would limit immigration to one percent of population growth, which is a cut on current numbers. After a rush of negative the party took the policy into review. Their new policy does not limit numbers and increases support for migrants.
Their focus on temporary migrants is on workers rights. They will require that employers to give temporary migrant workers at least the same pay and working conditions as local workers, allow temporary workers who possess valuable skills to apply for residency and have a greater availability of bridging courses for immigrants in professions that New Zealand needs.
The Greens support properly funding services aimed at providing the kind of support that enables people to have their treatment and rehabilitation needs met in their own homes. Implement all recommendations of the Human Rights Commission’s ‘Caring Counts’ report, to ensure quality of life for older people and fairness for those who care for them.
They support enabling everyone to access to high quality palliative care regardless of their location, encourage advanced care and end-of-life planning, and support public education to raise awareness of end-of-life issues. Also, support a law change that allows an adult diagnosed with a terminal illness to access medical-assistance in dying.
The Greens promote and ensure equal opportunities and pay equity. As well as more resources for vocational advice and employment support, including for women, Maori and Pacific Island peoples, disabled and other statistically lower-paid groups.