POLITICAL PARTIES ENVIRONMENTAL POLICIES
I did not look at National, as we kind of know their aims (big overseas corporations).
There is a chance they could get in, but the last time they had Bill English in an election, they lost severely, only gaining 21% of the vote. He’s a good finance minister, I feel he’s kind of been pushed back into the role, and he’s not a good fit in my opinionl.
In fact he even said after the loss, that he didn’t really want to be the party leader:
However, he did not openly organise against Shipley, and according to The Southland Times "there was almost an element of ‘aw, shucks, I’ll do it then’ about Mr English’s ascension"
I can remember when he was made leader the first time and I said “English who?”, as is often the case you don’t hear about these MP’s and then suddenly they’re in a top job all over the news!
The Opportunities Party aka TOP (Gareth Morgans Party)
New, this election, unlikely to get more that 5%, could perhaps get in on a single candidate. Also a lot of crazy cat ladies really hate Gareth Morgan.
Economic growth must not come at the expense of the environment.
position is that we should leave the environment for our descendants in no worse shape than we inherited it – and preferably in better shape. We will protect and enhance our natural environment, not just because we love it, but because it makes good business sense.
They sound approchable to our hobby miners right.
New Zealand First
All environmental policies will be proactive with a view to creating employment and sustainable wealth whilst improving one of our few competitive advantages.
Seek higher Crown levies on minerals extracted and return 25 per cent royalties to the source regions.
The Green Party
Their policies are not standard, difficult to find anything conclusive - unless they are holding back policies until closer to election time.
They are mostly concerned with Global Warming & Big Mining operations (especially oversease companies).
The Labour Party
Difficult to find a definitive environmental policy, perhaps they are saving them for the election also.
Mostly they are focused on hitting National over water quality issues. They have a focus on Global Warming too.
"Labour, we believe in sustainable economic growth.
Growth that delivers a fair reward to the people who work for it, and builds opportunities for the people that come after us.
My vision is of a diversified economy, in which low-carbon technology, weightless exports, a healthy high-quality tourism sector and sustainable value-added agriculture all have a role in keeping our people wealthy and our country working."
(A similar line to New Zealand First.)
The Maori Party
Mostly concerned with Water Rights.
“Seek a crucial role (Kaitiaki) in the management of environmental resources including our rivers, mountains and national parks.
Based on the spiritual and cultural relationship we have always had with the land, it is our responsibility and right to protect, restore and enhance the environment.”
They wish to divert some funding from Doc for this purpose. Might be able to sway them with a bit of the Miners Right fee put towards this Kaitiaki management role.
It will be important to have indepth consultation with Maori, to get them on board. Especially visiting different Iwi & marae to get all their varied views and get them on board (they will really appreciate this, too often are they overlooked, or completely disregarded).
A miners right could benefit low maori in low socioeconomic situations, and low economy towns.
They were prominent 1800’s gold mining, even following rushes to San Francisco & Klondike Gold Rushes.
An adversarial group that we could come up against, is angry anglers:
“It also prompted criticism and questions from New Zealand and overseas anglers, who fear for the future of the renowned trout fishery.
Abuse and threats have come through social media, blog sites and phone.”
This should be a last resort.
Petitioning the House of Representatives.
What is a petition?
A signed request for the House to take action.
A petition is a document addressed exclusively to the House of Representatives, signed by one
person or many people, requesting the House to take a clearly defined action on a matter of public policy or law, or to redress a local or private grievance.
Who can petition?
Any person can sign a petition
Anyone of any age may petition the House of Representatives, including corporations and unincorporated bodies having sufficient identity as organisations.
Should you petition?
You may petition the House when other remedies have been
Petitioning the House should be your last course of action. You may petition the House when no
other remedies are available, or where other statutory remedies have been exhausted.
As for a petition, I think focusing on gettting signatures from the South Island would be the go. More people would be responsive down there. An ideal goal I feel would be 100,000. Kids can sign it Get your children to sign it! Probably mainly focus on the South Island (100,000 people live there right? ), that’s were it would be easier to get support.
I’d be prepared to go out and do some surveying in the street.