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Ewen-Street wants to contribute to National

5 August 2006

Ewen-Street looks forward to contributing to National

"I'm looking forward to the challenge of assisting National build a stronger environmental platform," says former Green MP Ian Ewen-Street.

"My values and passion for the environment have not changed but I have changed vehicle because more progress can be made on the substantive issues through a major party like National.

"I am frustrated by the lack of progress New Zealand is making on issues like biosecurity, water quality and sustainable agriculture. The likelihood is that National will be the next Government. I want to influence their policy making so there are gains for the environment.

"My discussions with Don Brash about National wanting a stronger environmental platform have encouraged me to join.

"Don and Environment Spokesman Nick Smith have invited me to make a contribution towards National's environment paper due for release later this year; a role I am excited about.

"I also find that many of National's other values and principles are ones which I support, hence my reason for joining the party."

ENDS

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