Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Greenest budget in living memory delivers for environment

Greenest budget in living memory delivers for environment

The Green Party has secured a historic suite of budget wins valued at $618 million that prioritises protecting nature and backing the transition to a green economy.

The budget package comes in addition to funds already going towards green public transport projects valued at up to $13.5 billon, including light rail from the Auckland CBD to the airport and a new billion dollar fund for safe cycle and walkways in the Government GPS.

“This is the greenest budget in living memory and kick starts our transition to a green economy. Funding initiatives announced today will reduce our carbon emissions and protect our precious natural environment,” said Green Party Co-leader James Shaw.

“This budget delivers on our confidence and supply agreement priorities and is the largest ever budget allocation for Green Party projects. Today we made a big step forward on what we came into Government to do, make life better for people and healthier for our planet.

“Budget 2018 is a huge win for our environment. We are getting DOC back on track by securing $181.6 million over four years to protect our natural environment, the largest funding increase for the department in 16 years. This funding surge will go a long way to protecting our native wildlife and natural areas from predators and starts to prioritise conservation again.

“The establishment of the $100 million Green Investment Fund will kick-start the transition of our economy to a more sustainable footing. We anticipate this investment will spur billions in private investment that will create new jobs and wealth from green business.

“The Green Investment Fund along with the up to $13.5 billion for sustainable transport projects is our country’s biggest ever investment in reducing carbon emissions. These capital and infrastructure investments lay the foundation for a new green economy, create jobs and reduce our emissions.

“We’re very happy to see new funding for home insulation. The Green Party has long advocated for the benefits of warm, dry healthy homes. Today’s budget win is about reinvesting and finishing off the job we started a decade ago to ensure more families receive the health and heating benefits that Government supported insulation provides.

“Budget 2018 delivers on seven of the Greens’ twenty confidence and supply agreement commitments. In addition to conservation and the Green Investment Fund we have secured budget wins for home insulation, the climate commission, sustainable farming, mental health and the reform of the welfare system.

“The Green Party has long called for significant funding boosts for health, education and housing. We are proud to be part of a Government that is prioritising core public services with major investments that are long overdue and will deliver significant benefits for all New Zealanders.

“Today’s budget represents a measured approach to the implementation of our confidence and supply agreement over this term of Government. It is our anticipation that the remaining measures will be met over future budgets. Today is a great start.

“It’s the greenest budget ever, a win for our people and planet and represents transformational change. We couldn’t be happier.”

For more information on the Green Party budget wins please go to

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Child Poverty Monitor: Food Poverty Due To Inadequate Income, Housing Cost

The latest Child Poverty Monitor released today by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner reveals alarming facts about children suffering the impacts of family income inadequacy, says Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG).

The report found that one in five children under the age of 15 - amounting to between 161,000 and 188,000 children - experience moderate-to-severe food insecurity, meaning they can’t count on having regular nutritious meals. More>>


Open Government: Proactively Release Of Ministerial Diaries

All Government Ministers will for the first time release details of their internal and external meetings, Minister for State Services (Open Government) Chris Hipkins announced today. More>>


Billion Trees: Questions Over Shanes Jones Carbon Claims

“Officials estimate the actual value of the One Billion Trees (OBT) scheme will be just a third of the amount Mr Jones claimed, at about $900 million, and that he padded the number by including $800 million of ETS benefits and $1 billion of business-as-usual activity..." More>>

'Sovereignty Concerns': Plans To Sign UN Migration Pact

New Zealand is likely going to sign up to a United Nations migration pact this week as long as it can iron out a concern around sovereignty. More>>


Most Vulnerable Face Most Risk: Sea Level Rise Threatens Major Infrastructure

The burden of sea-level rise will weigh on the most vulnerable unless a new approach is developed and legislated, a new report says. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Pope Of Parliament

’Tis the season of goodwill towards all humankind… except it would seem, towards the Speaker of Parliament... More>>


Abortion: Hundreds March To Call For Decriminalisation

About 300 protesters marched to Parliament this afternoon calling on MPs to vote in favour of decriminalising abortion. A recent report by the Law Commission to the government recommended removing it from the Crimes Act. More>>


Secondary Negotiations: PPTA Rejects 'Another Inadequate Offer'

Hard on the heels of an overwhelming rejection of the government’s second offer, the union’s representatives did not believe that the latest offer was good enough to take out to members... More>>


eGates And Social Security: PM Meets With Korean President Moon Jae-In

Our shared values and challenges, the situation on the Korean Peninsula and the opportunity to do more together were features of the meeting between Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and the President of the Republic of Korea Moon Jae-in today in Auckland. More>>





InfoPages News Channels