1. Our sparkling rivers and lakes are a key part of what makes Aotearoa New Zealand such a beautiful place to live.

    Healthy rivers are also essential for a healthy economy. Our clean and green brand underpins our tourism and agricultural exports.

    But our rivers and lakes are under threat.

    Over half of our monitored rivers are unsafe for swimming, one-third of our lakes are unhealthy, and two-thirds of our native freshwater fish are at risk or threatened with extinction.

    This is not a legacy we want to pass on to the next generation.

    We have a plan to clean up New Zealand's rivers and lakes:

    - Set standards for clean water
    - Introduce a fair charge for irrigation water
    - Support water clean-up initiatives

    To read our full plan and more about clean rivers, see greens.org.nz/cleanrivers

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  2. Please support the petition calling for a citizens initiated referendum on asset sales. This is the best chance we’ve got to stop the government selling our power companies and Air New Zealand for a quick buck.

    Volunteer now, or download the petition: greens.org.nz/stopassetsales

    Our state-owned power companies are at risk.

    The National Government’s plan to sell 49% of Meridian Energy, Mighty River Power, Genesis Power and Solid Energy is bad for the economy and the first step to full privatisation of these valuable public assets.

    They are some of our highest earning assets, with average shareholder returns of 18.5% - all to avoid borrowing costs to the government of around 4%.

    Selling off our publicly owned companies would mean more foreign ownership and less accountability to what’s best for New Zealanders. If they are privatised the power companies’ individual assets – like our dams and wind turbines – can be 100% sold into private ownership.

    The Keep Our Assets campaign is a broad group of community organisations including the Green Party, Grey Power, Council of Trade Unions (CTU), Labour Party, New Zealand Union of Students Associations (NZUSA), Greenpeace and many more.

    Volunteer or download the petition: greens.org.nz/stopassetsales

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  3. We have a practical economic plan that creates decent jobs, adds resilience to our economy, and protects our natural environment. It is a plan for clean green prosperity for all New Zealanders.

    Our plan will create 100,000 new jobs through direct government investment in housing, by ensuring our state-owned energy companies capture the massive export opportunities in the renewable energy sector, and, most importantly, by shifting the drivers for green jobs in the private sector.

    Our Green Jobs Initiative complements plans we’ve already announced to address child poverty in New Zealand and clean up our rivers and lakes.

    Jobs, rivers, and kids: It’s a pretty compelling vision for a richer New Zealand.

    Read the full plan and more information at greens.org.nz/greenjobs

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  4. One quarter of all New Zealand children are growing up in poverty.
    That's about 270,000 kids.

    They are our friends' children. They are our neighbours' children. They are the children of our colleagues and our acquaintances. They are our nieces and nephews, they are our mokopuna.

    They are our children, and they deserve better.

    We've developed four solutions to bring 100,000 children out of poverty by 2014.

    1. Make Working for Families work for every low-income family
    2. Provide better study support for sole parents and beneficiaries
    3. Raise the minimum wage to help working parents
    4. Make sure rental properties are warm and healthy for kids

    Read the full plan and more at greens.org.nz/endchildpoverty

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  5. In an inclusive society, everyone has their full rights recognised and actively participates in their communities.

    We want to ensure that New Zealanders with impairments have access to quality education, essential services, and suitable employment.

    We will also want to ensure that people with impairments can participate fully in our democracy and in decisions affecting them, are safe from discrimination, and have support to maintain their autonomy.

    Read more about the Green Party's work on disability issues: greens.org.nz/disabilities

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