Labour and National fail environmental test

November 5, 2008

Environmentalists from two major New Zealand environmental groups surveyed political party policies regarding New Zealand’s environment, but the two biggest parties in Parliament failed the test.


“A Labour-led government may do more for the environment than a National-led one, but, judging by their commitments, the main parties will need the influence of the Maori Party and the Greens if they are to make real progress.”


“We asked the political parties to commit to 25 policies that would tackle climate change, clean up New Zealand’s rivers, save our oceans, protect natural heritage and exercise environmental leadership.  Both major parties refused to make clear commitments.”


This table summarises the results with a total score (out of 20) for each party under each of the goals. The overall rating represents the percentage of Vote for the Environment policies that the parties commit to implement.

This table summarises the results with a total score (out of 20) for each party under each of the goals. The overall rating represents the percentage of Vote for the Environment policies that the parties commit to implement.

“We were surprised by how poorly both the two major parties scored.  Neither of them showed the kind of commitment needed to keep New Zealand clean and green.”


Each of the eight main Parliamentary political parties were asked to confirm commit to the 25 environmental policies with a yes or no and were given space to clarify their answers.  Of the seven political parties that responded, only National and Labour refused to answer “ye’ or “no.” 


“National scored abysmally.  They refused to sign up to any of the policies, but they picked up 27% for making some small steps in the right direction.  Worryingly, along with United Future, they had the worst response of any party on responding to climate change (4/20) and had the weakest approach of any party to cleaning up New Zealand’s freshwater (2/20). ACT refused to even respond.


“Labour also refused to commit fully  to any of the policies, but their comments on the survey showed they are willing to do more than National for the environment.  They scored 45% overall.  Their strongest commitments were in saving our oceans (12/20) and saving New Zealand’s natural heritage (12/20). Labour made few commitments to clean up New Zealand’s freshwater (5/20) or to show environmental leadership (5/20)”


“United Future gained 53%, scoring well on cleaning up New Zealand’s freshwater, but did very badly on tackling climate change (4/20) and protecting New Zealand’s natural heritage (3/20).”


“Jim Anderton’s Progressives scored 60%.  Their strongest commitments were on saving the oceans (14/20), protecting New Zealand’s natural heritage (17/20)  and environmental leadership (14/20) ”


“New Zealand First and the Maori Party scored far better than expected given their voting record in Parliament, where both parties have opposed environmental legislation.  New Zealand First gained 76% and the Maori Party gained 87%.  Both parties scored well on environmental leadership and the Maori Party scored the best of any party on cleaning up New Zealand’s water ways.”


“The Greens scored the best of any political party and were the only party to score 20/20 for tackling climate change”

The overall results of our survey were:

 Information on the survey can be downloaded at: <>

The voting record of political parties over the last 3 years can read here at:

For information on the issues and policies that we used in our survey read: <>  

Vote for the Environment is supported by Greenpeace and ECO.  It is registered as a third party under the Electoral Finance Act 2007.

The response from each party that did respond can also be found on the <>   website

For further information contact Cath Wallace on 04-463-5713(w) or 04-970-8696 (H).


Special update from dolphin expert Dr Liz Slooten

June 4, 2008

Dear Team,

Thank you so much for all your hard work on Hector’s and Maui’s dolphinTihei Mauri Ora!
protection over the last couple of years! Without you we would certainly
not have got anywhere near this far.

The government’s decision is a modified version of Option 2 in the Threat
Management Plan. While we had all hoped for Option 3 or something closer
to total protection (the Option 4 that never made it into the plan), this
is a major step forward.
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Tagger with a conscience and a cause

May 31, 2008

Some of Jono\'s art featuring throughout the country 

Mon, 26 May 2008 07:26p.m.


Graffiti is a form of communication.


But what it normally communicates – is not to everyone’s taste.


Jono More, however, is a tagger with a conscious and a cause.


His work is not about sex or violence – it is about saving dolphins.


Jono More’s weapon of choice is a spray can and he is using it to fight for the world’s rarest dolphins

– the hector and maui.


He says “it’s a crucial time for them right now and they need to be in the public eye.”


Hector dolphins number just 7000.


Their North Island cousins – the maui – are critically endangered, there are just over a hundred of them left.


According to a government report as many as 150 hector and maui dolphins die in commercial nets every year.


Jono has been wasting no time stencilling his dolphins around the country from Banks Peninsula to

the walls of parliament.


He says that his brand of graffiti is having an effect. “It does have power. It’s going to remind the people who see the paintings that they are a part of this country – and that’s all I could ask for – they belong here and they need to stay here.”



But whether the dolphins will, depends on the government.

View the rest of this article with the Campbell Live Video 

Congratulations dolphin massive!

May 31, 2008

It’s definitely worthy of celebration! Our native dolphin species, the Maui’s and Hector’s just got granted a future of hope, thanks to the new fishing industry changes announced by the NZ Minister of Fisheries this week. It is sad that 65 fishermen that are losing their livelihoods, but at least humans have alternatives and can adapt new ways of getting by.  Let’s hope the government might spares them some compensation.

There is no way dolphins can get around the problem of set nets without drowning.  From October 2008, here are the changes that will come into effect.  For the finer details see:  Minister announces new measures to protect dolphins


* West coast, North Island.
* Clifford and Cloudy Bay, Marlborough.
* Porpoise Bay/Fortress, Catlins coast.
* Te Waewae Bay, Southland.

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