Monday, 31 October 2011

Green Party Election Campaign Opening




Contact: Metiria Turei & Russel Norman
Tag: Election 2011

VO METIRIA: This is a party political broadcast from the Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand

VOX POPS:

>> I think a richer NZ would be one where the economy, and people and the environment are considered one system

>> There'd be more opportunities for everyone.

>> There'd be a better public transport system.

>> There'd be a decent minimum wage.

>> There'd be a smaller gap between the haves and have nots.

>> There'd be housing you could afford

>> I reckon in a richer NZ there would be more jobs

>> We'd have MMP.

>> Well, healthy food would be cheaper.

>> I think in a Richer NZ we'd measure success in more ways than just monetary gain.

RUSSEL:

Kia Ora I'm Russel Norman,

METIRIA:

Tena koutou I'm Metiria Turei,

Together we're the co-leaders of the Green party

METIRIA:

18 years ago I was a young mum on the DPB with no education, no prospects, but with this beautiful baby who needed me. And I needed help. I used the welfare system to take care of us both to go to university to get my law degree. I understand first hand how important a supportive government is. For me, a richer Aotearoa is one where every parent is valued and where every child has a roof over their head and food on the table.

RUSSEL:

I grew up in Australia, I came to NZ 15 years ago for work and for study and I loved it here and I have been here ever since.

I've worked in factories, on farms and in offices. I've got a doctorate of political science, I'm a member of parliament, and a dad.

I believe a richer New Zealand is one that works for our people and we look after the environment.

RUSSEL:

This election the Green Party has three priorities for the next three years, to help us build a Richer New Zealand.

We're going to clean up rivers, get kids out of poverty and grow green jobs.

RUSSEL:

We have a plan to stimulate 100,000 new green jobs through government leadership and business incentives.

METIRIA:

It will add resilience to our economy, without taking our country further into debt. And you can read all about the details on our website.

RUSSEL:

One action is extending the home insulation scheme we created to a further 200,000 homes.

METIRIA:

We will encourage businesses to join the green economy through research subsidies, and tax incentives. We need government support for sustainable services and products which can be sold around the world.

RUSSEL:

A good example of this is a kiwi company called Aquaflow. They've developed a way to turn sewage into bio fuel, fertilizer, and clean water.

METIRIA:

But we've got to keep it kiwi, with government support in partnership with investors we can keep our best and brightest anchored in New Zealand.

RUSSEL:

We get the ongoing benefits of jobs and research, and we don't lose all the profits overseas.

METIRIA:
And while we're on the topic, selling off our state assets, even "part sale" won't make New Zealand richer. The Green Party will keep our country's assets in public ownership and we will put them to work as catalysts for our common economic good.

RUSSEL

Global investment in clean energy will double to US$800 billion by 2015. With the right incentives, we can get at least 1% of that global market. Just 1% would generate billions of dollars in exports from Z and employ tens of thousands of people in green jobs, right here.

METIRIA

If you want New Zealand to get a piece of the clean energy action, you need to Party Vote Green.

VOX POPS:

>> In a richer NZ all our lakes would be clean.

>> I just want my kids to be able to swim in our estuary.

METIRIA:

GO! (kids jump in) haha, when I was a kid I used to swim in the mighty Manawatu… but now, it's one of the most polluted rivers in the world.

RUSSEL:

The good news is that we can clean it up.

The Green Party has a plan to make all our rivers and lakes clean enough to swim in again, just like this one. (kids splash) After all, It's every Kiwi kid's birthright.

METIRIA:

Having healthy waterways is good for our clean green brand which underpins our tourism and agricultural exports.

RUSSEL:

The Green Party will set standards to control the amount of water taken from our rivers and cut pollution going into them.

METIRIA:

We'll introduce fair charges for irrigation and use the funds to clean up our rivers, and create green jobs.

RUSSEL:

We need to support our farmers and industry to find solutions that work for everyone.

METIRIA:

A Green Party Vote at this election is a start to making our rivers clean enough to swim in again.

(splash)

VOX POPS:

>> Well I think in a Richer NZ there should be more care for parents and their young children.

>> Our kids are really important

METIRIA:

We're here at Edmund Hillary School in South Auckland to celebrate a positive story…

VO METIRIA:

As a decile 1 school they've had their fair share of challenges, but by developing their own Mahinga Kai gardening & learning programme they've changed attitudes and brought their community together to support each other.

RUSSEL:

It's a great start in the battle against some of the problems caused by real hardship.

Child poverty is a reality in our country, and the Greens plan to do something about it.

METIRIA:

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

VO METIRIA:

We will give parents on a benefit access to the training incentive allowance, helping them to study and take care of their kids.

VO RUSSEL:

We will extend Working for Families to 140,000 of the poorest households with children.

METIRIA:

We will raise the minimum wage to $15 immediately to help working parents provide for their children.

RUSSEL:

And we'll create insulation standards for rental properties to ensure warm, healthy homes for thousands of kids.

METIRIA:

Child poverty costs this country around $6b billion every year. If we invest just a fraction of that in our kids now, we will save money and save lives. Ensuring a better future for all of us.

RUSSEL:

We just need your party vote to make it happen.

VOX POPS:

>> A richer New Zealand would have more Green MPs.

>> I think we more Green MPs in Parliament.

RUSSEL:

The Greens are a growing, popular party, with fresh new way of looking at world we live in.

METIRIA:

New Zealand was the home of the world's first Green Party and we've been represented in Parliament now for well over a decade. We're a successful, independent party and we've delivered positive change regardless of who's been in government.

RUSSEL:

In just the last three years, working alongside Government we've made 100,000 homes warm and dry. We've got the funding for cycling, the cleanup of toxic sites, for pest control and more.

METIRIA:

Your vote can deliver more positive change in the next three years.

To find out more about what we believe in, and why you should support us this election, please visit our website

RUSSEL:

We have a full range of policies on economics, health, education, justice, and so much more

METIRIA:

If you share our vision for a richer New Zealand

One with clean rivers, where everyone has a job, and where every child has enough to eat …

RUSSEL

If you want a smart, green economy that works for everyone….

in this election…


RUSSEL & METIRIA: Party Vote Green!


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