Environment & Energy

Ko Ranginui e tū iho nei hei tuanui, hei whakaruruhau
Ko Papatuanuku e takoto mai hei hei tūrangawaewae
Nā rāua ngātahi, e ora ai te taiāo.

The health and happiness of the people of Aotearoa is linked to the wellbeing of Ranginui and Papatūānuku. Therefore, the Māori practices of kaitiakitanga, mana whenua, mana moana, and rangatiratanga must play a key role in how we interact with our world. To preserve the wellbeing of our world, kaitiaki must be given a primary role in helping shape the environmental, economic and social practices of Aotearoa. 

Unfortunately however, successive governments have failed to recognise that our world has limited resources and have consistently put economic growth ahead of the environment, leading to the degradation of our lands, air, coastal areas and waterways. 

To play our part in addressing Climate Change, we must understand our role as caretakers of the environment, develop more sustainable ways of living, abandon resource greedy practices, and legislate for the future of our world and our grandchildren. 

MANA policy priorities are to: 

Uphold Te Tiriti o Waitangi 

  • Require all environmental legislation to be drafted in line with the constitutional authority to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and its principles of tino rangatiratanga and genuine consultation.
  • Ensure hapū and Īwi are properly resourced to exercise kaitiakitanga over their rohe, and have equal authority to central and local government in developing environmental policies over all our lands, forests, rivers and seas
  • Repeal the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act and replace with a system of tūpuna title that includes covenants for public access to beaches.
  • Invest in research on the principles and practices of kaitiakitanga and local science innovation and initiatives, and ensure that research is fundamental to the ongoing conservation and protection of our natural resources. 

Protect our lands from pollution 

  • Develop a plan to regulate farming practices to reduce environmental damage and improve the quality of waterways
  • De-industrialise agriculture and empower local communities to develop more environmentally friendly farming and gardening practices with more jobs, less reliance on oil, and less pollution.
  • Limit the use of toxic chemicals and put in place strict guidelines where their use is unavoidable.
  • Increase investment in research on Māori knowledge and practices to do with conservation, protection of waterways (e.g. planting), prevention of erosion, etc.   

Urgently address climate change and be carbon neutral by 2050 

  • Develop a carbon emission reduction plan in line with Paris 2016 that includes: the establishment of a Climate Commission; and the adoption of a carbon budgeting process and a 100% renewable energy goal by 2025.
  • Work towards a coal free Aotearoa within 10 years, with no new mines to be opened and existing mines wound down. Invest in alternative sustainable power sources and transition coal workers to these new industries.
  • Establish a comprehensive affordable public transport system 

Regenerate native forests 

  • Encourage the regeneration of permanent native forests particularly on marginal lands
  • Invest in alternatives to 1080 to control pests and develop a viable trapping industry
  • Empower tangata whenua to manage native forests on their land and on Crown land 

Support the development of local food production and supply 

  • Ban the growing and experimentation of GE and GM crops.
  • Promote and resource organic food production, including hua parakore foods
  • Extend funding for maara kai developed by whānau, marae and communities
  • Protect New Zealanders’ rights to save heritage seeds and exchange food
  • Develop alternative food production, ownership and distribution methods to reduce our reliance on international food companies and local food chains 

Increase opportunities for recycling and reducing waste 

  • Establish a container deposit scheme for glass and plastic bottles and containers.
  • Require manufacturers and importers to take responsibility for the life-cycle of their products
  • Impose compulsory levies on plastic bag manufacturers and users 

Invest in state managed renewable power 

  • Stop the privatisation of power companies
  • Buy back all electricity resources to: protect its quality, and; limit the cost to consumers
  • Require state electricity to develop and roll-out renewable energy
  • Subsidise domestic and community owned solar, wind and hydro-electricity options
  • Revoke ocean turbines that generate heat and harm marine life and invest in clean energy
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