New Zealand’s newest political party, Sustainable NZ, has launched today with a promise of increasing Conservation funding by $1 billion over four years in a bid to halt the extinction of native species.
Leader Vernon Tava said the funding could come from New Zealand First’s $3 billion provincial growth fund.
And he has endorsed the use of gene technology to help reduce predators.
He described the party as a “full-time environment party”.
“Until now, if you had wanted to vote for the environment, you have had to support a party that has been a clearing-house for New Zealand’s left-of-Labour activist movements, often putting social justice ahead of protecting the environment.”
Hilariously climate change doesn’t even mention in their focus, it’s all bullshit conservation which is meaningless if the environment that biosphere is living in is getting killed off.
The point of Sustainability NZ for National is not to get over 5% and join them in Parliament, it’s to take just enough green voters away from the Greens so as to sink them under 5%.
The two reasons National signed up to the Zero Carbon Act is because it doesn’t do anything and so that they can pretend to believe in climate change, Sustainability NZ allows them to ignore it altogether.
If we had a Green movement that wasn’t more focused on meaningless consensus and middle class identity politics, they could see this challenge off from Sustainability NZ, but because of the shrill alienation the Greens manage to create, this could be the plot to rob them of any representation post 2020.
Matt McCarten’s strategy for Labour in the 2017 election was to undermine National’s support parties to create the space for a win. It took Labour 3 terms to realise that strategy, it’s taken National one term out of power to adopt it.