Chris (65) Rotorua
There’s a few and they’re all connected. Poverty, particularly the number of children growing up in New Zealand without the basics; the state of our rivers and lakes; and climate change. It’s completely unacceptable to me that we have hundreds of thousands of kids growing up in poverty in New Zealand. The Green Party, in government, will start by ensuring that all parents have enough money to put food on the table and a roof over their children’s heads, and we will bring in rules that mean every house that is put up for rent is warm, safe and dry, and won’t make the people who live in them sick.
Jenny (73) Tauranga
Excellent question, Jenny! Strong, with milk, no sugar – after all, sugar’s bad for your teeth!
Alisa Boock (33) Dunedin
The Green Party, as a priority, will raise all benefits by 20%, including yours. Our social welfare system needs to provide enough for people to get by on and, at the moment, it doesn’t. You’ll also be entitled to free off-peak public transport under our policy.
Matthew (11) Auckland
If your parents want you to grow up in a country where all families have enough to get by on, where our rivers, lakes and birds are protected, and where everyone can live in a warm, safe, dry home, then they should vote for the Green Party.
Lyn (53) Auckland
We want an immigration system that’s fair, respectful and treats people as people, not as economic units.
*Shirley (60) Orewa
I had an extended OE in London, working in the sustainability divisions of big companies. I loved the work I was doing, but I realised that there was a limit to how much I could do there – I knew that if I wanted to make substantive change, then politics was the best place to do it. If I wasn’t a politician, I think I’d still be working towards making life better for our people and planet – it’s what drives me.
*Cole (13) Auckland
You never know what’s going to come up in the media on any given day – that can be challenging but also exciting.
Natalie (50) Wellington
I’m very fortunate that I have an extremely supportive and understanding wife, Annabel. We met in the middle of the 2011 election campaign and I asked her to marry me six months later.
Angela (49) Auckland
I find Bill English’s values conservative and I don’t agree with him on everything, but I respect the fact he has them. Jacinda is great. She represents Labour’s core vision and values better than anybody. Winston can be quite charming.
Our plan is to remind New Zealanders of the Green Party’s values and our vision for our country – clean rivers, an end to poverty, real leadership on climate change. If you want those things too, then vote for us. The one solution I would implement would be to stop the pollution of our rivers and lakes, and restore them to health so future generations can enjoy what we did as kids.
John (41) Dunedin
Like many Kiwis, I am proudest of our mountains, our forests and our beaches. I’ve been fortunate enough to have travelled all over the world, but there’s nothing quite like home.