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8:01 am, November 11th, 2019 - 99 comments
Categories: climate change, Environment, global warming, greens, national, political parties, same old national, sustainability - Tags: vernon tava
This took a while. With the advent of the Internet it is normally really easy to gather a crowd, at least if you have a good cause. Put up the necessary website, use Facebook to promote it and gain 500 members and voila, you have a new party.
Although someone should tell the Electoral Commission. Because the Sustainable Party is not registered yet. Maybe the application is in the mail.
What does the Sustainable Party stand for? Well the environment but in a way that will not threaten the interests of farmers or corporations is the nicest way to put it.
At the launch Tava listed various principles that the party ascribed to. Audrey Young at the Herald has listed the following principles:
• Enhance and restore healthy ecosystems.
• Protect our native plant and animal species from habitat loss and degradation.
• Aim to make 2050 Predator Free.
• Partner with communities and businesses to build a team of 4.7 million New Zealanders working together to protect the natural environment.
• Wage war on weeds and wilding conifers.
• Apply the best science and modern technology to advance conservation.
• Support improved on the ground farm management to protect ecosystems.
• Extend the national network of marine protected areas.
Notice anything missing?
At a time when the world is in a crisis caused by run away climate change there is only very oblique reference to this most pressing of problems. It should be centre and front of any policy announcement by a so called environmentally focussed party. That it is not speaks volumes. And that the policy is being used to try and wedge the Greens on Generic Engineering shows the real motivation behind the party.
As for its policies the party wants to:
• Provide $1 billion conservation funding boost over four years to restore and enhance our ecosystems:
• Extend the significant natural areas under active pest management from under 50per cent to 75 per cent plus of New Zealand’s significant natural ecosystems.
• Double core funding for Predator Free 2050 to $19 million a year.
• Increase Department of Conservation (DOC) funding to maintain, restore and protect ecosystems, habitats and species by 10 per cent or $26.374 million a year.
• Protect areas of high ecological value through purchase or covenant by doubling the Nature Heritage Fund to $12.194 million a year.
• Double the funding for the protection and management of Historic Heritage to $11.62 million a year.
• Increase funding of DOC’s Conservation in the Community programme of public education and building conservation partnerships by 10 per cent or $3.86 million a year.
• Increase the Crown’s contribution to the QEII Trust by 50 per cent or $1.706 million a year.
• Fund the SPCA to support responsible cat and dog management at $0.5 million a year.
• Wage war on wilding pines and pest plants by investing an extra $26 million a year into the delivery of Regional Council Pest Management Plans – an average of $2 million for each Regional Council shifting the burden from the ratepayer to the taxpayer.
• Spend an extra $6 million a year on wallaby control and eradication.
• Spend $60 million more a year on the National Science Challenges to advance new pest-control technologies and eco-system based management of natural resources.
• Increase the recently announced Sustainable Land Use Fund by $95 million a year for practical advice and support to implement integrated farm management plans.
Again when you refer to cat management in your list of policies but not climate change there is something seriously wrong with your policy imperatives.
Of course the reality is that this party is a puppet party, designed to cause as much grief as possible to the Greens. Vernon Tava gave this away in his speech. Again from the Herald:
“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 … [a] true sustainability-based party can work with either of the major parties to get the best deal for the environment. We are that party.”
And he refuses to accept that late stage capitalism and unfettered greed and growth are the cause of our problems. That economic disparity and ecological decline are happening hand in hand because they are symptoms of the same problem. Instead he claims that his party is “pro-progress, pro-technology and pro-science” and seems to think that eternal economic growth is possible.
“We are at a fortunate juncture in history where clean-tech is driving the next wave of economic activity by eliminating wasteful and harmful byproducts, delivering more with less.”
And clearly he wants Genetic Engineering to be back on the table, despite the threat it poses to our clean green image, not to mention the horrendous consequences that can happen when mother nature is stuffed around with.
“The latest techniques can be likened to accelerated selective breeding. They show huge promise in the control of introduced predators and in reducing livestock emissions.”
He said gene technology was still in its infancy “yet these powerful tools are denied us based on an ideological position formed in the 1970s, before current technologies were developed.
Time will tell if Sustainable New Zealand actually becomes sustainable. Someone should check if they actually have the requisite membership.
Update: Someone tell the police. There has just been a brutal beating on Radio New Zealand. By the legendary Kim Hill and the poor victim was Tava …