PREAMBLE:

The Conservative Party is committed to preserving and enhancing our natural environment. This includes, but is not limited to, the air, fresh water, soil and oceans. We believe it is the responsibility of all users of these resources to be good stewards and hand them over to following generations to the benefit of all New Zealanders.

Conservatives believe that there has always been, and always will be Climate change, the real debate should be “Are we polluting our environment?” and most of us would agree that we are.

The response then is “How exactly are we polluting it?” and “how can I (and we) change our behaviour for the sake of the environment?”

The Conservative Party believes that this pragmatic approach focuses therefore on the real issues in our environment. It also nullifies the argument that we are too small a country to make a difference when the much bigger nations don’t seem to be doing anything. 50% of greenhouse gas contributions come from China, USA, Russia and India (NZ contributes just 0.22%).

Yes we are polluting our environment, yes we can do something about it, yes we want breathable air, drinkable water and arable land.

The key to improving the quality of our natural resources is real time monitoring of these natural
resources and making this information readily available.

Let’s be pragmatic, purposeful and honest with our environment.

Let’s be Conservative.

 SHORT POLICY SUMMARY

POLICIES

The Conservative Party is committed to:

  • Rejecting the ETS:  Rejecting the Emissions Trading Scheme, which imposes significant taxes and costs on everyday New Zealanders whilst not achieving or improving environmental outcomes;
  • Rejecting Kyoto and Paris 2015 Agreements: Conservative Party believes that our focus should be on the real issues in our own environment, being concerned for, and driven by our own desire for, a clean green New Zealand, knowing that by doing that we are already contributing to a cleaner world. We do not need convoluted international agreements to achieve this.
  • Drinkable Water:  Investigating and implementing reasonable and affordable steps to ensure that our rivers and waterways are maintained to the highest achievable standard, and continue to be enjoyed by all New Zealanders; strongly supporting existing requirements in waterway fencing and planting; modernising waste water treatment systems to eliminate contaminated discharge into waterways.
  • Fertile Soil:  The responsible stewardship of our soil, ensuring it is fertile, free from toxins and productive both now and in the future; Increase R&D funding to provide alternatives to bulk nitrogen fertilising.
  • Breathable Air:  Ensuring that our country has clean, breathable air, serving the health and wellbeing of all New Zealanders; Monitoring those with discharge permits to ensure best practice with pre-discharge filtration.
  • Thriving Oceans: Ensuring that the oceans that surround our country and everything in them are looked after and sustainably managed;Limiting commercial fishing rather than recreational fishing in areas such as the Marlborough Sounds, Mercury Bay, Waitemata Harbour, Hauraki gulf and other popular recreational fishing areas and other popular recreational fishing areas.
  • Public/Private investment in research: Investing more in R&D spending to find achievable solutions to our existing pollution issues as well as clearly identifying polluters and best practise to negate pollution. Where private organisations have an interest in research on environmental impacts, development of a methodology allowing for joint investment for common desired outcomes.