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I’ve been a member of the Green Party and its Values predecessor for more than forty years.  Their commitment to a society that is just, sustainable, and community-based is the most likely to bring about the world I hope for.  In the past I’ve given much time, money, and energy to this cause (including twice standing as a parliamentary candidate), but these days my activism is restricted to delivering pamphlets, hosting an election hoarding, and voting Green.  I cannot imagine that I would ever vote for a different party.

I am saddened by recent events.  Metiria Turei took a tremendous personal risk for the good of the Party.  Her revelations led the general media and public to finally realise that social justice has always been important for the Greens, despite efforts to label us as ‘environmental’ only.   Subsequent events, and the resignations of two Green M.P.s mean Metiria’s effective and inspiring political career is now likely to be cut short.  The Greens have always been admired for their integrity, personified by such leaders as Jeanette Fitzsimons and Rod Donald.  That integrity has now been called into question.  Civil disobedience is acceptable when you’re protesting in a picket line or during a Springbok Tour, but not when it happened quietly decades ago.

I will continue to support and vote for the Greens.  I pray that Metiria will find a way through this situation that gives her comfort and peace of mind.  I await with great interest, and some trepidation, the outcome of this year’s general election.

“Despite the changes in the scene
I hope that many will vote Green.”

 

 

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In yesterday’s torrential downpour two stalwart Green volunteers came to attach an election hoarding to our side fence.

Because we’re on a busy corner our site is ideal for notices like this, but we are particular about who we give permission to.

I’ve delivered hundreds of Green Party pamphlets, and now being host to an election sign, I feel I’m doing a small bit to combat global warming.

“Whenever there is an election
we have a Green sign on our section.”

 

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I’ve delivered 500 Green Party pamphlets around our local area this week.

Green News

Green News

Now that I’m no longer employed I’m able to donate some hours for the first time since the earthquakes.  Like many volunteers I appreciate the flexibility of being able to choose when I do the task, and I spread my deliveries over three separate days.  It’s good to be out and about in the sun, and interesting to see the changes round the neighbourhood.   Some new buildings don’t yet have letter boxes.  In other places there are letterboxes on vacant sections.

Letterboxes, but no building

Letterboxes, but no building

I deliver pamphlets to letterboxes with ‘No junk mail’ signs, because Green Party information is not junk.  However, I avoid any box that says “No unaddressed mail”.

“I walked all round the local scene
and posted many leaflets Green.”

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BBC’s One Planet programme this week gives the background to the election of Caroline Lucas, the first Green M.P. to enter Westminster.   I was lucky enough to catch this on Radio NZ early this morning and was struck by the similarities to the early experiences of NZ’s Green Party.  As in New Zealand, the British Greens have been frustratingly constrained by a two party system.  The report mentioned that the German Greens this year will celebrate their 3oth birthday – NZ Greens are only two years away from their 40th!  In the 1980’s we were inspired by the visit of Petra Kelly, German Green MP who had been elected in 1983 under a system of proportional representation.  Caroline Lucas and the British Greens have done an amazingly well to gain parliamentary representation under first past the post, and their success must surely reflect a growing sympathy for green issues among the general public.

“With years of struggling Greens gone past
there’s growing acceptance at last.”

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