50% Family First Rating
- voted for Banning Liquor Ads
- voted for Medicinal Marijuana
- voted against Easter Local Trading
- voted for Regulating Loan Sharks
- voted against Banning Street Prostitution 2
- voted against Decriminalising Light Smacking
23% Family First Rating
- Definition of marriage – Oppose
- Encourage marriage – Oppose
- Role and support of parents – Oppose
While in most cases, parents are the primary caregivers for their children, this is not always the case. Many children are raised and nurtured by grandparents or other relatives. Others are raised by non-relatives who commit themselves to these children. The Green Party supports the full variety of loving environments that New Zealand children grow up in.
- CYF Complaints Authority – Support
The Green Party’s policy is to establish an effective review and appeal process for people who have complaints regarding CYFS. This could well take the form of an Independent Complaints Authority.
- Parental choice for education – Oppose
The public education system should and does provide a variety of choices for families and children. We support a high quality public education system that is flexible and responsive. However, voucher systems as used elsewhere and proposed in New Zealand, only benefit those with wealth, not ordinary New Zealand families. We do support flexibility of child care arrangements which is why we introduced Flexible Working Hours legislation in the last term of Parliament.
- Income Splitting – Oppose
- Unborn child right to life – Oppose
The Green Party does not have policy on abortion law reform. The current Green caucus supports the right of every woman to make fertility decisions in the best interests of herself and her family. These decisions are very difficult and no-one else is entitled to make them for her.
- Informed Consent for Abortion – Oppose
It may well be time to review abortion laws and services, since they haven’t changed since 1977, but this would require a full review, and the current Green caucus favours measures that improve (rather than restrict) access to fertility information and support including abortion services.
- Parental notification – Oppose
There is evidence that some young women choose to have an abortion because they have been raped by their father or other family member. Women should not have to seek the consent of their abuser, nor from the relatives or friends of their abuser. For this reason, we do not support this change. We also note that research on this matter shows that most young women who have an abortion do advise their parents or another adult, so we do not think any further intervention is required.
- Abstinence-based sex education – Oppose
There is significant evidence to suggest that abstinence programmes do not work. We do not support policy that lacks an evidential base, particularly where the health and wellbeing of young people is at stake.
- Surrogacy – Undecided
The Green Party does not have policy on surrogacy.
- Embryonic stem cell research – Undecided
The Green Party does not have policy on this matter.
- Same sex couple adoption – Support
We support equal criteria for all couples in their assessment for suitability and eligibility for parenting.
- Decriminalise euthanasia – Undecided
The Green Party does not have policy on euthanasia.
- Decriminalise marijuana – Support
- Ban on residential brothels – Oppose
- Ban on street prostitution – Oppose
- Criminalise buyer of prostitution – Oppose
The Green Party is comfortable with the operation of the current law relating to prostitution.
- Improve broadcasting standards – Support
Party would prohibit commercial advertisements during pre-school and school age children's television. We have previously secured a The Green budget initiative for a Report on TV Violence which showed disturbingly high levels of violence on television, but no action was taken by broadcasters or Government in response.
- Prevent sexualisation of children in media – Support
The Green Party would prohibit commercial advertisements during pre-school and school age children's television. We have previously secured a budget initiative for a Report on TV Violence which showed disturbingly high levels of violence on television, but no action was taken by broadcasters or Government in response.
- Prevent public nudity – Oppose
- G-rated billboard advertising – Undecided
The Green Party has no specific policy on this point.
- Raising drinking age – Oppose
Some members of the Green Party caucus support keeping the alcohol purchasing age at 18 for both off and on-licence premises, while others support a split purchase age of 18 for on-licence and 20 for off-licence premises.
- Decriminalise smacking – Oppose
- Child Abuse Commission of Inquiry – Support
- Liberalise Easter trading laws – Oppose
The Green Party opposes any further liberalisation of retail trading hours. We would make Easter Sunday a statutory holiday to ensure workers who are required to work on that day are appropriately compensated.
- Regulation of loan sharks – Support
- Reduced gambling – Support
- Welfare Vouchers for At-Risk – Oppose
The Green Party has a plan to bring 100,000 children out of poverty by 2014. This can be achieved by providing better support to parents on benefits rather than punishing them or restricting their income.