The Bluegreens are the National Party’s advisory group on environmental issues.
We are committed to exploring environmental policy in areas such as biosecurity, conservation and outdoor recreation.
The Bluegreens believe:
- Environmental issues are too important to be left to the fringe of politics and should be a mainstream issue for all New Zealanders
- New Zealand's environment and our national heritage - our soils and oceans and the imagery that surrounds our biodiversity and wilderness outback - hold the key to our nation's future prosperity.
- There is a need for an independent band of environmentally conscious people to constantly remind the National Party that sustainable development is the way to prosperity.
The Bluegreens approach is underpinned by five principles that we are now applying in Government to the broad range of environmental challenges facing New Zealand:
- Resource use must be based on sustainability
- Economic growth and improving the environment can and must go hand in hand
- Good science is essential to quality environmental decision making
- People respond best to change when engaged and given incentives
- New Zealanders have a unique birthright to access and enjoy our special places.
Bluegreens Caucus 2012:
Back row (from left): Paul Hutchison, Ian McKelvie, Amy Adams, Scott Simpson, Nikki Kaye, Jacqui Dean, Chris Auchinvole, Nicky Wagner, Kater Wilkinson, Nick Smith, Todd McClay, Cam Calder, Louise Upston, Tau Henare. Front row (from left): Tim Macindoe, Colin King, Maggie Barry. (Absent: Tim Groser).