Our conservation estate is the best in the world. We want to keep it that way by introducing a small levy at the border for people coming here from overseas. That way we can get more funding for investing in our conservation estate and make sure it’s not just New Zealand taxpayers footing the bill.
We want to see our transport become more clean and green as well as more affordable for New Zealand families. We have therefore proposed a fund that helps New Zealander’s to purchase an electric vehicle or for a business to set up an electric charging station. It’s a small but effective way to cut our carbon emissions and decrease transport costs.
We would introduce a $10 million per year contestable fund for the purpose of funding innovative research into New Zealand’s environment. This will allow researchers and institutions to focus on cutting-edge environmental research that will help us to protect our environment now and into the future.
We want to introduce a $10 million a year fund that will help New Zealand families install micro-generation technology into their homes. This would primarily be targeted at new builds to encourage building energy efficient homes. Things like small wind, solar or even hydropower generators are becoming more accessible and more necessary as we transform how we generate energy.
UnitedFuture would introduce a comprehensive scheme to reform our marine reserves. It is important to ensure that our entire marine environment has environmental protection. We would introduce a graduated scheme across where the current marine reserves would keep their current protections but we would expand new areas of protection across our waters. This would include having areas that could prohibit commercial fishing while allowing recreational fishing to occur, balancing the way we regulate and protect all of our waters.