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.
Electric Vehicle Fund
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.
Centre for Environmental Excellence
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 permanently protect our environment into the future.
Renewable Energy For Your Home
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.
Modern Marine Reserves
UnitedFuture will introduce a comprehensive scheme to reform our marine reserves. We must ensure our entire marine environment is protected. We will introduce a graduated scheme, so that current marine reserves keep their existing protections, while expanding new areas. This includes areas that prohibit commercial fishing while allowing recreational fishing, thus balancing the way we manage and protect our marine environment for the benefit of all New Zealanders.